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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League
From University of San Diego

Envision a place at the edge of it all. Where all things converge. Envision a vantage point that informs how you see the world. More than envisioning tomorrow — but empowering, engaging and embracing it. Blurring borders and boundaries. Colliding science and spirit. Envision life at the University of San Diego. Ground of infinite perspective. Forever pushing further because here, your vision has no limit.
Our Toreros find their home here - on one of the nation's most beautiful college campuses, in the eighth largest city in the nation, just 20 miles from the border to Mexico. And, that's by design. As a contemporary Catholic university ranked among the nation’s top 100 colleges and universities, we're committed to academic excellence. To social justice and Changemaking. To the passions our Toreros hold and the many memories they'll create on their journey toward a successful future. So, find us here, at the University of San Diego, ready to share in the Torero journey with you.

University of San Diego Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
December 15
Acceptance Rate
53%
SAT Range
1190-1360
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$35,931/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$28,994/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
85%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.120 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.143 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.145 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,678Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
177
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 94 responses
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  • Friendly
    27%
  • Well-off
    27%
  • Priviledged
    18%
  • Rich.
    10%
  • Rich/Privileged/Rude
    10%
  • Spoiled.
    5%
  • Basic and taken care of
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.178 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.198 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 92 responses
Report
  • Privileged
    34%
  • Paradise
    15%
  • Country Club
    14%
  • Successful
    12%
  • Academic-driven
    9%
  • Well-rounded
    9%
  • Snobby
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $60,000/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    80%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    80%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.66 responses

    University of San Diego Reviews

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    I visited this campus over summer, and it is definitely my top choice for college! The buildings and scenery are beautiful. There is a great cafeteria and many housing options. Since this is a competitive school, the academics seem challenging yet rewarding. I also like the "change-maker" vibe of this university. Not only does USD want you to be successful in your career, it wants you to be successful in improving the world. The only downside of USD is how expensive it is. There are scholarships offered, yet you need to have a pretty high GPA and outstanding test scores in order to be considered for the merit ones. I hope that if I get accepted to and attend USD, it will be well worth my expenses; the positives of this campus definitely seem to outweigh the negatives!
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    Going to the University of San Diego is like going to summer camp year round. By that I mean, half of the time I forget I'm just here for school! The campus is so gorgeous it doesn't feel like a traditional college environment at all, and I love that about it. The class sizes are small, enough so that your professor knows you by name. Being able to develop relationships with my professors has significantly helped my academic success in the classroom. I love everything that this school stands for. They are openly accepting of persons from all races and ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and religions. There are on campus resources for minority groups such as women, women and persons of color, and LGBTQ+. The only thing I think this school lacks is the numbers of students with diversity in race and ethnicity as well as economic backgrounds. This school does much to support diverse communities on campus, but lacks in the actual numbers and representation of these minority communities.
    I transferred from another college and so far my time at USD has been amazing! Everyone that is associated with the campus is very welcoming, from the staff/faculty member to the students. If you have any trouble there are many resources on campus and they are always open to help. One thing I would change about USD is having air conditioning in some of the classes. However, they are renovating some parts of the campus so maybe in the near future, there will be air conditioning.