About the University of San Diego


The University of San Diego is committed to academic excellence, Catholic intellectual and social traditions, and providing a superior liberal arts education for scholars of all faiths.

For more than six decades, the University of San Diego has been dedicated to the values originally articulated by its founders, Mother Rosalie Hill of the Society of the Sacred Heart and Bishop Charles Francis Buddy of the Diocese of San Diego.

Our mission and vision statement captures the values that have made USD a prominent Catholic university and a vibrant institution of quality higher education.

 Our history begins with two extraordinary leaders who had a vision of a new kind of Catholic university and brought it to life.

Our Catholic identity gives USD a solid foundation in religious faith, ethical conduct, compassionate service and social justice.

Our strategic initiatives build our institutional strengths to chart a course for future excellence and growing societal impact.

Our community involvement enhances the education of our students and serves the needs of our neighbors and partners.

We welcome you to meet our administration, learn interesting facts about USD, check out the latest news and events and discover opportunities for working at USD.

"Thriving academic communities like USD welcome diverse viewpoints and unique perspectives." - President Mary E. Lyons, PhD

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At a Glance

Fall 2014 Number of Students

Undergraduates: 5,741
Graduate/paralegal: 1,773
Law: 835
Total enrollment: 8,349

Fall 2014 Instructional Faculty

406 Full-time faculty
491 Part-time faculty

2013-14 Degrees Awarded

Bachelor's: 1,281
Master's: 614
Juris Doctor/Master of Laws: 319
Doctoral: 58
Total: 2,272