About the University of San Diego

Inspired by faith, informed by our core mission and values, and dedicated to the ongoing legacy of our founders, the University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity's urgent challenges.

USD is dedicated to the values originally articulated by its founders, Bishop Charles Francis Buddy of the Diocese of San Diego and Mother Rosalie Hill of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Those values are reflected in the University's rich Catholic intellectual tradition. USD's community of scholars are committed to educating the whole person—intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and culturally. The university provides a character-building education that fosters independent thought, innovation, integrity, analytical thinking, and an open-minded and collaborative world view.

USD welcomes and respects those whose lives are formed by different traditions, and we recognize their important contributions to a pluralistic society and to an atmosphere of open discussion and discovery, which is essential to a liberal arts education.

Changemaker Campus

USD has earned The Ashoka U designation as a Changemaker Campus, one of only 41 universities to earn this distinction worldwide.

The Changemaker campus designation and philosophy is strongly aligned with the university's Catholic identity. Both reflect a deep conviction to develop ethical and responsible leaders committed to the common good.

For more than 60 years, USD has developed graduates with the combined skills that today's more nimble and progressive global companies are looking for as they turn to employee candidates who can think critically and quantitatively, write well, recognize problems and work effectively within teams to deliver solutions.

Become a Changemaker today.

At a Glance

Fall 2018 Number of Students

Undergraduates: 5,855
Graduate/Doctoral/paralegal: 2,450
Law: 758
Total enrollment: 9,073

Fall 2018 Instructional Faculty

476 Full-time faculty
522 Part-time faculty

2017-18 Degrees Awarded

Bachelor's: 1,416
Master's: 866
Juris Doctor/Master of Laws: 323
Doctoral: 50
Total: 2,655