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.


The University of San Diego is a nationally preeminent Catholic university known for educating students who are globally competent, ethical leaders committed to the common good and empowered to engage a diverse and changing world.

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 30 universities to earn this distinction nationwide.

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.

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At a Glance

Fall 2015 Number of Students

Undergraduates: 5,647
Graduate/paralegal: 1,773
Law: 831
Total enrollment: 8,251

Fall 2015 Instructional Faculty

427 Full-time faculty
436 Part-time faculty

2014-15 Degrees Awarded

Bachelor's: 1,421
Master's: 653
Juris Doctor/Master of Laws: 308
Doctoral: 53
Total: 2,435

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