University of San Diego Facts

The University of San Diego is located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The campus is renowned for its beauty, and features Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture.

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Our Campus

  • Private, Catholic Institution. Coeducational. Residential. Independent.
  • 180 acres perched on a pristine canyon – easily navigable, pedestrian-friendly
  • Beautiful 16th century Spanish Renaissance architectural style
  • Beaches, mountains, downtown and the Mexican border – all within a short drive
  • Carnegie classification of “Doctoral/Research University”
  • Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1956


  • Undergraduate Programs: 43 bachelor's degrees with many concentrations; 52 minors
  • Graduate Programs: 29 master's degrees, the JD, five LLM degrees, three doctorates
  • Faculty: 440 full time, 466 part time – 906 total headcount (609 FTE)
  • Degrees Awarded: 1,421 bachelor's, 713 master's, 301 JD and doctorates – 2,435 total


  • Enrollment: 8,508 headcount (7,812 FTE) undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students
  • New Fall Entrance: 1,133 freshmen, 369 transfers, 863 graduate students, 190 JD law students
  • Demographics: 36% minority students, 9% international students
  • Alumni: 65,088 living in all 50 states and 141 countries, with 63% living in California

Campus Life

  • Residential campus: 94% of freshman and 44% of undergraduates live on campus
  • 10 separate living areas, with styles ranging from shared rooms to apartments
  • Member, West Coast Conference and Pioneer Football League
  • 17 NCAA Division I teams, 23 sports clubs, many recreation clubs and fitness classes
  • 9 national fraternities and 9 national sororities
  • Student Life Pavilion offers dining options, student activities, and a full-service market


  • Recognized as a Community Engagement Institution by the Carnegie Foundation
  • Member of Ashoka's Changemaker Campus Consortium
  • Ranked by US News & World Report, Business Week, and others