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: 42 bachelor's degrees with many concentrations; 51 minors
  • Graduate Programs: 28 master's degrees, the JD, five LLM degrees, three doctorates
  • Faculty: 427 full time, 436 part time – 863 total headcount (584 FTE)
  • Degrees Awarded: 1,421 bachelor's, 713 master's, 301 JD and doctorates – 2,435 total


  • Enrollment: 8,251 headcount (7,671 FTE) undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students
  • New Fall Entrance: 1,105 freshmen, 375 transfers, 758 graduate students, 243 JD law students
  • Demographics: 36% minority students, 7% international students
  • Alumni: 65,088 living in all 50 states and 141 countries, with 63% living in California

Campus Life

  • Residential campus: 95% of freshman and 45% 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
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