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Why USD?

Choosing which university to attend is a big decision. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which college will be the right one for you. The University of San Diego can be an amazing place to continue your education and to learn, live and grow as an individual and a member of the global community. Let us tell you why USD is the place where your potential for success is limitless.

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You’ll choose from over 75 undergraduate majors, pre–professional studies, graduate programs, education credentials, certification, and career development programs. Our students have two years to decide on a major, which allows time for exploration and in turn enriches their lives. In addition, with an undergraduate student population of just over 5,000, it is possible to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years because students get the courses they need to graduate and we provide them with solid advising and support. We have nationally ranked and recognized programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Nursing, Law and Engineering. Students come to USD knowing that they will be challenged academically and will leave with a degree and experience that will guide their careers for the rest of their lives.

Internships and Research

Opportunities for internship and research are readily available on our campus. The region’s thriving scientific and entrepreneurial communities have strong relationships with USD. We believe that your career begins on campus and look to strengthen that by providing a solid academic preparation and practical experience. Recently, our students have interned with companies like Qualcomm, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Ernst and Young.


Our faculty are teachers first, but they are also scholars and mentors. Almost 95% of our full–time faculty have their Ph.D. or terminal degree. They are accessible to students and will actively teach you; no graduate assistants teach classes at USD. Our students build relationships with faculty as mentors, colleagues, and research advisors.


Athletic pursuits abound at USD, with 17 NCAA Division I teams, numerous club teams and an extensive intramural sports program. USD competes in the West Coast Conference in most sports, and in the NCAA FCS Pioneer League in football. As the recipient of the WCC Commissioner’s Cup for the past five years, USD boasts the best overall athletic program in our conference. Students can also participate in club sports, intramural teams and endless recreational opportunities, including lessons at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center and through our own athletic department.


USD is not a place where you take classes and go home to study alone. It is a beautiful campus alive with activity that includes competitive intercollegiate and intramural athletics, world–class theatre, nationally respected speakers, club activities, fraternity and sorority events, honor societies, and much more. Over 95% of our first-year students live on campus and on–campus housing is available for all four years. Almost half of our students live on campus for the duration of their time at USD, which provides for an active student life. Students participate in over 85 clubs and organizations and gain valuable leadership skills as part of our student government, Associated Students. And with America’s Finest City as USD’s backyard, there is never a loss for things to do outside of campus. USD is located just minutes from beautiful beaches, a thriving downtown and endless cultural, educational and recreational activities.