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What is USD most known for?
Is USD Jesuit?
What is the average class size?
What are the minimum G.P.A. and SAT/ACT scores?
Does USD require the new SAT Reasoning Test or the optional writing test offered by the ACT?
How many applications does USD receive for the fall semester?

Does USD offer individual interviews?
What athletic division is USD?
Does USD offer merit scholarships?
What percentage of students receive financial aid?
Do many students live on campus?

What is USD most known for?

USD is a liberal arts institution, which means that students take courses in a range of academic disciplines. The core curriculum is particularly strong and comprehensive. Popular majors include business administration, communication studies, finance, accounting, and psychological sciences.

Is USD Jesuit?

No. USD is Catholic, but it is independent, which means that we are not governed by any particular religious order. The Religious of the Sacred Heart established the San Diego College for Women in 1952, while the Diocese of San Diego established the College for Men in 1954. In 1972 the two colleges merged, becoming the University of San Diego. Since the merger, we have been governed by a diverse Board of Trustees, yet remain dedicated to the mission and teachings of the Catholic Church.

What is the average class size?

The average class size is 22 students.

What are the minimum G.P.A. and SAT/ACT scores?

There is no minimum for G.P.A. or SAT/ACT scores. The average G.P.A for admitted freshmen for Fall 2012 was 3.95. The average SAT was 1890 and the average ACT was 28. While a solid G.P.A. and good SAT/ACT scores are important for admission, we also look for evidence of students who are well-rounded and enjoy being part of their communities.

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Does USD require the new SAT Reasoning Test or the optional writing test offered by the ACT?

We do require all applicants to submit scores for the new SAT Reasoning Test with the writing test. We also require students taking the ACT to submit the optional writing test.

How many applications does USD receive for the fall semester?

The numbers have risen steadily for several years. In 2012, we received over 16,500 freshman and over 1,800 transfer applications.

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Does USD offer individual interviews?

No. The group information session is offered in lieu of private interviews. Individual questions after the session are welcome.

What athletic division is USD?

USD offers eight men’s and nine women’s Division I teams. We belong to the prestigious West Coast Conference (WCC) and play a strong regional schedule against Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Portland, San Francisco (USF), Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, and Gonzaga. Our football team competes at the NCAA I–AA level as part of the Pioneer Football League. One out of every 10 USD students is an NCAA Division I athlete. Scholarships are available for all of the intercollegiate sports, except football and crew.

Does USD offer merit scholarships?

Yes. Merit scholarships are offered to the top 35% of those who apply, regardless of financial need. The student’s grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, and overall academic program are used to identify academic merit scholars. All applicants are considered for academic scholarships – there is no separate application form.  Scholarship amounts range from $10,000 to $25,000 and are renewable for all four years. Notification of Merit Scholarships are typically sent to eligible students in March.

 

Are transfer students eligible for Merit Scholarships?

No. Merit scholarships are only awarded admitted freshmen students who demonstrate strong academic merit in high school.

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What percentage of students receive financial aid?

70% of USD students receive some form of financial aid. This may be in the form of grants, scholarships, part–time employment, or low interest loans.

Do many students live on campus?

Yes. Approximately 95% of our freshmen live in the residence halls. Freshmen who have family in San Diego have the option of living at home, whereas non–local students are required to live on campus for their first year. About 50% of USD upperclassmen overall live in campus housing.

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