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Application Requirements

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Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions

To help you prepare for the USD Member Questions, we've provided the short answer prompts for you below. Please note that you must answer each prompt in 20-150 words.

  1. How does USD stand out among all of the other colleges to which you are applying?
  2. As a Changemaker Campus, USD promotes entrepreneurship, collaboration and innovation for positive social change. Briefly describe how your past activities or work experiences will enhance this community.

Official high school transcript


Official SAT or ACT scores

In addition to the mandatory test sections, you are required to submit scores from either the SAT Essay or ACT Writing Test.


Essay

See Common Application for topics and details.


Academic Letter of Recommendation

At least one academic letter of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor or a teacher who has taught you in an academic class.


Application fee of $55.00

Fee waivers are available in cases of financial hardship. Requests must come from a school official and be printed on school letterhead or by submitting the College Board fee waiver form.

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions

To help you prepare for the USD Member Questions, we've provided the short answer prompts for you below. Please note that you must answer each prompt in 20-150 words.

  1. How does USD stand out among all of the other colleges to which you are applying?
  2. How will USD help enhance your educational and professional goals beyond what your current institution currently offers?

Official college transcript(s) from all the institutions you have attended


Official final high school transcript or proof of high school completion or equivalency


Academic Letter of Recommendation

At least one academic letter of recommendation from your college advisor or college instructor.


Transfer College Report

Download the Transfer College Report (PDF) or from your Common Application account.


Transfer Midterm Report

Download the Transfer Midterm Report (PDF) or from your Common Application account.


Essay

See Common Application for topics and details.


Application Fee of $55.00

Fee waivers are available in cases of financial hardship.


More information for Transfer Applicants

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions

To help you prepare for the USD Member Questions, we've provided the short answer prompts for you below. Please note that you must answer each prompt in 20-150 words.

  1. How does USD stand out among all of the other colleges to which you are applying?
  2. As a Changemaker Campus, USD promotes entrepreneurship, collaboration and innovation for positive social change. Briefly describe how your past activities or work experiences will enhance this community.

Official high school transcript(s)

  • Transcripts must be translated into English, if necessary. This includes annual grades of each high school year. You will also need to submit any national exam results such as GCSE, A-levels or Abitur.
  • So that we may better understand the educational system in your country and your own educational experience, please complete the Educational Experience Summary Form. You may attach the completed form with your application.

Official TOEFL iBT score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5

Please review the English Proficiency section to see if you are eligible to have this requirement waived.


Essay

See Common Application for topics and details.


At least one academic letter of recommendation


Application Fee of $55.00


To be considered for a merit scholarship, you must also submit:

  • Official SAT + Essay
    or
    Official ACT + Writing Test

More information for International Applicants

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions

To help you prepare for the USD Member Questions, we've provided the short answer prompts for you below. Please note that you must answer each prompt in 20-150 words.

  1. How does USD stand out among all of the other colleges to which you are applying?
  2. How will USD help enhance your educational and professional goals beyond what your current institution currently offers?

Official course-by-course evaluation of any foreign college/post-secondary transcripts

Your application will be considered incomplete if your transcripts are not translated into English. The translation agency must be a member of NACES, such as: World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or International Education Research Foundation (IERF).


Official final high school transcript or proof of high school completion or equivalency


Official TOEFL iBT score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5

Please review the English Proficiency section to see if you are eligible to have this requirement waived.


Essay

See Common Application for topics and details.


At least one academic letter of recommendation


Application Fee of $55.00


If you have attended an English Language Program, you must submit one letter of recommendation from the program instructor along with your transcript/grade progress report from the program.

If you have had a gap in education, please provide a statement explaining what you have been doing since you were last enrolled in school.


More information for International Applicants

If you are an undocumented student, please begin the application process by reviewing our Undocumented Applicants webpage, available via the button below. Ultimately, you will follow the same application requirements outlined for first-year or transfer applicants, depending on which best applies to you; however, the aforementioned webpage will provide additional helpful information specific to your situation.

More Information for Undocumented Applicants

Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions
Manchester Hall
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (800) 248-4873 or (619) 260-4506
Fax: (619) 260-6836
admissions@sandiego.edu

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8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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