Is USD Right for Me?
Liberal Arts Tradition: USD is committed to the liberal arts, for we believe that our students are best served by a multifaceted education that allows for intellectual, cultural and spiritual growth across academic disciplines.
Majors: USD offers 43 degree programs, many with areas of specialization.
Minors: USD offers 50 minors which can be taken in conjunction with various majors.
Pre-Professional Programs: USD's pre-professional advising programs in Pre-Health and Pre-Law can be combined with any major and ensure that students are competitive candidates for graduate and professional schools.
Internships and Research Experience: Most USD students will have completed at least one internship by the time they graduate, with many students experiencing two or three. With the help of the USD Career Development Center and hands-on faculty, our students are supported every step of the way in their professional development. Research opportunities are available both on and off campus. Some students choose to conduct their research independently under the guidance of faculty while others prefer to work within a groups of their peers or alongside faculty.
Changemaking: As one of only 30 designated Changemaker campuses worldwide, USD is committed to making a difference in our local and global communities.
Torero Life: Our community is central to who we are at USD. Our students are involved in a variety of ways and work closely with faculty and staff.
Still have questions? Contact any of us in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. We're here to help.
- Admissions Brochure (Viewpoint) (pdf, 5.2MB)
- Admissions Videos
- USD Admission Blog
- Blog: From the AVP's Point of View
Residential life is a vital part of the USD experience, so we require that students live on campus for their first and second years. First-year students live in themed residence halls, while second-year students live in apartment-style housing communities. Upperclassmen have the option to move off-campus, although many of our students choose to remain on-campus for all four years. Please note that first- and second-year students have the option to commute only if their parent or court-appointed legal guardian resides in San Diego County. A resident who becomes 20 years of age following the resident’s initial matriculation at the University will still be subject to fulfilling the two-year campus residency requirement.