As the parents of a new or returning USD student, you might have some questions about the opportunities, requirements and challenges facing your son or daughter as he/she begins a rewarding and exciting academic year. We hope that the information provided on this site will answer some of these questions and introduce you to the many academic resources and services that are available to you and your student.
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The University of San Diego, home of the Toreros, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate teams, and is a member of the West Coast Conference for nearly all sports. In addition, USD offers sport clubs for non-NCAA sports. The university maintains an extensive intramural sports program, diverse fitness programs and numerous recreation classes.
Since 1999, USD teams have made 39 NCAA post-season appearances; garnered 54 All-America selections; won 12 conference championships; and had 14 Conference Coaches of the Year, 144 WCC 1st team members; 2 WCC Scholar Athletes of the Year, and 3 national champions.
Please visit University of San Diego Sports and Recreation for more information.
The USD Torero Store is the place to purchase textbooks, school supplies, apparel, and technology – including MAC and PC computers, iPods, etc. For hours and other information, please visit the USD Torero Store.
University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution, founded in 1949 by the Most Reverend Charles F. Buddy, first bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, and Mother Rosalie Hill, superior vicar of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
The university is committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. This mission is grounded in the principles of Catholic social teachings, a tradition of thought and action that affirms the Church's commitment to work for a just and peaceful society. Students are encouraged to explore how faith and reason are compatible in education, and to develop strong moral convictions. The university welcomes students, faculty and staff of all faiths, and believes all people benefit from the examination of other traditions. For more information, please read more about our Catholic Identity.
Faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences are known not only for their exceptional teaching but for their widely recognized and published work as scholars. For information about the stellar research being done by our professors, please read about our Faculty Highlights.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), is a federal law that protects the privacy of education records of all students enrolled in schools beyond high school level. If you are interested, you may learn more about FERPA.
Inside USD is the place for news and information about USD students, faculty, and alumni. To read a list of current stories or view the archives, please go to Inside USD.
The Office of Financial Aid provides comprehensive information to students and their families about federal, state and regional grants, scholarship opportunities, work study, etc. Fore more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.
The Office of Parent Relations cultivates positive relationships with USD parents for the purpose of strengthening the ties between parents and the university. To read the Parents' (and First Year Parents') Handbook, sign up for an e-newsletter, review the Calendar of Events (including Family Weekend, Grandparents Weekend, Commencement, etc.) or become involved with the Parents Board, please visit the Office of Parent Relations.
The Office of Student Affairs encompasses Residence Life, Student Life Pavilion, Dining/Auxiliary Services, Student Support (including Career Services, Orientation, Emerging Leaders, LEAD@USD, and Disability Services), Panhellenic and Student Groups/Organizations, Student Health and Wellness as well as Student Media.
The office strives to create an educational environment which motivates and inspires student learning and personal development, serves the university community, and challenges students to make a positive contribution to society. Detailed information about the areas listed above as well as others can be found at the Division of Student Affairs Services.
The Office of Public Safety, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, provides community oriented crime prevention and crime control services that contribute to the safety and security of USD. To read a copy of the most recent Annual Campus Security Report, review the daily crime log or inquire about parking services on campus, please go to Public Safety.
The Office of Student Financial Services is comprised of Student Accounts, Loan Administration, the Cashier's Office, and the One-Stop Student Center. Information about Student Financial Services including hours, office locations and scheduling an appointment, can be found at Student Financial Services.
The University of San Diego is committed to actively promoting awareness, appreciation and respect for the complexity of cultural, political, environmental and social issues while creating a campus environment that builds theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in today's global society.
University of San Diego undergraduate students have the opportunity to live and study in over 30 countries for a year, semester, summer or intersession while earning USD credit. While abroad, students can participate in research, internships, community service learning, practicums, and student teaching. There are also study abroad opportunities for graduate students. Read more about University of San Diego's Global Opportunities.
USD is a Roman Catholic institution situated on 180 acres overlooking San Diego's beautiful Mission Bay. For over 60 years, USD has been dedicated to providing a values-based education rooted in the liberal arts. The university enrolls 7,486 students who choose from more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. USD is known for its commitment to teaching and takes pride in the personalized approach it brings to the educational process. For information about applying to USD, scheduling a campus tour or learning more about the university, visit Undergraduate Admissions.
For a complete listing of USD news, please visit the News Center.
For a complete listing of campus events including speakers, concerts, seminars, etc. please visit the Events Calendar.
California's second largest city and the United States' eighth largest, San Diego boasts a citywide population of nearly 1.3 million residents and more than 3 million residents countywide. Within its borders of 4,200 sq. miles, San Diego County encompasses 18 incorporated cities and numerous other charming neighborhoods and communities, including downtown's historic Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Coronado, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Escondido, La Mesa, Hillcrest, Barrio Logan, Chula Vista just to name a few.
San Diego is renowned for its idyllic climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches and a dazzling array of world-class family attractions. Popular attractions include the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Sea World San Diego, and Legoland California. San Diego offers an expansive variety of things to see, do and eat appealing to guests of all ages from around the world. For information about beautiful sunny San Diego, go to the Official Resource for the San Diego Region.