About the University of San Diego
The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative changemakers confront humanity's urgent challenges.
USD is dedicated to the values originally articulated by its founders, Bishop Charles Francis Buddy of the Diocese of San Diego and Mother Rosalie Hill of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
Those values are reflected in the University's rich Catholic intellectual tradition. USD's community of scholars are committed to educating the whole person—intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and culturally. The university provides a character-building education that fosters independent thought, innovation, integrity, analytical thinking, and an open-minded and collaborative world view.
USD welcomes and respects those whose lives are formed by different traditions, and we recognize their important contributions to a pluralistic society and to an atmosphere of open discussion and discovery, which is essential to a liberal arts education.
USD has earned The Ashoka U designation as a Changemaker Campus, one of only 36 universities to earn this distinction nationwide.
The Changemaker campus designation and philosophy is strongly aligned with the university's Catholic identity. Both reflect a deep conviction to develop ethical and responsible leaders committed to the common good.
For more than 60 years, USD has developed graduates with the combined skills that today's more nimble and progressive global companies are looking for as they turn to employee candidates who can think critically and quantitatively, write well, recognize problems and work effectively within teams to deliver solutions.Become a Changemaker Today.
At a Glance
Fall 2016 Number of Students
Total enrollment: 8,508
Fall 2015 Instructional Faculty
427 Full-time faculty
436 Part-time faculty
2015-16 Degrees Awarded
Juris Doctor/Master of Laws: 216