Application Requirements

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You are a first-year applicant if you:
  • are a student who is currently enrolled in high school and will graduate at the end of the current academic year, OR
  • have graduated from high school and has not yet completed college courses. This does not include attendance at a college summer session immediately following high school graduation.

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions

 


Official high school transcript

If sending via mail, please mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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.


Official SAT or ACT scores (optional)

Students applying to USD can choose to submit their official test scores if they wish. Please note that applicants who choose not to submit test scores will not be penalized for making this choice. Applicants are not required to submit official test scores to be considered for a merit scholarship.

You are a transfer applicant if you:
  • have already completed high school, OR
  • have received a General Education Diploma (GED), OR
  • have successfully completed a State High School Proficiency Examination 
AND have enrolled in college classes

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions


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

Transferring College Credits


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

If sending via mail, please mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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

You are a first-year applicant if you:
  • are a student who is currently enrolled in high school and will graduate at the end of the current academic year, OR
  • have graduated from high school and has not yet completed college courses. This does not include attendance at a college summer session immediately following high school graduation.

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions


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.

If sending via mail, please mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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


More information for International Applicants

You are a transfer applicant if you:
  • have already completed high school, OR
  • have received a General Education Diploma (GED), OR
  • have successfully completed a State High School Proficiency Examination 
AND have enrolled in college classes

Completed Common Application, including USD Member Questions


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

If sending via mail, please mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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

At the University of San Diego, we consider ourselves lucky to live in a city that has the unique privilege of sharing an international border. We believe it is our duty to honor that privilege and to welcome our global community to Alcalá Park with open arms. We believe in the power of diversity, and we believe in supporting the academic pursuits of each and every member of the diverse community that calls our campus home. We believe that no matter where our individual journeys began or where they end, we are all Toreros. And we know that all Toreros will always find a home in the University of San Diego. We are here to support you as you take the life-changing steps toward furthering your education, and we hope the resources below will help guide you in your decision to become a Torero. If your parents speak Spanish, we are also pleased to provide information in Spanish.

The following are steps for undocumented students who are applying to USD as either a first-year student or transfer student:

Begin the Common Application

To apply to USD, you must complete the Common Application and accompanying USD Member Questions. Visit  to create a free user account and get started.

Request an Application Fee Waiver

If USD's $55 application fee poses a financial hardship, you may be eligible for a waiver. To request a fee waiver, check “yes” in response to the fee waiver question within the fee/fee waiver section of the Common Application and follow the remaining instructions on how to submit your application.

Enter Your Social Security Number

You are NOT required to enter a Social Security Number (SSN) to apply to USD. If you do have a valid SSN, for either immigration or for work, you may enter it in the Common Application. If you don't have a SSN, you may leave this field blank. You will not be at a disadvantage in the application process if you do not submit a SSN.

Complete Your Country of Citizenship Information

As an undocumented student, we encourage you to fill out the Geography & Citizenship Section of the Common Application in detail. Please respond with “none” to the “Current US Visa” and “Intended US Visa” questions. These responses will allow us to expedite your application by preventing us from following up with you about questions that do not apply to you, such as permanent residency and visa status.

Write Your Personal Statement

Please note that information disclosed in your personal statement is intended solely for admission purposes. Some undocumented students use the Essay and/or Additional Information sections of the Common Application to discuss their undocumented status, which proves helpful in allowing the admission team to consider any unusual circumstances as well as providing context with regard to the resources that may or may not have been available to you.

Review Specific Admission Requirements

First-Year Admission Requirements

Transfer Admission Requirements

Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid

As an undocumented student, you will not be eligible to receive federally-funded financial aid; however, you may be able to apply for university aid, state aid and/or private scholarships. We encourage you to visit each of the links below for helpful information on these processes:

We also encourage you to visit the websites of the following organizations, all of which provide scholarships for undocumented students as well as DACA scholarships:

Campus Resources

Learn more about how USD supports undocumented students.

Contact Us

Michelle Padilla, Admission Counselor, is pleased to assist undocumented students with navigating the admission and enrollment processes at USD. You may reach Michelle Padilla by calling (619) 260-4506 or emailing mpadilla@sandiego.edu