Why Support the College of Arts and Sciences?

Toreros Together Emergency Fund for Students

Many of you have reached out to ask how you can best support our students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are humbled by your generosity. If you would like to join your fellow Torero family by providing a donation to cover food, housing and technology resources for our students, please go to our Toreros Together Emergency Fund for Students website

Make a Donation

With almost 70% of students receiving financial aid, the College of Art and Sciences relies heavily on generous gifts from its alumni, parents and friends to support our renowned academic programs, talented students and world class faculty. There are many reasons you can't give; here are a few reasons you should.

Your gift supports our top priority: Students.

The cost of earning a college degree is rising faster than family income. Almost 70% of students receive some financial aid which typically covers only a portion of tuition and fees. As a result, many students rely heavily upon loans to pay for their education.

If you are an alum, you very likely received a scholarship from a generous individual who not only believed in you but made a conscious decision to support your education. Wouldn't it be wonderful to pass that gift along to someone else?

Your gift to support student scholarships ensures that we can continue to recruit and retain the best and most promising students.

Your gift supports our ranked and renowned academic programs.

Whether it is the SURE Program that provides summer research opportunities to talented science students; or the Washington Center which gives civic minded students a first-hand look at the inner workings of the federal government; or the MFA Program that ranks among the top five dramatic arts programs in the country, a gift to the College of Arts and Sciences enables us to maintain the highest quality of academic programs and research opportunities for all students.

Your gift supports our world class faculty.

If you run through the list of our more than 200 faculty members, you would see among them a Fulbright Scholar, Clare Booth Luce Distinguished Professor, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award winner, recipient of a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and National Science Foundation CAREER recipients.

You would also find professors with doctorate degrees from Yale, Princeton, Harvard, University of Michigan, Columbia, New York University and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The College's ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining the best faculty in all fields – the teacher/scholar – ensures that we can continue our legacy of life-changing teaching and scholarly activity.

Your gift supports facilities and technology that foster learning and discovery.

What you learn can change your life. But where you learn it (and on what instrument) can make all the difference in how far you can take those lessons.

At the College of Arts and Sciences, we are constantly changing and evolving our facilities to give our faculty and students the very best resources for pursuing knowledge and putting it to work in our world. In fact, we partner with local organizations and companies to utilize equipment, space and resources.

Your gift is vital.

Your gift is vital to our success because a strong, vibrant and thriving College of Arts and Sciences means a strong, vibrant and thriving University of San Diego. Your gift ensures our success for the long-term.

Make a Gift


For more information, please contact:

Ericka Swensson, PhD 

Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences
(619) 260-6890