USD at a Glance

Located on a pristine plateau overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the University of San Diego provides a rigorous and rewarding academic environment where students and faculty are partners in learning.

College Profile

  • Private, Catholic Institution. Coeducational. Residential. Independent.
  • Carnegie classification of “Doctoral University: High Research Activity”
  • Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1956
  • Located in San Diego, California

Our History


  • 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 22 average class size
  • Undergraduate Programs: 42 bachelor's degrees with many concentrations; 55 minors
  • Graduate Programs: 30 master's degrees, the JD, five LLM degrees, three doctorates
  • Faculty: 476 full time, 522 part time – 998 total headcount (659.6 FTE)
  • Degrees Awarded: 1,416 bachelor's, 925 master's, 314 JD and doctorates – 2,655 total

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  • 92% employed or in graduate school (2017-18 graduates)
  • 95% received first full-time job offer within three months of graduating
  • 79% participated in an internship, research or community service while at USD

Dive into Outcomes

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Student Enrollment

  • Enrollment: 9,073 headcount (8,328 FTE) undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students
  • 5,855 undergraduate students
  • Students from 85 countries and 50 states
  • New Fall Entrance: 1,310 freshmen, 296 transfers, 1,162 graduate students, 240 JD law students
  • Demographics: 37% minority students, 9% international students
  • Alumni: 66,600 living in all 50 states and 141 countries, with 63% living in California

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Campus Life

  • Residential campus: 95% of freshman and 44% of undergraduates live on campus
  • Over 175 clubs and organizations
  • 11 separate living areas, with styles ranging from shared rooms to apartments
  • 8 national fraternities and 9 national sororities
  • Student Life Pavilion offers dining options, student activities and a full-service market
  • Member, West Coast Conference and Pioneer Football League
  • 17 NCAA Division I teams, 23 sports clubs, many recreation clubs and fitness classes

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  • Recognized as a Community Engagement Institution by the Carnegie Foundation
  • Member of Ashoka's Changemaker Campus Consortium
  • Ranked as the youngest independent institution in the US News & World Report's top 100 universities in the nation
  • Consistently ranked in the top five universities for study abroad participation
  • Consistently ranked in top ten most beautiful campuses

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Our Campus

  • 180-acre campus perched on a pristine canyon  easily navigable, pedestrian-friendly
  • Beautiful 16th century Spanish Renaissance architectural style
  • Beaches, mountains, downtown and the Mexican border  all within a short drive

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17 Division 1 Athletics Teams