Fall 2018 Edition

Torero Town News is a quarterly newsletter from the University of San Diego for the San Diego community. View our public calendar to find out what is happening on campus. 


USD Welcomes the Most Diverse and Highest Achieving Class Yet!

You may have noticed that school is back in session at USD. Beginning on Aug. 31, 2018, faculty, staff and administrators, along with fellow students, welcomed the highest academically-achieving first-year class in USD's history with an average SAT score of 1230 and GPA of 3.81. According to USD Admissions, this is also one of the largest and most diverse classes ever with over 40% of students identifying as a student of color. USD is committed to creating a community that reflects the world around us and the breadth and depth of this year's class reflects that commitment.


As we move full swing into the fall semester, we welcome our neighbors to come see what USD is all about: root on the Toreros in volleyball, football, soccer, swimming and cross country, take a stroll along Paseo de Colachis or attend a lecture through Bridges Academy. Whether it is your first visit to campus or a return visit, we welcome you!


Upcoming Events: Open to the Public 

Hope for Iraqi Christians

Hope for Iraqi Christians Fundraising Gala

Join the Most Reverend Bishop Emmanuel Shaleta in support of persecuted and displaced Iraqi Christians.

Friday, September 28  

6:30 p.m. 

Politifest logo

Come to a crash course in politics and policy that will dominate the November ballot. Debates, panels, interviews and a platform for residents to raise their voice makes this a public affairs summit not to be missed!

Saturday, October 6

12:00 p.m. 


Jodi Picoult

Illume Series Special Guest: Jodi Picoult

Spend an evening with bestselling author Jodi Picoult to discuss A Spark of Light. Sponsored by Warwick's Books.

Wednesday, October 10

7:00 p.m.


USD in the Community


Did You Know?

USD Climbs 2019 U.S. News & World Report List of Best National Universities

U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2019 Best Colleges rankings and the University of San Diego ranks 85th among the nation’s top national universities. “Our campus community is committed to ensuring USD students receive an outstanding liberal arts education that will help them grow both as individuals and global citizens,” said USD President James T. Harris III. Read More

USD Humanities Center Offers Events Open to the Public 

On a nearly daily basis, the Humanities Center opens its doors to the broader community for lectures, exhibitions, symposia and more. The Center is the meeting point of engagement and study and is dedicated to ensuring the accessibility of the humanities for all. Read More

Global Social Innovation Summit

Student Entrepreneurs Were Big Winners in USD's Global Social Innovation Challenge

Did you know this was the first year for USD to host the  event on an international scale? Students from Ireland, Ghana and Mexico were the big money winners with two USD teams winning in-kind prizes. Any community member interested in coaching opportunities are asked to email cpc@sandiego.edu for more information. Read More

Bridges Academy Lecture Series is Back 

It is going to be an exciting lineup of speakers this fall. If you are 55 or over, join us for lectures given by USD's leading faculty. First up--"Braving Difficult Conversations During an Election Year" on September 20. Read More

unfolding humanity

"Unfolding Humanity" Project Goes to Burning Man

Did you know that USD faculty, students, alumni and community members built a 12-foot by 30-foot dodecahedron with pentagonal walls and trekked it to Burning Man? Why?  This project was designed to honor and celebrate the importance of math and the need to make math accessible to all. Read More


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