The University of San Diego has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1956. All programs within the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering are accredited under WASC.

ABET Accreditation

In addition to WASC accreditation, the University of San Diego's electrical, industrial and systems and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in engineering technology, computing engineering, and applied and natural science.

Program Outcomes Agency Date Accredited
BS/BA Electrical Engineering Outcomes ABET Since 1992
BS/BA Industrial and Systems Engineering Outcomes ABET Since 2001
BS/BA Mechanical Engineering Outcomes ABET Since 2008

While USD's integrated engineering and computer science programs are WASC accredited, these programs are actively working towards ABET accreditation.

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.

Accreditation provides colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate and improve their programs. Accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure and certification boards to screen applicants.

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About ABET

Incorporated as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., ABET accreditation assures students, employers and society that our programs meet established standards so that our graduates are leading the way in innovation and are prepared to enter critical and emerging technical fields within a global workforce.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations, conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe and private practice within the ABET disciplines, focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support and other important areas.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13
Total Enrollment (All Fields) 569 572 505 440 364 278
Total Graduated (All Fields) 117 104 115 77 73 59
Computer Science 16 14 8 10 5 6
Electrical Engineering 19 25 29 18 22 12
Industrial and Systems Engineering 18 15 23 12 14 9
Mechanical Engineering 64 50 55 37 32 32