Accreditation

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 USD's 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.

Outcomes list.
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 Computer Science program and the BS/BA in Engineering programs are both 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.

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commision logo

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.

Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation Data

Outcomes list.
  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Total Enrollment (All Fields) 531 497 526 474 450 409
Total Graduated (All Fields) 170 151 150 104 115 77
Computer Science 35 25 20 14 8 10
Electrical Engineering 23 21 23 25 29 18
Engineering*  8 4        
Industrial and Systems Engineering 34 25 24 15 23 12
Mechanical Engineering 70 76 83 50 55 37

Enrollment numbers do not include undeclared students pursuing Engineering or Computer Science. 

* USD's Engineering degree program is housed within the Integrated Engineering department and graduated their first cohort in 2018-19.