USD Mission and 2024 Vision

Our strategic planning efforts have focused on creating a new and distinctive vision statement, one that activates USD’s mission to the year 2024 when the university will celebrate its 75th anniversary:

Vision Statement:

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges.

We believe this vision statement is bold and ambitious, yet realistic. Our vision to “set the standard” reflects our ambitions for leadership among Catholic universities and indeed among all universities. As the standard bearer for an "engaged, contemporary Catholic university" in 2024, we are uniquely qualified to be the university most closely aligned with the urgent call to action by Pope Francis in his encyclical, Laudato si', Care For Our Common Home. We have identified six interconnected pathways and described how each will help achieve this vision. The six pathways are organized into two groups of three and illustrate both an engaged and a contemporary Catholic university.