Every gift makes a difference. Broad-based support encourages major gifts and grants to the university. While a financial contribution is not the only way to support the university, it is an established and important indicator of support for the mission of USD. Viewed also as a measure of the value alumni place on their educational experience, national college ranking organizations use alumni participation in the ranking process.

When considering a gift to the university, whether it be unrestricted or designated to a special area of campus, remember that the rate at which alumni give is an important statistic and a barometer of an institution's relevance. Alumni participation is critical to the success, prominence and sustainability of the University of San Diego.

What is alumni participation? Why is it important?

  • The term alumni participation when used in higher education specifically means the percentage of alumni that make an annual financial gift to their alma mater.
  • Since alumni participation rate is universally regarded as the best way to measure alumni satisfaction with their alma mater, it is one of the key metrics used to determine national rankings and the financial support received from foundations.
  • These institutions do not look at the dollar amount of alumni gifts, just the percentage of alumni that give at any level. A gift of $25 is just as important as a gift of $2,500 when it comes to alumni participation.
  • Although national rankings and international recognition increases the value of USD degrees, the bottom line is that alumni gifts sustain the University of San Diego. Collectively, thousands of individual gifts enable us to provide much-needed scholarships, services, programs and facilities for our current students.

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Every contribution to USD is viewed as important. Whether it is great or small, donations like yours help build our Torero future.