USD Wins Best in Class for New College of Arts and Sciences Website

USD Wins Best in Class for New College of Arts and Sciences Website

On March 14, 2016, University of San Diego was awarded Best in Class for excellence in the design, development and implementation of the College of Arts and Sciences website in the Education category.

The honor, granted by the Interactive Media Awards, recognizes that the project met and surpassed the standards of excellence that comprise the web's most professional work. The judging consisted of various criteria, including design, usability, innovation in technical features, standards compliance and content. In order to win this award level, the site had to meet strict guidelines in each area — an achievement only a fraction of sites in the IMA competition earn each year.

See 2016 Best in Class award certificate.

The College of Arts and Sciences website is filled with new features that will help make the information-seeking process easier for students:

  • A responsive design which allows site visitors to access information anywhere at any time.
  • A new faculty directory with filtering, search, and larger photos for learning about the award-winning faculty at the university.
  • A new news and events center for better showcasing the accomplishments and opportunities available at the College.
  • A new scholarship listing showing all available scholarships at the university.
  • A study abroad program selector that feeds global opportunities directly from the university's International Center database.

In addition, the new website contains fresh content specifically geared toward for prospective students. The information architecture is strategically organized, and content was mindfully raised from the department level in the previous website to the school level on the new website, alleviating the need for students to track information in multiple places to find what they are looking for.

The plan is to use analytics and surveying tools to adjust to the changing needs of our prospective students and to allow the site to evolve with those needs.


About the Interactive Media Awards

The Interactive Media Awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement. Sponsored by the Interactive Media Council, Inc., a nonprofit organization of leading web designers, developers, programmers, advertisers and other web-related professionals, the competition seeks to elevate the standards of excellence on the Internet. For more information visit

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