USD Climbs 2019 U.S. News & World Report List of Best National Universities

U.S. News & World Report today released its 2019 Best Colleges rankings and the University of San Diego ranks 85th among the nation’s top national universities. This is USD’s highest ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Tied with USD are Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, Raleigh and University of California, Riverside. USD maintains its position as the youngest private university included on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best National Universities.

Founded in 2012, USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (SMSOE) continues its ascent to becoming one of the top ten undergraduate engineering programs in the nation. Today’s U.S. News & World Report ranks SMSOE #11 among engineering schools without a doctorate program.

2019 U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings for the University of San Diego:

  • #85 (tie) in National Universities
  • #49 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #43 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #66 in Best Value Schools
  • #87 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
  • #11 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (at schools where doctorate not offered)
  • #108 in Business Programs

“Today’s U.S. News & World Report rankings is further evidence of the wonderful work our campus community is doing to ensure Toreros are successful, and graduate from USD prepared to address humanity’s urgent challenges while leading purposeful lives,” said USD President Dr. James T. Harris III. “Our campus community is committed to ensuring USD students receive an outstanding liberal arts education that will help them grow both as individuals and global citizens,” added Harris.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton