University Of San Diego

University Of San Diego

The University of San Diego, also known as USD, is a Roman Catholic university located in San Diego, California. It was established in the year 1949. USD offers more than 60 bachelor, master, and doctoral programs. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Engineering Program
  • Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Law
  • School of Leadership and Education Sciences

USD's athletes compete in the West Coast Conference at the Division I level of the NCAA. The sports teams are nicknamed the Toreros. Some of the notable alumni of the university are Lowell McAdam, President & CEO of Verizon Wireless; Theo Epstein, General Manager of the Boston Red Sox; and Steve Poltz, musician.

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University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego , CA 92110-2492
General Phone: (619) 260-4600

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University of San Diego Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management686business management, logistics, business administration, accounting, accounting and finance, managerial economics, finance, international business, CIO training, ...
Law607law, advanced legal research, banking and finance, comparative law, international law, tax law, legal assistant
Liberal Arts368French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, peace and conflict resolution, diversity studies, anthropology, economics, ...
Education and Teaching155curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, student counseling, secondary teaching, ESL instruction
Therapy and Counseling122psychology, marriage and family therapy
Media106communication studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine86registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner, nursing science
Science83biology, biochemistry, marine biology, chemistry, physics
Religion and Philosophy31philosophy, religion, theology, pastoral counseling
Engineering29electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering
Real Estate and Construction Management20real estate
Drama and Performing Arts18drama
Fine Arts14fine arts, art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science

Number of programs and degrees for University of San Diego in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,13737
Master's degree62630
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship223
Doctor's degree - professional practice3241
Postbaccalaureate certificate2312
Post-master's certificate32

University of San Diego Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of San Diego had a total enrollment of 7,504 students (6,945 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 62%
Graduate 38%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 3%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 9%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 27%
20-21 28%
22-24 15%
25-29 16%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%
New Jersey2%
New York1%
Rhode Island1%

University of San Diego Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %

University of San Diego Room and Board (2007)

University of San Diego offers campus housing for 2,553 of its 6,945 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of San Diego, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

University of San Diego Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540630
SAT Math560650
SAT Writing550650
ACT Composite2429

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT86%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT47%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of San Diego Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 34,264
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 34,264
Room and board $ 11,870
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
University of San Diego participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1039500)

University of San Diego Faculty

University of San Diego has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5155
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1229

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year98$128,95156$106,493
Associate professoracademic year57$88,32643$82,549
Assistant professoracademic year42$74,64153$71,207
Instructoracademic year6$62,13514$61,814
All faculty totalacademic year203$104,333166$85,257

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of San Diego Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pioneer Football League
Basketball West Coast Conference
Baseball West Coast Conference
Track West Coast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports61117

University of San Diego Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Finance
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Comparative Law (LLM, MCL, JSD/SJD)
International Law and Legal Studies (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Tax Law/Taxation (LLM, JSD/SJD)

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General

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