University of San Diego in San Diego

San Diego, CA

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University of San Diego offers 260-degree programs and 9 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 46%. The most popular test is SAT - 65% of students submitted it in comparison to 56% of students who submitted ACT. 42.9% are women, and 57.1% are men. 8% percents of international students. University of San Diego is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at University of San Diego is 30191$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $48926 and $59729 per year. 76% of full-time University of San Diego students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $56,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The University of San Diego is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, University of San Diego students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$22,214
$30,001 - $48,000$21,245
$48,001 - $75,000$25,414
$75,001 - $110,000$31,857

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: 12042


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


3893 of University of San Diego undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 68 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes University of San Diego number 26 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in California.

Students at University of San Diego awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in University of San Diego.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Navy

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


University of San Diego graduation rate is above the national average.

76% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to University of San Diego completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

12 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

University of San Diego acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 67%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 21%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $30k - $40k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 64%, so University of San Diego acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 18%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The University of San Diego full-time retention rate is 87% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of San Diego students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1650 - 1960

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 550 - 640
Math: 560 - 670
Writing: 540 - 650

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of San Diego students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
26 - 30

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 25 - 30
Math: 25 - 32
Writing: 8 - 9

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at University of San Diego is 14:1, that means that for every 14 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In University of San Diego the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at University of San Diego and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in California.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The campus located by 5998 Alcala Park address in San Diego, California.


UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of University of San Diego with 0.57% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

University of San Diego offers 260 programs in total: 129 are for Bachelor's degree, 101 - for Master's degree, 18 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 6 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 73 universities in San Diego county. University of San Diego is one of the few institutions in San Diego that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 9 distance education programs that are offered in the University of San Diego: 9 are for Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the California state average data to help you compare.


University of San Diego provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 5786 students with 173575 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1496 with 35902 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 780 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for University of San Diego

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Pretty modern style school. Basically it's a very new school compares to others (if you like a historical one, then it's not the one). Very high population of Asian students, sometimes you may feel you are in Asia. Many parking lots (not free) available. HWY I-5 is nearby. Easy access.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I went to an advanced level musical performance here and it did not disappoint. Great job with the music program!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Pros: beautiful landscaping and fountains, interesting majors, and 60,%of applicants are accepted. Cons: safe spaces, coddling of students, catering to emotional outspoken minorities, and generally treating young adults like they are earning a degree at extended summer camp. Summary: your dollars are better spent at 2 years of community college Gen Eds, followed by 2 years at SDSU or UCSD...unless you have more money than motivation. This is all from a political moderate 29-year old in his last undergrad semester. I earned my place here and saved for a long time to afford this tuition. It was a mistake.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Where the good kids go to school if they can swing it and I know the tech recruiters are way into the graduates, by experience, literally nothing like the recruiting going on at UCSD. Been to job fairs at both, and dealt with students from both and would take a UCSD grad over a UCSD grad for 90+% of the entry level jobs- these kids will tend to be more connected, and better mannered. Very well off kids go to school here but don't usually flaunt it. lots of the old money and Catholic money ends up here.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

This is my alma mater. A very beautiful campus with many beautiful people. My only complaint would be the cost. My professors were very good too, and the administration has a good relationship with the professors and students. 5/5

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 5998 Alcala Park


Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Calendar system: Four-one-four plan

General Phone Number: +6192604600

Institution is active in current year: 1

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