University of San Diego

San Diego, California
4-year Private university


The University of San Diego is a private institution established in 1949 with an urban setting located in San Diego. It is ranked 98 in National Universities in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $56,444 (2024). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,669. It practices a 4-1-4-based academic calendar.

#98 in National Universities
Location San Diego, California
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1949
Selectivity Low
Size Large
56,444 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Business/ Marketing
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $56,444
Outstate Tuition Fee $56,444
Room and Board Fees $18,084
$51,132 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


53% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$55 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.9 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
-- Not Reported
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
-- Not Reported

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp

For International Students

80 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

1) SAT Critical Reading score of 520 or higher
2) Enrolled in AP English or International Baccalaureate (IB) English
3) Currently attending high school in the US and have been enrolled in mainstream English all four years
4) Received a grade "C" or better in college level English Composition II (or its equivalent) at an accredited US college or university
A score of "C" or better on the UK system A-levels English Exam

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$47,971 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$40,925 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $75,767
53% Students with need received Financial Aid
18.7% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Undergraduate Merit Scholarships (Alcala, Trustee, and Presidential)
Total Worth $18,000–$28,000
Eligibility Undergraduates
Minimum Criteria Based upon superior academic performance including grades, course selection, and test scores.
Requirement for maintenance minimum grade of 3.0 point average requirements and maintaining full-time enrollment each semester.
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships


56,444 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
90% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
71% Students graduate within 6 years