University of San Diego

San Diego, California
4-year Private university


University of San Diego is a private institution established in 1949 with urban setting located at San Diego. It is ranked 90 in National Universities in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $49,358 (2018). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,774. It practices 4-1-4-based academic calendar.

#90 in National Universities
Location San Diego, California
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1949
Selectivity Low
Size Medium
5,774 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 $49,358
Outstate Tuition Fee $49,358
Room and Board Fees $12,980
$59,300 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


51% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$55 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.84 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
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp

For International Students

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

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

$33,801 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$27,519 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $67,498
98% Students with need received Financial Aid
75% 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–$25,000
Eligibility Undergraduates
Minimum Criteria Based upon superior academic performance including grades, course selection, and test scores.
Requirement for maintenance minimum grade point average requirements and maintaining full-time enrollment each semester.
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Athletic Scholarship
Total Worth full tuition and room and board
Details All of NCAA Division I sports have scholarships except Football and Men's Rowing
Alumni Scholarships
Total Worth $500-$7000
Details Deadline: February 25, Approximately 30-35 awards are given annually to current and returning USD students.


5,774 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
90% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
78% Students graduate within 6 years