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University of San Diego is a private institution that was founded in 1949. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,493, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 180 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. University of San Diego's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 92. Its tuition and fees are $39,970 (2012-13).
The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution open to students of all faiths. As its name suggests, the school overlooks the San Diego Bay, and the city of San Diego is a 15-minute trip away. On campus, there are more than 100 student organizations, including about 10 fraternities and sororities. Most of the San Diego Torero sports teams are members of the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference; the football team competes in the NCAA Division I-AA Pioneer League. Athletic teams are cheered on by the school’s mascot, a costumed bullfighter named Diego Torero. As a Roman Catholic institution, the University Ministry coordinates retreats and immersion trips and hosts daily mass services, including a special Mass for Peace on Wednesday nights. After class, students can relax at nearby beaches, like La Jolla and Pacific Beach, or explore Balboa Park, the biggest urban cultural park in the country that includes 15 museums, the San Diego Zoo, and the Old Globe Theatre. Opportunities to kayak, sail, wind surf, and more are nearby. Students can join group excursions, led by the school’s Experiential Learning and Adventure Center, or rent kayaks, surfboards, and snorkel equipment on campus for trips on their own. Freshmen must live on campus, and for students around on the weekends, the school hosts a Friday Night Movies series and Saturday Night Live Concert series.
The University of San Diego has a variety of graduate programs, including a Tier 1 School of Law and an accredited paralegal program. Some academic programs are specific to the school’s religious foundation, like the Center for Christian Spirituality and the Oscar Romero Center for Faith in Action. Notable alumni include Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless; Theo Epstein, general manager of the Boston Red Sox; and Andrew Firestone, a former contestant on ABC’s The Bachelor.
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The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution located centrally in San Diego. The 180-acre suburban campus, with Spanish Renaissance architectural style, overlooks San Diego's beautiful Mission Bay. Located on the Pacific Rim and just 22 miles from the Mexican border, USD is optimally positioned for international activity. For 60 years, USD has been dedicated to providing a values-based education rooted in the liberal arts. USD is known for its commitment to teaching and takes pride in the personalized approach it brings to the educational process.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
When applying to University of San Diego, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at University of San Diego is $55. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 47.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||47.5%|
|Application deadline||March 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 1|
The student-faculty ratio at University of San Diego is 16:1, and the school has 39.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of San Diego include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.2 percent.
University of San Diego has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,493, with a gender distribution of 44.7 percent male students and 55.3 percent female students. At this school, 46.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54.0 percent of students live off campus. University of San Diego is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
University of San Diego offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of San Diego also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of San Diego.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At University of San Diego, 52.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,838.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$39,970 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$11,910 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data