University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, California 92110-2492
(619) 260-4600 or
University of San Diego
San Diego, California
The 180-acre campus sits on a mesa commanding inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay, San Diego harbor, and the surrounding mountains. USD is conveniently located minutes away from the cultural, recreational, business, and residential areas of San Diego, California's birthplace and second-largest city.
The students who share in the life at USD and contribute to its growth are a diverse group representing all fifty states and more than fifty countries. There are currently 4,000 undergraduates out of a total University enrollment of 6,100 students. Fifty percent of USD's undergraduate students reside on campus.
The Freshman Preceptorial program begins each USD student's academic career with a combination of advising, orientation and an introduction to college-level scholarship. The preceptor, instructing in a supportive, small-group environment, has frequent contact with each advisee and continues advising throughout the student's general education program. Once students declare a major, the responsibility of advising shifts to the department chairman, who provides guidance in regard to specialized and professional study.
The University operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar. Normally, the student is in residence for eight semesters and completes approximately forty-four courses, completing a minimum of 124 units. The honors program at USD gives promising students the opportunity for both independent academic research and intensive exchange of ideas with other honors students.
Students interested in studying abroad may enroll for a semester or year of study in several different programs in England, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Japan. USD also conducts a five-week summer session in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Residence halls consist of traditional dormitories, suites, and apartment-style buildings. Several meal plans accommodate different schedules and tastes in food, and the University Center houses a dining hall, a deli, an ice-cream/pastry shop, and a grill with burgers, rice bowls and pizza.
Located on the southern tip of California, San Diego offers a wide variety of recreational, business, science, art and cultural activities. With an average daily temperature of 64 degrees in February and 76 degrees in August, the area is perfect for biking, jogging, tennis, softball, and all aquatic sports. In addition, San Diego is noted for an outstanding zoo, museums, Spanish missions, Sea World, and major sports programs. The proximity to Mexico provides an excellent opportunity for gaining firsthand insights into Mexican culture. The city of San Diego also offers educational advantages to students in the fields of social services, education, environmental and marine science, art, music, and archaeology. The International airport, downtown, Mission Bay, and the Aquatic Center are just a few minutes from the campus.
Facilities and Resources
Copley Library, the hub of undergraduate academic life, houses a constantly growing collection of more than 300,00 volumes and more than 1,800 periodicals. Used by undergraduate students as well as by law students, USD's Legal Research Center contains the Law Library, which houses more than 253,000 volumes and microfiche.
The University Center, a two-story, 78,000-sq.-ft. facility, serves as the hub of student life on campus. It offers students and faculty the use of music and study lounges, a game room, student organizations offices, and a choice of five dining areas, including a grill, a deli and a bakery. Aromas Coffee House in Maher Hall has won first place nationally as the best coffee house among campuses of 5,000-6,000 students.
Camino Hall is home to Shiley Theatre and also holds offices of the Fine Arts Department, soundproof practice rooms for music students, foreign language laboratories and chemistry labs. Founders Hall includes Founders Chapel and the Founders Art Gallery, which features exhibits by both professional and student artists.
The residence halls consist of traditional dormitories, suites, and apartment-style buildings. The new Jenny Craig Sports Pavilion broke ground in 1998 and will be completed in the near future.
In addition to NCAA sports, many USD sports clubs maintain competition schedules, including cycling, dance, surfing, rugby and lacrosse teams. USD's intramural sports boast participants from two-thirds of the University community and include flag football, tennis, swimming, volleyball, softball, golf, basketball, racquetball, and inner tube water polo.
USD students have full access to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center for rental equipment and courses in sailing, scuba diving, wind surfing, Olympic rowing, kayaking, surfing, and water-skiing.
The deadline for submitting all financial aid documents is February 20.
Applicants are expected to present a well-balanced secondary school program comprised of at least four academic subjects each year. Both the quality of the student's performance and the content of the program are considered.
Transfer students who present a 2.7 or better grade point average are generally admissible if they have a well-balanced course selection and will have completed at least 24 transferable units by the time they transfer. USD welcomes international students who can demonstrate an ability to undertake college work with success in the United States. TOEFL and SAT I scores are required for their admission.
Complete applications for both freshmen and transfers are due by January 15. Applications are reviewed as they are received, and candidates are notified of acceptance by April 15. Non-binding early action applications are due by December 1 and notification if by January 31. USD observes the Candidate's Reply Date (May 1) set by the College Board and requests accepted applicants to notify the University of their intentions by that date.