University of San Diego Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Immaculata Church at USD ( more photos). Photo Credit: chrisostermann / Flickr

University of San Diego Admissions Overview:

The University of San Diego is neither extremely selective nor accessible to all applicants. In 2016, the school admitted around half of applicants; those admitted generally have B (or better) averages, and standardized test scores above average (see below for the average ranges of those admitted). Along with an application and test scores, applicants will need to submit a personal essay and letters of recommendation.

Check out the school's website for more information and details about applying.

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Admissions Data (2016):

University of San Diego Description:

The University of San Diego is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Catholic church. The university has a stunning 180-acre campus defined by its Spanish Renaissance architecture style and views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Beaches, mountains, desert and Mexico are all within an easy drive.

The University of San Diego was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. The USD Toreros (Bullfighters) compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 8,508 (5,711 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $46,140
  • Books: $1,800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,302
  • Other Expenses: $3,168
  • Total Cost: $63,410

University of San Diego Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 81%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79%
    • Loans: 38%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,617
    • Loans: $7,337

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, English, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 66%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 78%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Rowing, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Swimming

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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