University of San Diego Photo Tour

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The University of San Diego

University of San Diego
University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of San Diego is a private Roman Catholic university with an enrollment of roughly 8,000 students. Established on what is known as Alcalá Park, the campus has beautiful views of San Diego's Mission Bay. The school's official colors are Navy blue, Columbia blue, and white. USD's mascot is the Torero, which is Spanish for "Bullfighter." The Toreros compete in the West Coast Conference at the Division 1 level of the NCAA. The Alcalá Park campus is also home to 18 Greek organizations, with over a quarter of the undergraduate study body belonging to fraternities or sororities.

The University of San Diego offers more than 60 degrees in six of its colleges: The Kroc School of Peace Studies, the School of Law, the School of Business Administration, the School of Leadership and Education Studies, the School of Nursing and Health Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to these programs, USD also offers its students many locations to study abroad.

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Mission Bay View from USD

Mission Bay
Mission Bay. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Alcalá Park campus sits atop a hill overlooking Mission Bay. Being only a few miles from San Diego, USD students have access to all kinds of local attractions including Sea World, The San Diego Zoo, Old Town, La Jolla, the Coronado Islands, and just a short drive away, Tijuana.

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Kroc School for Peace and Justice Studies at USD

Kroc School at the University of San Diego
Kroc School at the University of San Diego.

The Kroc School for Peace and Justice Studies, named in honor of philanthropist Joan B. Kroc, opened in Fall 2007, making it the newest school on campus. The school offers an undergraduate minor and a 17-month long Masters program in Peace and Justice Studies, which focuses on ethics, international affairs, and conflict resolution.

The school is also home to the Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice, which was established following Mrs. Kroc's $75 million donation to the school. Through its programs Women PeaceMakers and WorldLink, the institute focuses on the impact of women and youth in international affairs.

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Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

Hill Hall at the University of San Diego
Hill Hall at the University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Across from the Kroc School of Peace and Justice Studies, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall is home to the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). SOLES is home to over 650 students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs, which include Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Secondary Education, Elementary Education, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, to name a few. All SOLES programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Leo T. Maher Hall

Maher Hall at the University of San Diego
Maher Hall at the University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The five-story Maher Hall is home to the Theology and Religious Studies Department, the University Ministry, and the Oscar Romero Center for Faith in Action--an organization that delivers food to local soup kitchens and participates in community service in Tijuana. The top three floors of Maher Hall are freshman co-ed housing. Each suite comes in single or double occupancy. The hall is the only freshman residence hall that offers private bathrooms.

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Colachis Plaza

Colachis Plaza at the University of San Diego
Colachis Plaza at the University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Colachis Plaza is at the center of campus, surrounded by the Church of the Immaculata, Maher Hall, Serra Hall (home to Admissions), and Warren Hall. Student fairs and activities are held weekly here, and it is not uncommon to find students eating and socializing in between classes. In 2005, USD expanded Colachis Plaza from the Church of the Immaculata to the east end of Warren Hall.

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Church of the Immaculata

Immaculata Church at USD
Immaculata Church at USD. Photo Credit: chrisostermann / Flickr

At the heart of the University of San Diego campus, the Church of the Immaculata is home to the Alcalá Park parish. Like its neighboring buildings, the church’s architecture is predominantly Spanish with its striking dome and red Cordova tiling. Inside the church, there are 20 side chapels as well as a barrel-vaulted 50 ft. ceiling. The church was dedicated in 1959 in honor of Reverend Charles Francis Buddy, founding Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego. Although the church is no longer affiliated with USD, it stands as one of the campus’s most iconic buildings.

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Hahn University Center

Hahn University Center at the University of San Diego
Hahn University Center at the University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1986, The Ernest & Jean Hahn University Center is the main hub of student life on campus. The center was named in honor of Ernest Hahn, who raised $7 million to fund the project. The University Center hosts Franks Lounge, One Stop Student Center, Campus Card Services, and The Experiential Learning and Adventure Center. The newest addition to the center, Student Life Pavilion and La Gran Terraza, offers students, family, staff, and alumni a fine dining experience.

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Copley Library

The Copley Library is the central library of USD. Copley holds over 500,00 books, 2,500 journals, as well as periodicals and media collections. Documents, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia of the history of San Diego are held in the library's archives. The library is open 100 hours a week and features group and private study areas, as well as 80 computer stations.

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Shiley Center for Science and Technology

Shiley Center at the University of San Diego
Shiley Center at the University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Donald P. Shiley Center for Science & Technology is home to the departments of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, marine science, and environmental studies. The center is equipped with elaborate hands on labs including a greenhouse, aquariums, fluid dynamic lab, astronomy deck, nuclear magnetic resonance lab, and other research labs.

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Warren Hall - The School of Law

Warren Hall at the University of San Diego
Warren Hall at the University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Warren Hall is home to the School of Law, one of USD's oldest colleges on campus. The School of Law, which is accredited by the American Bar Association, grants Juris Doctor degrees as well as Master of Laws degrees in Business and Corporate Law, Comparative Law, International Law, and Taxation. Students can also learn an MS in Legal Studies. Warren Hall features department offices, classrooms, lecture halls, and the Grace Courtroom, which was created in the image of the first United States Supreme Court.

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Founders Hall at USD

Founders Hall at the University of San Diego
Founders Hall at the University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Founders Hall, which is connected to Camino Hall, is home to the Foreign Language, Philosophy, and English departments, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, The Logic Tutoring Center, Office of the Registrar, and Founders Chapel. The third level of Founders Hall houses freshmen women in traditional single or double occupancy dorms.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers degree programs in Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Biochemistry, biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, English, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, French, History, Interdisciplinary Humanities, International Relations, Italian Studies, Liberal Studies, Marine Science, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, and Visual Arts.

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Camino Hall at USD

Camino Hall at the University of San Diego
Camino Hall at the University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Next to Founders Hall, Camino Hall houses first-year men on the third level. In the lower levels, Camino houses the Departments of Communication Studies, Theater Arts, Music, Art, Architecture, and Art History. Located in the Northwest corner of the hall, Shiley Theatre is one of USD's main performance and large lecture venues. With a capacity of 700, Shiley Theatre features both university and local productions.

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Olin Hall - USD's School of Business

Olin Hall at the University of San Diego
Olin Hall at the University of San Diego. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Across from Copley Library, Olin Hall is home to the School of Business Administration. Finance, Real Estate, Accounting, Marketing, Economics, and International Business are all undergraduate majors offered at the school. Graduate students are able to pursue an MBA or International MBA in any of the above programs as well. SBA is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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