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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

San Diego, CaliforniaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1949Established Year
  8905Enrollment

University of San Diego: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
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The University of San Diego is a highly rated and nationally ranked private coeducational catholic University founded in 1949. Presently with an average population of 9,000 students from more than 85 countries and 800 faculty members, USD, as it is fondly called, is fairly competitive with an acceptance rate of 50%.

Ranking

Stevens Institute of Technology is ranked:

  • 601st – 800th in 2019 list of World University Ranking by Times Higher Education 
  • 150th in 2020 list of U.S University Ranking by Times Higher Education
  • 8th in 2020 list of Best Catholic Colleges in America by Niche 
  • 66th in 2020 list of Best Value Schools in the United States by U.S News 

Highlights

College TypePrivate
Campus SettingUrban
Endowment530 million USD
Student Retention Rate77%
Work-study programyes
Mode of ProgramFull time; Part-time; online
Campus Housing Capacity46%
The annual cost of Attendance67,498 USD
Admission Helpdeskadmissions@sandiego.edu | 619 260-4506

Campus

  • It is located in a 180-acre piece of land located at 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110 overlooking the city of San Diego, the Pacific Ocean, and Mission Bay.
  • The 16th century well-crafted Spanish Renaissance architectural style campus houses buildings that encompass over two million square feet and provide educational, residential, administrative, dining, athletic, and support services.
  • The campus is strategically situated on a pristine canyon – easily navigable and pedestrian-friendly.
  • Situated in the focus of a growing entrepreneurial and innovative city where most of the world’s top science and technology innovation companies are headquartered, it gives students a variety of internship and job opportunities for easy career advancement
  • 17 NCAA Division I teams, 23 sports clubs, eight national fraternities, nine national sororities, many recreation clubs, and fitness classes.

Residence

  • 44% of undergraduates live on campus.
  • On-campus housing is available for students for all undergraduate students.
  • The school has a two-year residency requirement. At the third year, students are at liberty to move off-campus
  • Facilities in on-campus halls and apartments include a laundry facility, culinary facility, recreational facility, study facility, room service, etc.
  • First and Second-year students residing on campus are required to have a meal plan.
  • Staying on campus affords students easy access to classes and professors as well as campus events.
  • Resources for an off-campus living can be found on the school website
  • Off-campus apartment rates range from 975 USD to 4,860 USD per month.

Program

  • The University of San Diego offers 43 bachelor's degrees, 53 minors, 34 master's degrees, dual degree programs, five LLM degrees, three doctorates in its eight colleges and schools.
  • Certificate programs like Health Care Informatics, Paralegal, Non-profit Leadership and Management, Leadership Coaching, International School Counseling, etc are offered in the school.
  • The school also offers more than 135 academic study abroad programs available in 44 countries and 76 cities to expose students to different traditions, languages, customs, and cultures.
  • Teacher credential programs are also offered in its School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES).
  • A unique learning and cutting edge research opportunities are available in the numerous University Centers and Institutes
  • Online Graduate Degrees are also available for Modern Professionals. These programs span for 20 months.
  • Average class size: 22 Students

Application Process

International students seeking admissions at the University can follow the below-mentioned admission details:

  • Admission application is via the university portal
  • Application fee:
    • Undergraduate: 55 USD.
    • Graduate: program-specific
  • Application requirements for international undergraduates are:
    • Completed Common Application
    • Official Transcripts (in English)
    • One academic letter of recommendation
    • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS)
    • English Test TOEFL iBT score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5
    • Essay
    • Official course by course evaluation of any foreign transcript
    • SAT and ACT not required for the first year applicants except for scholarship seeking applicants
    • In addition to the above-stated requirements, graduate applicants are required to submit a current resume, Statement of Purpose, GRE/GMAT (optional)
    • The minimum Standardized test scores are presented in the table below:
UnderGrad/GradProgramsTOEFL iBTIELTS
UndergraduateAll programs806.5
GraduatesSchool of Business programs927.0
Master of Arts in International Relations907.0
All other programs837.0
  • English language requirement can be waived if the applicant fulfill any of the stated conditions here
    • Application timeline for undergraduates are presented in the table below:
August 1stOpening of Admission Portal
October 1stApplication deadline for spring
December 20thLate Consideration Deadline for Spring
November 20 - January 15Spring 2020 admission decisions released
December 15thApplication Deadline for Fall
February 24th – March 31stFall 2020 admission decisions released
March 1stLate Consideration Deadline for Fall 2020
May 1stEnrollment Confirmation Due
  • Application deadlines for graduate programs vary. Thus, applicants are required to check the program page to see the list of deadlines relevant to their program of choice

Cost of Attendance

  • The estimated annual cost of attendance for undergraduates calculated based on 12-18 credit units/semester is presented in the table below:
FeesAmount (USD)
Tuition52,120
Fees744
Health Insurance3,032
Housing9,940
Meal Plan3,908
Total69,744
  • For Undergraduate programs, 1,798 USD is charged per unit if credits units are fewer than 12 or in excess of 18
  • Graduate tuition fees differ by program, below is an estimate of the graduate cost of attendance calculated based on nine credit unit per semester
FeesAmount
Tuition16,650 – 33,930
Health Insurance3,032
Health Fee340
Student Association Fee64
Student Life Pavilion Fee70
Off-campus Room and Board (not living with parent/relative)16,580
Total38,736 – 54,016

Financial Aid

  • The University offers student loans and various scholarships for international students to study in the US. Online application and submission of transcripts are required to avail the scholarships and loans. 76% of students receive financial aid
  • Merits scholarship is available to international first-year applicants who have submitted SAT and/or ACT score during the application process
  • Scholarships are awarded based on exceptional and excellent academic performance in grades, test scores, and class selection.
  • Worth of merit scholarships range from 10,000 USD to 25,000 USD, renewable for a period of four years if minimum grade point average requirements are met.
  • International students who are athletes are also eligible for an athletic scholarship

Alumni

  • Members of the alumni network help students in career development by offering social interactions, mentoring and leadership opportunities
  • The alumni network organizes reunions, meetups, events to bring keep graduates of the school knitted in one bond.
  • Notable alumni of the school are:
    • Kenneth C. Koo- Chairman and CEO of Tai Chong Cheang Group
    • David Reiling- CEO, University National Bank

Placement

  • 94% of students receive a job offer within three months of graduating
  • 91% of students are in graduate school or employed within six months of graduation
  • According to payscale, graduates of the University of San Diego earns an average of 72,000 USD annually
  • Top sectors where the University of San Diego graduates are employed are:
    • Marketing, Sales, and Consumer Products
    • Finance and Banking
    • Health and Medical
    • Technology
    • Accounting/Auditing
    • Real Estate
    • Engineering and Design
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University of San Diego Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population9530
FAFSA Code010395
Application Cost$55
Accreditation ACS WASC
Average Cost of Attendance$51,401 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-80- -
IELTS-6.5- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score126511801350 49%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing630590670-
Mathematics635590680-
ACTCheck Detailed Score282630 65%
English292533-
Mathematics272529-

University of San Diego Acceptance Rate

49.8%

Acceptance Rate

14739

Total Applicants

9530

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

44.2%

Male

55.8%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program49.8%
Total Applicants12406
Total Enrolled6177
Graduate
Graduate Programs49.8%
Total Applicants6734
Total Enrolled3353

University of San Diego Enrollment

Enrollment
University of San Diego Enrollment9530
Undergraduate Enrollment6177
Graduate Enrollment3353
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate83.4%

Attendance Cost

$51,401

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$51,401 / Year
Post Graduate Program$44,250 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,848 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$12,630 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$3,240 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$13,293 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$4,239 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$4,284 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$4,374 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Wise Accreditations
Law ProgramsAmerican Bar Association
Language ProgramsCommission on English Language Program Accreditation
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
1300363236680-
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    Bus Station

    Linda Vista Rd & Goshen St0.19 Km
    Linda Vista Rd & Brunner St0.35 Km
    Linda Vista Rd & USD Main Drwy0.39 Km
    Linda Vista Rd & Usd Main Entrance0.41 Km
    Linda Vista Rd & Colusa St0.51 Km
    Linda Vista Rd & Mildred St0.94 Km
    Morena Bl & Cushman Av0.97 Km
    Morena Bl & W Morena Bl1.01 Km
    Morena Bl & Buenos Av3.25 Km
    Linda Vista Rd & Mildred St3.31 Km
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    Book Store

    Reusable Finds - Resale and Repurpose Center1.26 Km
    HI-Lite Adult Bookstore2.43 Km
    Barnes & Noble3.02 Km
    KMC San Diego Bookstore & Shop3.5 Km
    Bluestocking Books3.92 Km
    Comickaze Comics Books and More II4.16 Km
    Romantix4.53 Km
    Warwick's of La Jolla4.56 Km
    Goodwill Store & Donation Center4.61 Km
    Hessian Global Goods4.7 Km
    Rockpile Christian Bookstore4.82 Km
    Pennywise Books5.95 Km
    Book-Off6.5 Km
    Christian Science Reading Room6.75 Km
    Comickaze Comics Books and More I7.01 Km
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    Train Station

    Old Town Station2.05 Km
    Santa Fe6.43 Km

    Airport

    San Diego airport2.06 Km
    Hazard Center Office Tower One Heliport3.1 Km
    Aeropuerto de San Diego3.47 Km
    Helipad3.61 Km
    KSAN Tower 118.33.94 Km
    San Diego International Airport4.25 Km
    Boing NDB AN 2454.28 Km
    Rotor Zen Helicopters, San Diego4.36 Km
    Signature Flight Support SAN - San Diego International Airport4.37 Km
    SAN4.62 Km
    Lindbergh Field4.79 Km
    EnvoyAir4.92 Km
    CA Coast Limo5.36 Km
    Ethan's Corner5.38 Km
    Miramar Hangar5.97 Km
    Agile Pacific6.06 Km
    Crownair Aviation6.32 Km
    Gibbs Flying Service6.42 Km
    Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport6.43 Km
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    Shopping Mall

    Soho2.25 Km
    Fashion Valley2.25 Km
    Scandia Plaza2.7 Km
    Sports Arena Shopping Center2.71 Km
    Loma Square3.03 Km
    Hazard Center3.05 Km
    Westfield Mission Valley3.73 Km
    Village Hillcrest3.81 Km
    Sunglass Hut3.91 Km
    Hillcrest Center3.92 Km
    Liberty Station4.38 Km
    PB Gateway Center4.76 Km
    Genesee Plaza5.62 Km
    Promenade At Pacific Beach6.38 Km
    Clairemont Town Square6.7 Km
    Sunglass Hut at Macy's6.91 Km
    The Headquarters at Seaport7.04 Km
    Seaport Village7.21 Km
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