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University of San Diego Overview

Located in San Diego, California, University of San Diego is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of San Diego makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is University of San Diego Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$51,972 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at USD is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at USD.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 50% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, USD bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $78,234 a year. That's about 92% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average USD student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Where Is University of San Diego?


Contact details for USD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Phone: 619-260-4600

How Do I Get Into USD?

You can apply to USD online at:

Admission Requirements for USD

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USD?

53% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at USD is 53%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 54%.

Can I Afford University of San Diego?

$51,972 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
0.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USD is $51,972. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At USD, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $6,875 a year. That adds up to $27,500 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USD is 0.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of San Diego Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,544 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,702 undergraduate students at USD, with 5,544 being full-time and 158 being part-time.


There are also 3,339 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,544 full-time undergraduates at USD, 43% are male and 57% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of San Diego students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 428
Black or African American 184
Hispanic or Latino 1,277
White 2,660
International Students 400
Other Races/Ethnicities 595

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of San Diego. At this time, 45 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 79 countries are represented at USD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of San Diego

993 Took All Classes Online
993 Took At Least One Class Online
14.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 993 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at USD has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 31st most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of USD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of San Diego was 14.3%. This is the #1,226 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USD regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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