ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.
Colleges / University of San Diego

About USD

University of San Diego is a private, religous school located in the urban setting of San Diego, CA, less than an hour from San Diego.

Founded in 1949, the institution currently enrolls around 8,861 students a year, including 5,529 undergrads. The institution runs on a 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term) academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $532,240,000.

2021 Admissions Facts About USD

Acceptance rate: 59%

Average GPA: 3.95

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: December 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 1

What is University of San Diego's acceptance rate?

USD is a very difficult school to get accepted to. Around 59 percent of all applicants are admitted to USD each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.95 on a 4.0 scale.

In 2021, 1,797 applicants were waitlisted and 240 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is USD a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 1,127 students who started at USD as first-time freshman, 775 graduate within four years.

USD's six-year graduation for undergrads is 80 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 94 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $60,669 a year. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $28,946 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does USD sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is USD a good school for YOU?

Is University of San Diego on your list?

Click the heart icon to save USD to your own personal list of schools where you want to apply!

All applicants will be notified by March 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about USD and get personalized recommendations for colleges and universities that offer what you're looking for in a school.

College Info

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Campus Setting: Urban

USD Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 15

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to USD is Dec 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to USD is May 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


Wondering what your chances are of getting into University of San Diego?

Complete your profile to get your personalized, AI-calculated prediction score.

Calculate Chances

USD ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


26 to 31


26 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to USD is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into USD. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

USD SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1200 - 1350


Math SAT Range

590 - 690


Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

USD Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at USD is like? There are approximately 9,181 students enrolled at USD, including 5,919 undergraduate students and 3,262 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 61% percent are from CA and 39% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting


Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Dec 15
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About USD?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation