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USD Admissions

If you want to apply to USD, the regular decision application deadline is December 15 and the fee for the application costs $55. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 1.

Applying Early to USD?

University of San Diego does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is USD Hard To Get Into?

Getting into USD is very difficult. USD evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, USD accepted 59% of all applicants., around 7,731 of the 13,171 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like USD, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, USD waitlisted 1,797 students. Of those, 794 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does USD Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at USD

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Not Considered
Volunteer Work Important

USD 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to USD must submit the following items. Double check with USD's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into USD?

Students admitted to USD have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At USD 37% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 70% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of San Diego, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 34%
3.75 and 3.99 24%
3.50 and 3.74 16%
3.25 and 3.49 6%
3.00 and 3.24 2%
2.50 and 2.9 1%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
USD doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

USD does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to University of San Diego

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to USD.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is May 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in USD during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

USD Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to USD?

Students who are admitted to USD must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does USD accept transfer credits?

USD accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. USD accepts:

CLEP subject tests

Does USD accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

USD accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to USD?

USD. is not test optional. Test scores are will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

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USD Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

59%

How hard is it to get into USD? USD is a very selective institution. The USD acceptance rate is 59%. This means that the institution accepts 58 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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USD GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.95

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At USD, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.95. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

8,861

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

59%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$52,864

Out-of-State

$52,864

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Application Deadline

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