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USD Student Life

USD is on a 180-acre campus in an urban setting in San Diego, California. There are many activities and organizations for USD students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

USD also has fraternities and sororities.

USD has a thriving American Marketing Association - USD Chapter. In fact, more students participate in American Marketing Association - USD Chapter than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at USD include Asian Student Association, Black Student Union, Cool Kids Club and Entrepreneurship Club.

USD students' favorite campus traditions are Alcala Bazaar (clubs and organizations fair), Big Blue Bash/Homecoming Concert and Ole Music Festival.

Does USD Offer Student Housing?

USD offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most USD students live off campus. In 2021, 16% of undergrads at USD lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 84% of students lived off-campus or commuted to USD. There are 2,500 spots available in on-campus housing for all 5,529 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 897 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 75% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

USD offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

USD Athletics

At USD there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at USD:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Crew NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Lacrosse Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Soccer Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Volleyball Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 1
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Ultimate Frisbee Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams

Is USD Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

University of San Diego is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The USD campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

USD offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to USD

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to USD, take Interstate 5 to San Diego, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Lindbergh Field airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in California you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore USD's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

USD Students

58%

Women

42%

Men

96%

Full Time

4%

Part Time

62%

In State

38%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

49%

22%

7%

7%

7%

3%

3%

0.31%

0.26%

Undergraduate Students

5,529

Graduate Students

3,332

Non-Resident / International Students

385

USD Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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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

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Dec 15
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