USD is on a 180-acre campus in the urban setting of San Diego, California.
There are many activities and organizations for USD students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? USD has fraternities and sororities.
USD has the American Marketing Association - USD Chapter. In fact, more students participate in the 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.
This table offers information on housing at USD.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for sophomore|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||Yes|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||42%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––||2,500|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––||2,420|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||58%|
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 2022, 42% of undergrads at USD lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 58% of students lived off-campus or commuted to USD. There are 2,500 spots available in on-campus housing for all 5,702 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 2,420 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.
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 university, funding, and competition 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||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Crew||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Cross Country Running||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Lacrosse||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Sailing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ultimate Frisbee||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
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.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit USD, take Interstate 5 to San Diego, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Lindbergh Field airport.
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