Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
5,269
Tuition
$39,970
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1454 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I have sent numerous emails to admissions and advisors for aid in finding scholarships and grants. All of the replies indicate that I should fill out a FAFSA. I have filled out a FAFSA, but I'm looking for scholarships and grants so that I do not need to take out any more loans (I have enough outstanding loans from undergrad!).

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Diversity: Again, I participate in the online program so my friends are not necessarily linked to the school I attend.

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Campus Housing: I live off campus and therefore a review of on-campus housing would not be appropriate.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: San Diego has excellent dining options that are unique, delicious, cost effective and healthy. I love the variety of San Diego restaurants!

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Each course provides great learning opportunities that are directly applicable to my career. Class sizes are great. I get to know a lot of other students but they are small enough that I can get to know each student by name.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: One of my top reasons for selecting USD was because of the career prospects and networking opportunities within my field through USD.

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Greek Life: I am enrolled with online programs, so I only experience academic work and occasional special events at the school. I do not experience any Greek Life.

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Campus Dining: I live off-campus and do not eat on campus. I have only had hor d'oeuvres during special events at the campus. The hot d'oeuvres were excellent, but I cannot speak on behalf of the dining on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The facilities is what first caught my attention to this school. It has stunningly beautiful architecture that embraces the local style and flora. Upon stepping onto campus, I was reminded of my undergraduate school, and I felt at home.

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Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Again, I am rarely on campus, so a rating would not be appropriate in this category.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: USD provides rigorous curriculum that is definitely worth the tuition. Professors have high standards for students, but are also accessible for assistance and are caring for their students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The convenience of online study is amazing. I can stay working in my profession while attending school and my curriculum is still challenging.

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Campus Strictness: Again, I live off campus in a different neighborhood, so my campus experience is very limited.

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Off-Campus Housing: While I live off-campus, I do not live within the community of the university. I commute to and from school when necessary. However, my grad program is online, so I only go to campus a few times per semester.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is an interesting attribute to our campus. The university isn't a huge fan of it but the students enjoy it. The campus is split about 60% Greek 40% non-Greek. There is no houses. Going Greek offers a lot of individuals that sense of social community they were seeking that they could not find elsewhere. It is a good way to make friends and to find leadership opportunities on campus. Furthermore, it provides a good social opportunity!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The housing off-campus is wonderful! I mean, how often do you actually get to live at the beach!? The pricing is pretty fair, but it totally depends on what kind of house you are going to be living in and how many roommates you have. Some of the houses at the beach are pretty old, which is usually cheaper, but then it isn't as nice. It really depends on how much you are willing to spend and what you are willing to sacrifice to stay within your budget. The only thing that really sucks about living at the beach is parking. If your house doesn't have a spot for everyone who lives there, there will be times when you hate absolutely everyone for coming to the beach because you cannot find a spot to park when you actually live there. With that being said, most people generally figure it out. And on the off chance that it actually rains (like actually rains, pouring buckets, not the drizzle that keeps most native San Diegans inside) some parts of the beach flood. All in all living at the beach is a blast and one of the best parts of going to USD!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The only time people are usually affected by violating the code of the school is when they are being stupid in some way. If people are doing something they aren't supposed to be doing but are smart about it they usually don't get in trouble. However, if they are stupid about it (being really loud or causing trouble) they are likely to get in trouble. It is really all about how a person chooses to handle them self in a given situation and how they treat the RAs/Public Safety Officers if caught violating the rules.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: San Diego is one of the best cities in America. It is one of the most coveted cities in America. It is a city of young professionals so it is a good place to start after graduation to meet others who are at the same stage in their life as you. Furthermore, San Diego is absolutely beautiful and has amazing weather. There is a lot of free activities to keep you occupied and a lot of different areas to explore. San Diego is amazing!

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe. If there is something unusual happening that causes the campus to be somewhat unsafe the school responds immediately to re-instate the safety on campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Most individuals who attend this school are extremely nice (of course there are some exceptions to this of course). People usually don't have too much trouble finding their "group" of friends. Sometimes it takes more than a semester but after that people are happy with where they stand friend-wise.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Most of our teams are actually pretty good, but no one really cares. Our school spirit is almost none existent, which is frustrating because we have reason to have it. At most sporting events almost no one comes and when they do it is usually for the incentive that is offered (free t-shirts or food).

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Compared to other schools the food is pretty amazing. However, it is repetitive and expensive. Dining services also tries to make it seem like the food they are serving is a lot fancier or better than it actually is. However, as mentioned before, it is hard to stay frustrated with this things when you compare it to other campus dining options.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The school is not very diverse. Over my time here I have noticed an increase and in diversity with each coming class but the majority of students who attend here are white and of a higher socio-economic status. Of course that is not everyone who attends here but it just happens to be the majority.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The facilities are constantly improving! The school keeps renovating or creating new buildings to ensure the best campus experience.

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Jenny Craig Pavilion Jenny Craig Pavilion This is where all the big basketball games are held and sometimes school barbecues!
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Shannon Palka
Hometown
Thousand Oaks, CA
Major
English and Theology
Grad Year
2015
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How quickly can four years go by? Come to USD, and you’ll soon find out. As students prepare to graduate, they tend to dread leaving the idyllic world of USD for the “real world” of interviews, jobs and bills, and total responsibility. As freshmen, students come in and can have difficulties balancing schoolwork with the fun aspects of the city. They complain about the strictness or the spotty network connection or the walk across campus that takes forever when you’re running late. They dread the gossip that can dominate campus, especially on Monday mornings after a party on Saturday, when they might be still crying over the boy or girl who dumped them. But as seniors and alumni, they’re filled with nostalgia for the caring, supportive atmosphere of USD. They long for the meals they used to skip from the Student Life Pavilion. They wonder where life took the president of Club X or Team Y. They miss the professors who pushed, helped, and watched them succeed.

The majority of students who graduates from USD can’t imagine having gone anywhere else. USD strives to shape balanced, well-rounded individuals. The University partners with the city of San Diego to do just that. Students learn more than meiosis, business strategies, or how to analyze poetry; they learn the professional and social skills necessary to find a job after graduation, leaving with networking abilities, professional acquaintances, and lifelong friends. But more than anything, they graduate with fond memories of their college experience that will last a lifetime.

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