One of the major perks of attending USD is that the campus is stunningly beautiful. Every building is a tribute to 16th century Spanish Renaissance architecture, reflecting the initial vision of University founder Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill. The landscaping is very well-kept, and groundskeepers are always at work. There never seems to be a dead flower or brown blade of grass on campus. Additionally, the classrooms, offices, and dorm rooms found inside these gorgeous buildings are well-maintained. During the school year, there aren’t many renovations to buildings, but in the summer, classrooms are updated to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the student body. At the end of the semester, immediately following major renovations, professors hand out surveys to students, asking them to rate the classroom in various areas, looking for ways to improve the learning environment at USD.
Many facilities on campus are new and, therefore, are in good condition and are aesthetically pleasing. The University Center and Student Life Pavilion were renovated in 2009, and the Jenny Craig Pavilion—the main athletic complex—was built in 2000. There are two libraries on campus, Copley Library and the Legal Research Center, and both are spacious with thousands of up-to-date volumes. All buildings on campus are cleaned daily by the maintenance staff, so they are always in excellent condition.