University of San Diego

1,689 reviews
  1. San Diego, CA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
University of San Diego is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League
Address
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

University of San Diego Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
46%
SAT Range
1130-1320
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$32,482/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,214/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,245/ year
  • $49-75k
    $25,414/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,857/ year
  • $110k+
    $40,376/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.120 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.118 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.120 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,541Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 70 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    29%
  • Well-off
    26%
  • Priviledged
    21%
  • Rich.
    9%
  • Spoiled.
    7%
  • Rich/Privileged/Rude
    4%
  • Basic and taken care of
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.153 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.173 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 67 responses
Report
  • Privileged
    40%
  • Paradise
    18%
  • Successful
    16%
  • Country Club
    10%
  • Academic-driven
    7%
  • Well-rounded
    4%
  • Snobby
    3%

After University of San Diego

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.66 responses

Reviews

1,689 reviews
  • Excellent
    335
  • Very Good
    597
  • Average
    579
  • Poor
    130
  • Terrible
    48
Living on campus is fun and enjoyable overall. The campus is very easy to navigate, and it doesn't take long to walk to classes. For example, Maher is a freshman dorm hall that is located right in the center of campus, and this location is probably the most convenient. Most dorm halls are gender-integrated, although Camino Hall is all boys and Founders is all girls. There are little cafes near every dorm hall, which makes it easy to grab food or coffee whenever. Every dorm has sufficient laundry machines and dryers, so it's not too hard to get laundry done. There are also vending machines and communal study/ living spaces in every dorm hall that are used for various social events and just chilling out. The dorms are very social and everyone basically knows each other, but it's not rowdy so it's easy to get sleep and study time. There are doubles, triples, and quad options for dorms, but single options are also available. And it's relatively easy to get a single dorm if a student wishes to do so; the housing faculty is very accommodating and helpful. Some students even have their therapy dogs or cats with them!
  • College Freshman
  • 2 months ago
I love this school! I was a little nervous at first about coming here because I am a transfer student; however, this university has been exceptionally helpful. They have been very hands-on about the whole transfer process. I have never felt alone or confused because there has always been someone to assist me. When visiting the school for orientation during the summer, I instantly fell in love with the environment. The campus is absolutely beautiful. It is the perfect size too! I loved the nice, peaceful atmosphere I felt as I walked around. Everyone is very nice and welcoming, which is a great aspect to this campus.
  • College Sophomore
  • July 28 2015
I was very happy with the Biology program at USD. The coursework is very challening but students have access to such great professors and variety of classes to chose from based upon whatever your specific interests are. Whether you are interested in molecular genetics, oceanography, or electron miscroscopy, you can pick the elective courses that are the best fit for what you would like to do with your career. The laboratory facilities and available technology are the finest! You will get to experience a top-notch facility and work with the best equipment around. There is a lot of laboratory coursework required for classes which helps to prepare students for the career field very effectively. If I had to chose this program all over again, I would 100%! Also, in the San Diego area there are so many opportunities to gain volunteer and career experience. San Diego is a hotspot for healthcare, biotechnology companies, research institutes,and wildlife centers. No matter what area of biology that you want to consider, opportunities to gain practical experience are right there at your fingertips.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Nov 3 2012