The University of San Diego is a private research university founded in 1949. Their mission is to 'advance academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service'.

Key Facts


  • #93 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2022
  • #13  in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #97 in Business Programs

Year founded

  • 1949

School type

  • Private, coed, religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 5,744

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 3,131 

Student-faculty ratio

  • 14:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 50% 

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1275 / ACT 27.7

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.91

International student population

  • 8.3% 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $54,000

Popular majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism and Related Programs; Engineering

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $49,358 / $12,980 (2018 – 19)
About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Joan B. Kroc School fo Peace Studies, School of Law, and School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

  • Over 170 student organizations
  • 42 undergraduate majors and 55 minors
  • Graduate program consists of 30 master’s degrees, the JD, 5 LLM degrees and 3 doctorate degrees
  • Famous alumni include Jim Parsons, Emmy and Golden Globe award winning actor known for playing Sheldon Cooper in TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory; Ryan Zinke, American politician and businessman who served as Secretary of the Interior in the Trump administration
Kings alumni at University of San Diego

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