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University of San Diego Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of San Diego, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is University of San Diego Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of San Diego was awarded 56 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

U of San Diego is ranked #162 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

U of San Diego also holds the #21 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

See all of the rankings for University of San Diego.

Is It Hard to Get Into U of San Diego?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to University of San Diego you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 50%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to U of San Diego submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 670. Math scores were between 590 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of San Diego  ( 590 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for University of San Diego  ( 590 to 680 )
U of San Diego received ACT scores from 65% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for University of San Diego  ( 26 to 30 )

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University of San Diego Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, University of San Diego is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of San Diego is 51%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  51 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of San Diego

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of San Diego has a freshmen retention rate of 90%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At U of San Diego the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 66%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  66 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of San Diego.

Excellent Overall Diversity at U of San Diego

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,774 undergraduates at U of San Diego with 5,605 being full-time and 169 being part-time.

U of San Diego Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 96.84 out of 100, U of San Diego is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.84 out of 100
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How Much Does University of San Diego Cost?

The overall average net price of U of San Diego is $32,576. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for U of San Diego

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,868 $24,014 $25,337 $31,583 $42,742

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of U of San Diego, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At U of San Diego, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $7,001 a year. That adds up to $28,004 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at U of San Diego is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do U of San Diego Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from U of San Diego make around $60,000 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for U of San Diego students since it is 51% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of San Diego make the most money.

Location of University of San Diego

University of San Diego is a private not-for-profit institution situated in San Diego, California. The location of U of San Diego is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of University of San Diego

Contact details for U of San Diego are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Phone: 619-260-4600

University of San Diego Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 59 majors graduated from University of San Diego. Of these students, 1,501 received undergraduate degrees and 1,356 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 215 $57,800
Marketing 121 $43,500
Communication & Media Studies 105 $33,800
Accounting 99 $61,100
Business Administration & Management 99 $42,400
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 83 $34,700
Mechanical Engineering 76 $63,900
General Psychology 73 $27,100
Political Science & Government 59 $31,900
International Business 54 $47,600

Learn more about the majors offered at University of San Diego along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at U of San Diego

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 736 students took at least one online class at University of San Diego. This is an increase from the 619 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 736 713
2016-2017 619 580
2015-2016 508 469
2014-2015 390 337
2013-2014 187 187

Learn more about online learning at University of San Diego.

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