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University of San Diego Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about University of San Diego, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of San Diego Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, 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

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, USD is ranked #162 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

USD 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 USD?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of San Diego is a competitive 50%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to USD 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 )
USD 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 )

Learn more about University of San Diego admissions.

University of San Diego Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of San Diego, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 90% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of San Diego enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about 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 USD 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 USD

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,919 undergraduates at USD with 5,761 being full-time and 158 being part-time.

USD 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, USD 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 USD 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 USD

$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 USD, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At USD, 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 USD 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 USD Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from USD with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $60,000 in their early years. This is good news for future USD graduates 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 located in San Diego, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of University of San Diego

Contact details for USD 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 57 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 USD

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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