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University of San Diego

University of San Diego

University of San Diego

The University of San Diego (USD) is a Roman Catholic university in San Diego, California. USD offers more than sixty bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. The university consists of six schools: the School of Business Administration, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Nursing & Health Science, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

USD offers more than 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. USD is divided into six schools and colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law are the oldest academic divisions at USD; the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is the university’s newest school. USD offers an honors program at the undergraduate level, with approximately 300 students enrolled annually.

U.S. News & World Report ranks USD 94th among “National Universities” and the Princeton Review includes USD in its guidebook of the 351 best universities. In 2009, the Princeton Review ranked USD as the #6 Most Beautiful Campus[citation needed]. In 2010, the Princeton Review ranked USD as the #4 Most Beautiful Campus.

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University of San Diego Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate Educational Cost 2010-2011

Undergraduate Students
Estimated Cost of Attendance Full-Time
(per semester)
(12-18 units)
Block Price
Tuition 1 $18,475

Fees 2


Housing 3 $4,305

Meal Plan 4


Total 5 $24,487

Tuition 1

  • Single courses, summer and intersession and credits fewer than 12 or in excess of 18 are billed $1,275 per unit.
  • Auditing a course is one-half the regular tuition charge.

Fees 2

  • Undergrad Student Body Fee: Full-time (12-18 units) $90; Part-time (7-11 units) $34; (3-6 units) $9
  • Health Center Fee: $47
  • Student Life Pavilion Fee: Full-time $70; Part-time $35
  • Vista Newspaper Fee: $4

Housing 3

Housing is estimated at double occupancy in the San Dimas Residence. Other on campus housing options for the 2010-2011 academic year may be viewed from the Residential Life Website.

Meal Plans 4

Estimated meal plan is for 105 Meals + $670 Dining Dollars + $25 Campus Cash. This is the minimum meal plan required for resident freshman. You may view and choose other meal plan options from the Dining Services website.

Total 5

Other costs that may add to the cost of attendance and should be taken into consideration are listed below. Please note: all fees are subject to change. This information is accurate as of March 2010.

Resident Students-New $500
Commuter Students-New
Resident Students-Returning`
Damage/Cleaning Deposit for Resident Students $100

Other Fees

Transcript Fee *
Parking Permit
Returned Check Fee
Late Payment Penalty/Late Registration Fee $150

*Note: Transcripts and diploma will not be released to students who have an outstanding balance owed to USD.

Schools and Colleges of University of San Diego

College of Arts and Sciences is the historic core of the university and, with 28 majors, four masters programs, and 188 full-time faculty, the largest unit on campus. The newest major, architecture, approaches the profession from a humanistic perspective. All USD undergraduates take the college’s core curriculum, which exemplifies the intellectual vitality of a liberal arts education. The quality of our faculty and students is reflected in the college’s 22 honor and professional societies which include Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board.

School of Business Administration develops socially responsible business leaders with a global outlook and a passion for innovation. The school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the top accrediting body for business schools globally. Business Week has ranked the school 28th among U.S. undergraduate business programs and 26th among U.S. part-time MBA programs. Our MBA program also was ranked 21st in the world for integrating social and environmental issues by the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes study.

Engineering offers a unique Bachelor of Sciences/Bachelor of Arts dual degree, the only one in the nation automatically earned by all graduates. Our curriculum emphasizes preparation for work in industry and the development of professionalism and values. Our students become innovators by participating in real-world engineering projects in such fields as alternative energy and health care technology. USD engineering was ranked 26th among non-doctoral engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is a premier private graduate school with a public conscience. The school has been ranked in the top 10 percent of graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report. Our faculty are internationally recognized in their fields and have extensive postgraduate research training. Faculty maintain vigorous programs of research and the school has been awarded the largest research grant in USD history. Our Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory is unique in the state of California and provides expert clinical training using cutting-edge technology. On a global level, our alumni are making a profound impact on health in high-level leadership positions in academic and clinical settings.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies strives to advance a world view of peace as human development. Since its 2003 launch, the school has placed 70 new peace-builders in the field and positioned itself as a global proponent of peace as a growth profession. The school has become a nexus of interdisciplinary dialogue and engagement for peace advocates from many sectors. Its newly revised Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies prepares students to foster peace in many of the world’s conflict-ridden regions.

School of Law is a national leader in preparing future lawyers to be skilled attorneys, effective advocates, and socially responsible practitioners. The school is a member of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of U.S. law schools. U.S. News & World Report has ranked our tax faculty sixth in the nation. Our first-year students have an average LSAT score in the 89th percentile. Our alumni score higher than the state average as first-time takers of the California Bar Exam, one of the most difficult in the country.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences prepares educators and leaders to serve a diverse society by focusing on human dignity and the quality of life. The school granted the university’s first degree, a Master’s of Education, in 1960, and it established the nation’s first doctoral program in leadership studies in 1979. Our alumni are pioneers in fostering curricular innovation and teaching excellence. In 2009, USD’s 60th anniversary year, the school was ranked among the top 100 universities in graduate education program for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report.

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