About USD

  • Our City

    - San Diego, California's oldest city
    - Beaches, mountains, desert, and the Mexican border all within a short drive
    - The nation's seventh largest city, with a population of 1.3 million


    Our University 
    - Fall semester, January intersession, Spring semester, and Summer sessions
    - Governed by an independent Board of Trustees
    - Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1956
    - Classified as a Research/Doctoral University by the Carnegie Foundation


    Our Campus
    - Voted #1 most beautiful campus the past couple years by the Princeton Review

    - 180 acres in Linda Vista overlooking Mission Bay, with views of the Pacific Ocean
    - 10 minutes from downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport
    - Named Alcalá Park to honor San Diego de Alcalá, a Franciscan lay brother canonized in 1588
    - Beautiful 16th century Spanish Renaissance architectural style


    Our Founding
    - Chartered in 1949
    - Bishop Charles F. Buddy, Diocese of San Diego, founded San Diego University
    - Mother Rosalie Hill, Society of the Sacred Heart, founded the San Diego College for Women
    - Schools merged as the University of San Diego in 1972


    - College of Arts and Sciences
    - Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
    - Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
    - School of Business Administration
    - School of Law
    - School of Leadership and Education Sciences


    - School colors are Columbia blue, navy blue, and white
    - School mascot is the Torero (bullfighter)
    - NCAA Division I athletics
    - Division I teams compete in the West Coast Conference
    - Football team competes in the Pioneer League