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University of San Diego

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1949
Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Academic calendar: 4-1-4
Undergraduate student body: 4,962
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $204,917,641
Admissions Address

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.7
Send application by: March 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Stephen F. Pultz
Admissions office telephone: (619) 260-4506
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: March 1
Decision sent by: April 15
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: January 31
Application fee: $55
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Tuition deposit: $100 (Partially refundable)
Room deposit: $150 (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 2 3
Social studies 3 4
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 17 22

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: March 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 46%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 59%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 42%
Total applicants: 10,048
Total acceptances: 4,630
Total freshman enrollment: 1,106
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 40%
Male applicants: 3,980
Male acceptances: 1,690
Male freshman enrollment: 402
Female applicants: 6,068
Female acceptances: 2,940
Female freshman enrollment: 704
Out-of-state freshmen: 46%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,183
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 373
Students enrolled from waiting list: 250


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 43%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 78%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 97%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 70%
Average high school GPA: 3.7
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 90%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 530 - 630
Math: 550 - 650
Combined: 1080 - 1280


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 5.0% 8.0%
600-699 39.0% 46.0%
500-599 42.0% 35.0%
400-499 13.0% 10.0%
300-399 1.0% 1.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 40%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 22 - 29
Math: 23 - 28
Composite: 23 - 28


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 12.0% 21.0% 14.0%
24-29 60.0% 47.0% 59.0%
18-23 26.0% 28.0% 23.0%
12-17 2.0% 4.0% 4.0%
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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