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University of San Diego: Narrative Description


5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Tel: (619)260-4600
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Independent Roman Catholic, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1949. Setting: 180-acre urban campus. Endowment: $97 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,479 per student. Total enrollment: 7,486. Faculty: 706 (340 full-time, 366 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 7,623 applied, 66% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 70% from top quarter, 95% from top half. Full-time: 4,770 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 138 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 64 other countries, 38% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 2% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 5% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT II: Writing Test. Placement: SAT II: Writing Test recommended. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/5, 11/15 for early action. Notification: 4/15, 1/31 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. Comprehensive fee: $37,046 includes full-time tuition ($26,660), mandatory fees ($196), and college room and board ($10,190). College room only: $7670. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $920 per unit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 25% of eligible men and 25% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: International Student Organization, Student Alumni Association, United Front/Multicultural Center, Associated Student Government. Major annual events: Orientation Week, Homecoming, Multicultural Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,400 college housing spaces available; 2,280 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Helen K. and James S. Copley Library plus 1 other with 714,082 books, 839,992 microform titles, 10,451 serials, 8,624 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $6.1 million. 260 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Known for many reasons as "America's Finest City," San Diego has an almost perfect climate with warm, sunny days and cool evenings. Throughout the year, students can take advantage of San Diego's many outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities. The museums of Balboa Park, the Old Globe Theatre, the Zoo, Sea World, the beaches, the opera, and downtown San Diego and La Jolla are only minutes away. The rapidly developing economy of Greater San Diego provides varied employment opportunities for the USD graduate.

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