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University of San Diego Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 221 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 1 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Pioneer Football League

  • Football

West Coast Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $236,569)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $122,947)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 35 - Yes -
Basketball 17 14 - Yes
Football 97 - - Yes
Golf 12 - - -
Rowing 30 83 - -
Soccer 29 27 Yes Yes
Softball - 19 - Yes
Swimming and Diving - 25 Yes -
Tennis 9 10 - Yes
Track and Field, Outdoor - 18 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 18 26 - -
Volleyball - 16 Yes Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes Yes
Water Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.0%
Hispanic 13.5%
Non-resident alien 4.3%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 10.4%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 56.8%
Percent of students with disability 5%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 2
Liquor Law Violation 6
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 28

Notable Alumni

  • Alison Cox [Class of 01], Olympic rower
  • Andrew Firestone [Class of 98], Reality TV star from The Bachelor
  • Eric Musselman [Class of 87], Former NBA head coach
  • Jim Parsons (MFA '01), Actor, best known for role on "Big Bang Theory"
  • Kevin Reese [Class of 99], Former New York Yankees outfielder
  • Lowell McAdam (MBA '83), President of Verizon Wireless
  • Mike Brown [Class of 92], 2009 NBA Coach of the Year
  • Petia Ynachulova [Class of 99], Professional beach volleyball player
  • Robert Kardashian (JD '69), Lawyer for OJ Simpson and father of reality stars Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian
  • Theo Epstein (JD '00), Boston Red Sox general manager
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Sam from Morrison, CO
  • 3
  • Freshmen housing is as expected. Some decent people who become friends, and others who need to mature a bit. The rooms are actually bigger than other schools. Try…

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  • Torero FOREVER
  • 4
  • Pretty campus, and awesome food. The food is healthy, no worries on gaining the freshman 15. The dorms are nice, the school is beautiful. …

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  • B
  • 4
  • All of the dorms have advantages and disadvantages. Camino/Founders is right above many classrooms, and it is near the library. However, it is a little far from the cafeteria and…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Angel from MO
  • I am a current student here

    Amazing. You loathe other universities that have chain restaurants on campus that is included in their dining plan, as USD does not, but the food is still excellent! Note to USD: Maybe sometimes seasoning the food wouldn't hurt in the Student Life Pavilion. I noticed while watching the cooks, they do not season any of the food at all. Cajun Salmon with no seasoning? C'mon y'all just put the salmon on the grill and then put it on my plate without no type of Cajun seasoning.

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  • 5
  • rj
  • I am a current student here

    Food is very good. Many of different options and prepared very well.

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  • 4
  • freshman
  • I am a current student here

    the student life pavilion(slp) have great food but it's pretty much the same menu for dinner. except maybe during thanksgiving, easter, and breakfast for dinner. you get a certain number of meal swipes that you can use once during dinner every night. but for breakfast and lunch, you use your dining dollars. if you get the lowest possible meal plan, you'll have enough meal swipes but not enough dining dollars if you're a person who drinks a lot of coffee. for breakfast, i usually just had breakfast items that i bought from the grocery store. for lunch, i would use dining dollars, and for dinner, my meal swipes.

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  • 4
  • B
  • I am a current student here

    Many options for on campus dining, including a full, formal restaurant. In the cafeteria alone there are Mediterranean, Italian, American, Asian, and Mexican food available everyday. Bert's Bistro has amazing fries. La Paloma has breakfast all day and an awesome Mongolian grill. Tu Mercado has really good sandwiches and gelato. Frozen yogurt at The Blue Spoon, Missions Cafe, and the SLP. And they have special, bigger meals for holidays.

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  • 5
  • Alaina from Naples, FL
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    From the looks of it and student reviews I heard when visiting it sounds like th best food around.

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  • 4
  • Bri from Downey, CA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    During my campus tour we were lead into the cafeteria and market store as well as a famous coffee shop underneath the dorms. I wish I could have tried something but it all looked great!!

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  • 5
  • Sydney from Tustin, CA
  • I am a current student here

    USD is rated one of the best colleges for food. The Student Life Pavilion dining hall has a variety of food each night for the buffet dinner. Food is unlimited and it is absolutely scrumptious! Food includes: chicken, fish, make your own pasta, fruit and salad bar, pizza, hamburgers, fries, mexican food, asian food, sushi, and a variety of desserts made every night!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Angel from MO
  • I am a current student here

    Sororities are everywhere and run deep, but fraternities not so much. They exist, but I am not apart of that world. None of the Divine 9 exist on campus, as well as other greek life that is made for students of color.

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  • 0
  • B
  • I am a current student here

    Greek Life is not too big on campus, probably because they don't have their own campus. I never feel like I'm missing out because I'm not in a sorority/fraternity.

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  • 0
  • Kayla from Kennewick, WA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I'm not very interested but there aren't any houses so use that as part of your decision making if it is important to you.

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  • 0
  • Mikala from Lakeside, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek Life has a really strong presence on campus. For those who are not involved, it can sometimes feel alienating.

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  • 0
  • Carina from San Diego, CA
  • I am a current student here

    I've only heard great things about Greek Life. I'm not in a sorority, but I might rush next year. I've heard it's a lot of fun and you get to meet so many people.

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  • 0
  • Kayla from San Diego, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is very popular on campus, but a prospective student should not feel like they must join Greek life to fit in. It is very easy to make friends and enjoy your time at school even if not in a sorority or fraternity. There are coed fraternities available as well, and specialized Greek organizations by major or interest. There are no Greek houses, members either live off campus unaffiliated with the school or on campus with the rest of the student body.

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