University of San Diego (USD)

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USD can be found in San Diego, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. USD has an enrollment of around nine thousand students.

Many of the students that got into USD got an SAT score between 1190 - 1370, or got accepted with an ACT score between 26 - 31. We were able to estimate the University of San Diego (USD) average GPA (3.48 - 3.71) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 49% of all those students that apply are accepted to University of San Diego, from which 17% choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall University of San Diego (USD) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of San Diego was reported as 48.7% in Fall 2020 with over 13,800 college applications submitted to University of San Diego. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • USD ACT Scores: 26 - 31
  • USD Average GPA: 3.48 - 3.71

How Hard Is It to Get into University of San Diego?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to USD is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for USD has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 51.4%
  • 2017-2018: 49.8%
  • 2018-2019: 52.9%
  • 2019-2020: 48.7%
  • Projected USD Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 46.9%

How Does University of San Diego (USD) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of San Diego is sixteen percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Point Loma Nazarene University73.7%
Concordia University-Irvine70.8%
Vanguard University of Southern California49.5%
Chapman University55.7%
La Sierra University55.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to University of San Diego (USD) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading600 - 680
Math590 - 690
Total Score1190 - 1370
ACT®Score Range
English26 - 33
Math24 - 29
Composite Score26 - 31
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