Our vision is to set the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative changemakers confront humanity's urgent challenges.

Become a Changemaker at University of San Diego

For more than 60 years, USD has developed graduates with the combined skills that today’s more nimble and progressive global companies are looking for as they turn to employee candidates who can think critically and quantitatively, write well, recognize problems and work effectively within teams to deliver solutions.

As a designated Changemaker Campus, University of San Diego maintains a deep conviction to develop ethical and responsible leaders committed to the common good.

USD’s community of scholars are committed to educating the whole person—intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and culturally. The university provides a character-building education that fosters independent thought, innovation, integrity, analytical thinking, and an open-minded and collaborative world view.

Some of the ways we do this include:

  • Creating an environment in which students build relationships with faculty members who are leaders in their fields.
  • Fostering opportunities for students to interact with a diverse community of learners representing a range of backgrounds, interests, and cultures.
  • Giving students the tools they need to thrive, including a rich learning environment that offers personal care in small discussion-based online classes, with excellent faculty advising, and concierge-level staff support that puts students first.

USD welcomes and respects those whose lives are formed by different traditions, and we recognize their important contributions to a pluralistic society and to an atmosphere of open discussion and discovery.

The University of San Diego is located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The campus is renowned for its beauty, and features Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture.


The University of San Diego is committed to academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.


  • Recognized as a Community Engagement Institution by the Carnegie Foundation
  • Selected as a designated Ashoka Changemaker Campus
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, and others.


WASC – Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. WASC is the accreditor for USD and its academic programs.

Core Values

  • Academic Excellence
    The University pursues academic excellence in its teaching, learning and research to serve the local, national and international communities. The University possesses that institutional autonomy and integrity necessary to uphold the highest standards of intellectual inquiry and academic freedom.
  • Knowledge
    The University advances intellectual development; promotes democratic and global citizenship; cultivates an appreciation for beauty, goodness, and truth; and provides opportunities for the physical, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural development of students. The University provides professional education grounded in these foundations of liberal learning while preparing students to understand complex issues and express informed opinions with courage and conviction.
  • Community
    The University is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive and collaborative community accentuated by a spirit of freedom and charity, and marked by protection of the rights and dignity of the individual. The University values students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds and faith traditions and is committed to creating an atmosphere of trust, safety and respect in a community characterized by a rich diversity of people and ideas.
  • Ethical Conduct
    The University provides a values-based education that informs the development of ethical judgment and behavior. The University seeks to develop ethical and responsible leaders committed to the common good who are empowered to engage a diverse and changing world.
  • Compassionate Service
    The University embraces the Catholic moral and social tradition by its commitment to serve with compassion, to foster peace and to work for justice. The University regards peace as inseparable from justice and advances education, scholarship and service to fashion a more humane world.

Diversity at USD

Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice at USD

As a Catholic institution, the University of San Diego seeks to represent the diversity and beauty of God’s creation as a way to understand and work to eliminate injustices on our campus, in our local community, and around the world. The University is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive and collaborative community and values students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds and faith traditions. As a university committed to academic excellence, we strive to include diverse perspectives as a way of maximizing the transformative potential of learning, teaching, and scholarship. For more information, please click here to review our Center for Inclusion & Diversity.