UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
MAKE YOUR MARK The University of San Diego aims to set the standard for a contemporary Catholic university. Our values-based, liberal arts education is born out of the Catholic intellectual tradition, ensuring that our students grow as scholars and individuals. By educating both the mind and the heart, we prepare students to become ethical leaders and compassionate citizens ready to make their mark for good, both on campus and around the world.
ACADEMICS All Toreros complete a liberal arts core curriculum in conjunction with their major(s). Composed of about 14 courses, this curriculum language, literature, mathematics, science, philosophy, theology and various social awareness issues. By completing this varied, comprehensive curriculum, USD students are prepared to think innovatively, question purposefully and communicate effectively across academic disciplines and professional fields. Beyond the core curriculum, students are able to enhance their chosen area(s) of study through personalized advising,
undergraduate research, experiential learning opportunities and a
variety of dedicated learning spaces throughout campus. State-ofthe-art science labs, engineering shops, an architecture pavilion, assigned art studios and the Humanities Center are just a handful of the discipline-specific spaces dedicated to inspiring students in their academic journeys.
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BRIAN CLACK, PhD Associate Professor, Philosophy, USD College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Humanities Center There’s this perception of the humanities, which is people sitting around talking about Plato amid dusty copies of Plato. Now personally, I like dusty copies of Plato — my whole house is full of these things. But the humanities are cutting-edge. It can be very, very edgy. And difficult, and challenging. And it’s good to be exposed to things that challenge you — it makes you think.
A liberal arts education makes your life meaningful and valuable, as well as making you employable. It produces people who are deeply fascinated with the world and fascinating to others. Despite what some might say about this ‘silly education’ that is the liberal arts or people saying the world doesn’t need philosophers, well, contrary to all that, there are a lot of surveys showing that CEOs want people with the kind of skills a liberal arts education gives you: qualities of imagination, creative thought, critical thought, good writing and speaking skills. It’s a myth to think that all they want is someone who can
master Excel. They don’t want that. They want people who can think in a creative and individual way, which has always been what a standard liberal arts education gives you.
KEELEY COPELAND Major: Behavioral Neuroscience Minors: Biomedical Ethics, Chemistry Pre-Professional Program: Pre-Medical Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Campus Activities: Olé Ambassadors President, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Facilitating Scholastic Assistant, Undergraduate Research Assistant, USD Medical Brigades, Teaching Assistant, Pre-Health Peer Mentor Favorite Spot on Campus: Garden of the Sea Favorite San Diego Spot: Better Buzz Coffee in Mission Beach Favorite College Memory (to date): Studying abroad in Florence, Italy, over
Because the classes at USD are so small, the professors really get to know who you are. Every professor I’ve had has known my name and made an effort to get to know me, not only as a student in their class, but as a person. For the past two years, I’ve been working with a psychology professor as a research assistant. This year, our team presented at the Creative Collaborations research conference, which was an amazing experience. In Fall 2017, I participated in the Scripps Mercy Trauma Surgery Internship, which is offered exclusively to USD students. I was able to shadow physicians in the trauma surgery unit and got hands-on clinical experience in a hospital, something that I wouldn’t have been able to do if it weren’t for USD.
After I graduate, I’m planning on attending medical school. Not only have my goal, but they’ve also inspired me along the way.
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advisors helped me find great experiences and make plans for reaching that
DEZELL LATHON Major: Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi Campus Activities: Student Support Services, Co-Event Coordinator for Black Student Union, Student Actor/Director, Student Outreach & Recruitment (SOAR), Ambassadors Club Favorite Spots on Campus: Black Student Resource Commons and the Black Box Theatre Favorite San Diego Spot: Pacific Beach Favorite College Memory (to date): Island hopping in Greece while studying abroad
I love being a part of the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies department. We are a small program, so we know all of the faculty on a personal level and they really pay attention to our needs and wants as artists. My professors have had an extreme impact on my experience at USD. I can tell they truly care about my growth as a student and a professional. They have afforded me many opportunities, such as directing a show in the fall, Stop Kiss, where I can have full creative control and offer my perspective on a well-written play. I recently had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome through the USD study abroad program, and it was easily one of the best decisions of my life. I visited the Vatican, where I was able to take an all-access tour of the catacombs underneath and pray in the tomb of St. Peter. I also learned an immense amount of information about film studies and I had several films that were showcased both in Rome and South Africa. The skills that I was able to learn have helped me become better prepared for life after college, in which I plan to pursue a film/TV career in acting and directing with the ultimate goal of opening an international movie studio to diversify media in terms of gender, sexuality and ethnicity. 5
TORERO LIFE Diversity and Inclusion “Torero” may translate to “bullfighter,” but it really means much more. We strive to create an atmosphere where cultural heritage and faith traditions are preserved, while social stigmas are defeated. Our students are not defined solely as honor students, athletes or members of Greek life. Rather, we cultivate a diverse community of students who are intertwined socially, culturally and academically.
Living on Campus Residential life is an essential part of the USD experience and we require that students live on campus for their first and second years unless they reside locally with a parent or legal guardian. The First-Year Experience is built on two core components: the Scholastic Assistant Program and residential Living Learning Communities. Both serve to establish an immediate sense of community while also challenging students to expand their intellectual curiosity beyond the classroom. sandiego.edu/residentiallife
Campus Recreation In addition to our Division I athletics program, a large selection of sports clubs, intramurals and recreation classes are available yearround. Living in San Diego means you can enjoy the outdoors 365 days a year, so itâ€™s easy to stay active and have fun. sandiego.edu/campusrecreation
Faith and Spirituality USD welcomes students from all faith backgrounds and provides varied opportunities for spiritual growth. Though not required, Sunday night Mass in Founders Chapel is a favorite gathering for many, and University Ministry-led retreats are popular among students in varying stages of their spiritual journeys. sandiego.edu/ministry
MICHAEL BENNETT Major: Environmental and Ocean Science Minor: Economics Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware Campus Activities: Research Director for Model United Nations, Out-of-State Ambassador Favorite Spot on Campus: The roof of the Shiley Center Favorite San Diego Spot: Torrey Pines Favorite College Memory (to date): Camping in the mountains
to watch a meteor shower.
I chose USD because I felt that I would have an unparalleled access to quality education through small class sizes and friendly professors. I also enjoyed the local environment and thought it would make a great place to live for four years! I feel like I have had so many life experiences that I could not have had if I stayed home for college. I’ve worked under a grant that allowed me to conduct research with a professor to study the effects of watershed urbanization on estuaries in La Jolla, I was able to travel to New York for a major conference with Model United Nations, I studied abroad for a semester in Bhutan, and I am interning in a U.S. Senate office in Washington, D.C., with the help of a grant from the Career Development Center.
There are so many advantages to USD: a welcoming academic environment, outgoing students, exceptional professional opportunities, and a view of the Pacific on your daily walk to class.
SUMMERLYN CARAY Major: International Business
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“ TOMY VETTUKALLEL Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Winter Park, Florida After I had been accepted into the Honors Program and had received a merit scholarship, my mother and I decided to take a campus tour. From the moment I stepped off of the plane in San Diego, I felt like I was home. I had toured quite a few other California schools, but I couldn’t see myself truly fitting in at any of them. When I toured USD, everything just fell into place.
I was in awe of the school’s beauty, inspired by its Changemaker identity and impressed with its academia.
I had found myself in the middle of a school that was as prestigious as it was
beautiful, as fun as it was rigorous. I fit perfectly. So, in the middle of the campus tour, I committed on the lawn in front of Maher Hall and never looked back.
Minor: Leadership Studies, Political Science Hometown: Clovis, California
The highlight of my USD experience has been growing in my faith and making good friends along the way. After becoming involved with the chapel community, I have found many great friends and mentors who have been there for me in my first year here. Through my experiences, I have also learned to become more open-minded to other people’s opinions and values, because everyone deserves the chance to be heard.
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Financial aid figures based on 2017-18 estimates.
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TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS AWARDED IN 201718
$32K AVERAGE FINANCIAL AID AWARD
HOW TO APPLY
Application Requirements: q Completed Common Application and USD member questions q Official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended q Official SAT/ACT scores (for first-year applicants only) q One academic letter of recommendation q Essay q Official midyear report (for transfer applicants only) q Official TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 or IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 (for international applicants only) q $55 application fee sandiego.edu/BecomeATorero
Cost to Attend: Tuition: $48,750 Average Room and Board: $12,980
Financial Aid: Merit Scholarships: $15,000 - $25,000 Available for first-year applicants only. International first-year applicants must submit official SAT/ACT scores to be considered. FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 2 sandiego.edu/AffordingUSD
ATHLETICS USD is home to 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams and over 30 club and intramural teams. All of our Division I Toreros compete in the West Coast Conference, with the exception of football, which competes in the Pioneer League.
Men Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Tennis
Women Basketball, Cross Country, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
More highlights available at usdtoreros.com.
TORERO HIGHLIGHTS 2017-18
CHANGEMAKING Changemaking is at the core of the Torero spirit. Through experiences in the classroom, in the residence halls, on campus, across the city and around the world, our students are learning how to transform the world around them through compassion, cultural awareness, sustainable thinking and social innovation.
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MORGAN WOLFRUM ’18 Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, California I traveled to Honduras during Winter Intersession of my junior year. It changed my life. I went with USD’s chapter of the Medical Brigades and helped to open a medical clinic an hour outside of Tegucigalpa. That experience confirmed for me what I want to do with my life, which is help others.
That’s actually what I enjoy most about being a Torero — knowing that I’m part of a community of people who want to change the world.
NIYA HYDE Major: Business Administration Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, over Winter Intersession. It was definitely a learning experience. Being a Spanish minor, it was
a great opportunity to practice the language, especially since I stayed with a host family! I loved it and would definitely recommend it to anyone trying to get out of their comfort zone.
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MELANIE KLIEGEL ’18 Major: Mechanical Engineering Hometown: Centennial, Colorado As an engineer, I didn’t think that I would have the opportunity to study abroad. However, I got to take my Intro to Thermal Sciences class at the University of Westminster, and it was one of the best experiences I had at USD. I spent three weeks in London, attending class for three hours in the morning or afternoon, and spent the spent in London, and my time there inspired me to travel as much as I possibly can in the future!
rest of the day experiencing the city. I loved every minute that I
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STUDY ABROAD Global perspective and cultural understanding are hallmarks of the Torero experience. USD consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation. We offer 80 programs in more than 30 countries, including our own USD Madrid Center.
ALEC AGUILERA Major: Mechanical Engineering Minor: Mathematics Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California Campus Activities: Ambassadors Club, SMSE Industry Scholars, Torero Tour Guides, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Favorite Spot on Campus: The benches behind Hughes Administration Center Favorite San Diego Spot: Mission Trails Regional Park
Favorite College Memory (to date): Hiking up Montañon Ridge and watching the sun rise on my Pre-Orientation Trip!
The professors at USD are exceptional, and truly care for each student’s success inside and outside of the classroom. In my Intro to Engineering class, I got to design, build and program a remote-controlled car for my final project. It was amazing to have a hands-on experience like that so early on. On another occasion, one of my professors invited me and my classmates to his company headquarters to show us applications of programming in industry. My program has also exposed me to industry representatives who have mentored me in the skills sought by future employers. And the Career Development Center has helped me get even closer to reaching my goals by helping me build my résumé and get my first internship.
have prepared me for my future outside of USD.
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Experiences like this helped make what I learned in class a reality and
CAREER PREPARATION Professional Development USD’s Career Development Center is committed to helping our students find success. Dedicated career counselors work one-on-one with students and provide additional opportunities for both academic and professional growth. Some of these opportunities include:
INTERNSHIP AND JOB FAIRS
GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIRS
Sample Internships Callaway Golf
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
San Diego Zoo
Scripps Mercy Hospital
La Jolla Playhouse
Sample Employers of USD Graduates Adobe
San Diego Padres
Thermo Fisher Scientific
20th Century Fox
E. & J. Gallo Winery
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CAREER OUTCOMES Career Stats Each year, USD’s Career Development Center surveys recent graduates to see where they are six months after graduation. The following data is based on USD’s Class of 2017: 17% 5% 2% 1% 1%
94% EMPLOYED OR IN GRADUATE SCHOOL
SEEKING EMPLOYMENT FULL-TIME SERVICE MILITARY TRAVEL OR PERSONAL COMMITMENTS
RECEIVED FIRST JOB OFFER WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF GRADUATING
WITHIN THREE MONTHS
WITHIN THREE TO SIX MONTHS
AFTER SIX MONTHS
Annual Starting Salaries
More outcomes available at sandiego.edu/careeroutcomes. 20
RANGAPRIYA KANNAN-NARASIMHAN, PhD Associate Professor of Management, USD School of Business With her primary research focusing on innovation and corporate entrepreneurship, Dr. Kannan-Narasimhan’s courses are the perfect blend of business strategy and changemaking. She prepares her
students to think innovatively in order to develop new products and strategies that help both businesses and people alike. This university attracts a particular kind of student. This university attracts a particular kind of professor. And it has a particular kind of culture. It’s all about creating, about doing good. It’s about collaborating to bring about positive change in society. It’s about having a global mindset. How do you design products and services for the entire world? How do you involve as many stakeholders as you can to create shared value for them? It’s a different way of thinking. I think that’s what distinguishes us from other universities: It’s not about the product, it’s about the people.
In the end, we don’t just teach students how to make better products, we teach them how to manage innovation as a whole. That’s the difference. We talk about aesthetics and user-centered design, which is a liberal arts mindset. We also talk about having empathy and compassion for the user, which goes back to the Catholic social values that are at USD’s core. So being a liberal arts university,
being a Catholic university, being a Changemaker campus … the innovative initiatives we emphasize all stem from that. And that’s
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what sets USD apart.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS MAJORS Accountancy Anthropology Architecture Art History Behavioral Neuroscience Biochemistry Biology Biophysics Business Administration Business Economics Chemistry Communication Studies Computer Science Economics Electrical Engineering Engineering English Environmental and Ocean Sciences Ethnic Studies Finance French History Industrial and Systems Engineering Interdisciplinary Humanities International Business International Relations Italian Studies Liberal Studies Marketing Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Music Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Real Estate Sociology Spanish Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Theology and Religious Studies Visual Arts
PRE-PROFESSIONAL ADVISING PROGRAMS Pre-Health Advising Pre-Allied Health Pre-Dental Pre-Medical Pre-Nursing Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician Assistant Pre-Podiatry Pre-Veterinary Pre-Law Advising
MINORS Asian Studies Biomedical Ethics Changemaking
ROTC PROGRAMS Air Force Army Navy
Chinese Classical Studies Entrepreneurship Environmental Studies and Policy Film Studies German Information Science Information Technology Management Italian Studies Latin American Studies Law and Ethics Leadership Studies Management Medieval and Renaissance Studies Nonprofit Social Enterprise and Philanthropy Peacebuilding and Social Innovation Performing Arts Entrepreneurship Philosophy, Politics and Economics Supply Chain Management Women’s and Gender Studies
*All majors are also offered as minors, excluding: Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Business Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Liberal Studies and Mechanical Engineering.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS COMMON APPLICATION DEADLINES
First-Year Students Fall Term: December 15 Spring Term: October 1
Transfer Students Fall Term: March 1 Spring Term: October 1
FALL 2018 ACCEPTANCE RATE
MIDDLE 50% ADMITTED WEIGHTED GPA
MIDDLE 50% ADMITTED SAT MIDDLE 50% ADMITTED ACT
Cost of Attendance $48,750 $12,980 TUITION
Merit Scholarships $15,000 - $25,000 FAFSA PRIORITY DEADLINE
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