UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
MAKE YOUR MARK The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions. We believe that faith and reason are compatible in education, and that true knowledge can only be cultivated in an environment that fosters intellectual freedom, personal development and cultural equity. We believe in a collaborative community that allows for interdisciplinary study and personalized learning. We believe in changemaking, and we seek students who strive to make their mark in this ever-changing world.
BRIAN CLACK, PhD Associate Professor, Philosophy
All Toreros complete a liberal arts core curriculum in conjunction with their major(s). Comprised of about 14 courses, this curriculum provides students with a foundational understanding of art, history, 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
delve deeply into their chosen area(s) of study through personalized advising, undergraduate research and a variety of dedicated learning spaces throughout campus. From state-of-the-art science labs and engineering shops to an architecture pavilion and assigned art studios, these specialized spaces further enhance students’ academic journeys. Though some spaces are dedicated to specific fields, one stands out as a space where all students — regardless of their major — are welcome to join their peers in cross-disciplinary discourse and discovery: the Humanities Center.
Beyond the core curriculum, students have many opportunities to
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
The Humanities Center opened its doors in October 2016 and has
speaking skills. It’s a myth to think that all they want is someone who can
quickly gained popularity on campus. Having adopted an inclusive and
master Excel. They don’t want that. They want people who can think in
expansive conception of the humanities, the center welcomes students
a creative and individual way, which has always been what a standard
from all disciplines to gather for thoughtful discussions on any subject
liberal arts education gives you.
that engages deeply with the human condition. Throughout the year, students are invited to take part in art exhibitions, silent films, lecture series and more — all meant to enrich their view of the world around them through a humanities lens.
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Director, Humanities Center
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Major: Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Minor: Communication Studies
Minors: Biomedical Ethics, Chemistry
Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi
Pre-Professional Program: Pre-Medical
Campus Activities: USDtv Creative Director, Student Outreach
Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
& Recruitment (SOAR) Tour Guide, Ambassadors Club, Student
Campus Activities: Ambassadors Club VP of Tour Guide Recruitment,
Support Services, Black Student Union
Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Scholastic Assistant, Undergraduate
Favorite Spots on Campus: Black Student Resource Center
Research Assistant, USD Medical Brigades, Teaching Assistant
and the Black Box Theatre
Favorite Spot on Campus: Garden of the Sea
Favorite San Diego Spot: Pacific Beach
Favorite San Diego Spot: Better Buzz Coffee in Mission Beach
Favorite College Memory (to date): Singing karaoke with
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.
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 here at USD. I can tell
Last year, I worked with a professor as her research assistant, and our research
they truly care about my growth as a student and a professional. I actually received my
team ended up presenting at the Creative Collaborations research conference,
first internship after just three days of being on campus, at one of the most popular
which was an amazing experience. In Fall 2017, I will be participating in the
theaters in San Diego, the San Diego Repertory Theater. I worked as an assistant to the
Scripps Mercy Trauma Surgery Internship, which is offered exclusively to USD
Artistic Director. I got the internship after a visit that I took to the theater to watch a
students. I’ll be able to shadow physicians in the trauma surgery unit and will
musical while attending Summer Bridge, a pre-orientation program.
get unparalleled clinical experience in a hospital, something that I wouldn’t
I plan to study abroad in the spring of my junior year in Rome. While there, I will be
have been able to do if it weren’t for USD.
taking a film production class, which will look great on my production resume. Once
After I graduate, I’m planning on attending medical school. Not only have my
I graduate, I plan to move to LA to pursue a career in film acting and directing. I also
advisors helped me find great experiences and make plans for reaching that
plan to start a film production company that will focus on promoting representation for
goal, but they’ve also inspired me along the way.
those who aren’t typically seen in mainstream media, such as the LGBTQ community, people of color and women. DEXTER OFFER ’18
celebrities in Malibu during Spring Break
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 that 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. The FirstYear 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 year-round. Living in San Diego means you can enjoy the outdoors 365 days a year, so it’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
SUMMERLYN CARAY Major: Undeclared
Major: International Business Minor: Chinese, Political Science Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Campus Activities: Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Torero Tour Guides, University Ministry Retreat Leader, Scholastic Assistant, Ambassadors Club, International Business Club, Intramural Sports Favorite Spot on Campus: The fire pits outside Frank’s Lounge Favorite San Diego Spot: Sara’s Mexican Food on Mission Beach
Coming from Missouri, my transition to USD was actually very smooth. Going on the pre-orientation retreat through University Ministry allowed me to meet a great group of people before school even started. My SA and RA were also very helpful in my transition, as they made me feel welcomed within the first couple months of my time at USD. Getting involved on campus is key because it allows you to meet more people and be part of
Off-campus, I really try to make the most of this wonderful city. Going to Mission Beach every Saturday to play spike ball and then grab a burrito at Sara’s is something you can’t beat. I also love going to Taco Tuesday in Old Town with my friends.
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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and served as a support system. I also developed a great group of friends
different communities within USD.
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Del Mar with some of my closest friends.
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Favorite College Memory (to date): Going to the KABOO musical festival in
USD AT A GLANCE
HOW TO APPLY
STUDENTS OF COLOR
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)
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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: $47,100
A D EM IC
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
Average Room and Board: $12,630
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.
STUDENTS RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID
FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 2
TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS AWARDED IN 201617
AVG. FINANCIAL AID AWARD
TORERO HIGHLIGHTS 2016-17
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.
CHANGE MAKING 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 them through compassion, cultural awareness, sustainable thinking and social innovation.
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learning how to transform the world around
MORGAN WOLFRUM Major: Behavioral Neuroscience Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, California Campus Activities: Associated Students CAS Senate Health and Wellness Chair, Ambassadors Club, USD Medical Brigades, Pre-Nursing Club, Pi Beta Phi Favorite Spot on Campus: Serra Hall Favorite San Diego Spot: Spirit Yoga in Pacific Beach Favorite College Memory (to date): Traveling to Honduras with USD’s chapter of the Medical Brigades
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. Every time I walk onto campus, I run into people who genuinely care, who want to make a difference and who have a genuine passion for being a Torero.
MICHAEL BENNETT Major: Environmental and Ocean Sciences
Minor: Mathematics Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware I will be studying abroad in Bhutan in the fall! I’m excited to spend my first time outside of the United States in such a unique
and beautiful country. This is my favorite part of being a Torero, knowing that I’ve had so many life experiences that I couldn’t have had if I stayed home for college.
MELANIE KLIEGEL Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Centennial, Colorado As an engineer, I didn’t think that I would have the opportunity to
Global perspective and cultural
study abroad. However, I got to take my Intro to Thermal Sciences
understanding are hallmarks of the
class at the University of Westminster, and it was one of the best
Torero experience. USD consistently
experiences I’ve had at USD. I spent three weeks in London,
ranks among the top ten in the nation
attending class for three hours in the morning or afternoon, and
for undergraduate study abroad
spending the rest of the day experiencing the city. I loved every
participation. We offer 80 programs in
minute that I spent in London, and my time there inspired me to
more than 30 countries, including our
travel as much as I possibly can in the future!
own USD Madrid Center.
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Sample Interships ClearChannel Communications Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) La Jolla Playhouse Qualcomm San Diego Zoo Scripps Mercy Hospital
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California In my Intro to Engineering class, I designed, built
and programmed a remote controlled car for my
USD’s Career Development Center is committed to helping our students find success. Dedicated
final project. It was amazing to have a hands-on
career counselors work one-on-one with students and provide additional opportunities for both
experience like that so early on. On another occasion,
academic and professional growth. Some of these opportunities include:
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
INTERNSHIP AND JOB FAIRS
GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIRS
get even closer to reaching my goals by helping me build my résumé and get my first internship.
Sample Employers of USD Graduates
I am so grateful for the help and individualized attention of my professors and the career counselors. I can already see the success that I’ll find after college — and I’m just two short years in.
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E&J Gallo Winery
Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego Padres
Thermo Fisher Scientific
E! Entertainment Television
20th Century Fox Film
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
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 2016:
94% EMPLOYED OR IN GRADUATE SCHOOL
15% 4% 2% 2% 1%
FURTHERING EDUCATION SEEKING EMPLOYMENT TRAVEL OR PERSONAL COMMITMENTS FULL-TIME SERVICE MILITARY
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:
RECEIVED FIRST JOB OFFER WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF GRADUATING
It’s not about the product, it’s about the people.
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER GRADUATING
FOUR TO SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATING
MORE THAN SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATING
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
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values that are at USD’s core. So being a liberal arts university,
More outcomes available at sandiego.edu/outcomes/careers. 20
being a Catholic university, being a Changemaker campus … the innovative initiatives we emphasize all stem from that. And that’s what sets USD apart. DEXTER OFFER ’18
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 English Environmental and Ocean Sciences Ethnic Studies Finance French History General Engineering 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
MINORS Asian Studies Biomedical Ethics Chinese Classical Studies Education Entrepreneurship German Information Technology Management Italian Studies Latin American Studies Law and Ethics Leadership Studies Management Medieval and Renaissance Studies Naval ROTC Nonprofit Social Enterprise and Philanthropy Performing Arts Entrepreneurship Peacebuilding and Social Innovation Supply Chain Management Women’s and Gender Studies 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
COMMON APPLICATION DEADLINES
First-Year Students Fall Term: December 15 Spring Term: October 1
Transfer Students Fall Term: March 1 Spring Term: October 1
49% 3.75 - 4.19
FALL 2017 ACCEPTANCE RATE
MIDDLE 50% ADMITTED WEIGHTED GPA
1210 - 1350
MIDDLE 50% ADMITTED SAT MIDDLE 50% ADMITTED ACT
Cost of Attendance $47,100 $12,630 TUITION
Merit Scholarships $15,000 - $25,000 FAFSA PRIORITY DEADLINE
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