USD Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for University of San Diego
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into USD? The school has a 51% acceptance rate. Last year, 7,406 out of 14,413 applicants were admitted making USD a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. University of San Diego typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for University of San Diego
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for University of San Diego
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1370
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of San Diego?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1070. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1270 out of 1600. 55 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of San Diego admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1370 and Above Good >64%
1270 to 1370 Avg + 51%-64%
1170 to 1270 Avg - 38%-51%
1070 to 1170 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 1070 Low <26%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for University of San Diego
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of San Diego
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 30
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into USD?

Admission data indicates that USD regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 62 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of San Diego.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of San Diego admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >64%
28 to 30 Avg + 51%-64%
26 to 28 Avg - 38%-51%
24 to 26 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 24 Low <26%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of San Diego. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of San Diego was 3.88 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as USD accepts 51% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of San Diego students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 66% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 9% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 5% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low


Admission Statistics

University of San Diego admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,604 5,809 14,413
Accepted 4,525 2,881 7,406
Acceptance Rate 53% 50% 51%
Enrolled 657 476 1,133
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 17% 15%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of San Diego and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of San Diego Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of San Diego
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122436 IPEDS survey data for University of San Diego.