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Chances of getting into University of San Diego

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
48.7%
Admission Difficulty for University of San Diego
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into USD and can I get accepted? The school has a 49% acceptance rate ranking it #32 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,697 out of 13,755 applicants were admitted making USD a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent. University of San Diego typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of San Diego is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

USD SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1190-1370
Applicants Submitting SAT
67%
SAT Scores for University of San Diego
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1190
SAT Scores for University of San Diego
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1370
Average SAT Score 1280

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of San Diego typically prefers applicants to be in the top 26 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1190 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 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. The school ranks #22 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 67 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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 >62%
1280 to 1370 Avg + 49%-62%
1190 to 1280 Avg - 36%-49%
1100 to 1190 Reach 25%-36%
Less than 1100 Low <25%
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USD ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
45%
ACT Scores for University of San Diego
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of San Diego
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

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. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. 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 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #22 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of San Diego.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of San Diego admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >64%
28 to 31 Avg + 49%-64%
26 to 28 Avg - 39%-49%
24 to 26 Reach 29%-39%
Less than 24 Low <29%
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USD GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.88
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of San Diego?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into USD. 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. The school ranks #11 in California for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to USD will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of San Diego students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

91% of University of San Diego freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of San Diego students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 45%
Top 25% of class 91%
Top 50% of class 95%
Bottom 50% of class 5%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of San Diego admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,240 5,515 13,755
Accepted 4,198 2,499 6,697
Acceptance Rate 51% 45% 49%
Enrolled 693 449 1,142
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 18% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Dec 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
76

Applicants have 76 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Dec 15, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of San Diego is $55.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of San Diego and what student information is used for 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 Required
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.

FAQs

Does University of San Diego prefer SAT or ACT?

67% of students submit their SAT scores to USD. 45% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of San Diego?

49% of those who apply are granted admission to USD. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of San Diego?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1190 and 1370. 67% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of San Diego?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 31. 45% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.