Chances of getting into University of San Diego
|Admission Standards||Very High|
How hard is it to get into USD and can I get accepted? The school has a 50% acceptance rate ranking it #38 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,339 out of 14,739 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 18 percent. University of San Diego typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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USD SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT49%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||640|
|SAT Math 25th||610|
|SAT Composite 25th||1250|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||700|
|SAT Math 75th||710|
|SAT Composite 75th||1410|
|Average SAT Score||1330|
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 requires applicants to be in the top 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 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 1170. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. The school ranks #20 in California for highest average SAT composite score. 49 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1410 and Above||Good||>63%|
|1330 to 1410||Avg +||50%-63%|
|1250 to 1330||Avg -||37%-50%|
|1170 to 1250||Reach||26%-37%|
|Less than 1170||Low||<26%|
USD ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT65%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||25|
|ACT Math 25th||25|
|ACT Composite 25th||26|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||33|
|ACT Math 75th||29|
|ACT Composite 75th||30|
|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 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #21 in California for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 65 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of San Diego.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|30 and Above||Good||>63%|
|28 to 30||Avg +||50%-63%|
|26 to 28||Avg -||37%-50%|
|24 to 26||Reach||26%-37%|
|Less than 24||Low||<26%|
Avg. High School GPA3.88
Typical High School GradesA-
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. 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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
91% of University of San Diego freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||16%||17%||16%|
What are the requirements for admission to University of San Diego and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.