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USD Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into USD? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 7,067 out of 13,675 applicants or 52% were admitted making USD a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. University of San Diego typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 8,222 5,453 13,675
Accepted 4,362 2,705 7,067
Acceptance Rate 53% 50% 52%
Enrolled 634 471 1,105
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 17% 16%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of San Diego and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that USD regularly accepts students with ACTs 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. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of San Diego.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates 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 1095. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1285 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 65 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1190 1380
SAT Reading 600 690
SAT Math 580 700
ACT Composite 26 30
ACT English 25 30
ACT Math 25 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >65%
28 to 30 Avg + 52%-65%
26 to 28 Avg - 39%-52%
24 to 26 Reach 27%-39%
Less than 24 Low <27%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >65%
1285 to 1380 Avg + 52%-65%
1190 to 1285 Avg - 39%-52%
1095 to 1190 Reach 27%-39%
Less than 1095 Low <27%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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 52% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

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 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

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

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.



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