The University of San Diego is a nationally preeminent Catholic university known for educating students who are globally competent, ethical leaders committed to the common good and empowered to engage a diverse and changing world.
USD is dedicated to the values originally articulated by its founders, Bishop Charles Francis Buddy of the Diocese of San Diego and Mother Rosalie Hill of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
Those values are reflected in the University's rich Catholic intellectual tradition. USD's community of scholars are committed to educating the whole person—intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and culturally. The university provides a character-building education that fosters independent thought, innovation, integrity, analytical thinking, and an open-minded and collaborative world view.
USD welcomes and respects those whose lives are formed by different traditions, and we recognize their important contributions to a pluralistic society and to an atmosphere of open discussion and discovery, which is essential to a liberal arts education.
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First-year housing is the home of our Living-Learning Community program. These areas offer easy access to classes and your professors, as well as close proximity to your classmates for study group sessions, and convenient access to on-campus events such as lectures, concerts, athletic events and the wide range of recreational activities on campus.
Each first-year area is unique, with their own live-in professional community directors, resident ministers and undergraduate resident assistants (RAs), who are committed to helping you maximize your on-campus living experience.
Check out more information on the four first-year residential areas.
On-campus living at USD only gets better the second time around. Our on campus apartments are fully furnished, and the rate includes all utilities. Live-in staff offer a wide range of resources, services and personal support. They offer a wide range of resources, services and personal support offered. It's no wonder why so many Toreros choose to stay on campus after their first-year living experience.
Spend your sophomore year living with your classmates in the Alcalá Vista Apartments (aka "The Vistas"), which are the home of the Second-Year Experience (SYE) program. You'll have the opportunity to participate in programs and utilize services that are geared to the unique needs of both returning and transfer sophomore students.
Check out more information on second-year residential areas.
Upperclass, Transfer and Graduate Housing
With a wide range of student housing options for upperclassmen as well as graduate, transfer and law students, you're sure to find that perfect place to call home. Add in the fact that you'll have convenient access to resources and support from resident assistants, faculty and University Ministry staff who share your living space, it's clear why so many Toreros choose to stay on campus.
Commuter students are an important part of the USD community. We offer many resources specifically available to commuter students to help USD feel like home.
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