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University of San Diego
SI seal.gif
MottoEmitte Spiritum Tuum (Latin)
Motto in EnglishSend Forth Thy Spirit
Established1949
TypePrivate
Endowment$220 million (2009)[1]
PresidentDr. Mary E. Lyons
Academic staff845
Students8,317
LocationSan Diego, California, US
CampusUrban
Campus nameAlcalá Park
ColorsNavy blue, Columbia blue, and white.             
AthleticsToreros
MascotDiego Torero
Websitewww.sandiego.edu
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University of San Diego
SI seal.gif
MottoEmitte Spiritum Tuum (Latin)
Motto in EnglishSend Forth Thy Spirit
Established1949
TypePrivate
Endowment$220 million (2009)[1]
PresidentDr. Mary E. Lyons
Academic staff845
Students8,317
LocationSan Diego, California, US
CampusUrban
Campus nameAlcalá Park
ColorsNavy blue, Columbia blue, and white.             
AthleticsToreros
MascotDiego Torero
Websitewww.sandiego.edu
USD master logo.png

The University of San Diego (USD[2]) is a private and Roman Catholic research university in San Diego, California, United States. USD's 5,493 undergraduate students are enrolled in the forty baccalaureate programs offered by the university. USD is also home to 2,824 graduate students who are enrolled in the university's law, masters, and doctorate programs. The university consists of six schools: the School of Business Administration, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Nursing and Health Science, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

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History

Immaculata Parish Church at USD showing the architectural style of the campus.

Chartered in 1949, the university opened its doors to its first class of students in 1952 as the San Diego College for Women. Reverend Charles F. Buddy, D.D., then bishop of the Diocese of San Diego and Reverend Mother Rosalie Hill, RSCJ, a Superior Vicaress of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, chartered the institution from resources drawn from their respective organizations on a stretch of land known as "Alcalá Park," named for San Diego de Alcalá. In September 1954, the San Diego College for Men and the School of Law opened. These two schools originally occupied Bogue Hall on the same site of University High School, which would later become the home of the University of San Diego High School. Starting in 1954, Alcalá Park also served as the diocesan chancery office and housed the episcopal offices, until the diocese moved to a vacated Benedictine convent that was converted to a pastoral center. In 1957, Immaculate Heart Major Seminary and St. Francis Minor Seminary were moved into their newly completed facility, now known as Maher Hall. The Immaculata Chapel, now no longer affiliated with USD, also opened that year as part of the seminary facilities. For nearly two decades, these schools co-existed on Alcalá Park. Immaculate Heart closed at the end of 1968, when its building was renamed De Sales Hall; St. Francis remained open until 1970, when it was transferred to another location on campus, leaving all of the newly named Bishop Leo T. Maher Hall to the newly merged co-educational University of San Diego in 1972. Since then, the university has grown quickly and has been able to increase its assets and academic programs. The student body, the local community, patrons, alumni, and many organizations have been integral to the university's development.

The Universidad de Alcalá in Spain, inspiration for Mother Hill's USD

Significant periods of expansion of the university, since the 1972 merger, occurred in the mid-1980s, as well as in 1998, when Joan B. Kroc, philanthropist and wife of McDonald's financier Ray Kroc, endowed USD with a gift of $25 million for the construction of the Institute for Peace & Justice. Another significant donation to the college came in the form of multi-million dollar gifts from weight-loss tycoon Jenny Craig, inventor Donald Shiley, investment banker and alumnus Bert Degheri, and an additional gift of $50 million Mrs. Kroc left the School of Peace Studies upon her death. These gifts helped make possible, respectively, the Jenny Craig Pavilion (an athletic arena), the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Degheri Alumni Center. As a result, USD has been able to host the West Coast Conference (WCC) basketball tournament in 2002, 2003 and 2008, and hosted international functions such as the Kyoto Laureate Symposium at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and at USD's Shiley Theatre. Shiley's gift has provided the university with some additional, and more advanced, teaching laboratories than it had previously. In 2005, the university expanded the Colachis Plaza from the Immaculata along Marian Way to the east end of Hall, which effectively closed the east end of the campus to vehicular traffic. That same year, the student body approved plans for a renovation and expansion of the Hahn University Center which began at the end of 2007. The new Student Life Pavilion (SLP) opened in 2009 and hosts the university's new student dining area(s), offices for student organizations and event spaces. The Hahn University Center is now home to administrative offices, meeting and event spaces, and a new restaurant and wine bar, La Gran Terazza: http://www.sandiego.edu/dining/lagranterraza/.

USD's current enrollment is 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students.

Environment and location

View of Mission Bay and SeaWorld from campus.

Alcalá Park sits atop the edge of a mesa overlooking Mission Bay and other parts of San Diego. The philosophy of USD's founder and her fellow religious relied on the belief that studying in beautiful surroundings could improve the educational experience of students. Thus, the university's buildings are designed in a 16th-century Spanish Renaissance architectural style, paying homage to both San Diego's Catholic heritage[clarification needed] and the Universidad de Alcalá in Spain.

The campus is located approximately two miles north of downtown San Diego, on the north crest of Mission Valley in the community of Linda Vista. From the westernmost edges of Alcalá Park the communities of Mission Hills, Old Town, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Bay Park, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach can be seen. Also, the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Harbor, the Coronado Islands and La Jolla are visible from the campus.

Administration

Though a Catholic university, the school is no longer governed directly by the Diocese of San Diego. Today, a lay board of trustees governs the university's operations. However, the Bishop of San Diego, the Most Rev. Robert H. Brom, retains a seat as a permanent member and retains control of the school's designation of "Catholic."

Academics

The Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology, opened in 2003.

USD offers more than 60 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. USD is divided into six schools and colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law are the oldest academic divisions at USD; the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is the university's newest school. USD offers an honors program at the undergraduate level, with approximately 300 students enrolled annually.

Rankings

USD's undergraduate programs have been recognized by multiple publications including U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes. In 2012, USD ranked 92th among "National Universities" by U.S. News & World Report[3] and 179th by Forbes and Washington Monthly.[4]

In 2012, Princeton Review includes USD in its annual guidebook of the 376 best universities. The Princeton Review ranked the school 2nd for Best Campus Environment[5] and 39th in Most Beautiful Campus.[6] Other publications like Travel & Leisure and Newsweek have also recognized USD's campus as one of the most beautiful in the United States.[7]

The School of Business's undergraduate and graduate programs have also been acknowledged for their excellence. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the undergraduate program 36th in the country, and ranked fourth on the west coast.[8] In the ranking, BusinessWeek gave the school A+ grades for teaching quality, facilities and services, and job placement.[9] QS Global 200 Business Schools Report ranked USD's MBA program 65th in North America. The Evening MBA program for working professionals is currently ranked 14th in BusinessWeek's survey of the best part-time MBA programs.[10] The MBA program is also ranked 39th in the world for social responsibility in the Beyond Grey Pinstripes Global 100 list, and is the highest ranking program on that measure in Southern California.[11]

The USD offers its students many locations for study abroad programs. According to the Institute of International Education, USD ranked first in undergraduate participation.[12]

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. The university is also a member of Mortar Board national honors society for college seniors, and participates with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in recognizing the academic achievements of first- and second-year students. Several Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater and Strauss finalists and scholars have earned their undergraduate degree at USD.

USD offers an MFA in Dramatic Arts in collaboration with the Old Globe Theater in San Diego's Balboa Park. This partnership makes it one of the top graduate-level acting programs in California and the nation. Only seven students are chosen each year, and they are given full scholarships and stipends (worth more than $50,000/year). Students get to perform at the Old Globe, one of America's top regional theaters. Guest directors have included Jack O'Brien, Daniel Sullivan, Nicholas Martin, John Rando and Matthew August[citation needed].

Founders Hall

School of Law

Founded in 1954, the School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The School of Law is one of 80 ABA-accredited law schools to hold a membership in the Order of the Coif,[13] a distinguished rank of American law schools. Legal educator Brian Leiter regards the School of Law as having a strong law faculty. In 2003–04, he ranked the school 22nd in the nation in terms of scholarly impact.[14] In 2007, Leiter ranked the school's faculty 27th in the nation based on mean scholarly impact.[15]

Among its several projects is the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management of which former United States Attorney General Edwin Meese was director from 1977 to 1981.

Aerial view of the campus, 2011

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

The Philip Y. Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is among the top 10 percent of graduate-level nursing programs according to the U.S. News & World Report (#47)[citation needed]. USD Nursing was the first PhD nursing program in California[citation needed]. Two important assets of the nursing school are its Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Laboratory[16] which opened in 2002, and the Master's Entry Program of Nursing (MEPN) [17] The MEPN program allows students who already possess a bachelor's degree in another field but want to get into nursing the opportunity to take an accelerated program to earn a master's degree in clinical nursing. Once the student graduates, they're eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nursing licensure. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certificate exam. In 2010, the School of Nursing began offering a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. This specialty masters training program is just one of many master's specialties offered by the School of Nursing.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) has nearly 700 students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. SOLES academic programs include Counseling, Leadership Studies, and Marital and Family Therapy, as well as the Department of Learning and Teaching. The school offers the following degrees: PhD, M.Ed., M.A.T., and M.A. Additionally, SOLES has certificate programs in American Humanics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Character Development. Undergraduate offerings include a minor in Education, minor in Leadership and Teacher Preparation Programs (single subject credential secondary, multiple subject credential elementary and special education).

Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research

The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research was launched in 2004 with start-up grants provided by The Westreich Foundation and the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation. In 2007 the Center received a naming contribution from the Caster family. Housed within the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) the work of the Center is co-directed and is supported by an active Advisory Committee. The center is staffed by doctoral students. The mission of the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research is to study issues of strategic importance to the sector and to identify and advance best practices in nonprofit leadership and management.

School of Business Administration

The School of Business Administration has AACSB business program accreditation and ABET engineering degree accreditation. The school is also home to the Ahlers Center for International Business, one of the few private endowments for international business in the world.

The university also offers a specialized International MBA program. Students enrolled in the International MBA have the option to pursue a joint Masters degree abroad with EGADE Business School at Tec de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico or the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar (near Koblenz), Germany.

The school has a number of specialized master's degree programs.The Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) provides students with a solid foundation and helps them develop the decision-making, negotiating, communication and technology skills needed by real estate professionals. The MSRE degree prepares students for careers in mortgage lending, development, equity investment, brokerage and sales, valuation, consulting, property and asset management, and to become entrepreneurs.[18] The school also offers an undergraduate major in real estate, which launched in the fall of 2009.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

The Kroc School of Peace Studies opened in fall 2007. The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice was established thanks to Mrs. Kroc's gift of $75 million in-all "to not only teach peace, but make peace". The first Master’s level graduate students entered the Kroc Institute in 2002 for a 12-month program. In August 2009, the master's program added a 17-month track and the first seven graduates completed their studies in December 2010.

Social justice, ethics, and spirituality related programs

Statue of Bishop Leo Maher in front of the Immaculata Chapel.

USD is committed to addressing issues of social justice, ethics and spirituality. It has several programs, centers, and institutes that focus on a wide variety of these issues: Center for Community Service Learning, Center for Latino/a Catholicism, Center for Christian Spirituality, the Character Development Center, Ethnic Studies Program" (which offers major and minor study within College of Arts and Sciences), the Romero Center, the Social Issues Committee, the Trans-Border Institute, University Ministry and the Values Institute. The Center for Inclusion and Diversity opened on September 1, 2010.

Students

In Fall 2011, there were 5,493 undergraduate students, 1,408 graduate students, and 1,416 law students enrolled in the university for a total of 8,317. Thirty-one percent of the entire student body are racial minorities with Hispanics being the largest minority group. Five percent of the student body are international. Fifty-eight percent of the student body are females, in the law school this number drops to 49 percent and in the graduate programs it rises to 64 percent. Between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, USD awarded 2,164 degrees. There were 845 faculty employed by the university in Fall 2011, 435 men and 410 women with 155 of these being minorities.[19]

The University of San Diego's average GPA of admitted freshmen for the Class of 2014 was 3.89. The average SAT I score was 1220 and the average ACT score was 28.[20] USD received 13,867 applications for admission for the Class of 2014, 6,590 were admitted (48 percent), and 1,143 enrolled (17 percent).[21]

Student life

The undergraduate student body is represented by official student government known as the Associated Students (AS). The AS Leadership Team serves USD undergraduates as official student representatives who promote opportunities for growth and expression, address student issues and enrich a diverse, inclusive and engaged community. AS works in areas of programming, student issues, marketing, finance, multicultural relations, academics and student organizations. Student fees make up AS's $1,000,000 yearly budget. AS also assists in the funding of different "centers" on campus including Center for Awareness, Service & Action (CASA), Torero Days/Orientation, Social Issues Committee, USDtv, United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC or simply, UF), and Women's Center. The university acquired an unofficial radio station in the Spring of 2009, which was funded, designed and run entirely by the students themselves. In Fall 2009 it became official (www.USDRadio.org). The undergraduate student body is also represented by the official student newspaper, The Vista. The Vista is a weekly, student-run publication focused on university and local news as well as relevant national stories.

Student Affairs is the university's division focused on creating an educational environment which motivates and inspires student learning and personal development, serves the university community, and challenges students to make a positive contribution to society. Within Student Affairs is the Wellness Division which includes the Counseling Center, Disability Services and the Health Center. Another Division of Student Affairs is Student Life which includes Associated Students, Student Activities, Student Organizations, Greek Life, Outdoor Adventures and Campus Recreation. The last division of Student Affairs are all programs falling under the Dean of Students and these include Community Service Learning, Career Services, Parent Relations, International Center, University Ministry, United Front Multicultural Center, Summer Conferences, and the Women's Center.[22]

Campus housing and residence life

Freshman Housing[23]:

Upperclassmen Housing[24]:

Graduate and Law Student Housing[25]:

Greek life

The University of San Diego is currently the home to 12 Greek organizations. In 2011, approximately a quarter of the undergraduate student body belonged to a fraternity, sorority, or coeducational Greek organizations. USD is a deferred recruitment campus, which means first semester students are not allowed to join Greek organizations.

NIC Fraternities

NPC Sororities

Professional/Coeducational Fraternities

Athletics

USD athletes compete in the West Coast Conference at the Division I level of the NCAA. The football program does not offer scholarships, and competes in Division I-AA (Football Championship Subdivision) in the Pioneer Football League. The women's softball program competes in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference, and in 2004–05 the women's swimming and diving teams began to compete in the Western Athletic Conference but as of 2010–11 compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. USD athletes and teams are known as the Toreros, which is Spanish for "Bullfighters". Team uniforms and jerseys are in university's colors: navy blue, columbia blue, and white. Facilities include the Jenny Craig Pavilion, McNamara Fitness Room, Varsity Weight Room, Erg Rowing Room, Golf Team Room Sports Center Gym and Pool, East and West Tennis Courts, Torero Stadium, John Cunningham Stadium, Torero Softball Complex, USD Mission Bay Boathouse, and two intramural fields. The student spirit club, is called The Frontline.

The USD sports program has won the West Coast Conference's annual Commissioner's Cup the last four years (2007–08 through 2010–11), becoming the first WCC school to win the award four consecutive years and the first WCC member to win it four times. The Commissioner's Cup is given to the WCC institution with the best overall performances by all of its programs that compete in a WCC sport during the year, based on a points system.

In 1992, the Toreros ran off a series of men's college soccer upsets, playing all the way to the finals of the College Cup. There they finally lost 2-0 to a heavily favored University of Virginia team in the midst of their four consecutive NCAA titles.

The Toreros' lone national champion is Zuzana Lesenarova, who won the women's tennis singles championship in 2000 by defeating Stanford's Marissa Irvin 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.

In 2007, Toreros' quarterback Josh Johnson threw for 43 touchdown passes and just 1 interception, a school record. Johnson was taken in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Johnson, who was recruited to USD by former head coach Jim Harbaugh (USD football coach 2004–06), is the first USD football player to be drafted by an NFL team. In 2012, Johnson signed a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, the team currently led by Harbaugh, the 49ers' head coach.

The 13th-seeded Toreros upset the University of Connecticut in the first round of the 2008 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament on March 21, 2008. This marked the first time USD had advanced in the tournament, as well as the first time UConn was eliminated in the first round while coached by Jim Calhoun. It was the first NCAA Basketball Tournament win for any San Diego-area university.

Bowl Games

SeasonBowlChampionRunner-up
1973College Division BowlWittenberg21San Diego14
2006Gridiron ClassicSan Diego27Monmouth7

Notable people

Alumni

Faculty

References

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  2. ^ http://www.sandiego.edu/
  3. ^ National University Rankings(http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/data/page+4)
  4. ^ (http://www.forbes.com/colleges/university-of-san-diego/)
  5. ^ Princeton Review, http://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings.aspx, 2011.
  6. ^ Franek, Robert. The Best 376 Colleges, 2012 Edition. The Princeton Review. Print.
  7. ^ Newsweek(http://www.thebestcolleges.org/most-beautiful-campuses/)
  8. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek, The Best Undergrad B-Schools, 2011.(http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/rankings/)
  9. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek, The Best Undergrad B-Schools, 2011.(http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/rankings/)
  10. ^ BusinessWeek, http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/rankings/, 2011.
  11. ^ Beyond Grey Pinstripes, Global 100, 2011.
  12. ^ Institute of International Education(http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/US-Study-Abroad/Leading-Institutions-by-Undergraduate-Participation/2009-10/)
  13. ^ COIF Members
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ http://www.sandiego.edu/academics/nursing/sim_lab.php
  17. ^ http://www.sandiego.edu/academics/nursing/mepn.php
  18. ^ http://www.sandiego.edu/business/centers/real_estate/education/masters_program/
  19. ^ USD Quick Fact Fall 2011(http://www.sandiego.edu/irp/quick/current/)
  20. ^ USD Quick Fact Fall 2011(http://www.sandiego.edu/irp/quick/current/)
  21. ^ USD Quick Fact Fall 2011(http://www.sandiego.edu/irp/quick/current/)
  22. ^ USD Student Affairs Organizational Chart (http://www.sandiego.edu/administration/studentaffairs/documents/STUDENTAFFAIRSORGCHART1907.pdf)
  23. ^ Freshman Housing (http://www.sandiego.edu/residentiallife/studenthousing/freshmen.php)
  24. ^ Upperclassmen Housing Areas (http://www.sandiego.edu/residentiallife/studenthousing/upperclassmen.php)
  25. ^ Graduate and Law Student Housing (http://www.sandiego.edu/residentiallife/studenthousing/grad_law.php)
  26. ^ NHL Colorado Avalanche

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