University of San Diego

San Diego, CA 92110
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University of San Diego is one of the one hundred thirty-eight private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in California. The campus is located in an urban area, in San Diego.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 8,905 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,210 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,089 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 90%). Every year 82% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

University of San Diego's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $47,100, and fees were $608. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $47,100 and $608 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students8,905
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate90%

Nursing Programs

The University of San Diego Master of Science emphasizes advanced focus in nursing in theory, practice and research.

The faculty of the USD nursing program work to maintain strong research program allowing the school to be awarded the largest research grant in the history of the University. The Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory is the only one of its kind in the state of California allowing students to experience expert clinical practice utilizing cutting edge technology.

The program offers seven areas of emphasis Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse, Executive Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Leader, Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner/ Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Pediatric and Family/Lifespan, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Health Care Informatics.

Three MSN options are also offered in Mind-Body-Spirit Health Care option, the Latino Health Care Option and Nursing Education.

The post BSN DNP program is also offered for Registered Nurses who are interested in preparing for primary care. The program is a 3 year full time program with part time study options available.

The curriculum ranges from 78 semester credits to 91 semester credits depending upon the concentration of study and prior courses taken.

Students who complete the program will be eligible to apply for national board certification. 
The School of Nursing and Health Science accepts students to the Master of Science in Nursing Program for enrollment in the both the spring and fall semesters. 


The University of San Diego Master of Science in Nursing, program is intended for students who possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The curriculum for the MSN program focuses on theory, practice and research.

The MSN program offers a range of options including Health Care Informatics, Executive Nurse Leader, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Family/Lifespan Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner.

The program requires core courses for all specialties designed to prepare students in their area. The program consists of 78-91 semester credits adding up to three years of full time study with part time study options available as necessary. The program is a campus based program with classes offered one or two days a week. Clinical experiences are tailored to the specific needs of the various options.

Students who successfully graduate from the program will be eligible for national board certification.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited college and university
  2. Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  3. Successful completion of basic statistics per-requisite course
  4. Applicants with professional experience will be preferred 


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Master's degree 12 41
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 2 20
Doctor's degree - professional practice 3 19

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
03/31/1956 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
11/02/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
03/03/2000 - 02/01/2014
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
03/03/2000 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1180 to 1350
ACT26 to 30
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $45

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,625/credit
In State Students$1,625/credit
Out of State Students$1,625/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,448/credit
In State Students$1,448/credit
Out of State Students$1,448/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $73,125 $73,125 $73,125
ADN 70 $113,750 $113,750 $113,750
BSN 125 $203,125 $203,125 $203,125
FNP 50 $72,400 $72,400 $72,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 85% of University of San Diego's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 14% $4,303
Other Federal Grant 14% $742
State Grant & Scholarships 10% $8,703
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 83% $22,489
Federal Student Loans 40% $5,880
Private Loans 7% $7,214


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$22,687
$30,001 to $48,000$26,523
$48,001 to $75,000$27,916
$75,001 to $110,000$33,504
Over $110,000$43,826

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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