University of San Diego (CA)

University of San Diego (CA)

Common Application


Regular Decision: Dec. 15, 2016

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please         share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn            from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                        importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions: 

l   As a Changemaker Campus, USD promotes entrepreneurship, collaboration, and innovation for positive social change. Briefly describe how your past activities or work                    experiences will enhance our community. (20 words minimum)

l   How does USD stand out among all of the other colleges to which you are applying? (20 words minimum)

l   If you are Catholic, please enter the name, city, state, and nation of your home parish.

Documents Required:
  • $55 Application Fee
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score report of TOEFL
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • Final Report 

Other Information:
Address: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: 619-260-4506
FAX: 619-260-6836
Application Info:
SAT/TOEFL Code: 4849
ACT Code: 0394