USD Annual Report 1983/84

A values-based education

The University of San Diego is a dynamic independent institution of higher education located on 180 acres overlooking the city's Mission Bay. The university enrolls 5,264 students in its six schools-Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Law, Nursing, and Graduate and Continuing Education. Throughout its history the University of San Diego has remained committed to the ideals of liberal education which emphasize the potentialities of men and women as human beings and creatures of God. As a Catholic institution, USD is committed to examination of the Catholic tradition as the basis of a continuing search for meaning in contemporary life. The university traces its beginnings to the vision of San Diego Bishop Charles F. Buddy, to whom it was imperative that higher education in San Diego include a quality Catholic institution. Through his efforts and those of Reverend Mother Rosalie Hill, RSC], USD's predecessor institutions were established at the university's present Alcala Park location-the College for Women, by the Religious of the Sacred Heart, in 1952 ; and the College for Men and the School of Law in 1954. In the 1960's administrators of the two colleges agreed that a merger was necessary to guarantee the success of both institutions. In 1971, Dr. Author E. Hughes was appointed president, and under his leadership, legal unification took place the following year, creating a coeducational university with undergraduate, graduate and professional programs which has thrived during the past 13 years.


Bishop Buddy

Rev. Mo/her /Jill

Dr. Hughes

"In thirty-five years the University ofSan Diego has leaped from modest beginnings to become an institution ofmajor importance in Southern California and the Southwest."

Author E. Hughes, Ph.D. President

The t111ert1ge high school grade poinl of e11/eri11g USDfreshmen is 3. 2 (B + ).

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