The University of San Diego (USD) is a top Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949. It is one of only 18 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

The university consists of six schools:
- Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
- Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
- School of Business Administration
- School of Law
- School of Leadership and Education Sciences
- College of Arts and Sciences

The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools. In 2003-2004, Leiter ranked the school 22nd nationally in terms of scholarly impact.

The School of Business Administration is one of few business schools that includes both AACSB-accredited business programs and ABET-accredited engineering degree programs. It was one of the first business schools in the country to establish a master's-level degree program focusing on international business.

The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Rankings:

- Placed in the Tier 1 and rated 110th among "National Universities" in the US News & World Report Best Colleges 2010.

- 61st in the US News Law School Ranking 2010.

- 29th in the nation on BusinessWeek’s 2009 list of the top 50 undergraduate business programs, moving up 18 places from 47th in the previous year. It is also rated 11th in corporate recruiter satisfaction with students. USD students gave their faculty an A+ grade.

- Rated the 6th Most Beautiful Campus in 2009 (The Princeton Review).

- 82nd in the US News Best Graduate Schools Ranking in Law (2009).

- 100th among the Top Graduate Schools in Education (USNWR 2009).

- The MBA program is ranked within the top 100 programs in the world for integrating social and environmental issues, according to the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking.

- Listed as one of the best 351 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review.

- A survey by The National Jurist and The Princeton Review placed USD among the top 25% of law schools in terms of student satisfaction.

- US News and World Report ranked USD Law's Tax Program 10th in the nation, and 1st among all law schools in the Western United States with graduate tax programs (2007).

- Placed among the 50 Best Law Schools in the US (Thomas E. Brennan: Judging the Law Schools 2007).

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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