The University of San Diego’s School of Business ranked No. 43 this year. The B-school fell one rank behind from last year with slightly less selective admissions standards this year. The incoming class had an acceptance rate of 58.70% and an average SAT score of 1250, compared to last year’s acceptance rate of 49% and average SAT score of 1274.
Employment wise, San Diego performed relatively well despite the COVID-19 economic downturn with 88.44% of the Class of 2020 securing full-time employment at graduation, down just 0.6% from last year. Additionally, 76% of the Class of 2020 landed a business-focused internship before graduating, in line with last year’s 76.80%. While San Deigo’s School of Business had a fairly balanced approach, taking 49th in admissions standards and 48th in academic experience, its best category was the employment standards, where it placed 40th.
San Diego’s undergraduate business program is characterized by its student-centric approach to education. At San Diego, student development is the key focus — from small class sizes to ultimate creative freedom in projects.
SMALL CLASS SIZES WITH STUDENT-CENTRIC APPROACH
Students can choose from nine business majors including: Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Economics, Economics, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management.
As a private university, the University of San Diego is able to offer small class sizes that offer high-quality teaching and mentorship. Most classes are capped at 35 or 40 students. Additionally, university policy allows for students to change their major at any time, without restrictions, giving students more flexibility and free-reign in exploring their passions and learning at their own pace.
Overall, San Diego alumni view their business education positively with 2018 alumni rating the quality of teaching in business courses a strong 9.0 average rating. 2018 alumni also gave a strong 9.3 average rating in terms of business school faculty availability for informal discussions and mentoring outside of class.
“I will say the teachers at USD were incredible and overall so supportive and offered a wonderful experience,” one 2018 alumni told us. “They were so wonderful at mentoring beyond the classroom and so supportive of students.”
“The faculty was extremely professional and cared for the individual development of the student,” another 2018 alumni said. “The relationship that I had with each of my professors was instrumental in my understanding of the material and progression as a young professional.”
The level of care and support for each student is something that is unique to the San Diego education. Oftentimes, at larger universities, it can be difficult to get one on one time with professors, but San Diego’s small class sizes and student-centric policies allow each and every student to get the level of support and mentorship they need.
The senior thesis is one of the cornerstone experiences at San Diego. It’s a year-long project where students take their cumulative business knowledge and apply it to a topic of their choice. Many alumni we surveyed highlighted their senior thesis as the key “signature experience” during their time at San Diego.
“My senior thesis provided me a platform to apply real-world knowledge and econometrics to evaluate a topic I deeply care about,” one 2018 alumni said. “Without the experience of constructing my senior thesis, my learning would have been surface level and I would not have been able to apply it in the business world.”
One thing that makes the senior thesis experience unique at San Diego is the free-reign that students get in exploring a topic that they are truly passionate about. Faculty at San Diego actively encourages students to explore novel topics that they are interested in. Additionally, students are given the freedom to execute research and analysis how they want.
“My senior thesis was an economic model designed to determine if there was a correlation between orphan diseases (diseases with fewer than 200,000 patients) and revenue,” another 2018 alumni said. “It took 4 months of research & countless reiterations to arrive at my final model. To me, the uniqueness of the experience came not from the amount of work but from the hands-off approach. I was forced to think of my vision, create a game plan & execute. This is not dissimilar from the business world which is why I valued this experience.”
For many alumni, the senior thesis experience is one that proves valuable and applicable to their careers today.
“I developed an economic research paper on a subject I am incredibly passionate about,” one 2018 alumni said. “It taught me the essential skill of how to tell a story with your data. I use this skill every single day in my job.”
“I thought it was unique because it required way more analytical thinking and responsibility than I experienced in any other class,” said another. “Taking a project start to finish, to come up with a meaningful conclusion was very gratifying and helped instill a greater work ethic.”
Overall, San Diego offers a quality business education where students come first. Through small class sizes, supportive mentorship, and freedom to explore, San Diego business students can truly thrive and discover their passions.
“I had to create a product with a team and go through a meticulous process that included almost every aspect learned in the business school. What made it unique was that after graduating, I was able to recreate the same process in personal projects that today are successful.”
“Year-long thesis research on a subject of my choosing and under the guidance of a faculty member. Unique vs typical coursework because of the length and breadth of research as well as encouragement to explore novel topics (for example, mine was on baseball, the industry I planned on entering after graduation).”
“Real-time cases, Total cost Offerings, drafting of Operational Business Plans inside and outside of the Supply Chain Management and Business Administration roles assisted exponentially with the preparation for my career.”
Where The Class of 2020 Went To Work:
Deloitte – 13
KPMG – 8
PwC – 8
EY – 8
CohnReznick – 5
BPM – 4
Axos Bank – 3
E&J Gallo Winery – 3
General Atomics – 3
Thermo Fisher Scientific – 3