USD History

The story of the University of San Diego began in 1949, with the vision of Bishop Charles Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill to create an outstanding Catholic university. From a small group of faculty, staff and students, USD has grown to more than 7,200 students and 2,000 employees, with more than 60 degree offerings in six schools.

Our history is alive on campus, from the Spanish Renaissance architecture chosen by our founders to the dedication to excellence, knowledge, compassion and ethics that drives our mission.

University of San Diego invites you to explore our history and to become part of our future.

Please visit the links in this section for information about the history of USD, up-to-date facts about the university today, our Board of Trustees and administrators, the varied publications from our divisions and links to our mission, our goals, our faith and our community.