There are only a number of schools and universities that are highly prized for a combination of their beauty, their quality education, and their good reputation. And among these, there are only handful who openly promote and embrace religious beliefs, schools run by religious orders that serve as havens for faithful students.
In California, a very good example of such a school is University of San Diego.
Also known as USD, University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic university first opened in 1952. Its founders, Charles F. Buddy D.D., then bishop, and Reverend Mother Rosalie Hill, RSCJ, envisioned a learning institution for the faithful on Alcala Park, and called it at first, the San Diego College for Women.
When the San Diego College for Men and School of Law appeared soon-after in 1954, it was clear that a merger would be inevitable, forming what we now know as the co-educational University of San Diego today.
USD offers 60+ degrees in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, for undergraduate and graduate students that number, on average, around 7,800+ per school year. Some of these students, an average of 300 per year, enroll in the university’s honors program. The school’s courses are split into six schools and colleges, with the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law being the oldest, and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies being the newest.
Athletics is also supported in USD. Their teams are collectively known as The Toreros, and play in the Division I level of the NCAA, the Western Athletic Conference, the Pacific Coast Softball Conference, and the Pioneer Football League. They have their own facilities to hone their skills in, in buildings and locations which add not just utility, but beauty to the school.
In fact, the school’s beauty is one of its highlights. It has been ranked by the Princeton Review as the 6th and 4th most beautiful campus, in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
This is because of the buildings and areas that reflect a classic Spanish style, a number of which were influenced by existing structures in Spain. Aside from rankings for beauty, the school is also ranked 351st best university, as well as 94th best among National Universities in the U.S.
It is all of these, hand-in-hand, that make USD one of the best choices of students who adhere to their faith. And for students who wish to start building their empire, Downtown San Diego real estate is a great alternative to traditional student housing. Here is a resource for information on San Diego mortgage.
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