Pathway Programs at USD

’s Undergraduate Pathway for International Students

If the Office of Undergraduate Admissions determines that you need to strengthen select skills prior to beginning your undergraduate studies at USD, you may be admitted conditionally by way of the USD Undergraduate Pathway Program. Admission to this program is determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions only.  The USD Pathway Program offers academically prepared international students the opportunity to become full-time, degree-seeking USD students through completion of an English language and college readiness curriculum, which is administered by the English Language Academy.

Making a smooth transition to college can be challenging for even the most gifted student, as college requires new skills that must be adopted quickly in order to be successful. You will learn the latest strategies on how to succeed in college while improving your English speaking and communication skills.

, Undergraduate Admissions

Studying at the means finding a home in one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. But there’s far more to USD than stunning architecture and ocean views. Since our founding in 1949, we’ve grown from a local college with a small cohort of students and just a handful of professors to a renowned Roman Catholic university ranked among the nation’s top 100 colleges and universities. This achievement is a direct result of our unwavering commitment to our students – to the academic feats they’ll undertake, to the many memories they’ll create and to the great successes, they’ll attain. Just as we once did with each of them, we now welcome you to the journey that is becoming a Torero.

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’s Graduate Pathway for International Students /School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES)

The USD Graduate Pathway Program offers academically prepared international students the opportunity to become degree-seeking graduate students at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) through successful completion of an English language and graduate degree program readiness curriculum.

The program begins with an individualized assessment in several areas, including academic aptitude, English language proficiency and college readiness. A personalized pathway will then be developed based on these assessments by the English Language Academy (ELA), and your progress will be closely monitored throughout the program to ensure success.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), Graduate Programs

Within a school that spans multiple areas of study, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences is unified by its unique academic excellence. The school’s exceptional ratings stem from a combination of incredible classroom discussions and real-world service and learning. Students dive in and start making an impact right away.

To deliver more than learning, we personalize our programs to suit students’ key needs. We challenge them, support them, and nurture their endeavors. We maintain defined academic standards while embracing diverse perspectives. We foster a strong campus community while exploring the world at large. We study the principles of leadership, then put them into practice. We learn about the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations, and then learn how to make a difference for the better.