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University of San Diego Sees Record-Breaking Diversity rates in its Newest Class

A recent report said that USD class of 2026 welcomed more academic students of color than Caucasian scholars.

The University of San Diego sees a new number of minority students enrolling as Toreros. 

A recent report said that USD class of 2026 welcomed more academic students of color than Caucasian scholars, which is historic news for the university, a university that was recently ranked as the most beautiful campus in the country. 

The news involving this historically diverse 2026 USD class becomes the first time students of colors outnumber White students, the first time since the school was founded in 1949. 

According to the report, the newest class has a total of 1,245 students in total, of which 49 percent of that number represents minority students, while White scholars represent 42 percent of that total number. 

This comes as no surprise, however, as this becomes the seventh consecutive academic year where students of color grow from the previous school year. 

The President of the University of San Diego, James T. Harris, EdD, has previously said that the more diverse a school is, the greater the learning environment it will be. 

“Studies have shown that the more diverse an institution is, the better the overall learning environment,” Harris said. “Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. If you interact with people from across the globe and from different religious backgrounds and belief systems, you are preparing yourself for the future.” 

Among that 49 percent of students of color, 27 percent identify as Hispanic, and just over five percent identify as Black, which both have become school records. 

And even more inspiring news, up to 24 percent are first-generation scholars within this 2026 USD class. 

“The University of San Diego seeks to set the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative changemakers confront humanity's urgent challenges. This class looks well prepared to have an immediate impact on our community,” Harris added.