Our San Diego camp is located on campus of the University of San Diego. The campus is located approximately two miles north of downtown San Diego, on the north crest of Mission Valley in the community of Linda Vista. From the westernmost edges of Alcalá Park the communities of Mission Hills, Old Town, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Bay Park, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach can be seen. Also, the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Harbor, the Coronado Islands and La Jolla are visible from the campus.
Alcalá Park sits atop the edge of a mesa overlooking Mission Bay and other parts of San Diego. The philosophy of USD's founder relied on the belief that studying in beautiful surroundings could improve the educational experience of students. Thus, the university's buildings are designed in a 16th-century Spanish Renaissance architectural style. Travel+Leisure Magazine named it as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.
Approximately 1.2 million people live in San Diego, making it the 7th largest city in the United States. Although the city's population keeps increasing, San Diego has not lost its small town ambiance, and it retains a strong connection with its Hispanic heritage and culture.
Balboa Park is America's largest urban cultural park. The 1,200-acre wonder is a cultural and horticultural oasis containing museums, gardens, clubs, theaters, sports facilities, restaurants, fountains, hundred-year-old trees and the San Diego Zoo. There are more than 85 cultural and recreational organizations including fifteen museums and various performing arts groups like the world-famous Old Globe Theatre. The museums along the Park's celebrated El Prado walkway are housed in magnificent Spanish Colonial buildings, originally built for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition. A favorite San Diego attraction.