University of San Diego, he Church of the Immaculata. Photo by Chris Stone

The University of San Diego has expanded its Torero Promise admission and financial aid program to Catholic high schools in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The expanded program now provides automatic admissions and financial aid to qualifying students graduating from eight Catholic high schools in Southern California.

The new schools are Xavier High School in Palm Desert, Aquinas High School in San Bernardino, and Notre Dame High School in Riverside.

To be eligible for participation in the Torero Promise program, graduating seniors must have a grade point average of 3.75 or above.

The program began in 2017 with five local Catholic high schools, including the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, St. Augustine, Mater Dei, Cathedral Catholic, and Vincent Memorial.

“We launched the Torero Promise program to provide a clear path to USD for students from the five high schools in the San Diego diocese,” said USD President James T. Harris III. “We have been pleased with the growth thus far and firmly believe the addition of three new participating schools will significantly expand enrollment for more Catholic students who desire to pursue higher education in our dynamic Catholic environment.”

The Torero Promise program has the potential to assist as many as 1,400 high school seniors at the eight participating schools.

The University of San Diego has more than 9,000 students from 85 countries and 50 states.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.