From the School

When the Jesuits founded the University of San Francisco in 1855, it was a one-room schoolhouse. Now, it is one of the West Coast's largest Catholic universities. Some things haven't changed: class size is still small, and student/faculty ratio is still low. USF has been dedicated to helping students learn the skills they need to improve their world for over 150 years. USF's Jesuit education is committed to providing all students with individual attention. Both love of learning and the willingness to face the challenge of serving society are fostered in programs in the arts, the sciences, business, education, nursing, and law.

San Francisco itself is a laboratory for students. The city and its university have interconnected histories, and today, this vibrant partnership gives students the wonderful opportunity to bring classroom theory into real, twenty-first-century life. There are 5,571 undergraduates on the 55-acre residential campus, and these students come from all 50 states and 80 countries. All new undergraduate students admitted with 40 or fewer transfer credits must live on campus for their first two semesters of enrollment, unless they have permanent residence within forty miles of the university. Students have access to facilities including libraries, a health and recreation center with an Olympic-size swimming pool, a coffeehouse, and several dining areas. Right outside is the city of San Francisco, and it has "facilities" of its own: the ballet, opera, museum exhibits, concerts, theater, and sports events. In addition, students have the opportunity to live with their peers in a cozy, laid-back environment within the residence halls. There are traditional residence halls and also University apartment-style facilities on campus. There are laundry facilities, study/computer rooms, and television lounges in every residence hall. Most floors in each dormitory also contain a community kitchen.

There are several dining facilities on campus that are convenient to the residence halls and classrooms. The Market has a dining environment similar to a food court with options for vegetarians and those who only consume organic foods. Other selections include a student-run coffeehouse, and a convenience store/cafe.

There are over 100 student-run associations for undergraduates at USF, including culturally focused clubs, leadership and community service organizations, honor and professional societies, and club sports and intramural programs. These associations include the oldest continuously performing theater group west of the Mississippi River: The College Players, a weekly newspaper, and a literary magazine. The Career Services Center is one of the most active offices, aiding students in choosing a career path and learning about employment and internship opportunities. The exciting Koret Health and Recreation Center offers facilities for exercise, racquetball, swimming, court games, and socializing.

There are graduate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, law, and nursing.


From The School

Admission is selective, and each application receives an individual review. USF desires a high-quality and diverse student body, and thus encourages applications from men and women of all races, nationalities, and religious beliefs. Prospective students are evaluated on many criteria, including high school grade point average, the application essay, a personal recommendation, and satisfactory test scores. All applicants must take the SAT I or the ACT, and international applicants must take the TOEFL or IELTS. A completed application file is made up of the application form, an essay, all academic transcripts, test scores, and one letter of recommendation. For the fall semester, November 15 is the deadline for early action and January 15 is the deadline for regular action.

For additional information, please contact:
Office of Admission
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1046
Telephone: 415-422-6563
800-CALL-USF (toll free outside California)
Fax: 415-422-2217
World Wide Web:


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27


Early Action
November 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

It is hoped that students leave USF with a well-rounded education and with a focus and awareness of social justice. A curriculum of 128 credits is required for the degree. Core Curriculum requirements from six particular categories of knowledge make up 51 credits of the curriculum, including a nine-credit block of basic skills courses and 80 to 83 credits divided between major requirements and electives. Superior students may be selected for an honors program that provides a high academic challenge.

USF urges qualified high school students to study subjects traditionally reserved for colleges as early as possible. To this end, advanced placement courses, as certified by the College Board's Advanced Placement Program tests, are honored. USF also cooperates with the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students interested in obtaining this credit are required to take the CLEP tests before registering for their freshman courses.

A special program is available through the St. Ignatius Institute. The Institute offers a distinguished Great Books curriculum a historical sequence of courses based on classical works of literature, theology, and philosophy, from ancient Greece to the contemporary world.

Army ROTC is also available at USF, and qualified applicants and continuing students have access to ROTC scholarships.

Two semesters make up the academic year, and there are also summer sessions and a January intersession.

Majors and Degrees Offered

BA and BS degrees are available through USF. The College of Arts and Sciences offers majors in Advertising, Architecture and Community Design, Arts History/Arts Management, Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, Computer Science, Design, Economics, Engineering 3/2, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Exercise and Sports Science, Fine Arts, French, History, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Media Studies, Performing Arts and Social Justice, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Professional Health Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theology and Religious Studies, undeclared arts/science, and Visual Arts. The School of Management offers degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Hospitality Industry Management, International Business, and Marketing. Qualified high school graduates and second-baccalaureate candidates can pursue a four-year baccalaureate program through the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Students can receive teacher certification at the elementary or secondary level by completing a fifth year of study in the Dual Degree in Teacher Preparation program.

The Pre-Professional Health Committee at USF advises and recommends students to medical and dental professional health schools, as well as to schools for pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, and podiatry. The pre-medical or other pre-health science requirements can be taken as part of, or in addition to, the requirements of an academic major. The Pre-Professional Health Committee helps students with the application process, creates a professional file for each student, gathers and sends recommendations to professional schools, gives interviews in preparation for application, and endorses approved candidates through a committee letter of recommendation that is sent to all professional schools the student selects.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
  • Finance, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Development
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Comparative Law (LL.M., M.C.L., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Museology/Museum Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Educational Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious Education
  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Arts Management
  • Drawing
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Painting
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Students Say

Students find the quality of University of San Francisco’s “location” to be inseparable from the school’s “small-ish private liberal arts college” appeal: “San Francisco is a global city with a wealth of opportunity.” However, USF is more than a “diverse education in an even more diverse setting” in its “dedication to social justice.” “USF is known for its Jesuit pursuit of social justice, and does so through philanthropy and a relatively left and liberal style of teaching.” Undergrads love USF’s “small class sizes, good work opportunities in the city,” and “comprehensive core curriculum.” “USF is interested in developing the individual into a strong leader with a particular emphasis on the forces of self reflective and self awareness,” and the school’s “Jesuit education…is outstanding for students who care about their community and the world beyond themselves.” Holding true to its command to students to “change the world from here,” a USF education empowers students to make “an impact in the world in an area that you are passionate about.” The “extremely talented, well-educated, hard-working, and passionate professors” are “well qualified and deeply care for my education,” facilitating “fun and learning combined” in “interesting, engaging classes that are small.” In class, students find “the opportunity to discuss, to ask questions, and to give feedback. It was not the professor’s classroom, where the professor was controlling the classroom, it was our classroom, all of us together.” Students are encouraged to think for themselves in an intellectual atmosphere that “emphasizes acceptance, diversity, and critical thinking.” That said, the university offers plenty of support: “We have academic success advisers who help make sure we are on track with graduation, help with major changes, and choosing class schedules.” USF’s “very prestigious nursing program” and “5 year program for obtaining a Masters in Education” stand out as major attractions, as do its “financial aid” resources.


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory

Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Ming Chin
California Supreme Court Justice

Alejandro Toledo
President of Peru

Pierre Salinger
Press Secretary for President Kennedy

Pete Rozelle
Former NFL commissioner

Gordon Bowker
Cofounder of Starbucks and co-owner of Peet's Coffee & Tea

Bill Russell
NBA pro-player

Paul Otellini
former president and CEO of Intel Corporation

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory

ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Estimated cost of tuition for the 2012/2013 school year is $38,490. Room and board are $12,640 for the academic year. An additional $5,494 per year is generally required for books, fees, travel, and other expenses.

Financial Aid

Many scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs are available for USF students, and all students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Over two-thirds of all University students receive some form of financial assistance. Students have access to many jobs both on and off campus.

New freshman applicants with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.8 and a combined SAT I score of 1320 (Critical Reading + Math sections only) or an ACT composite score of 30 can participate in the University Scholars Program. University Scholars receive a non-need-based scholarship that covers a large portion of tuition costs for four years of undergraduate work. Scholars must maintain a GPA of 3.25 to remain eligible. Students eligible for University Scholars are identified during the admission process, and interested students must apply for admission by the November 15 early action deadline.

The President's Merit Award, the Provost's Merit Award and the Dean's Merit Award, also for new freshmen, are non-need-based awards of $10,000, 8,000 and %6,000 respectively. Awardees are also identified during the admission process, and students may apply by the November 15 Early Action deadline or the January 15 Regular Action Deadline to be considered.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Every undergraduate student is a member of the Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF). There are three purposes to the ASUSF: to represent the official student viewpoint, to recommend policies, and to fund activities and services. There are three branches: the executive branch, the Student Senate, and the Student Court. The main representative body of the undergraduate day students is the Senate, and it monitors the expenditures of the $200,000-plus student budget.

USF offers over 100 different clubs and organizations. They give students opportunities to be involved in leadership and professional organizations, honor societies, culturally focused clubs, fraternities and sororities, club sports and intramurals.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



62% female
38% male
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

At USF, students combine in “in one of the best cities in the world” to form what they perceive as “a culturally diverse community that teaches, respect, dignity, and honor for all individuals.” They describe themselves and their peers as “artistic, smart, morally sound,” “quirky and interesting.” True to San Francisco’s long history as a haven for all kinds of refugees and trailblazers, at USF, students will find a “very LGBT friendly environment” where it may even be “more normal to be diverse and weird or queer.” Students “care about the community and believe in taking action to demonstrate their beliefs,” and “the average student may be working for an NGO or volunteering regularly at one of the many non-profits in San Francisco.” They “come from all over the world,” as well as from many “different cultural backgrounds and hobbies and interests,” but hold a common interest of being “committed to their education” and, for the most part, “everyone gets along very well.”


From The School


The beautiful University of San Francisco campus is 55 acres, and is located in a residential neighborhood. Downtown San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean are just minutes away, and the 1,000-acre Golden Gate Park is only a few blocks away. There are many benefits of an urban campus, and San Francisco's diversity and compact geography allow students to discover research facilities, community involvement options, and work opportunities found in few other cities.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

USF students enjoy access to the more than 700,000 volumes at Gleeson Library and access to the Computer Center, the Applied Math Laboratory, the Institute of Chemical Biology, and the Physics Research Laboratories, all in the Harney Science Center. The Instructional Media Center is located in Cowell Hall, along with the home base of nursing classes and the Nursing Skills Laboratory. The headquarters for the School of Management is Malloy Hall, which also holds an additional computer laboratory and special seminar rooms.

Off-Campus Opportunities

USF students have many opportunities for university-sponsored study abroad programs, such as ones to Sophia University (Tokyo), Oxford (England) through USF's St. Ignatius Institute, a program at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. USF is connected to Gonzaga University's study abroad program in Florence (Italy) and to Loyola University of Chicago's program in Rome. The Institute of European and Asian Studies, of which USF is an associate member, offers programs in Durham and London, England; Paris, Dijon, and Nantes, France; Berlin and Freiburg, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Madrid and Salamanca, Spain; Milan, Italy; Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan; Moscow, Russia; Adelaide and Canberra, Australia; Beijing, China; and Singapore. There are many other study abroad opportunities as well. Students receive assistance from USF in all aspects of the program: choosing a location, completing applications, arranging financial matters, registering for academic credit, obtaining a passport and visa, and organizing travel plans.

Student Organizations & Activities

Every undergraduate student is a member of the Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF). There are three purposes to the ASUSF: to represent the official student viewpoint, to recommend policies, and to fund activities and services. There are three branches: the executive branch, the Student Senate, and the Student Court. The main representative body of the undergraduate day students is the Senate, and it monitors the expenditures of the $200,000-plus student budget.

USF offers over 100 different clubs and organizations. They give students opportunities to be involved in leadership and professional organizations, honor societies, culturally focused clubs, fraternities and sororities, club sports and intramurals.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
International Student
Theme Housing

Students Say

To many students, USF is all about “getting to know each other academically, socially and morally while allowing ourselves to get distracted by the city of San Francisco.” One can’t help but note that the campus is “in a beautiful location” that’s “the ultimate city to be in as a young person,” and “USF is located near the Haight, which means that there’s always something to do even near the campus.” “The Muni bus pass that USF gives you” makes it easy to get around the city (and also means that “public transportation becomes your best friend”), and “students very very often go off-campus on weekends to visit tourist attractions, go hiking, explore new food places, go shopping,” “hit the nightclubs and bars around the city,” and enjoy “concerts and trips to various museums, shows, and performances.” “The city is full of activities and free, fun things to do,” and “whether you enjoy hiking and nature (Golden Gate Park) or enjoy small coffee shops for a nice read, you’ll always be able to find something.” USF tends not to “care for Greek life/ sports,” and on “weekends campus is barren because everyone is out exploring,” but campus is still a “welcoming, second home for all of its students.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Tom Merrell

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Current pychoeducational assessment report by a qualified professional verifying the presence of a specific learning disability. Please visit our website for detailed information:

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Comprehensive neuropsychological or psychoeducational assessment report by a qualified professional clearly stating the presence. Please visit our website for detailed information:

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Dons)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Dons)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UC Berkeley


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple through bookstore DELL through Educational Discount Program

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Tom Matos
Director of Admissions

Admissions Office
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Koret Health and Recreation Center
War Memorial Gym
St. Ignatius Church
Geschke Learning Resourse Center
Loan Mountain Campus

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island
Union Square - Shopping
Pacific Bell Park
Golden Gate Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

After Campus tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
San Francisco International is a 20-minute drive from campus. Visitors can take shuttle services at the airport without making advance arrangements. Amtrak trains serve nearby Oakland; Greyhound/Trailways buses bring passengers to San Francisco.

Driving Instructions to Campus
If you enter the city from the airport or the Bay Bridge, follow the signs to the Golden Gate Bridge. Exit the Freeway on Fell St. and proceed for approximately 3 miles. Turn right at Masonic, and then left on Golden Gate Ave. The entrance to the university is on the left. If you enter the city from the Golden Gate Bridge, follow Park Presidio to Fulton St. Turn left and the university is at the top of the hill. From I-280, follow 9th Ave. for 3 miles. Go through Golden Gate Park and turn right on Fulton Street.

Local Accommodations
The small, 36-room Stanyan Park Hotel (750 Stanyan St.; 415-751-1000) is about 6 blocks away. Rooms here are comfortable and romantic, and the moderate rate includes continental breakfast. The joggers among you will particularly appreciate being across from Golden Gate Park. The Laurel Motor Inn (444 Presidio Ave.; 415-567-8467), about 8 blocks away, is moderately priced (including continental breakfast) and convenient.

Rankings & Lists

From University of San Francisco

Social Feed