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University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

A Jesuit Education

University of San Francisco exists to provide a rigorous, world-class education to a new generation of leaders, who will work to create a more humane and just world.

Student Profile

6,071 undergraduate students (37% male, 63% female); 50 states and territories; 60 % minority, 13% international.

Faculty Profile

406 full-time faculty. 91% hold a terminal degree in their field. 16: 1 student/faculty ratio. Average class size is 26.

Residence Life

Moderately residential: 43% of students live on campus. All Freshmen must live on campus.

School Location

San Francisco, California—located in residential neighborhoods in the heart of the city, three miles from San Francisco Bay and three miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Athletics

NCAA Division I, West Coast Conference. 14 varsity sports (7 men’s: baseball, basketball, soccer, track & cross-country, golf, tennis; 7 women’s: volleyball, basketball, soccer, track & cross-country, golf, tennis), and many club and intramural offerings.

Other Information

University of San Francisco is a Catholic, Jesuit liberal arts university founded in 1855 as the city’s first university.

Academic Programs

College Of Arts And Sciences: Architecture & Community Design; Art History/Arts Management; Asia Pacific Studies B.A.-M.A. Five Year Program; Biology; Chemistry; Communication Studies; Comparative Literature; Computer Science; Computer Science BS-MS Five Year Program; Economics B.A.-M.A. Five Year Program; Economics; Engineering 3/2; English; Environmental Studies; Environmental Science; Exercise & Sport Science; Fine Arts; French; Graphic Design; History; International & Development Economics B.A.-M.A. Five Year Program; International Studies; Japanese Studies; Latin American Studies; Mathematics; Media Studies; Performing Arts & Social Justice; Philosophy; Physics; Politics; Psychology; Sociology; Spanish; Theology & Religious Studies; Undeclared Arts; Undeclared Science; Visual Arts.

Mclaren School of Management: Accounting; Business Administration; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Hospitality Industry Management; International Business; Marketing.

School Of Nursing: Nursing.

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News and World Report ranks USF in the top 20 national universities for student ethnic diversity and international student enrollment.

  • Ranked in the Top Tier of University Entrepreneurship Programs by Entrepreneurmagazine and in the Top 25 of "America's Most Entrepreneurial Campuses" byForbes and Princeton Review.

  • USF is ranked #34 in the country among national universities in the proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.

Engaged Students

Some students come to USF because they’re seeking a rigorous academic experience in small classes with top professors. Others come looking for an education in the Jesuit tradition, with its commitment to social justice. Some students choose USF because we’re one of the most diverse universities in America. Some come to take advantage of the many international opportunities we offer. And of course, some come to us because we’re the University of San Francisco…


  • USF prepares students for successful careers without forgetting the end to make a positive difference in the world. Social justice is an important value at USF, and USF’s goal is to equip students with the education they need to help them make changes for a more humane and just world.
  • The top majors at USF are psychology, biology, pre-professional heatlh services, communications, media studies, nursing, and business. All USF students follow the core curriculum, which includes course work in communication, math and science, humanities, social science, visual and performing arts, philosophy, ethics, and theology, as well as service and diversity requirements. The core curriculum supports USF’s view that faith and reason should be used as complimentary resources.
  • USF’s location in San Francisco provides students with access to some of the world’s most important cultural resources as well as a number of worthwhile internship and service-learning possibilities. The university is a member of the University Career Action Network (UCAN). This consortium of 22 colleges and universities across the country gives students access to internship opportunities with the nation’s top employers, opportunities that enable students to gain experience in their chosen careers.
  • Integrated learning communities are an important part of the USF campus. The Global Living Community is made up of international and domestic students, who gain a global perspective by performing community service, meeting weekly, and attending guest speaker events on global social justice issues. Other learning communities include Diversity Scholars and Erasmus, centered contemporary issues such as human trafficking.

The first Jesuit universities were situated in the center of great cities. With more than 150 years in San Francisco, USF carries on the tradition. As San Francisco has grown, so has USF.

Great Teaching

Classes at USF are not taught by teaching assistants, but by faculty members. Of the USF faculty, 91 percent have a PhD or other appropriate terminal degree. USF faculty are recognized for their research as well as for their teaching…


  • Classes at USF are not taught by teaching assistants, but by faculty members. Of the USF faculty, 91 percent have a PhD or other appropriate terminal degree. USF faculty are recognized for their research as well as for their teaching. After twenty years of research in Antarctica, Deneb Karentz, the chair of the biology department, recently had an Antarctic lake named in her honor.
  • USF professors often lead immersion experiences in a number of countries. In the past, students have used the winter break to travel to Zambia to build a library. Students in the nursing program have visited Guatemala, and computer science students have traveled to Belize. Students have also traveled to South Africa and India for immersion experiences.
  • The Honors Program in the Humanities is an intellectually challenging program in which students develop an appreciation for classical expressions of Western civilization. Students in the program take seminars on topics such as renaissance culture, and the origins of Judaism and Christianity, and have the opportunity to complete an independent research project for credit.
  • Through its twenty-one centers and institutes, including the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, the Center for Child and Family Development, and the Valery Institute of Poetry and Visual Arts, USF offers its students opportunities for expanded research, internship, travel, and service learning in San Francisco, throughout the U.S., and abroad.

Vibrant CommunitiesS

Located near Golden Gate Park and only three miles from the Pacific Ocean, USF’s fifty-five acre campus is home to 2,300 of the school’s 5,300 undergraduates. Known as the Hilltop because of its location on one of San Francisco’s major hills, the campus borders three San Francisco neighborhoods: Lone Mountain, the Western Addition, and the Richmond District…


  • Located near Golden Gate Park and only three miles from the Pacific Ocean, USF’s fifty-five acre campus is home to 2,300 of the school’s 5,300 undergraduates. Known as the Hilltop because of its location on one of San Francisco’s major hills, the campus borders three San Francisco neighborhoods: Lone Mountain, the Western Addition, and the Richmond District. This location enables students to easily interact with the city. Students do work with St. Anthony’s Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit organization providing shelter, housing, meals, medical care, clothing and furniture, rehabilitation services, and senior services for the needy.
  • USF is widely recognized as one of the most diverse Jesuit universities, with nonwhite students making up 70 percent of the student body and international students making up 12 percent. USF welcomes students of all faiths, as well as students with no religious beliefs. Currently, 39 percent of the student body identifies themselves as Catholic. On average, 63 percent of USF’s students are from California, while the other 37 percent come mainly from the Western United States. USF also draws students from urban areas all over the country, and from all fifty states.
  • On campus, many cultural organizations exist for students, from the Asian Pacific American Student Coalition to the Muslim Student Association. Students of all backgrounds are able to come together in these groups and share their culture with the campus. Clubs such as Amnesty International, Democracy Matters, and Model United Nations also thrive on campus.

Successful Outcomes

USF’s focus on integrated learning experiences helps to produce graduates who report being very satisfied with their undergraduate education. Alumni include a justice of the California Supreme Court, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, the former president of Peru, the CEO of Intel, the former chair of Price Waterhouse, and a number of professional athletes…


  • USF’s focus on integrated learning experiences helps to produce graduates who report being very satisfied with their undergraduate education. Alumni include a justice of the California Supreme Court, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, the former president of Peru, the CEO of Intel, the former chair of Price Waterhouse, and a number of professional athletes.
  • Academically, the future of education is in the possibilities that the combined study of different subjects create, and what that means to mankind’s progress. So at USF, exemplar faculty mentor students in research and academic goals that often combine major areas of study, such as computer science and business, biology and technology, preprofessional health studies and communication.
  • USF”s career services center, in collaboration with the alumni relations office and the Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF), gives students an opportunity to connect with alumni to learn about careers during a winter-break externship. The externship, similar to an internship, allows students to shadow an alumni professional over a specified length of time. Students are paired with alumni volunteers based on their interests and availability. During externships, students have the opportunity to observe meetings, ask questions, and network with other professionals.

Admissions and Financial Aid

2010-2011: $44,080 comprehensive ($37,040 tuition). 65% of students receive some financial aid. Average award: $16,500.

http://www.usfca.edu/acadserv/admission/undergraduate/ug.html

Undergraduate Grants, Scholarships, and Loans
The University of San Francisco offers student financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment opportunities. Financial aid is provided by:

  • the university
  • Federal and state governments
  • social, fraternal, professional, and community organizations
  • employers, both present and prospective
  • friends and graduates of the university.

Grants and scholarships can be used to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. It is awarded to students who demonstrate eligibility by submitting a financial aid application, who compete in intercollegiate athletics, who are academically outstanding, and who are ready to commit their time and skills after graduation to the armed forces or to a particular employer.

Current grant, scholarship, and loan programs include:

  • Academic Merit Awards
  • Tuition Grants
  • Cal Grants
  • Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program
  • The Federal Work-Study Program
  • The Nursing Student Loan
  • Direct Student Loans
  • Unsubsidized Direct Student Loans

For complete information about each of these programs and Financial Aid at USF as a whole, visit the USF Financial Aid office.

Endowment

$213 million.