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Undergrad Profile

Change the World From Here

Founded in 1855 as the first college in San Francisco, the University of San Francisco has long helped shape one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Today USF offers more than 80 programs in the arts and sciences, business, and nursing and health professions. And today, as ever, USF inspires its students to change the world for the better. 

Infused with San Francisco’s spirit of innovation, a USF education is lively by nature and personal by design. With top faculty and an average class size of 25, each course is an active learning community. Students work with professors who know their names and who challenge them to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems. USF also expects students to turn their learning into positive action, with a strong commitment to social justice and to making a difference in communities both nearby and far away. This hands-on education prepares USF students to succeed not only in their careers but in their lives.

One of the most diverse universities in the United States, USF offers its students a stimulating campus environment, plus all the advantages of its San Francisco location. Students from 46 states and 87 countries exchange ideas, and in the best Jesuit Catholic tradition, USF welcomes students from all backgrounds—and from all religions or no religion—and invites input from every perspective. This combination of academic rigor and open-minded inquiry creates a unique atmosphere in which students grow and thrive: they come to USF to connect with the people, organizations, and employers who are inventing tomorrow. Of course, they also love being in the geographic center of San Francisco, with its natural beauty, 27 unique neighborhoods, cultural attractions, major sporting events, and a wide range of research, internship, and employment opportunities. USF uses the city and the Bay Area as an extended classroom.

Academic programs
Whatever your interests, you will find programs to meet your needs:
• More than 80 different undergraduate majors and concentrations
• Minors and interdisciplinary studies
• St. Ignatius Institute, a four-year Great Books program
• Honors Program in the Humanities
• Challenging liberal arts Core Curriculum
• Martín-Baró Scholars Program, a learning community for freshmen focused on diversity in San Francisco’s multicultural urban
• Study abroad programs in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and Europe

Of all the resources available to USF students, our faculty are the strongest. Professors are dedicated to the application of active learning and providing the skills, knowledge, and motivation that inspire our students to become future leaders of a more humane and just world. Ninety-one percent of our faculty have earned a PhD or equivalent terminal degree.

Our professors win national recognition in their fields of study. Professors are available to students both inside and outside the classroom. Faculty take an active interest in students’ needs and aspirations and help them find the right career and personal path.

Internship opportunities are available in every major:
• Business opportunities with downtown financial and banking
• Hospitality industry
• Environmental agencies
• Computer-related opportunities in Silicon Valley and San Francisco
• Media opportunities in one of the largest TV/radio/print markets in the nation
• Multimedia opportunities with design firms
• Primary, secondary, and university education
• Historical, archival, and cultural organizations and museums
• Psychology internships with the UCSF Medical Center
• Community and social service organizations
• Corporate and retail positions in the apparel industry

Student life
It’s easy to stay engaged at USF—and easy to find a community. Many of our residence halls offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the city skyline, and San Francisco Bay. Loyola Village is a student residential community that features apartment-style living for students who are over 21 or have reached their junior
year at USF.

Cultural clubs and campus activities enrich student life and make it easy to make friends and have an impact on the University. More than 100 student clubs and organizations represent the many cultures, interests, and giving spirits of our students. USF maintains a rich sports tradition, with the Dons competing in NCAA Division I sports, including women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, sand volleyball, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball and men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track.

Off campus, students take advantage of everything the city has to offer, including recreation, restaurants, museums, music, sporting events, shopping, and cafés—great places to take a well-deserved break from studies.




Undergraduate Majors

College of Arts and Sciences

• Advertising
• Architecture & Community Design
• Art History/Arts Management
• Asian Studies
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Communication Studies
• Comparative Literature & Culture
• Computer Science
• Critical Diversity Studies
• Data Science
• Design
• Economics
• English
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Fine Arts
• French Studies
• Health Studies
• History
• International Studies
• Japanese Studies
• Kinesiology
• Latin American Studies
• Mathematics
• Media Studies
• Performing Arts & Social Justice
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Politics
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Theology & Religious Studies
• Urban Studies
School of Management
• Accounting
• Business Administration
• Entrepreneurship & Innovation
• Finance
• Hospitality Management
• International Business
• Marketing
• Organizational Behavior & Leadership
School of Nursing
• Nursing

Pre-professional Programs
• Pre-dental
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-veterinary



San Francisco Advantage: At USF you will find yourself in the center of one of the world’s most dynamic cities, connecting with people, organizations, and employers who truly are shaping our world.

• Undergraduates: 6,745
• States represented: 46
• Countries represented: 87

Student-Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Average Class Size: 22

• American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.4%
• African American: 3.5%
• Asian: 22.2%
• Hispanic/Latino: 20.7%
• International: 17.1%
• Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.8%
• Two or more races: 5.9%
• White: 28.3%
• Unspecified: 1.1%

Religions Represented:
• Catholic: 28.1%
• Protestant: 5.8%
• Other religions: 13.5%
• No religion: 15.5%
• Unspecified: 37.1%

School Type:
• Public high schools: 53.6%
• Parochial high schools: 21.4%
• Private high schools: 16.5%
• International schools: 6.5%
• Not identified: 2%

Student Life:
• More than 100 student organizations
• Living and Learning Communities
• Residence halls: 7
• Study abroad: More than 120 programs in 50 different countries
• University Honors Programs: 5

• 15 NCAA Division I varsity teams
• Member of the West Coast Conference
• 34 intramural and club sports
• Premier health and wellness facilities

Application Deadlines:
• Early Action deadline: November 15
• Early Decision deadline: November 15
• Regular Decision deadline: January 15

Money Matters: To help students with the cost of education, our financial aid programs include scholarships, grants, and loan and work options for eligible students. Approximately 65% of our students receive tuition assistance. Need-based aid consists of grant money as well as USF resources, college work-study, and student-parent loans.