University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

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Undergrad Diversity Catholic

The University of San Francisco—a private, Jesuit university—reflects the energy, diversity, and opportunities of the city that surrounds it.

Founded in 1855 as the first college in San Francisco, USF has long been a part of the city’s colorful history. Today, USF is ranked #5 in student diversity among national universities by U.S. News & World Report (2020). True to its Jesuit values, the USF campus serves as a space for complex questioning and a meeting place for perspectives from all walks of life. While USF is a Jesuit, Catholic university, our student body grew up in 22 different faith traditions, and about one-third of our students identify as Catholic.

USF enrolls 6,577 undergraduate and 4,059 graduate students in over 100 degree programs, boasting a network of over 116,000 alumni around the world. In any of the 44 majors, you’ll be encouraged to turn learning into positive action with a strong commitment to social justice. Small class sizes (with an average of 24 students per class) taught by professors (not TAs) ensure that your education is intensely personal, intellectually demanding, and designed to help you change the world for the better. The six Core Curriculum areas build a common foundation for thinking critically with an eye toward a greater good.

USF’s hilltop campus in the geographic center of the city puts students in the middle of everything San Francisco has to offer. Students enjoy the city’s natural beauty, 36 unique neighborhoods, cultural attractions, sporting events with the Bay Area’s seven professional teams, and unlimited access to research, internship, and employment opportunities at the Bay Area’s most successful companies. At USF, everything in San Francisco is only a walk or a bike, bus, or BART ride away. 



Top 100 University | U.S. News & World Report


Top 20 Catholic Colleges in America |


Top 5 College Locations in America |


Top 5 Most Diverse Campuses | U.S. News & World Report


Best Colleges | The Princeton Review


New Engineering Program
We’ve designed a program that will prepare you to be an engineer for others. You’ll gain a strong technical foundation and work collaboratively with your peers to solve big, messy problems from real clients in the community. Within each of the three concentrations—Environmental, Electrical & Computer, and Sustainable Built Environments (Civil)—you’ll be immersed in internships, projects from local companies, and community partnerships to make sure you have the most relevant experiences for your career. Unique to the major is a six-week summer program to help you transition to college and build an engineering foundation.


An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “What stood out the most about USF was their values. I’m a Nursing major, and one of my biggest passions is patient advocacy. For me, it was just so important to find the school that really supported me in helping save the health care system.”

    • Sarah ’21
  • “The diversity. As someone who is brown and international, I wanted to not only represent my own heritage but also meet people from other cultures that I’ve never been exposed to before.”

    • Andrea ’21
  • “One of the biggest reasons why I chose USF was because of how welcomed I felt. When I first stepped foot on campus, I remember countless people who helped me find a building or take me around campus on their way to class.”

    • Jeremy ’23
  • “The San Francisco advantage. I knew that I wanted to be in a city where people were hustling and moving. I was looking for a city that would foster my potential and put me out into the world at my highest possible capacity.”

    • Karina ’22