University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

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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 #4 for student diversity among national universities by U.S. News & World Report (2021). True to our 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-fifth of our students identify as Catholic.

USF enrolls 5,852 undergraduate and 4,216 graduate students in more than 100 degree programs, boasting a network of more than 118,000 alumni around the world. In any of our 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 our students in the middle of everything San Francisco has to offer. Students enjoy the city’s natural beauty and cultural attractions, 36 unique neighborhoods, sporting events with the Bay Area’s six professional athletic 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 just a walk or a bike, bus, or BART ride away. 

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A Jesuit Education
The University of San Francisco’s Jesuit approach to education means you’ll learn to be an ethical, responsible leader in your chosen field. Our campus serves as a platform for complicated conversations, where we ask big questions and look at ways to improve the world, especially in underserved or marginalized communities. Whether you’re reporting financial numbers, launching a new product, or curating an art exhibit, you’ll learn how to make decisions that improve the world around you.

University Ministry
University Ministry (UM) supports spiritual, religious, and pastoral needs for students of all religions, beliefs, and identities. UM will help you connect your faith, spirituality, and values with social justice and solidarity with the poor. UM offers retreats, service trips abroad, volunteering programs, prayer services, a liturgical choir, and more. On campus, students can relax and reflect in the meditation room, join weekly mass at St. Ignatius Church or interfaith prayer services, schedule a one-on-one spiritual care check-in, or participate in any of the educational or social events offered by UM.

USF Faith & Culture Communities
• Catholic Student Prayer Group
• Communities of Reflection (CORE)
• Ignatians
• InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
• Jews for Justice
• Kasamahan (Filipino-American community)
• Latinas Unidas
• Muslim Student Association (MSA)
• Orthodox Christian Fellowship
• SF Hillel at USF
• Zen Buddhist Meditation

Fall 2020 Incoming Class
Buddhist: 2.5%
Catholic: 18%
Hindu: 1.7%
Jewish: 1.6%
Muslim: 2.6%
Protestant: 0.9%
Other: 20.1%
No religion: 25.3%
Unspecified: 27.3%

Engineering at USF
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 our three concentrations—Environmental, Electrical & Computer, and Sustainable Built Environments (Civil)—you’ll be immersed in internships, projects with local companies, and community partnerships to make sure you have the most relevant experiences for your career. Unique to our Engineering 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
  • "I chose USF for 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