Change the World from Here


Founded: 1855

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

• Undergraduates: 6,745
• States represented: 50
• Countries represented: 98

Student-Faculty Ratio: 14:1

Average Class Size: 22

Financial Aid: 76% of our undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

• African American: 5.7% 
• Asian American: 20.6% 
• Hispanic/Latino: 25.1% 
• International: 12.5%
• Native American/Alaska Native: 0.2%
• Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1.2% 
• White: 24.9% 
• Two or more races: 8.3% 
• Unspecified: 1.4% 

Religions Represented:
• Buddhist: 2.5% 
• Catholic: 27.5% 
• Hindu: 1.3% 
• Jewish: 1.6% 
• Muslim: 1.8% 
• Protestant: 6% 
• Other: 8.1%
• No religion: 24% 
• Unspecified: 25.1%

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 clubs and organizations
• Living and learning communities
• Residence halls: 7
• Study abroad: 103 programs in 45 different countries
• University honors programs: 7

• NCAA Division I varsity teams: 15
• Member of the West Coast Conference
• Intramural and club sports: 37
• Premier health and wellness facilities

Application Deadlines:
• Early Action: November 1
• Early Decision: November 1
• Regular Action: January 15

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

• History

• International Studies

• Japanese Studies

• Kinesiology

• Latin American Studies

• Mathematics

• Media Studies

• Performing Arts & Social Justice

• Philosophy

• Physics

• Politics

• Psychology

• Sociology

• Spanish Studies

• Theology & Religious Studies

• Urban Studies


School of Management

• Accounting

• Business Administration

• Entrepreneurship & Innovation

• Finance

• Hospitality Management

• International Business

• Management

• Marketing


School of Nursing

• Nursing


Pre-professional Programs

• Pre-dental

• Pre-law

• Pre-medicine

• Pre-veterinary

Founded in 1855 as the first college in San Francisco, the University of San Francisco has long helped to shape one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Today USF offers more than 100 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 optimism and innovation, a USF education is lively by nature and personal by design. With an average class size of 22, each course is an intimate learning community where top professors—not TAs—encourage students to step up, speak up, challenge their assumptions, and learn by doing. True to its Jesuit mission, USF also expects students to turn learning into positive action, witha strong commitment to social justice and to making a difference in communities near and far. So while USF graduates rank among the top 3% in the US for their earning potential, they don’t only do well in the world. They do good. 

One of the most diverse universities in the United States, USF offers its students a rich and welcoming campus environment, plus all the advantages of its San Francisco location. Students from 50 states and 98 countries exchange ideas, and in the best Jesuit tradition, USF welcomes students from all backgrounds—and all or no religions—and invites input from every perspective. This combination of academic rigor and open-minded inquiry creates a unique campus atmosphere in which students grow and thrive. Of course, they also love being in the geographic center of the city, with its natural beauty, 36 unique neighborhoods, cultural attractions, major sporting events, and nearly unlimited access to research, internship, and employment opportunities at organizations such as Google, Tesla, and Pixar. At USF, everything in San Francisco is just a walk, bike, bus, or BART ride away. 

Academic programs
Whatever your interests, you’ll find programs to meet your needs:

More than 100 different undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations

A challenging liberal arts core curriculum

• The Honors College, a hub for all honors programs, connects students with interdisciplinary courses and with lectures and seminars given by world-renowned scholars, artists, and scientists. The Honors College encompasses the St. Ignatius Institute, a four-year Great Books program.

• Study abroad programs in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and Europe

• The Muscat Scholars Program introduces incoming first-generation first-year students to the ins and outs of college. 

BASE—the Black Achievement Success and Engagement program—encompasses the Black Scholars Program, Black Living and Learning Community, and Black Resources Center, providing an academically challenging, personally supportive, and empowering educational experience for black-identified students

• An Engineering program planned for launch in the fall of 2020

Of all the resources available to USF students, our faculty are the strongest. While our professors are accomplished scholars and researchers—96% hold the highest degree in their academic disciplines—they’re at USF because they put teaching first. You’ll find them next to your desk, not behind a microphone. They’re mentors as well as teachers, and they’ll look for opportunities to put you to work, helping them with research and pointing you toward internships. 

The USF Career Services Center connects students to internship and job opportunities in every field, from technology and finance to the arts and nonprofits. Here’s a partial list of where USF students intern and get hired:
• Apple
• Berkshire Hathaway
• Cisco
• Deloitte
• DWA Media 
• Gap Inc.
• Golden State Warriors 
• Google
• Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
• Federal Reserve Bank
• Kiva
• Marriott
• Nike
• Peace Corps
• Pixar
• San Francisco Mayor’s Office 
• San Francisco Unified School District
• Silicon Valley Bank
• Stanford Hospital
• Square
• Teach For America
• Tesla
• Uber
• University of California, San Francisco

Student life
It’s easy to stay engaged at USF—and easy to find a community. More than 100 student clubs and organizations represent the many cultures, interests, and giving spirits of our students. 

Many of our residence halls offerviews of the Pacific Ocean, the cityskyline, and San Francisco Bay. Loyola Village is a residential student community that features apartment-style living for students who are over 21 or have reached their junior year at USF. The Sobrato Residential Complex, tobe completed in the fall of 2020, will house 600 students on campus. 

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.