Change the World from Here
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 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 22, 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.
Strength in diversity
One of the most culturally and geographically 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 distinct 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.
Examples of active learning
America Reads: Prospective teachers and others tutor San Francisco–area elementary school students.
Nursing clinicals: Beginning in their sophomore year, Nursing students work in real hospital and community-based health care settings to apply what they have learned in the classroom.
The Garden Project: An innovative learning community that offers a rare opportunity for students to engage in community design and gardening by cultivating the quarter-acre organic garden on campus. Through active involvement, students learn about climate change, water rights, food security, and social and economic justice as related to food production.
The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good: The McCarthy Center provides a forum for education, service, and research in public policy-making and programs for the common good. It provides service learning and government experiences for students and generates publishable research.
At USF, students will find a new home and new friends. A strong sense of community is central to our residence halls. 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.
The city of San Francisco offers sports, world-class art, performing arts, recreation, and stunning architectural and natural beauty. Ballparks, museums, theaters, restaurants, and even the Marin Headlands (part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area) are a short distance from campus, so you won’t need a car to get around.
Admission is selective, and each applicant’s entire academic record is reviewed individually, including letters of recommendation, results from either SAT or ACT exams, and interests and activities at school and in the community. The Early Action and Early Decision deadlines are November 15; Regular Action, January 15. You can apply online at usfca.edu/admission. You can also submit the Common Application online.
To help students with the cost of education, our financial aid programs include scholarships, grants, loans, and work options for eligible students. More than 65% of our students receive some form of financial assistance. Need-based aid consists of grant money as well as USF resources, college work-study, and student-parent loans. The University also offers a merit scholarship program for incoming freshmen for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. No special application is required and all admitted students are considered at the time of admission based on academic performance in high school and SAT/ACT scores.
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: 14:1
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%
• Catholic: 28.1%
• Protestant: 5.8%
• Other religions: 13.5%
• No religion: 15.5%
• Unspecified: 37.1%
• Public high schools: 53.6%
• Parochial high schools: 21.4%
• Private high schools: 16.5%
• International schools: 6.5%
• Not identified: 2%
• 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
• Early Action deadline: November 15
• Early Decision deadline: November 15
• Regular Decision deadline: January 15
College of Arts and Sciences
• Architecture & Community Design
• Art History/Arts Management
• Asian Studies
• Communication Studies
• Comparative Literature & Culture
• Computer Science
• Critical Diversity Studies
• Data Science
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Fine Arts
• French Studies
• Health Studies
• International Studies
• Japanese Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Media Studies
• Performing Arts & Social Justice
• Theology & Religious Studies
• Urban Studies
School of Management
• Business Administration
• Entrepreneurship & Innovation
• Hospitality Management
• International Business
• Organizational Behavior & Leadership
School of Nursing