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University of San Francisco

  • San Francisco, CA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 62%38%
    student ratio
  • 6,392
    total students
  • $40,996 | $40,996
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 69%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 593
    sat math
  • 573
    sat reading
  • 576
    sat writing
  • 26
    act composite

Overview

An Active and Engaged Student Body, a Beautiful Campus, and an Urban Setting Create a Thriving Academic Environment

With a beautiful campus that is nestled in the dynamic and renowned city of San Francisco, California, USF provides students with a perfect environment in which to live, learn, and grow. With state-of-the-art facilities for both academic and athletic pursuits, comfortable housing options, and a major metropolis at their doorstep, USF students can take advantage of a safe and comfortable setting while easily being able to explore internship opportunities, professional connections, and cultural and entertainment amenities offered by the city.

Housing is readily available for incoming students as well as returning students, and an advanced housing management system allows for the efficient and effective reservation of housing for all students at the University of San Francisco. Because all freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, the essence of the USF campus is truly one of community.

Community-based Approach to Learning Creates Unparalleled Opportunities and Broadens Students' Horizons

It is among the core values of the University of San Francisco to instill in students the view that learning should be a humanizing, social activity rather than a competitive exercise. This focus on community permeates all aspects of the Bay Area school and is the primary reason that the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified USF as one of only 76 "community engaged" colleges and universities in the U.S.

With small classes taught by full professors and highly accessible faculty who are dedicated teachers and noted scholars, the atmosphere of scholarship and learning at USF is unmistakable. The community-based approach to learning is taken very seriously, as undergraduates regularly partner with faculty on scholarly research, and students can choose from over 70 academic majors and programs in the Schools of Arts and Science, Business and Management, and Nursing.

Special programs at the Northern California university include pre-professional studies and pre-legal studies. USF also offers students the opportunity to apply for the Honors in Humanities Program and the McLaren College of Business Honors Cohort Program.

In addition, the University of San Francisco provides a variety of academically-oriented programs and resources to assist students in their education outside of the classroom. A Freshman Resource Center and the USF Learning and Writing Center are among the easily-accessible services available for academic assistance. The career services center at USF assists graduating seniors in making the transition from being a student to becoming a member of the workforce.

USF emphasizes the importance of each student's responsibility for the global community through study abroad and immersion programs, which are available nationally and internationally. Students may also choose to complete an internship with one of the many San Francisco Bay Area businesses or non-profit organizations.

With a Variety of Clubs, Organizations, and NCAA Division I Athletics, USF Offers Activities for Everyone

With a heavy emphasis on community, USF naturally presents a campus and overall experience that is rife with social opportunities. The vast array of student clubs and organizations at the University of San Francisco includes a student newspaper, academically-oriented clubs and groups, a literary magazine, honor societies, and a host of others.

As a member of the NCAA, USF has a Division I athletic program that features baseball, volleyball, and both men's and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field. Students not engaged in NCAA athletics but who wish to remain active in organized sports can take part in the highly-popular intramural sports programs at the university.

The Recreational Sports Department encourages fair play, participation, lifelong learning, and opportunity for all. Intramural leagues, tournaments, and special events are held in the fall and spring semesters. A variety of sports are offered including basketball for men and women, flag football, and co-ed volleyball.

Building Opportunity for Students with Merit-Based Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Student Employment

Opportunities abound for financial aid and scholarships at the University of San Francisco, and well over half of all students receive some form of financial aid, including both merit-based and need-based aid. For top scholars, the merit-based University Scholars Program for Freshmen pays a substantial part of a student's tuition for all four years at USF.

Other opportunities include student loan packages and student employment on campus, whereby students can work to help pay for a portion of their tuition and expenses. A convenient employment portal on the university website features employment and internship opportunities off-campus.


Location & Contact

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
USA

Mr.Michael Hughes

Director

Phone: 415-422-6563
Email: admissions@usfca.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Japanese Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Educational Leadership and Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Adult and Continuing Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Japanese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Theology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Development Economics and International Development
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Illustration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Drawing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Printmaking
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine and Studio Arts Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nursing Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hotel/Motel Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Restaurant/Food Services Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Organizational Behavior
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

69% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied11,223
    • Accepted7,762
    • Acceptance Rate69%
    • Enrolled6,392
    • Female Applicants7,275
    • Females Accepted4,983
    • Female Acceptance Rate68%
    • Male Applicants3,948
    • Males Accepted2,779
    • Male Acceptance Rate70%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Test scores are required for first-year applicants
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.61
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 1st January 1st --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer January 15th August 15th Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 573 530 630
    • SAT Math 593 540 640
    • SAT Writing 576 530 630
    • ACT Composite 26 23 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$40,996
    • Out-of-state tuition *$40,996
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$454.00
    • Room and board *$13,320.00
    • Room only *$8,950.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students6,392
    • Male Student Percentage38%
    • Female Student Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino18.46%
    • Black or African American2.89%
    • White or Caucasian30.73%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.19%
    • Asian19.16%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.48%
    • Two or more races6.9%
    • Unknown1.96%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout18.15% representing 63 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students18.4% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 34%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division C No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division C No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes


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