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University of San Francisco

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Overview

Change the World from Here

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 in student diversity among national universities by U.S. News and World Report (2020). The university enrolls 5,812 undergraduate and 4,190 graduate students, offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and boasts a network of over 110,000 alumni who live in all 50 states, six US territories, and 139 countries. 

USF gives students from all backgrounds an education that is intensely personal, intellectually demanding, and designed expressly to help them change the world for the better. True to its Jesuit values, USF encourages students to turn learning into positive action, with a strong commitment to social justice and to making a difference in communities near and far. The campus serves as a space for complex conversations and a meeting place for perspectives from all walks of life.

The school'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 from the Bay Area’s seven professional teams, and unlimited access to research, internship, and employment opportunities at the Bay Area and Silicon Valley’s most successful companies. At USF, everything in San Francisco is only a walk, bike, bus, or BART ride away.

Academics

Whatever your interests, you’ll find programs that will encourage you to step up, speak up, and challenge your assumptions.

-More than 110 undergraduate majors, minors, and interdisciplinary concentrations

-A Core Curriculum that will push you to explore new passions and communicate your beliefs on complex questions in the humanities, science, ethics, and the arts

-A tight-knit and supportive learning community with an average class size of 23

-The Honors College, which includes accelerated classes and special lectures from scholars and artists in different fields

-Dual-degree and credential programs for business, nursing, psychology, economics, teaching, and more

-A new engineering program that develops engineers who are humane, responsive, and diverse.

Our Living-Learning Communities offer an opportunity for deeper connected learning. Together with your peers, you’ll be enrolled in a common set of courses and live together in shared housing:

-Marshall-Riley Living-Learning Community: Explore the intellectual and political history of Black Americans and engage with the local Black community in the Bay Area.

-Erasmus Community: Explore ethics, service, and justice at local and global levels.

-Martín-Baró Scholars: Examine social justice issues in San Francisco through classroom assignments and a service-learning project.

-St. Ignatius Institute: A blend of rigorous academics and spiritual expression and growth, open for students of any (or no) religious affiliation.

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 point you toward internships.

Student Organizations and Activities

At USF, you’ll always have things to do and communities to join:

-More than 100 clubs spanning academic honor clubs, student government, media, business, performance, politics, recreational, spiritual, service, and Greek organizations

-The Culturally Focused Clubs Council encourages collaboration among the 20+ cultural organizations

-26 intramural and club sport teams and 17 Division I sports teams

-Muscat Scholars Program: An intensive academic program to support incoming, first-year, first-generation students in their transition to college life

-Magis Emerging Leaders Program: A year-long fellowship for first-year students to become socially responsible leaders

-Black Achievement Success and Engagement (BASE) initiative: Creating an academically challenging and personally supportive educational experience for Black-identified students, including a four-year Black Scholars Program, a Black Living-Learning Community, and a Black Resource Center

-The University Ministry supports the spiritual, religious, and pastoral needs of students from all religious backgrounds with retreats, immersion trips, mass, meditation, and more.

Our Career Services Center will help you shoot for at least three internships before graduation. We take students on exclusive treks to local companies and bring top employers on campus to meet you. Best of all, our alumni working at those companies regularly come back to campus to tell you how to ace the interview, what to wear, and how to write the perfect follow-up email.

Here’s a partial list of where our 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.

Financial Aid

Estimated cost of attendance for 2020-2021:

Undergraduate tuition: $51,930

Mandatory Fees: $552

Housing: $10,930

Standard Meal Plan: $5,060

Total estimated cost of attendance: $68,472

This estimate does not include books, supplies, transportation, or personal items.

90% of the fall 2019 class received some form of financial aid, with an average aid package of $26,651. The FAFSA is required to receive a financial aid package. We encourage all students and families to estimate their net price - the amount students will pay after scholarships and grants – using our Net Price Calculator.

Location & Contact

Address 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA  94117-1080
United States
Contact April Crabtree
Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Admission
Email: admissions@usfca.edu
Phone: 415-422-5287

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Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
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Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
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Hospitality Administration/management, General Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Mass Communication/media Studies Checkmark
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Data Processing And Data Processing Technology/technician Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Design And Visual Communications, General Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

21,477
Applied
15,099
Accepted
5,852
Enrolled
70%
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Female Admissions

13,989
Females Applied
9,899
Females Accepted
71%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

7,579
Males Applied
5,200
Males Accepted
69%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

70
Application Fee
3.54
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
One recommendation
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 15th Not reported
Out of state Fall freshmen January 15th January 1st Yes
Early decision plan November 1st December 1st
Other early decision plan November 1st December 14th
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 616 570 660
SAT Math 620 570 670
ACT Composite 27 24 30

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

52,920
Private
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Fees

552
Full-time student fees
16,140
Room & board
11,030
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No

Financial Aid

36,470
Avg. Financial Aid Package
40,639
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
25,053
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,109
Avg. Loan Aid
19,577
Avg. Grant Aid
30,093
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
65%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
9%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

5,852
Total Undergrad students
12%
International Students
24%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 20.63%
Black or African American 5.98%
White or Caucasian 23.79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.12%
Asian 26.37%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.43%
Two or more races 9.79%
Other 1.25%

Gender

Male (36.76%)
Female (63.24%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 3%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Campus Activities Board Donaroo Concert and Campus Activities Board Dons Night Out

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Kasamahan, Nursing Student Association, Black Student Union, Delta Zeta and Kappa Alpha Theta

Campus Security & Safety

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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 1 Checkmark
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Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Riflery Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Lacrosse No No No
Riflery Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark No No

Faculty

1,108
Total Faculty
11:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 453
Part-time - 655
Male - 457
Female - 651
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