University of San Francisco

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2130 Fulton St.

San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Phone: (415) 422-5555
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#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. National Universities

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University of San Francisco is a private institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,344, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 55 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. University of San Francisco's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 117. Its tuition and fees are $40,294 (2013-14).

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit institution in California's Bay Area. The school tries to emphasize its Jesuit mission in every degree program offered. Students participate in service-learning courses, during which academic coursework is complemented by volunteer work around San Francisco. The university at large is committed to bettering the community, including through partnerships with local organizations and work through the school's research centers and institutes. More than 90 percent of freshmen live in on-campus housing.

USF has about 100 clubs and organizations for students to consider joining, including a handful of fraternities and sororities. The USF Dons sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. The teams get their unique name, Don, or Spanish nobleman, from early Spanish settlers who came to California. Notable USF alumni include Starbucks co-founder Gordon Bowker and former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The core mission of the University is to promote learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The University offers undergraduate, graduate and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and the sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others. The University will distinguish itself as a diverse, socially responsible learning community of high quality scholarship and academic rigor sustained by a faith that does justice. The University will draw from the cultural, intellectual and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay area and its location on the Pacific Rim to enrich and strengthen its educational programs.

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General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1855
Religious affiliation Jesuit Catholic
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $206,524,000


When applying to University of San Francisco, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due November 4. The application fee at University of San Francisco is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.2 percent and an early acceptance rate of 57.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by November 4

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of San Francisco is 15:1, and the school has 46.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of San Francisco include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Finance, General; and International Relations and Affairs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 7%
Psychology, General 7%
Finance, General 5%
International Relations and Affairs 4%

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Student Life

University of San Francisco has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,344, with a gender distribution of 37.4 percent male students and 62.6 percent female students. At this school, 32 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 68 percent of students live off campus. University of San Francisco is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,017
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of San Francisco offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of San Francisco also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of San Francisco.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of San Francisco, 56.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,849.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $40,294 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,990 (2013-14)
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