University of San Francisco

Learn about the University of San Francisco. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of San Francisco

Although originally founded as Saint Ignatius Academy in 1855, the University of San Francisco (USF) as it is known today came into being in 1930 at the request of various alumni networks. The university is one of only 28 Jesuit Catholic universities in existence today.

USF's 55-acre campus is located near Golden Gate Park, offering students a view of both downtown San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. The school has over 93,000 current alumni living across the world, and the university serves over 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year.


The University of San Francisco offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs delivered via the main campus and 5 additional branch campuses. The university offers 21 interdisciplinary centers and institutes that focus on a wide range of academic pursuits, while offering students internships, service learning and research opportunities. Students may take advantage of special learning opportunities as well, including ROTC training, teacher certification programs, weekend/evening classes and distance learning.

As of 2012, U.S. News & World Report recognized the University of San Francisco as a Tier One National University. The university has also earned a spot on The Princeton Review's list of Best Western Colleges and Best 377 Colleges.


The University of San Francisco evaluates students based on their high school transcripts, college preparatory achievements, recommendation letters, personal letters and admission testing scores on the SAT or ACT. The Common Application is accepted for undergraduate applicants, although the school also offers its own online application. Those applying to a graduate program must follow the particular admission requirements of their department. The university admitted about 58% of all undergraduate applicants during the 2011 school year.

Diversity is an important part of student life at USF. U.S. News & World Report has recognized USF as one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country, and the American Bar Association recently awarded USF's School of Law with the Henry J. Ramsey Award for Diversity. The top ethnic/racial backgrounds of students attending USF were white (37%), Asian (19%) and Hispanic (18%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs and associated fees at USF for undergraduate students were $37,424 per year in 2011-2012. Books and supplies during the same time were around $1,500. Student housing is available via 8 residential facilities, and first-time freshmen are required to live on campus. On-campus room and board cost $12,250 per academic year.

The university participates in Title IV financial aid programs, and roughly 75% of all students attending the university in 2010-2011 utilized them in one form or another. The average net price for full-time beginning students who were awarded governmental or institutional grant or scholarship aid in 2010-2011 was $28,853.

School Type Private, not-for-profit, 4-year **
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation Jesuit Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting City, large**
Student Body 6,071 undergraduates and 3,728 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Available, 8 housing options*
Schools and Programs Over 100 programs offered via 5 schools*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (101)
Master's: Business administration and management (178)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2003 Cohort 49% in 4 years
70% in 6 years
71% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 58% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 1,176 in 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates About 84% (full-time students) in 2011**
SAT Score of Admitted Students 25% of admitted students scored at or above 1250 (Critical Reading & Math) in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 15*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2011-2012 were roughly $37,424 for undergraduates (excludes room and board, books, personal expenses and transportation)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (31%), state/local grant aid (23%), institutional grant aid (67%), loan (56%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 75%**

Sources: *University of San Francisco; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of San Francisco, Office of Admission, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Phone: (415) 422-6563
  • Website:

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