The University of San Francisco is one of California's Colleges of Distinction for 2012, an honor that highlights the university's hands-on teaching approach, outstanding faculty, and high praise from graduates.
USF stood out for its small class sizes, the large number of faculty who hold a terminal degree in their field (91 percent), an undergraduate curriculum that involves students through service with San Francisco Bay Area organizations, and diverse student body and numerous cultural student clubs, according to Colleges of Distinction, which is both the name of the organization and the publication it puts out online and in an e-book that highlights schools around the country.
97 percent approval rate
USF was also recognized for preparing students for and helping them land career-centric internships, and offering a high-quality education that graduates consistently laud-with 97 percent reporting they are satisfied or strongly satisfied with their time at USF.
"USF's focus on integrated learning experiences helps to produce graduates who report being very satisfied with their undergraduate education. Alumni include a justice of the California Supreme Court, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, the former president of Peru, the CEO of Intel, the former chair of Price Waterhouse, and a number of professional athletes," according to Colleges of Distinction.
Colleges of Distinction uses a "4 Distinctions" criteria based on the categories: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. High school guidance counselors nominate the colleges that Colleges of Distinction considers each year. The final results are based on testimony from college admissions experts, university staff interviews, visits to the nominated schools, and statistical analysis.
The recognition adds to several high-profile honors for USF in the past year, which include receiving the Washington Center's Higher Education Civic Engagement Award and making the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year.