The University of San Francisco makes Jesuit education relevant to the 21st century.

What do we mean when we say USF embraces Jesuit values? For centuries, Jesuits have advanced academic excellence in the service of humankind—educating students of all cultures, beliefs, and capabilities, inspiring them to strive for justice. In USF classrooms, we compel you to question, reason, and explore new ideas. You’ll find yourself part of an inclusive community enriched by many perspectives. You’ll apply skills and knowledge to the pressing challenges of our time.

Experience Jesuit Values at USF

The Olive

View an animated video of an olive explaining the history of the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of Loyola, courtesy of Fairfield University.
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Fr. Adolfo Nicolas SJ

“The most important social responsibility of a university is to be a promoter of justice at all levels: in individual relations, in organizations and also in societies where it operates, with a vision that is both local and global. A justice which must integrate… environmental justice, the dimension of gender, and human coexistence in a multicultural world."

Fr. Adolfo Nicolas. S.J.
Superior General of the Society of Jesus

Jesuit tradition defines USF’s approach to learning and our commitment to welcoming students of every faith and no faith.

What is a Jesuit Education?

The Jesuit Catholic tradition of education can be traced to St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and his followers. Key characteristics of a Jesuit education include:

  • Striving for the Magis. Seeking the Magis (the more, the greater) is more than just striving for excellence since it also asks individuals to strive for “further still.” It challenges students to study for more than grades and the University to hold itself to standards more substantive than college rankings.
  • Promoting critical inquiry. Education within a Jesuit perspective must include questioning and exploring the ethical dimensions of what is done and learned.
  • Pursuing diversity. Throughout history, Jesuit schools have welcomed students of all religious traditions and those with no denominational affiliation as full partners in educational enterprise.
  • Instilling leadership in service. Central to a Jesuit education is exposure to the voices of the underserved, the disadvantaged and the poor as well as enabling students to serve others and learn from those service experiences.
  • Promoting justice. We challenge students to use their talents and skills in order to create a more humane and just world.