San Francisco Haight Ashbury
The vibrant Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is only a few blocks away from campus.
San Francisco DeYoung Museum
From major museum shows to the opera, the San Francisco arts scene is buzzing.
San Francisco water testing
The natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay is part of our learning environment.
San Francisco taco shop
Our multicultural city informs all aspects of everyday life.
San Francisco rated best city
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Open, multi-cultural, entrepreneurial—San Francisco is the ideal incubator for agents of positive change.

There is no better place to study than San Francisco and no university connects you with the heart of San Francisco like the University of San Francisco. We are this dynamic city’s first university. Today, San Francisco provides USF students an extended classroom—interning and volunteering from City Hall to Fortune 500 companies to Silicon Valley startups; serving schools and nonprofits; immersing themselves in the art, culture, adventure, and natural beauty of the City by the Bay.

USF’s campus, on historic Lone Mountain, lies just one block from the exact center of San Francisco’s 49 square miles. No resource or destination in San Francisco is more than 3.5 miles away.

The Essential Guide to San Francisco

Take a look at how to get the most out of your San Francisco experience in this video by USF students Alexander Crook and Karim Iliya.
Essential Guide to SF

Meet Corey Cook

"The university's impact on the community, measured in the quality of our graduates and the engagement of our faculty, is remarkable.  Look across the city and you'll find USF people working in health clinics, community gardens, afterschool programs, jails, and City Hall.  It's hard not to be inspired by their creativity and commitment."

Associate Professor and Director of the
Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good