Freshman Application Instructions

Step 1: Get to Know the University of San Francisco

Visit our campus. Browse majors and minors. Review our admission criteria. The more you know, the easier the application process will be.

Step 2: Consider Your Options: Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Action

  Early Decision Early Action Regular Action
Application Deadline November 15 November 15 January 15
Notification Date January 1 January 1 April 1
Deposit Date March 15 May 1 May 1

Step 3: Fill Out an Application

Visit the Apply Now page to learn about Online and Common Application options. Please remember to enter a current and permanent mailing address. If your address exceeds the allotted space, abbreviate in a manner that will clearly identify your location.

Step 4: Submit All Supplemental Documents


If you're planning to submit the Common Application, you can submit an essay on any of the prompts included. If you're submitting the USF application, you'll be asked to answer a prompt regarding the mission of the University of San Francisco and our Jesuit values. Simply submit your essay as part of your application materials with either the Common Application or the USF Application. If you're having difficulty, you can also submit your essay as a Word or PDF document to

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required; applicants presently in school should obtain their recommendation from a teacher or counselor. This letter may be sent on a separate sheet of paper attached to the completed recommendation form or may be written directly on the form. The letter can also be sent directly to USF by the recommender. Please make sure your name and date of birth are on the letter.


If you are an Early Action applicant, official high school transcripts should be sent on or before November 15. If you are a Regular Action applicant, submit your transcripts (including your fall semester grades from your senior year) on or before January 15.

Mid-Year Report

Freshman Regular Action applicants may submit fall senior grades before an official transcript is available. You should have your counselor or school registrar complete the mid-year report form and submit it as soon as your fall semester grades are available. Your Regular Action application cannot be evaluated without your fall senior year grades.

Testing Records

All freshman applicants are required to submit official SAT or ACT test results. You must take the SAT or ACT no later than the November test date to meet admission and financial aid deadlines.

If English is not your native language, you are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic).

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $55 is required to cover processing of the application. Please do not send cash. Make checks or money orders payable to: University of San Francisco.

Early Decision Agreement

Before completing the Early Decision Agreement form, please consult the Early Decision Applicants page.

All supplemental documents and payments should be sent to:
University of San Francisco
Office of Admission
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 – 1046
Fax: (415) 422-2217