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History

With its four campuses throughout Northern California, USF has a long, distinguished history of providing working adults the opportunity to further their education. Since the 1940’s, when the Sacramento Branch Campus began offering classes to GIs returning from World War II, the University has welcomed the adult learner as an integral member of the USF student body.

Today, the University’s Branch Campuses serve adult students at full service campuses that are conveniently located near homes or workplaces throughout the greater Bay Area and Sacramento.

Meeting the life long learning needs of our diverse student population is an essential component of our mission. We know that offering academic programs of high quality designed to allow our students to balance the many demands placed on them is not enough. We need to offer them in locations and at times that are convenient to either work or home, and the flexibility to switch sites when necessary. We need to ensure that our students, and the faculty who teach them, are supported with appropriate academic and administrative services. We believe that one of the ways to help meet these needs is through our “high-tech, high touch”, branch campuses available in San Jose, Sacramento, Pleasanton, and Santa Rosa, in addition to the services and programs offered at our main San Francisco Campus.

The degree programs offered at the branch campuses are the same values-based, academically rigorous programs offered on our main campus. Our branch faculty, library, and administrative colleagues provide services such as enrollment counseling, degree planning, and library research assistance. Online access to student information systems and various student services professionals are also easily available to all students.