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Other Admission Requirements

Health Insurance Requirement

As a condition of enrollment, the University of San Francisco requires regularly enrolled students to have health insurance, both to protect against unexpected high medical costs and to provide access to quality care. The following groups of students are required to have health insurance:

  • All undergraduate domestic students registered for 9 credit hours or more (excluding students in Certificate programs, or Online programs)
  • All graduate domestic students registered for 6 credit hours or more (excluding students in Certificate programs, or Online programs)
  • All international students and scholars registered for at least 1 credit hour or more (this includes undergraduate, graduate, law, and non-degree students)
  • All students who reside in University-operated housing (including undergraduate, graduate, law, and non-degree students)

Hard waiver

Students will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Students who are able to prove that they have coverage comparable (equal or better) to the University-sponsored plan under a United States-domiciled health insurance company may waive this requirement each academic year. Domestic students may waive this requirement online at (www.usfca.edu/hps).

International students must waive the University sponsored student health insurance plan in person at the Health Promotion Services office (UC 5th Floor) to ensure that their health insurance policy meets the minimum insurance requirement established by University of San Francisco, and United States federal government regulations.

Students are expected to maintain comparable health insurance coverage at all times during their waiver period. However, if a student’s health coverage is dropped, it is the student’s responsibility to contact Health Promotion Services to discuss her or his options. If the waiver is approved, the student’s account will be credited accordingly. If the waiver is denied, students may file an online waiver appeal form with Health Promotion Services (www.usfca.edu/hps). Students can also call to discuss the appeal by phone at (415) 422-5797.

If a student waives in Fall, the waiver is good for Fall and Spring semesters. However, students, who waive in the spring semester, must waive again for the following Fall semester. Students who have waived the plan in a given year or semester are eligible to re-enroll in the USF-sponsored health plan for the following semester. These students must contact Health Promotion Service office to re-enroll in the USF sponsored health plan.

Summer Students
Students who commence their enrollment in the summer session are not automatically enrolled in and not billed for the University-sponsored health insurance plan. These students must purchase the coverage for the summer session or apply for a waiver in order to comply with the USF health insurance policy.

More Information
For the 2013-2014 academic year, USF health insurance requirements plan benefits, plan rates, online waiver request form, waiver periods, and deadlines will be published at www.usfca.edu/hps. For further information, please contact Health Promotion Services (HPS) at hps@usfca.edu or (415) 422-5797.

Immunization Requirement

The University of San Francisco requires evidence of two sets of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Hepatitis B vaccination, and Tuberculosis testing for students in the following categories:

MMR

  • All international students and scholars
  • Domestic undergraduate students born on or after January 1, 1957
  • Domestic graduate students born on or after January 1, 1957 living on campus

Hepatitis B

  • All international students and scholars
  • Domestic students 18 years of age and younger

Tuberculosis Testing
International students and Scholars are also required to show proof of Tuberculosis test administered within the last 12 months. Students with positive PPD are required to submit a chest x-ray administered within the last 12 months.

Note: Nursing students have supplementary immunization required by clinical sites. Nursing students are expected to submit their immunization records to the School of Nursing and Health Professions, NOT Health Promotion Services. For more information on School of Nursing and Health Professions immunization requirement, please visit www.usfca.edu/nursing/healthrequirements

Evidence of Immunization
Proof of immunization must be obtained from a licensed medical professional using the USF immunization Form. Records such as Immunization Yellow card or high school transcript showing immunization are also accepted. Please submit the proof of immunization to Health Promotion Services by fax (+1 (888) 471-2290), email (hps@usfca.edu), or by mail to University of San Francisco, Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor, 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
USA. All immunization records must be in English.

Think About It: Online alcohol, other drugs and sexual violence prevention course

Think About It is a required, science-based online course that prepares incoming college students for the unique challenges and responsibilities of college life. Recognizing that the issues of drug and alcohol abuse, the hookup culture, sexual violence, and healthy relationships are all connected, the program examines these topics in social, cultural, and personal contexts that advocate self-reflection and the pursuit of social justice. USF requires all new first-year and transfer undergraduate students to take Think About It for college before coming to campus. New first-year and transfer undergraduate students will receive an email with instructions to take the course. The email will be sent to student’s USFconnect email address. Students who fail to successfully complete the course will be fined $50. For more information please visit http://www.usfca.edu/hps.