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Follow These Roads to Earn Your Bachelor's Degree in Four Years

In order to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco, you need to complete 128 credits (including the Core Curriculum, major, possible minor and/or elective courses). Follow these roads in order to graduate in four years or less:

  • Challenge yourself
    The University of San Francisco accepts credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP), the International Baccalaureate (IB), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). These options will allow you to fulfill certain requirements or place into more advanced classes.
  • Pursue the transfer plan
    Follow one of over 60 articulation agreements USF has with California community colleges, earn your Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certificate, or complete your Associate Degree for Transfer. Most USF programs allow for students to transfer and complete degrees in 2 years. We also enroll out-of-state students from regionally accredited 2 or 4-year institutions.
  • Earn credit for your military service
    We award credit to active duty military personnel and military veterans for their occupational experience and training based on the American Council on Education’s (ACE) recommendations via the Joint Services Transcript (JST). 
  • Start Early through Dual Enrollment
    We accept up to 70 semester credits from high school students in dual enrollment programs at community colleges nationwide. You would apply to USF as a “freshman” but your transfer credits could potentially allow you to complete your undergraduate degree in 2 to 3 years.

  • Stay on Track … from start to finish
    Enroll in and pass no less that 16 credits per semester. Your faculty or staff advisor at CASA (Center for Academic and Student Achievement) can help you choose the right courses to stay on track.
  • Summer in San Francisco
    Take advantage of 7 sessions offered each summer at the San Francisco Hilltop campus that allow you to complete a 4 credit course in as little as 3 weeks and at reduced tuition. If you take 16 credits for two summers you can save 33% on tuition and housing costs during those terms and graduate in 3 years.
  • Learn about the World
    Register for a January or Summer international or domestic immersion program and learn about the world so that you can change it (while earning credits).
  • Study close to home
    The University of San Francisco has branch campuses in Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Jose, and Santa Rosa that offer undergraduate programs in Communication, Psychology, Management, and Health Services, as well as USF Core Curriculum courses. These programs and courses offer flexible scheduling and part-time options for students with other obligations.