What You Need to Know

Why Choose USF?

Students choose USF for a range of reasons: Small classes. Academic rigor. Professors who know their stuff and know your name. A warm campus community with students from all over the country and the globe, all dedicated to changing the world for the better. A location in the heart of San Francisco — the city of energy, optimism, research, internships, and jobs. Take your pick.

  • The Princeton Review named USF one of the "Best 386 Colleges" in the country — that's in the top 14 percent of the nation's 2,800 four-year colleges
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked USF No. 4 among national universities for student ethnic diversity
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked USF a "best value" school (No. 69 in the country)
  • USF places its students in medical school at almost twice the national average
  • According to the federal College Scorecard, USF alumni salaries rank in the top 3 percent of all college graduates in the country 10 years after entering college — higher than those from Brown, NYU, Wellesley, Fordham, and UCLA

 

What People are Asking About USF

Here are some questions that people most frequently ask about us.

What is the University of San Francisco known for?

USF is known as the Jesuit university in the heart of San Francisco. Students choose USF for its small classes, its diverse community (U.S. News No. 5 in the nation for diversity), its academic excellence (a Princeton Review top college in the nation), and its location in a city known worldwide for culture, energy, innovation, internships, and jobs. They also choose USF for its Jesuit values: USF students turn learning into positive action. They graduate equipped and inspired to change the world for the better.

What GPA do you need to get into University of San Francisco?

Most students accepted to USF have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. If your GPA is lower than that, we still encourage you to apply. We're more interested in your passion than we are in your grades, and we're more interested in where you're going than in where you've been.

Is University of San Francisco hard to get into?

USF is selective. Most students accepted to USF have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. If your GPA is lower than that, we still encourage you to apply. We're more interested in your passion than we are in your grades, and we're more interested in where you're going than in where you've been.

Is University of San Francisco a UC?

No. The University of San Francisco is not a University of California (UC) campus. The University of San Francisco is a private Jesuit university located in the heart of San Francisco.

Is University of San Francisco religious?

USF is a Jesuit Catholic university. It's one of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country. You don't have to be Catholic to attend USF. Catholics make up less than half of our undergraduate students. The rest identify as Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant — or they aren’t affiliated with any religious group. All are welcome.

Is USF a private or public school?

The University of San Francisco is a private Jesuit university located in the heart of San Francisco.

Does University of San Francisco guarantee housing?

Yes. Incoming first-year, full-time undergraduate students at USF during the fall semester are guaranteed housing for their first two semesters of enrollment. All other students are not guaranteed housing, but they are offered spaces based on availability.

Does University of San Francisco have a football team?

USF does not have a football team. But it once did. The 1951 USF Dons team was among the top teams in the nation, with a 9-0 record, nine players drafted to the NFL, and three of them destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But this team never played in the postseason: they were "uninvited" to the Orange Bowl because they refused to leave behind their two Black players, Burl Toler and Ollie Matson. Two days after the final game of this "undefeated, untied, uninvited" season, USF disbanded its football program for lack of funds.

Does University of San Francisco have nursing?

Yes. The School of Nursing and Health Professions at USF offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Masters programs include Health Informatics (MS), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Public Health (MPH). Doctoral programs include Family Nurse Practitioner - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Executive Leadership - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Clinical Psychology (PsyD), Population Health Leadership - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). All programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Does University of San Francisco require SAT?

USF does not require students to submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) when applying for undergraduate admission. We feel strongly that you are more than your test scores. We also feel that standardized tests favor more privileged people over others. Therefore, as a Jesuit university that strives for fairness and justice, we are a "test-optional" institution. This means that if you feel that your standardized test scores represent your accomplishments and potential, feel free to submit them. If you feel that your test scores don't represent your accomplishments and potential, you may leave them out of your application and our admission team will never see them. You are not penalized.