Why Choose: Student video Inspiration
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Students working in groups in the Lab
three USF friends posing and smiling while studying
Three students chatting in hallway at USF
USF students talking in ICC lounge
USF art student looks closely at sculpture
Professor giving a lecture
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CAB Spring Carnival battleship game
Pirates vs. Sailors Dance at USF

Alec Rodriques won 2014's Student Video Contest with a meditation on USF as a place of inspiration.

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Students choose USF to start changing the world here and now.

If you want to make the world a better place, start at the University of San Francisco. Here, you have access to the ultimate extended classroom: San Francisco with its many opportunities and advantages. Here, our 21st-century mission to fashion a more humane and just world is rooted in Jesuit values, comes alive in our diverse learning community and is broadened by our global orientation. Here you are challenged to reach higher standards and to use your education to promote justice and serve the common good.

At USF, we believe that change starts here and now—with you.


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For the seventh straight year, USF was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This honor highlights USF students' exemplary service on issues ranging from poverty and homelessness, to environmental justice.

USF Highlights

  • In 2014, USF enrolled 10,701 students, including 6,745 undergraduates, 3,804 graduates, 557 law students, and 152 non-degree students
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
  • 30% of all USF students are first in their families to attend a university
Read More: USF at a Glance »

USF Rankings and Accolades

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USF Selected as ‘College of Distinction’
USF has earned a place on the Colleges of Distinction list of top universities for the third consecutive year, thanks to the university’s exceptional faculty, engaged teaching, successful graduates, and vibrant campus life.
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USF Recognized for Contributions to the Public Good
USF ranked among the top universities in the country for its contributions to academic research, community service and support for low-income students, according to Washington Monthly.

The University of the Best City Ever

Explore the culture and history of the University of San Francisco. Hear from staff and students about what makes USF so special.

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Come See For Yourself

Virtual TourVisit our beautiful 55-acre campus that is located in the heart of the city of San Francisco. We invite you to learn more by scheduling a tour of the campus. Campus visits consist of a group information session followed by a campus tour. Campus visits are offered at 10am and 2pm, Monday through Friday, and available on most Saturdays at 10am during the academic year. If you cannot make it to campus, please take a virtual tour of the campus.

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Live on Campus

The University of San Francisco’s campus sits in the heart of San Francisco in a residential neighborhood. Living on campus is a chance to meet new people and make new friends in safe and secure housing. Students live in six residence halls, with special housing options that include co-ed and women's floors and apartment-style housing, and five living-learning communities, where students live and take classes with students of similar interests.

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Play on Campus

With over 100 clubs and organizations, ranging from service, cultural, professional, and Greek organizations, there are countless ways to get involved. There are also the student newspaper, San Francisco Foghorn, USFtv, a student-run television station, and the award-winning online KUSF.

All students get access to the award-winning Koret Health and Recreation Center which has everything you need to keep fit — from cardio and weight equipment, to fitness classes, to basketball courts and the 50-meter by 25-yard pool. The Koret center also sponsors intramural and club sports and organizes the Outdoor Adventures programs, offering everything from skiing to deep sea fishing.