Graduate Student Resources
As you prepare to apply and enroll at USF, consider the wealth of resources we offer.
Whether you have questions about how to get started, how to proceed, or how to succeed, we're here to help you make the most of your time at the university.
Please reach out directly to the graduate school or graduate college for admission and financial aid information for the graduate programs in which you are interested. Find your program here. Connect with helpful administrators in The College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, School of Management, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions.
Financial assistance to graduate students at USF is primarily available through federal loan programs (U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents), scholarships, fellowships, veterans’ benefits, and student employment. A limited number of graduate assistantships are offered by specific programs in the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.
School of Education: Graduate Assistantships are awarded in the School of Education to a number of students who work with a Faculty Mentor in research, teaching or professional development.
College of Arts and Sciences: The College of Arts and Sciences offers a limited number of teaching and research assistantships for specific programs.
The Office of Financial Aid serves USF graduate students who need advice on financial assistance. Learn about Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Direct PLUS loans for FAFSA-eligible students (U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents), fellowships, assistantships, grants, scholarships, and employer assistance.
The Office of the University Registrar provides services including general academic information, registration, degree evaluation, graduation clearance, transcript services, enrollment verification, certification for veteran’s education benefits, and more.
The Office of Student Accounts helps students manage billing and payments, provides a payment plan, and updates students with important messages, announcements, and information about their student accounts.
The USF Office of Student Employment provides opportunities for on- and off-campus employment to help students meet the cost of education. Student Employment provides a student employment job board, information on Federal Work Study positions, campus job opportunities, and non-need based employment
Student Financial Services
The USF Office of Student Financial Services consists of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Student Accounts. These offices award and disburse monetary resources, including federal, state, and institutional aid, to help fund the cost of education at USF. Student Financial Services also coordinates billing and tuition payment processes, and provides opportunities for on- and off-campus employment, Federal Work Study positions and non-need-based employment. Student Financial Services also helps to foster financial literacy, and navigate the complex regulatory requirements to maintain eligibility for financial assistance.
Veterans Enrollment Center
The Veterans Enrollment Center provides military-connected students support by a campus-wide collaboration of staff dedicated to smoothing your transition to higher education with extensive knowledge of how to make the most of Veterans Affairs education benefits, connections to academic, psychological, financial, and disability support services, and information on USF policies and procedures, federal and state education benefits, and all changes to legislation that affect veterans.
The USF Bookstore is a one-stop, instore and online shop for everything from textbooks and school supplies to electronics, Dons gear, and graduation memorabilia. You can also find books, music, games, gifts, and supplies for office and home.
The Priscilla A. Scotlan Career Service Center provides information, guidance and support on LinkedIn Assistance, networking strategies, job and career resources, resume and cover letter review, and interview preparation, and recruiting events.
The School of Law Office of Career Services is staffed with attorney-counselors who have diverse legal experience and networks upon which to draw as they work with students on career planning, job search strategy, and connecting with alumni and other contacts and opportunities in the legal community.
The School of Management Graduate Career Services Resources provide access to a combination of workshops, online resources, and subscriptions to advance job search strategy, including a Graduate Career Management Portal.
The Gleeson Library | Geschke Center houses some 13,000 volumes, provides an extensive collection of digital resources, and a 36,000 square foot Learning Resource Center. Students use the library for research, interlibrary loans, or for distraction-free silent study places, quiet study spaces, or conversation study areas. You can also reserve digitally equipped conference rooms for group study and projects.
In the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center you will also find the Thacher Gallery presenting art exhibitions that focus on art from California, emerging artists, Bay Area icons and major collections, programs such as artist talks, craft demonstrations, and docent-led tours. The gallery also serves as a professional training laboratory for students interested in arts management, museum studies and exhibitions.
The Dorraine Zief Law Library provides a technologically advanced environment for legal research information, instruction, and strategy, and research tools and resources. The law library provides an attractive and comfortable research and study environment for the USF Law community.
Learning Writing and Speaking Centers
The University of San Francisco offers academic assistance to all students through the Learning Center, Writing Center, and Speaking Center. Services are free and include subject-specific tutoring, writing assistance, and communication-related support. The Learning Center also provides opportunities for academic skill development, through 1:1 coaching, group workshops, and online resources.
Student Disability Services
The university offers many services to its students with disabilities. Student Disability Services (SDS) arranges these accommodations on an individual basis for each eligible student during the intake/eligibility process. Pre-admission counseling, help with registration and scheduling, academic and campus life support are also offered.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides mental health services that allow students to improve and maintain their mental well-being and to meet their educational, personal, emotional and spiritual goals. Services include consultations, referrals, workshops, anxiety management tools, psychotherapy, and crisis support.
Health Promotion Services
Health Promotion Services offers health services and opportunities that promote wellness, stimulate better health awareness, and foster a vibrant and safe campus community for student academic success and retention. Health Promotion Services is also where you access student healthcare and insurance, waive health insurance, learn about USF health requirements, and submit proof of required immunizations.
Koret Health and Recreation Center
The Koret Health and Recreation Center features an Olympic-sized indoor pool, weight rooms, cardio alleys, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, and aerobics, dance, martial arts and self-defense training spaces. The Koret Center sponsors both intramural and club sports, recreational activities, wellness programs, and fitness services, as well as student job opportunities.
Public Safety and Transportation
The Department of Public Safety ensures a safe learning, working, and living environment at the University of San Francisco. Our 24-hour communication center and uniformed public safety officers proactively prepare against and respond to all reports of accidents, crimes, suspicious persons, hazards, and other emergencies.
Title IX Office
The primary concern of the Title IX Office is safety and well-being and the office is tasked with following up on all reports of sexual misconduct experienced by community members. The Title IX Office continually strives to maintain and strengthen a climate which fosters civility, mutual respect, and inclusivity for all community members.
In addition to opportunities offered in your school/college, the Office of Leadership and Engagement is your gateway to involvement, including the Graduate Student Senate, groups specifically related to graduate students, and groups for both graduate and undergraduate students.
University Ministry supports the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of the USF community and enriches the USF experience by creating communities grounded in Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit Catholic mission of USF. Students can find opportunities for Immersion programs, Social Justice, Volunteering, Faith Formation and Interfaith Programs, Liturgy, Prayer, and Retreats.
The Cultural Centers, which include the Gender & Sexuality Center and the Intercultural Center serve as both physical spaces where students build community, and as outlets for student-run programs that explore social issues and identity. The Cultural Centers bring students together to increase their understanding, and embrace their roles, as members of a diverse community on the local and global levels.
Office of Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI)
The Office of Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is dedicated to the university’s goals of diversity, inclusion, and equity in the Ignatian Tradition. ADEI promotes a campus climate and culture that values diversity in all its forms through community outreach, and by providing resources, events, inclusive dialogues, interpersonal experiences, and intercultural appreciation that support a thriving and inclusive campus climate.
While graduate students are welcome to apply for available spaces through Student Housing, you are strongly encouraged to consider off-campus housing. USF’s Off-Campus Living resource provides listings for apartments and roommates, resources for tenants' rights, and other helpful strategies for living in San Francisco.
USF has limited housing availability for graduate students with occupancy focused in St. Anne's Community and Fulton House. When space is available graduate students may be provided space within Loyola Village which is normally allocated for 21+ year old undergraduates.
myUSF is a personalized dashboard with a single sign-on portal that provides essential information and resources for students, faculty, and staff and top-used processes such as registration and Student Financial Services.
Information Technology Services (ITS)
The USF OneCard is your ID, building access, and on-campus debit card. You use your OneCard to borrow from the library, and to gain access to the Koret Health and Recreation Center. You can load Don Dollars to your One Card debit account to buy food at discounted prices and pay for other on-campus expenses, such as printing or copying, and shopping at the campus bookstore.