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Undergraduate Admission FAQ

Our Location

Where are you located in San Francisco?
Our 58-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood two blocks from Golden Gate Park, a 1,000-acre park that stretches approximately three and a half miles west to the Pacific Ocean. We are a twenty-minute bus ride from downtown, the Financial District, the Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf. Learn more about our San Francisco advantage.

What is the climate like in San Francisco?
The climate is moderate year round. Temperatures rarely reach higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) or lower than 45 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

Freshman Admission Criteria

What are your minimum requirements for admission to the University of San Francisco?
There are no minimum academic requirements for admission to the University of San Francisco; admission is based on all components of the undergraduate application. We welcome applications from students who are qualified to achieve the University's educational goals. The average weighted grade point average for freshmen attending to the University in Fall 2012 was 3.59. The average combined SAT test score was 1150 (critical reading and math only). The average ACT composite test score was a 25.

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?
We will accept either test score. We consider the highest scores from any test date.

Do I need to take SAT II tests?
No, USF does not require SAT II subject test.

Do you give college credit for AP and IB tests and courses?
Yes. For most Advanced Placement (AP) exams you will receive four units of credit for each exam on which you score 3 or better (for English Language and Composition, Calculus, Chemistry and all History exams a 4 or better is required). For International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, you will receive ten units of credit for each higher level score (4,5,6, or 7). For more detailed information on Advanced Credit Options, click here.

Do you consider AP courses, IB courses and Honors courses to calculate a weighted grade point average for admission?
If a weighted GPA is provided on your high school transcript, we will use it for admission purposes. However, if one is not provided, we will recalculate, taking AP, IB, and Honors coursework into consideration. For each AP and IB course you take, you will receive an extra quality point that is calculated into your grade point average. This is also true for honors courses taken during the junior and senior year of high school (or junior level courses taken prior to the junior year).

Can I get credit for college courses taken while attending high school?
You may receive transfer credit for college courses if you attended a regionally accredited institution and can provide an official college transcript. Students concurrently enrolled in high school and college courses should apply as a freshman.

Can I apply online?
Yes. In fact, we no longer print applications. We offer two ways to complete the USF application online. Apply now.

What is the application fee?
A non-refundable fee of $55 is required to cover processing of the application. Please do not send cash. Submit your payment with your application. Make checks or money orders payable to: University of San Francisco. Please include your name and USF ID on your check.

What are the application deadlines?
Deadlines vary by application type: early decision, early action or regular action. Our full list of undergraduate deadlines and application instructions will provide the full details.

Transfer Admission Criteria

What are your admission requirements for transfer students?
Admission requirements differ by program. Visit the transfer student admission requirements page for full details or contact our transfer team if you have any questions.

What are your application deadlines?
We use a rolling admission schedule for the College of Arts and Science and School of Management. The priority admission deadline for the fall semester is January 15th and for the spring semester is November 1st. Take a look at the complete list of undergraduate deadlines.

Where do I send my transcripts and supporting documentation after I submit the online application?

Office of Admission
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

What is the average grade point average of admitted transfer students?

Will you accept transfer students regardless of class standing?
Yes, but students must complete at least 45 credits at USF to earn a degree.

Will you require my high school transcripts and SAT/ACT score?
We will require them if you have completed less than 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits of transferable coursework.

How do you calculate repeated coursework?
Both the original grade and the repeated grade will be used in calculating the grade point average.

What is the maximum number of units that you will accept from a community college?
70 semester or 105 quarter credits.

Do you accept Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit?

Will a course in which I receive a "D" grade count?
A grade of "D" will transfer for Core Curriculum (general education) and elective credit. A "C" or better grade is required for major coursework.

Will you count a grade of "F" that I received 10 years ago?
Grades of "F" earned 10 years or more prior to the semester of application to USF will be forgiven and will not be used in the calculation of transfer GPA.

Will you accept IGETC?
Completion of all the requirements in either the UC or CSU version of IGETC will substitute for most of USF's General Education requirements. IGETC certification from the community college must be submitted prior to the student's initial enrollment at USF.

Do you accept the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)?
Yes. CLEP credit may be awarded at the time of admission. Grades are not awarded for CLEP exams and the credit is not reflected in the student's grade point average.

What transcripts will you need if I took courses in the military?
DD295 (for active duty personnel) or DD214 (for former military personnel).

Can I get credit for college courses taken while attending high school?
You may receive transfer credit for college courses if you can provide an official transcript from the college or university you attended that shows credits awarded and grades earned.

Can I submit my application online?
Yes. In fact, we no longer print applications. We offer two ways to complete the USF transfer application online.Apply now

Academics at USF

Are you on a semester or quarter system?
USF is on a semester system.

Does the University of San Francisco offer a pre-med program?
Yes. Students may complete pre-medical or other pre-health science requirements as a part of, or in addition to, the requirements of any academic major. The Pre-Professional Health Committee Advising Program guides students to professional health schools, primarily medical and dental schools, but also other schools including pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine and podiatry. The number of students admitted to medical schools from the University of San Francisco surpasses the national average by more than 20 percent.

Do I have to choose a major when I apply?
No. Many students are undecided on a major when they apply. This does not affect your admission. Only nursing applicants must declare their majors because of the clinical course sequence throughout the program. Check out the full list of USF majors and minors.

Are your majors impacted?
No, with the exception of Nursing.

Will I have an academic advisor?
Yes. When a student enrolls in a major or professional degree program, a faculty advisor is assigned from the appropriate department or school. The College of Arts and Sciences will assign an advisor to all remaining undeclared students.

What is the average class size at USF?
29 students. Student to faculty ratio is 16:1.

Will I be taught by teaching assistants?
No. All of our classes are taught by faculty members, of which 91 percent have a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree.

How many units will I need to graduate from USF?
128 units are required to graduate. Learn more about undergraduate student regulations.

Is it possible to graduate in four years?
Yes. Most of our programs are designed so that you can finish your general education and major coursework in four years.

Do you have a Study Abroad Program?
Yes. The USF Center for Global Education is affiliated with Jesuit programs in Tokyo, Iberoamericana, Mexico, Florence, Rome, Madrid, Beijing, Chile, the Philippines and Oxford.

Campus Life

How many students attend USF?
About 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend USF. Check out the breakdown on the USF facts and figures page.

What is your transfer class profile?
55% transfer from Community Colleges; 45% transfer from four-year institutions.

How many students live on campus?
Over 90 percent of freshmen and approximately 40 percent of all undergraduate students live on campus. For more information, visit the Office of Residence Life.

Are undergraduates guaranteed housing?
All new undergraduate students admitted with 40 or fewer transfer credits will be required to live on campus for their first two semesters of enrollment at USF (exemptions may be granted).

How safe is the campus?
The University of San Francisco's Department of Public Safety patrols the campus and the area surrounding the campus 24 hours a day.

Do students stay on campus during the weekends?
Yes. Students take advantage of activities on campus organized by clubs and organizations, the Koret Health and Recreation Center and Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF) When they become more familiar with the city of San Francisco, students also have access to a variety of cultural and outdoors activities.

Money Matters

What is the annual tuition for a student entering in the fall?
Take a look at the current tuition and fees.

Do you offer financial aid?
Yes. Visit the undergraduate financial aid section for more details or contact the financial aid office at: (415) 422-2020.

What are University Scholars?
The University Scholars program is a merit-based award for students who have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship and aptitude, based on grade point average and SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about University Scholars.

Is there another scholarship if I do not meet these requirements?
USF is a Division 1 school in the West Coast Conference. Athletic scholarships vary depending on the sport. Please call the Athletic Department at (415) 422-6891 for more information.


Do you have job placement assistance?
Yes. The USF Career Services Center's extensive resources include monthly jobs newsletters and extensive online job boards.