Apply to USF as a First-Year Student
Ready to change the world from here? As a USF student, you’ll experience the best of a Jesuit liberal arts education in the heart of San Francisco. Get started on your application with these steps:
- Complete the Common Application and send the non-refundable application fee by the application deadline.
- Don’t forget to also send these supplementary materials:
- High school transcript: We’ll accept unofficial transcripts as long as they are in PDF format and clearly show your full name, your school's name, your courses, and your grades. Unreadable or illegible PDF documents will not be accepted. If you are admitted to USF and you choose to enroll, you’ll be asked to provide your official final transcript.
- Fall Senior Grades: If you’re applying Early Decision or Early Action and your application is deferred to Regular Decision, you will be required to submit your grades from your fall semester. If you’re applying Regular Decision, your fall senior grades aren’t required, but they are highly recommended.
- Short Answer Question: In the USF supplement to the Common App, there is a short answer question about our Jesuit mission: The University of San Francisco's Jesuit tradition emphasizes community engagement and education for social justice, inspiring our students to become passionate agents for others. How do you see yourself becoming a part of this mission?
- English proficiency test scores: If English is not your native language, you are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English test. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements, including how to waive these requirements.
- (Optional) Gap Year explanation: If you have taken, are currently taking, or plan to take a gap year or additional time off after completing high school, there is a section on the Common Application for you to explain how you have spent your time or how you plan to spend your time.
- (Optional) Letter of Recommendation: A letter of recommendation is not required for admission. You may still submit one if you’d like, but we will consider all applications on equal grounds, regardless of whether you’ve submitted a letter or not.
- (Optional) SAT or ACT scores: USF does not require students to submit standardized test scores when applying for undergraduate admission. Learn more about our Test Optional policy.
If you do choose to submit your scores, you may have them sent directly from the testing agency, or you may send unofficial (self-reported) scores. You can send a screenshot of your test scores (name, test date, scores, and subscores must be visible), or have your counselor email us your score reports or an updated transcript with your scores to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The writing sections of the SAT are not used in the evaluation process. USF will continue to superscore both the SAT and ACT. If you submit both scores for our review, we will use the highest score available for our admission review.
When Should You Apply?
USF offers three admission options: Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision. Find out which is best for you.
Welcome to the University of San Francisco — the university of sharp minds, big hearts, and independent spirits. Come join a community dedicated to progress and to positive action. Come learn to change the world from here.
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