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First-Year Student Admission

Apply to USF as a First-Year Student

Ready to change the world from here? As a freshman student at the University of San Francisco, you’ll challenge yourself in small classes, make meaningful connections with your professors, and experience the best of a Jesuit liberal arts education.

There are many other schools in the Bay Area — only USF puts you smack dab in the center of San Francisco, the city known for innovation and social progress.

Here's how to apply to USF:

  1. Complete the Common Application, USF's Direct Application* or the Coalition Application by the application deadline. All applications are treated equally in the admission process, so you can pick whichever one works best for you. (*The USF direct application is for non-nursing majors only)
  2. 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

      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.
  3. Pay the nonrefundable application fee. Fee waivers are available through the Common App, NACAC, or College Board. Contact your admission counselor for more information.

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Office of Undergraduate Admission

Lone Mountain Main 251
2800 Turk Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Monday - Friday:
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fax (415) 422-2217