Transfer 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.

What is the climate like in San Francisco?
Moderate year round; temperatures rarely reach higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or 21 degrees Celsius or lower than the high 40's F or 10 C.

Admission Criteria

What are your admission requirements for transfer students?
Transfer Students must normally have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to be competitive for admission. At the very least a student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all transferable coursework and must be in good academic standing at the last institution attended. Students who would not have been admissible to the University based upon their high school records must complete at least 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits of transferable, academic coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

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. Nursing applications must be received by the stated deadlines.

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

Transcripts and other supporting documentation should be sent to the following address:

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 apply online?
Yes. Please click online application to begin your online application to the University of San Francisco. You can save parts of the application so that you do not have to complete it at one sitting.

Transfer Credits

What courses will be accepted as transfer credit?
USF generally accepts all college-level courses completed at regionally-accredited institutions for transfer as fulfilling major, core, or elective classes. Regional accrediting bodies include the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. No other accrediting organizations are recognized by USF, nor are credits accepted for transfer from unaccredited institutions.

All credits designated as transferable to the California State Universities (CSU) by the California Community Colleges will transfer to USF with the exception of remedial math and English. Such designation must be applicable at the time the work was completed.

To see which courses will satisfy graduation requirements, such as the Core Curriculum, review your school's articulation agreement with the University of San Francisco. For questions regarding transfer credit, please contact the Transfer Center in the Office of Admission at: (415)422-4505.

What is the maximum number of credits I can transfer to USF?
There is no limit to the total number of credits a student can transfer from previous institutions. However, there is a minimum residency requirement of 44 semester credits that must be taken at USF.

Will my transfer GPA be calculated into my USF GPA?
Although your grades from transfer courses are used in making admission decisions, they are not calculated in your GPA at USF. Your total number of transfer credits will appear on your official USF transcript but not the courses and grades you received.

How do courses transfer from a quarter system school?
USF awards the standard .67 credit per credit-hour of study from institutions on the quarter system. A 4-quarter hour course equals 2.68 semester hours at USF.

How will courses taken at an institution overseas transfer to USF?
At present, coursework taken at institutions outside of the United States are evaluated by the Transfer Center in the Office of Admission. A counselor generally makes a recommendation as to the number of credits transferable and their comparability to the USF Core Curriculum requirements. Once you are admitted to the university, you will be assigned to an academic advisor who will help you determine which of your transfer credits will fulfill major requirements.

Do I need to submit all my transcripts and test scores from all institutions I attended even if the credits appear on one transcript?
Separate transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admission from each school you have attended. If you have earned credits through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), you must have your scores sent from the testing board even if they are already posted on a transcript from another institution.

It is possible that transfer credits might not be granted for some of my previous course work?
Yes. Transfer courses may be denied credit at USF for several reasons. Technical, vocational, remedial, continuing education units, and courses that are not the same in content or scope to courses offered at USF will not transfer. In general, courses taken at institutions of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting association will transfer provided that the course is completed with a grade of “D” or better. Please note, however, some departments at USF may NOT accept a “D” grade for satisfying the major requirements.

What is your Foreign Language Requirement?
Many majors at USF require foreign language proficiency for graduation. Liberal Arts majors require 3 semesters of the same language, Science majors require 2 semesters.  There is no foreign language requirement for Business and Nursing students with the exception of International Business majors who are required to complete 2 semesters of the same language. Students who are fluent in the grammar, writing and speaking of a foreign language may qualify for a waiver from USF’s Foreign Language Department.

Who should I contact if I have questions about my degree audit?
You may contact the Transfer Center in the Office of Admission by calling 415.422.4505. He or she may ask for some additional documentation to be sent.

How do I get my most recent transfer coursework posted on my record at University of San Francisco?
To get your most recent transfer coursework posted on your record, you must submit an official transcript to:

Newly admitted transfer students and applicants:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Current students:
Office of Registrar
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Academics at USF

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

How many units will I need to graduate from USF?
128 units, as meeting major course requirements, Core Curriculum credits, Foreign Language requirement (depending on major) and elective credits.

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

How is the pre-med program at the University of San Francisco?
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 almost 20 percent.

Do I have to choose a major when I apply?
Many students are undecided on a major when they apply. This does not affect your admission unless you are interested in the School of Nursing. If you want to study Nursing at USF, you must apply to the School of Nursing.

Will I have an academic advisor?
Yes, academic advising begins at Orientation. When a student enrolls in a major or professional degree program, a faculty advisor is assigned from the appropriate department or school. Undeclared majors in the College of Arts and Sciences will be assigned an advisor by the College.

What is the average class size at USF?
Twenty-five students. Student to faculty ratio is 15:1.

Will I be taught by teaching assistants?
No. Our classes are taught by faculty members, of which 92 percent have a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree.

Do you have a Study Abroad Program?
Yes. We are affiliated with Jesuit programs in Tokyo, Iberoamericana, Mexico, Florence, Rome, Madrid, Beijing, Chile, the Philippines and Oxford. The Center for Global Education assists students in researching and applying to accredited study abroad programs in other locations.

Campus Life

How many students attend USF?
There are approximately 5800 traditional undergraduates, 400 returning adult students and 3800 graduate students for a total of about 10,000 students.

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

How many students live on campus?
Approximately 50 percent of all undergraduate students live on campus.

Are transfers guaranteed housing?
No, transfer students are not necessarily guaranteed housing. Starting in fall 2011, all new undergraduate students admitted for the fall semester with 40 or fewer credits will be required to live on campus for their first two semesters of enrollment at USF.

How safe is the campus?
The campus is very safe. There have been no assaults on the campus for the last five years. 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 all the cultural, sports and outdoor activities for which the city and Northern California are famous.

Money Matters

What is the annual tuition for a student entering in the Fall?
View the current chart of tuition and fees.

Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, the University of San Francisco offers students financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment opportunities. In order to see what you qualify for and to receive financial aid, you must complete the free FAFSA online application form by the USF priority deadline of Feb. 1st. For more information please contact the financial aid office at: (415) 422-2020.

Are there athletic scholarships?
There are athletic scholarships depending on specific sports programs. Please call the Athletic Department at (415) 422-6891 for information on aid available to students on specific teams.


Do you have job placement assistance?
Yes. USF students and alumni can use the USF Career Services Center's extensive resources including monthly jobs newsletters and extensive on line job boards.

What division is USF in sports?
We are NCAA Division 1. View the USF athletics website.