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Our Difference

USF is different because San Francisco is different. This is the city of energy and optimism. This is the city that invents tomorrow. Here on this campus in the heart of the city, people meet, mix, have ideas, and then put them into action. They come to USF because they want to make the world better. Come join the community that makes a difference.

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Write, Research, Achieve

Publish your research alongside our faculty, enter competitions and earn prizes for your writing, earn highly competitive fellowships, and apply to top graduate schools.

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Engage With the Community

Engage in the community and change the world for the better. You won’t be alone: our students have built a library for street children in Zambia, worked on bridging the digital divide in Peru, and fought against modern-day slavery right here in the U.S.

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Work With Our Faculty

They win national awards. They win major grants. They earn prestigious fellowships. Mostly, they see you, hear you, challenge you, and help you.

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Ryan Lopez ’25

Politics Major

Cura Personalis Approach to Education

The teachers care. They don’t just show up and give a lecture. They interact with you. They treat you with respect."

Ryan Lopez ’25

Politics Major

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Your gift to the College of Arts & Sciences educates the next generation of leaders with the skills and compassion to create a more just and humane world.