Campus and Student Life

Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center (IC) engages the multiple identities of all students, empowers leaders to be change agents for social justice, and builds alliances with faculty, staff, and students to create an inclusive community that honors and values diversity. The IC promotes intercultural leadership, cultural competence, and allies development at USF. Some programs include:

  • Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars (EMDS): This nationally-recognized living-learning community explores the idea of "crossing borders, discovering home" through sociology courses, a transborder trip, service-learning, and co-curricular experiences.
  • Your Story: This semester-long program provides an opportunity to explore identity through artistic medium. Students examine and utilize the written word, oral narrative, visual arts, spoken word poetry, and movement as mediums to explore commonalities and differences.
  • Dialogue for Change (DC) (SJEP): Students in this intensive training program study and practice dialogic communication, group building, conflict surfacing and de-escalation, and social justice education.
  • Culturally Focused Clubs Council (CFCC): The IC staff advise this representative group of student leaders from various culturally based clubs and organizations on campus. The Council promotes collaboration and relationship-building among these groups and provides a forum for students to have a voice regarding issues facing them on and off campus.
  • Recognition Ceremonies Committees: Non-graduating students may join the planning committees for Asian Pacific Islander Graduation (API Grad), Latino Recognition Ceremony (LRC), Lavender Graduation, and Vizuri Kabisa (VK).

The Intercultural Center is located in University Center 411. Telephone number is (415) 422-6484. E-mail address is Web site is at

Public Service and Service Learning

The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good seeks to inspire and equip students for lives and careers of ethical public service and serving others. Its combination of academic programs, events, and research are designed to encourage civic engagement, promote ethical leadership, and contribute to the creation of just social and economic structures that respect and incorporate the needs of all.

Service Learning

The Office of Service Learning, a program of the Leo T. McCarthy Center, helps USF faculty and students to develop and sustain partnerships with the broader community. These partnerships range from one-time community-based opportunities to semester-long service learning projects that include both classroom and community work. The office maintains a large database of organizations and agencies offering a variety of community-based learning opportunities. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to use the database independently at any time, but office staff are also available to assist individuals and groups in identifying placements to match specific interests.

Student Leadership and Engagement

Student Leadership and Engagement (SLE) provides student leadership opportunities, student organization development, and programs and services that encourage campus involvement, personal growth, and student learning. The mission of Student Leadership and Engagement is to provide programs and services that support students' leadership development and promote engagement in co-curricular activities. SLE coordinates leadership training and student organization and advisor orientations, publishes student organization and advisor handbooks, and assists in the development of co-curricular programs with various members of the University community. SLE also provides direct advising and support to the Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF), which includes the ASUSF Senate and 16 Funded Accounts. For more information, visit SLE in University Center 4th Floor, call (415) 422-7256, or visit .

Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and organizations are the heart of student involvement at USF. Each year, many diverse student groups register with the University of San Francisco: recreational clubs, cultural organizations, academic and honor societies, social fraternities and sororities, service organizations, and special interest groups all come together to share common interests and experiences that make college life worthwhile.

The following is a complete list of registered student organizations. For complete descriptions and information on how to become a registered organization, please visit .

Academic/Honor Society/Professional

  • Active Minds at USF
  • Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society)
  • American Marketing Association
  • Beta Alpha Psi Fraternity (Accounting and Finance)
  • Beta Beta Beta Honor Society (Tri-Beta, Biology)
  • Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)
  • Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity (Business)
  • Gamma Gamma Gamma (Tri-Gamma, Nursing)
  • Family Business Association
  • Hospitality Management Association
  • Lambda Pi Eta Fraternity (Communication)
  • Male Student Nurses Society
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
  • Nursing Student's Association
  • Omicron Theta Chi Fraternity and Sorority (Pre-Med and Nursing)
  • Order of Omega Interest Group
  • Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity (Law)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Politics/Political Science)
  • PRSSA (Public Relations)
  • Psi Chi Honor Society (Psychology)
  • Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society (International English)
  • Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society)
  • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
  • Theta Alpha Kappa (Religious Studies/Theology)
  • Undergraduate Business Council
  • Undergraduate Law Society
  • USF Pre-Dental Society
  • Women in Science


  • ASUSF Greek Council
  • ASUSF Senate
  • Culturally Focused Clubs Council (CFCC)
  • Electoral Governing Board (EGB)
  • International Student Association (ISA)
  • Residence Hall Association (RHA)


  • Arab Student Union
  • Black Student Union
  • Face AIDS
  • Hindi Film Dance Team
  • Indian Student Organization
  • International Student Association
  • Latin American Student Organization
  • Latinas Unidas
  • Sister Connection
  • USF Hawaiian Ensemble
  • USF Kasamahan
  • Y Taotao Guam


  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Back to da Roots
  • Best Buddies
  • EnVision (Environmental)
  • Knitting for Neighbors
  • USF Queer Alliance


  • Ignatian Literary Magazine
  • San Francisco Foghorn
  • USFtv

Performing Arts

  • ASUSF Voices
  • Campus Activities Board
  • College Players
  • Poetic Engagement at University of San Francisco
  • soulSTEP
  • USF Gospel Choir


  • Amnesty International
  • Democracy Matters
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan
  • School of the Americas Watch Student Organization
  • USF Philosophy Club
  • USF Politics Society

Recreational/Club Sport

  • Adventure and Service Club
  • Surf and Skate Club "Caught Inside"
  • USF Rugby Football Club


  • Hillel of USF
  • Muslim Student Union
  • Real Life Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • USF Koinonia

Social Fraternity/Sorority

  • Chi Upsilon Zeta Fraternity
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
  • Delta Zeta Sorority
  • Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Incorporated
  • Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Incorporated
  • Omicron Theta Chi


  • Los Locos

Student Governance Organizations

The Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF) Senate is the umbrella organization representing the various interests of undergraduate students at USF. All undergraduate students are members of ASUSF because they have paid the student activity fee. ASUSF consists of the following:

  • The ASUSF Senate

The ASUSF Senate seeks to serve and represent the student body at the University of San Francisco by inspiring collaboration between students, faculty, staff, and the administration. The ASUSF Senate comprises five Executive Board Members and 26 Senate positions representing a wide range of constituencies, such as: classes, colleges, students of color, on-campus students, off-campus students, students with disabilities, international students, and non-traditional students. Elections are held twice a year to terms of one academic year. For more information, call (415) 422-2118 or visit

  • Funded Accounts

Funded Accounts are student organizations that have petitioned the ASUSF Senate to be considered for consistent annual funding from the ASUSF Budget. These organizations often have a close link to an academic department on campus and work closely with SLE on their budget process. Some examples include College Players, the Foghorn student newspaper, and USFtv. Many funded account officer positions are paid positions and offer exciting leadership opportunities to students. For more information, please visit UC 100 or call 415-422-2400.

Media and Publications

The Fogcutter Student Handbook

The handbook supplements the University's general catalog as a source of additional information about the University of San Francisco. Distributed annually to new incoming first-year students, the Fogcutter is an excellent source for information about services and resources offered by the University as well as important dates to remember. Every student is held responsible for knowledge of the policies, procedures, and regulations contained within this publication.

CPS Student Policies and Procedures

The School of Management Student Policies and Procedures booklet supplements the Fogcutter Student Handbook and focuses specifically on administrative policies, procedures, and guidelines pertinent to CPS students.

The Foghorn

The traditional undergraduate student newspaper. This student-operated newspaper concentrates on articles of general interest to the traditional undergraduate population. For more information, call (415) 422-6122.

The Forum

The Law School's student newspaper and features articles of general interest to law students.

The Ignatian Literary Magazine

The campus community's literary magazine. Through this annual publication, the University community has an opportunity to express journalistic and artistic creativity. The magazine is produced by the Associated Students and distributed to the campus in the Spring. For more information, call (415) 422-2740.


Located in the lower level of Phelan Hall, KDNZ is student-operated. In addition to delivering quality entertainment for the campus community, the station also provides broadcasting experience for interested students. For more information, call the station at (415) 422-KDNZ.


USFtv is community-based TV, for students and by students, with on-campus broadcasting on channel 35. For more information, call (415) 422-5115.

Performing Arts

College Players Theater Group

The College Players is the oldest continuously performing theater group west of the Mississippi and the second oldest in the United States. This group is dedicated to producing quality amateur theatrical productions for the University community. Students are involved with every aspect of theatrical production, including set design and construction, stage management, lighting design and operation, marketing and publicity, and, of course, acting. Interested students may contact the College Players through the Associated Students Office, University Center 100 or at (415) 422-6133 for more information.

USF Voices

Voices is a vocal ensemble formed to perform a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, pop, and classical. The ensemble is open to all members of the USF community who enjoy singing. Other vocal ensembles include Jazz Voices, Men's Voices, and Women's Voices. These groups require an audition. Interested students may contact the Voices through the Associated Students Office, University Center 100, or call (415) 422-2862.

University Center Building

The University Center (UC) is a student-centered space that provides facilities and related support services for a wide range of educational and social activities. In addition to facilities for undergraduate student organizations, the University Center houses the main dining hall, a coffee house, a computer lab, and lounges and meeting rooms. The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Development, Student Life offices, and related student services are located in the UC:

1st Floor Crossroads Cafe, USF Bookstore

2nd Floor Market (cafeteria) and Bon Appetit Catering offices

3rd Floor Main Entrance, Parina Lounge, Computer Lab, McCarthy Center, Public Safety

4th Floor

5th Floor Office of the Vice Provost, Center for Global Education, International Student and Scholar Services, Career Services, Office of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibility, Office of Residence Life, Health Promotion Services, ASUSF (Senate), Student Organization Offices, Student Leadership and Engagement, Intercultural Center, Gender, Sexuality and Women Students' Resource Center, and Student Life Associate Dean's Office.

Food Services

The University contracts out food operations to the top companies who provide food services on college campuses throughout the nation. While the contractor may change from time to time, the commitment to provide nutritious and tasty meals in a comfortable setting remains the same. Food services are administered through the Business and Finance Division. Food services are located in four buildings throughout the campus: Lone Mountain, the School of Education, the Law School, and the University Center 1st and 2nd floors. The Fogcutter Student Handbook provides a complete listing of all locations. You may also contact food services directly at (415) 422-6294.

Recreational Sports

The Recreational Sports Department offers a comprehensive range of recreational opportunities to meet the needs of USF's students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding campus community. Included among the many opportunities for recreational use is the Koret Health and Recreation Center. The Center includes excellent facilities for swimming, weight training, martial arts, and aerobic and cardiovascular conditioning. Locker rooms and lounges also are housed in the Koret Center. Tennis courts are available on campus and may be reserved at the front desk.

Open Recreation

The Koret Center is available for drop-in recreation seven days a week (with exception of holiday closures). The cardiovascular and weight rooms are available during all hours of operation; however, hours vary for the basketball, badminton, and volleyball courts.


The Koret Center boasts Northern California's largest indoor, fifty-meters by twenty five yard pool. In addition to providing lap swimming, instruction is available in basic and advanced swim technique, lifeguarding, water exercise, and water polo. For the advanced competitive swimmer, we have one of the best masters swim teams in the country.

Fitness and Wellness

The fitness and wellness services available at Koret allow students, staff, and faculty to develop a fitness routine tailored to their unique needs and goals. Fitness services include personal training, massage, body composition analysis, and free gym orientations for all users. We offer more than 60 weekly group exercise classes, including, but not limited to: Zumba, Spin, Body Sculpting, Yoga, Cardio Kick, Pilates Mat, Interval Training, Abs & Glutes, Arms & Abs, Boxing Bootcamp, Hip Hop, Capoeira, Joint Mobility, and Water Aerobics (shallow and deep). Cardiovascular Alley offers patrons a choice of LifeFitness and Woodway treadmills, Precor ellipticals, Stairmaster Step Mill and steppers, LifeFitness upright and recumbent bikes and much more. Our two weight rooms offer Olympic bars and benches, dumbbells, and fixed barbells (TriBar & Iron Grip), Hammer Strength, LifeFitness, Icarian, Freemotion, Precor, and Cybex machines. Wellness programs include Adult CPR/AED, Healthcare Provider Level 3 CPR, and First Aid courses.

Intramural Sports

Intramural leagues and tournaments are held throughout the academic year. They include sports such as Basketball, Volleyball, Indoor/Outdoor Soccer, and Dodge Ball. Registration for most intramural teams occurs during the second week of each semester (Fall and Spring).

Club Sports

Students interested in competitive, recreational, or instructional sports are urged to contact the Club Sport Coordinator of the Koret Center for more information. The competitive club sports are Rifle, Men's and Women's Rugby, Boxing, and Men's and Women's Soccer, Taekwondo, with others being developed.

Outdoor Activities

Whitewater rafting, sailing, fishing, horseback riding, skiing, rock climbing, and sea kayaking are offered throughout the regular academic year. Activities are scheduled based upon student interests. Call (415) 422-6811 for more information.

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Intercollegiate Athletics

The University of San Francisco athletic program has a long and storied tradition of excellence. The Don's 14 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic programs have enjoyed success at both the national and conference levels with ten national championships, over seventy conference titles and having produced sixty-three All Americans.

Legendary sports figures who have competed for the Dons include Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Mary Hile, Ollie Matson and Gino Marchetti. Coaches and administrators who have gone on to fame beyond the Hilltop include basketball coaches Phil Woolpert and Pete Newell as well as future NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle and football coach Joe Kuharich, who led the legendary 1951 Dons team.

The USF athletic program competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a proud member of the West Coast Conference. The WCC membership consists of eight private institutions including Gonzaga University, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, University of Portland, University of San Diego, Santa Clara University, and St. Mary's University.

The University sponsors baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross-country, women's cross-country, men's golf, women's golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track & field, women's track & field and women's volleyball as NCAA Division I intercollegiate programs.

For more information regarding USF athletics, please call 415-422-6891 or visit the USF athletic website at .

Academic Support for Student Athletes

A wide range of academic support is offered for those students who represent the University on intercollegiate athletic teams. The goal is to provide encouragement and support for student athletes so that they may take full advantage of the educational opportunities at the University of San Francisco. Planning for a degree, eligibility monitoring, confidential personal counseling or referral and planning for sports-related careers are some of the services offered by the Office of Academic Support for Student-Athletes.

Open communication between student athletes, faculty, coaches and University staff is fostered to deepen knowledge of and understanding among those groups and to assist student athletes in becoming oriented to the functions of the University.

These services reflect a University commitment to the development of well-rounded individuals - men and women, who are here primarily for education, whose interests and expertise in athletics complements their interests and achievements in academics.