The Campus Experience
What's Your Passion?
That thing you’ve never tried. The job you were born to do. The subjects you don’t know you’re interested in yet. They're all here at USF.
At USF, students take part in a broad range of academic, cultural, social, and political organizations. Write for the school newspaper, work with university leaders through student government, make your debut with visual and performing arts groups, and lend a hand in community service.
Meet fellow Dons who share the same academic, cultural, and social passion. Join one of more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus.
Clubs and Organizations
Perform with the College Players, ask tough questions for the student newspaper, set up a tent on the Point Reyes peninsula – find a community on campus that speaks to you. At USF, you can participate in dozens of student clubs and organizations ranging from media, academic, service, cultural, and Greek. Build your resume, make new friends, develop skills, be active, push limits, and get involved.
Leadership and Engagement
Student Leadership and Engagement understands that you seek out involvement and leadership for a variety of reasons, including serving others, networking, building skills, discovering yourself, making new friends, and creating change. No matter what your interests are, make the most out of your USF experience by getting involved and becoming a part of the exciting things happening on campus.
The University of San Francisco's Greek community strives to provide opportunities for growth and excellence in academics, service, leadership, friendship, ritual, and social advancement. When you become a member of a social fraternity or sorority at USF, you're not only joining a brotherhood or sisterhood, you're joining a family with over 50 years of campus history.
The Cultural Centers include the Gender & Sexuality Center and the Intercultural Center. The centers serve as both physical spaces on campus where students build community, and as outlets for student run programs that explore social issues and identity.
The purpose of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the USF is to train motivated college students to become innovative and agile officers in the Army after graduation. Whether as a member of Active Duty, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve, our goal is to equip our graduates with the necessary skills for thriving amidst chaos and leading others to success in complex environments.
Service, Faith, and Justice
Central to a Jesuit education is the cultivation of community service, a passion for justice, and a life of faith. University of San Francisco students have many opportunities to apply these values to their studies, careers, and personal lives. Whatever your background, you will find a place to put your values and spiritual growth to action.
- Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars are second-year students exploring issues of diversity, inequality, social justice, and social change.
- Solidarity-In-Action programs are a collaboration with Bay Area nonprofit agencies to provide USF students with opportunities to serve in their local community.
- The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is dedicated to inspiring and preparing students at USF to pursue lives and careers of ethical public service and the common good.
- University Ministry provides opportunities for the USF community to apply Ignition spirituality to their lives and work through justice and community action programs.
- The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition is dedicated to enriching the Jesuit, Catholic character of the university through scholarship and application of Catholic intellectual tradition on contemporary social issues.
- Arrupe Justice Intersession Immersion programs are short-term opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to live, work, and reflect in economically marginalized communities around the U.S. and the world.
- The Erasmus Living-Learning Community allows students to learn, discuss, and apply information and ideas together through various community-based research projects.
Media and Publications
Through participation in campus radio, newspaper, and television operations, students at the University of San Francisco gain valuable experience in writing, editing, advertising, sales, graphic design, photography, and production. Students may also earn credit for their participation in student media by enrolling in Media Workshop.
KUSF is the university's online radio station. The station can be found at kusf.org and can be heard throughout the world. KUSF, as an FM station (1977-2011), was known both nationally and internationally for its innovative programming and approach to music. Students in Media Studies and other majors are welcome to use KUSF as a recreation activity as well as a training facility. Alumni of KUSF (FM) have often been very successful in pursuit of employment in the radio and music industries.
USFtv is a student-run online television station that gives aspiring producers the opportunity to create content of their choice alongside their peers. During the last decade, USFtv has evolved into a professional, supportive organization. Producers create segments about news, culture, entertainment, sports, outreach, Greek community, and student life.
The San Francisco Foghorn — USF's student-run newspaper — delivers the latest campus news and information in print and online editions.