Campus Life

2022: The Year in Review

The top 10 USF News stories

by Mary McInerney, USF News

It’s time to review the year in stories at the University of San Francisco. These are 2022’s most read USF News stories by students, alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff, starting with the No. 1 article:

  1. USF Buys Blood Bank, Expands to the East. USF has bought the property at 250/270 Masonic Avenue, the building formerly known as Blood Centers of the Pacific, after 10 years of discussions with the nonprofit that owned it. The new property adds 1.5 acres to the Hilltop campus.
  2. U.S. News & World Report Again Ranks USF a Top University, followed closely by USF Makes Princeton Review’s 2023 Top Colleges List. In the U.S. News & World Report 2023 rankings, USF places No. 2 in the nation for student ethnic diversity, No. 39 in undergraduate nursing, and No. 105 overall.
  3.  USF Welcomes New Full-Time Faculty. Here’s your introduction to the professors who joined the USF community last fall.
  4. Students Move to Campus, Start Their Dreams. When first-year students moved into their residence halls on Aug. 13, we asked them “Why USF?” And then we asked their families for parting advice.
  5. Bill Russell’s Legacy is Bigger Than Basketball. Bill Russell’s most lasting triumph may have been off the court, after he joined Black teammates boycotting a 1961 Celtics game, says five-time NBA champion Bill Cartwright '79, MSOD '98. Russell, who led USF to back-to-back national championships, died July 31.
  6. Record Numbers of Applicants Again Apply to USF. USF set a new record for the most applications in its history, with a 5 percent increase over last year's record numbers. USF received 23,069 applications for admission to the fall 2022 entering first-year class.
  7.  7 Things to Do in the Next 7 Weeks. What new and returning students should know, everything from kicking off the new school year by attending Community Convocation to checking out the Presidio Tunnel Tops as a place to take a break.
  8. Students From Japan Explore the World at USF. Ten students from the University of Tokyo became public health students at USF for a week in September. They attended courses on campus, shared meals with USF students, soaked up the spirit of San Francisco, and learned that it’s OK to speak up in class.
  9. 5 Things to Know About Dean Otgo. Otgontsetseg "Otgo" Erhemjamts is the new dean of the School of Management. We got to know her and found out she has a big social media following in Mongolia.
  10. Students Launch Black Education Journal. When Brian Anthony Davis, T. Gertrude Jenkins, Eghosa Obaizamomwan-Hamilton, Noah Morton, and Andre Carter went looking last year for an educational journal that spoke from beyond the ivory tower on Black education, they couldn’t find one. So they created their own.