Our Mission and Values
The University of San Francisco exists to change the world for the better. Here is our statement of mission, in full:
Since 1855, the University of San Francisco has dedicated itself to offering a daring and dynamic liberal arts education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. As a community, we empower and hold accountable our students, faculty, librarians, staff, administrators, alumni, and community partners to be persons for and with others, to care for our common home, including the native lands on which our campuses reside, and to promote the common good by critically, thoughtfully, and innovatively addressing inequities to create a more humane and just world.
We seek to live USF’s mission by nurturing a diverse, ever-expanding community where persons of all races and ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, genders, generations, abilities, nationalities, occupations, and socioeconomic backgrounds are honored and accompanied. We are committed to educating hearts and minds to cultivate the full, integral development of each person and all persons; pursuing learning as a lifelong humanizing and liberating social activity; and advancing excellence as the standard for teaching, scholarship, creative expression, and service. Inspired by a faith that does justice, we strive to humbly and responsibly engage with, and contribute to, the cultural, intellectual, economic and spiritual gifts and talents of the San Francisco Bay Area and the global communities to which we belong.
At USF, we value three things in particular: cura personalis, being people for others, and diversity in all its forms.
Come to USF and practice cura personalis, or care for the whole person. We believe that your mind, body, and spirit deserve equal attention and consideration.
Of course, your intellectual pursuits matter to us at USF. But there is more to your mind than what you learn in the classroom. Come keep your mental health as robust as your intellectual growth with counseling and psychological services, academic success coaching, and peer mentoring and support.
Break a sweat. Get your feet wet. Join a team. Make friends at Koret Health and Recreation Center. Join our Outdoor Adventures program and do hikes, ski trips, beach yoga, and more. Check out our Health Promotion Services and gain access to a health clinic, free nutrition appointments with a dietetic technician, student health insurance, and other resources to keep you in tip-top shape.
Reflect and refresh on a retreat with University Ministry. Volunteer across clubs and programs all over campus. Serve our surrounding community with your service learning requirement, working with neighbors to solve real problems. If you’re on a spiritual journey, we are here to support it. If you’re not, we’re still here — to support you.
People for Others
At USF, social service is as important as professional success. When you leave USF with a calling to serve others — in your career, in your community, in your life — you are proof that we are living our mission.
An essential part of your undergraduate curriculum, USF's service learning courses address social needs both locally and globally.
Want to explore social issues in a deeper, more connected way? Join a living-learning community, where you'll enroll in a common set of courses and live together in a residential setting.
Whatever your creed, culture, color, country, identity, and orientation, you are welcome at USF.