Who We Are

The University of San Francisco — a premier Jesuit university — is a reflection of the inclusive, inspirational, innovative city that surrounds it. We provide students from all backgrounds an education that is intensely personal and intellectually demanding.

For us, reason, religion, science, and spirituality are complementary. Our students see the world with a sense of awe and wonder, and with a curiosity for answers to the world’s most complex questions.

Our Core Values

At USF, it’s about more than giving graduates a personal advantage. It’s about inspiring them to go forth and set the world on fire, to create a more humane, just, and sustainable world.

Jesuit Catholic Education

A Jesuit education is a commitment to explore, engage, and improve the world around us. Our campus serves as a platform for complex conversations, and a meeting place for individuals and communities to showcase their distinct perspectives.

Commitment to Diversity

Our strength lies in our diversity. Our students have a unique opportunity to see the world from a variety of perspectives, and they’re better off because of it.

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What Sets Us Apart

At the University of San Francisco, there’s always a spot at the table. Top of their class, first in their family, least included, most likely to — we’ve chosen to make USF diverse. And it’s our job as an inclusive community to find common ground and then move to higher ground. Explore the vision and values that make USF unique.

Engaged Learning

Our style of education is deeply challenging and personal, where students and faculty work together to create an experiential academic environment.

Passion for Justice

A commitment to a calling greater than personal achievement is what makes the University of San Francisco truly unique.

Equipped to Lead and Succeed

USF students graduate as broadly educated individuals with the professional skills and cultural competencies to succeed in their first career and their next.

San Francisco Advantage

Our university is anchored in the place where it grew up. It’s a mutually complementary relationship — our campus as a platform for citywide conversations and San Francisco as living laboratory for USF students. Also, it’s only snowed here once in 40 years.

Change the World From Here

At USF, “here” means more than physical location. Transformative learning experiences inspire students to change the world for themselves and others.

Why Choose USF

Students choose USF for a variety of reasons: the competitive academic environment with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the opportunity to translate thought to action, our core values, the spirit of a unique, world-class city, the diverse student body from 49 states and 94 countries — take your pick. We have the honors to back it up.

  • USF was tied for second among national universities for undergraduate student ethnic diversity and 11th in international student enrollment, according to US News and World Report.
  • USF is placing students in medical school at almost twice the national average.
  • Payscale ranked USF 12th in the nation in terms of salary potential for students who earn a degree in social sciences in its 2015-2016 Payscale Potential Salary Reports.
  • The USF undergraduate psychology program was ranked among the top ten up and coming undergraduate psychology programs in the West in 2015 by best psychology degrees.com.
  • The Princeton Review named USF one of the "Best Western Colleges."

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Major in Biology

The program is designed to prepare students for a broad spectrum of careers in the life sciences, including completion of all requirements for admission to professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools) and graduate programs.

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We created a computer science curriculum with a strong emphasis on software development in order to provide our students with the skills to succeed in the technology industry. Students gain hands-on experience in small, lecture-lab classrooms led by a diverse team of experts in the field.

Major in Computer Science

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science will be prepared for both graduate schools and for software development careers. The curriculum provides a solid base in computer science fundamentals that include software design and development, problem-solving and debugging, theoretical and mathematical foundations, computer systems, and system software.... [-]

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Challenge your imagination and define your point-of-view with techniques and tools that will last a lifetime. The Fine Arts curriculum is designed to spark progressive thinking, promote social justice and cultural diversity, and celebrate the processes of art-making.

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The program integrates coursework in graphic design, digital media design, and environmental design into a dynamic interdisciplinary studio concentration. By practicing design in an expanded field, students gain comprehensive experience with a wide range of process-oriented skills, including conceptual development, visual rhetoric, formal experimentation, and critical thinking.

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Small class sizes, diverse faculty expertise, and opportunities to participate in faculty research projects or internships in the financial district ensure our students understand economics from every angle and gain the skills for life after graduation.

Major in Economics

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Challenge your imagination and define your point-of-view with techniques and tools that will last a lifetime. The Fine Arts curriculum is designed to spark progressive thinking, promote social justice and cultural diversity, and celebrate the processes of art-making.

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The Fine Arts major is dedicated to providing students with both traditional and modern skills as they address established and contemporary concepts in a studio setting under the guidance and mentorship of professional artists. Course offerings include in-depth study in diverse painting and drawing media, sculpture in wood, ceramics, fiber and mixed media, indoor and outdoor installation, a variety of printmaking techniques, mural, stained glass, and a senior portfolio class.... [-]

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The USF hospitality management program works in partnership with leading San Francisco hospitality firms and organizations to provide you with the hands-on knowledge and practical skills to be the best in the business.

The USF hospitality management program works in partnership with leading San Francisco hospitality firms and organizations to provide you with the hands-on knowledge and practical skills to be the best in the business.

When you graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration in Hospitality Management from USF, your career options are almost limitless. Our hospitality graduates’ careers include event planning in high-end hotels, managing wineries or country clubs, and exciting entrepreneurial ventures, such as opening a restaurant to becoming a general manager or president of a hotel. USF provides a highly personalized and customizable business curriculum that will prepare you to seamlessly enter the hospitality industry of your choice.... [-]

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The globalization of business is one of the defining economic trends of the modern era. The development of massive communications networks, fed by fiber-optic cable, cellular technology, and the Internet, has created an environment in which almost every business is part of the worldwide market.

The International Business major was crafted to enable students to take full advantage of these unprecedented opportunities.

International Business Major

Department Chair: Karl Boedecker, J.D., Ph.D

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Intellectual curiosity lasts a lifetime. Jobs change and industries evolve, but the critical thinking and unique problem-solving skills you’ll gain by studying philosophy will satisfy both sides of your brain in a variety of fields.

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Major in Philosophy

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Major in Psychology

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Our program explores the city as an idea, process, and living organism — with San Francisco as its guide. The interdisciplinary curriculum examines how a city’s planning, politics, economy, social classes, and diverse populations impact the successes and failures of modern urban environments.

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Major in Urban Studies Program Learning Outcomes

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recognize, define and articulate the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental issues and challenges facing cities locally and globally understand, discuss, and explain the histories and theories related to the complex forces that shape cities develop research methods and tools to analyze and interpret urban phenomena communicate effectively in graphic, written and oral form, and provide solutions to specific urban issues and problems in professional settings Double Dipping ... [-]
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