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.
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."