Location: San Francisco, CA
Size: Approximately 6,392 (undergrad only)
Percent Women: 60%
Tuition (one year): $40,996
Most Popular Majors: Business, Nursing, and Communications
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 69.2% (2013)
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit University of San Francisco’s website at http://www.usfca.edu/admission/.
Why Choose USF?
· Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
· 30% of all USF students are first in their families to attend a university
· Live and study right in the heart of San Francisco
· Aim for Social Justice
“I loved the city!”
“Because San Francisco is the best”
“Who doesn’t want to live in SF?”
"I choose USF for a multitude of reasons. I absolutely love USF's focus on social justice and changing the world from here and it's location within San Francisco is perfect. I'm USF also offered me the best financial aid package. Once I visited I realized that USF was the perfect place for me."
I personally love that in all of my classes I am able to have a one on one connection with my professors. All of my professors know my name, and the biggest class I have had has been 40 students. The architecture on campus is amazing, and we were also rated in the top five out of 25 most beautiful schools!
"I love that the education I'm receiving from USF focuses on extremely relevant issues in today's world. I also appreciate the small classroom sizes, the fact that professors know my name, and I'm able to find all the resources I need pretty easily. Students at USF are actually people and not just numbers."
USF is a very small school but this isn’t a bad thing! Just takes some getting used to (or not, if you went to a high school around the same size). We also don’t have a football team (sigh).
“I would love for the dorms to be improved even though they are dorms, and the cafeteria could always do better!”
"I would say that USF could definitely improve the more social aspects of the school. Part of me wishes we had homecoming and football games and frat row and all of the things you see in the movies for college. But at the same time I know I would feel engulfed at a huge school."
New Collegiette on Campus
At USF it is super easy to get involved! There is GO team which is the Get Oriented team and they host the orientation weekend. This weekend helps to acclimate freshman and transfer students to their new home at the University of San Francisco. You are able to meet people on your floor, in your building, in your major, and even in some of your classes!
Although it is easy for first years to get to know upperclassmen through upperlevel classes or mentor programs, most freshman stick together, and especialyl with those in their dorm buildings!
"Follow your heart and your intuition. College only happens once so make sure you find somewhere that feels like home. Step out of your comfort zone as much as possible and get involved in everything you can."
All About Academics
What are the most popular majors/departments? Arts & Sciences, Business, and Nursing
What is the workload like? First year is usually the lightest because it is mostly CORE classes, but depending on your classes it can range anywhere from 5-15 hours a week.
Are you required to do any large final projects for your major, like write a thesis? Not all majors are required to write a thesis! Most of them are recommended but completely optional.
How does the advising system work? As a freshman you are assigned an advisor in your major and you are able to either visit with them, speak with your professor during their office hours, or utilize group advising.
What is course registration like? Course registration is hectic like at any other school but is all online which makes it very easy to access! It is super easy to get the classes you want to take, and if you don't get it right at registration, students usually add and drop over the break leaving you time to change your schedule around! Because of this, it is easy to fulfill general academic requirements, and you are able to choose from tons of different options for all of your different CORE or Gen/Ed classes.
Do people spend a ton of time in the library? A lot of people study in the library or in the atrium because the atrium is open 24 hours every day! There are also tons of conference rooms in the diferent buildings, study rooms, couches and lounges, and classrooms are open at night to study in.
"I love the academics of USF. I love that my classes are small and every professor knows my name. I love that the faculty here is so dedicated to helping students succeed and how passionate they are about their areas of focus. I love that my education is about more than just the subject but also the way I can help my community. I am beyond happy with the academics here at USF."
Learn from the BestWhat are the professors and classes like?"Professors at USF are great! They really care about you and your learning, both in and out of the classroom""Classes range from pottery to biology labs to classes on the conflict in the Middle East. I have enjoyed every one of my classes in my three years here at USF"Do people go to office hours?"My advice to you: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OFFICE HOURS! A lot of people do, but a lot of people don't. The professors are just sitting in their office, waiting for students to come talk to them!"
Interests and involvement
Here at USF there are over 100 clubs and organizations to get involved in. These clubs range form being involved in your major, your college, and to even playing with animals! Along with these clubs, USF also has Greek life with both social and multicultural sororities and fraternities along with business, nursing, and law fraternities and sororities.
"One of the easiest things at USF is getting involved. No matter what your interests are, USF has a club or organization for you. Like honestly, we have it all!"
Whether there is a soccer game outside, or a basketball game on the court, USF is always ready to cheer on their fellow Dons! Although we do not have a football team, USF is very active in all other sports, and also have multiple dance teams, a marching band, and intermural sports.
"Men's basketball is one of the most successful and popular. Some of my favorite memries from freshman year are cheering on the Dons from the sidelines!"
It is great to be a woman at USF! Seeing as we makeup more than half of the population here, there are tons of opportunities to get involved. Fashion trends range form boho, to hipster, to preppy. Although all fashion styles differ, you best believe when the sun is out in the city every girl is wearing shorts or a dress soaking up the sun! There is a gender and sexuality center and several resources directed toward gender and women in particular.
Most women would like some more guys on campus:
"Beng a girl at USF sucks sometimes because there's like no guys and a lottttt of girls"
But we get by! And the 6 girls to 4 guys ratio is really starting to show!
Food & Drink
San Francisco is the home to some of the best restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. On campus, there is a cafeteria with differing food stations and an under café with coffee and late night snacks. A few blocks away is Haight St with several cafes, along with coffee shops and bars on Geary, and a Starbucks just down the street from main campus.
Weekends start on Thursday nights and go until Monday morning in SF. Whether it is a night out with the girls, a night of going to the bars, brunch in the marina, going to a social, or just going to a house party, there is always something to do. Fraternities and sororities have socials every semester so theres about 5 a semester between all of the different organizations. There are usually house parties going on, or of course the Geary and Polk bars. Taco Tuesday is a huge event in San Francisco and takes place at Nick's or Rouge on Polk and Broadway. Rouge and Taco Tuesday is popular because both people under and over 21 can get in! (And the tacos are delicious).
There are 6 on campus dorms allowing students to make friends and gain a sense of community. Living on campus is a great experience for first year and even second year students! One of the dorms is an all female dorm building, while the rest are mixed with all female or male floors or mixed. For first year students, dorms either have one or two roommates, a double or a single.
Included in tuition is a “transportation fee” which covers a bus pass for MUNI. On your student ID you will receive a little sticker allowing you to ride any MUNI train or bus, and even the trolley to be a tourist!
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