Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
6,246
Tuition
$39,840
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Weather: Other than the occasional sunny days where everyone can be found either at the park or beach basking in what few bright days we have, the weather is awful. It is always foggy and cold.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It can get dangerous in the city or at least sketchy, and things can be a bit pricy but apart from that it is great to live in a city that has so much to offer.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The only great thing about living on campus is the proximity to your classes and it's role in keeping everyone together and creating a great social atmosphere. Apart from that living on campus sucks.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Living in the dorms is like being coddled through college. The constant need to check in, and slide your card everywhere becomes really tiring and annoying.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is worth the freedom. It is very expensive to get housing near school, but you usually end up paying the same amount as the dorms, and it is way better to have your own place. It is usually really easy to get lower prices if your willing to have longer commute, but you can often times catch one bus to school.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: I love the nightlife in the city, there is always a concert to go to and it is easy to party in any location in the city. House parties are often unreliable and get shut down pretty quickly.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The internet is very unreliable, it often times will go offline, and I've never really seen many open computers or labs on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Me and my group of friends are not at all involved in sports on campus. But sports games can become a big campus event, especially because their tends to be parties that follow. Students do have school spirit here, and attend games, but it does not interest me.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, to the point where I feel like I am being watched to much. The campus police can be a little overbearing at times, especially on weekends. You ever once in awhile will get the stray homeless person straying through campus, but it is never a concerning encounter.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love my major and I have never encountered any difficulties within the media studies program. I have heard from friends that when they encountered problems, everyone was quick to help them and answer any questions they might've had. The advisors are always at hand and ready to help you figure out your goals, and even recommend internships or jobs.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My program is in my experience one of the best, everyone says you will canoe your major at least once in college, and I can never imagine myself doing that. I have encountered friends who switched majors, and they all have switched into the media studies program. The head of the media studies department always sends weekly e-mails to students in this program, providing links to internships, jobs, and media related activities. All the classes I have taken are interesting and challenging to the point where they are still fun and incredibly fufilling.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: I think regarding transportation and schools, our transportation is one of the best. There are always the muni buses that run more often than busses in other cities. Although at night it becomes harder to get a bus, there are other options, such as uber and lyft, which are cheaper forms of taxi services. The other plus side is the easy accessibility the busses allow to reach different parts of the city. What's more the school provides a free muni pass with tuition.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You'll get to know who throws ragers and who tries to throw ragers soon enough. There's a lot of potential for fun, but not a lot of people have large houses, so they get pretty crowded. We get drunk and get rolled early compared to other places, but a lot manages to happen. Outside of just house parties there's tons of bars and clubs (I'm not saying get a fake ID, I'm saying find a way to be 21) and amazing concerts.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a good financial aid package, a combination of merit based and need based. But they keep raising tuition, and aid cannot match it.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You have a 50/50 shot at a million dollar view, bathrooms are cleaned frequently, access to computer lab, kitchen, lounges, and laundry in the building. There is a limit to how many overnight guests you can have per month (if they are from a different residence hall or are not students at USF). For guests that live in the same building as you, there is no limit.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I've had a great experience for the most part. My foreign language class right now...no es bueno, pero like how you feel about the classes will change with how you feel about the professor. USF's professors are hyper-intelligent and pretty passionate,including adjunct staff that work at Stanford or UC Berkeley as well. But there are some you just won't gel with and you will think they are disorganized and scatterbrained, but they will not be the majority.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: In my experience, I've befriended a pretty diverse group of people. As a university, it does have people from many ethnic groups and economic classes, but they are not evenly distributed. You may see the wealth a lot more, but a great amount of the student body need financial aid to go here. There are people from all over the world--China, Western Europe, Latin America etc. We're definitely all over the Kinsey scale. Despite USF being Jesuit, Catholicism is by no means a dominating religious presence. That being said, if you are a minority and you feel underrepresented in the United States, you will still feel that way here. The culturally focused clubs are awesome, but they can only do so much if people of your race are under 10% of the student population.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: San Francisco is a crazy mistress, but living on campus, you can make the most of the unpredictable weather. It's generally moderate to chilly, but there are hardly seasons, so we get a lot of sun despite the temporary fog that is pretty regular. But, I must say NEVER just look outside and assume what it feels like, or that it will stay that way. This weather is ideal for the fashionable, as you can layer it up, or change into several outfits per day, turning campus into your runway.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lot's of options, lot's of fun, but if you're doing it for the prestige...bye Felicia.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are affordable options, but housing in SF in general is becoming more and more limited. This affects everyone, maybe less so if you are well-off, but there's not an abundance of housing by any means. However, there are plenty of people who find housing they can afford within the Richmond district where they have a direct line of transportation to campus. The Richmond is a safe neighborhood with good food and easy access to Golden Gate park. The houses can be nice, even stunning. I have yet to see a s*** hole place in the richmond where most students live.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There's 4 social greek organizations currently but as of late it's been expanding. Philanthropy events are popular on campus because they provide fun and food with profits going to good causes like ALS association, Push America, CASA, etc. Socials are fun, but a large majority of people who go to them are greek-affiliated.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's tones of cheap food on Haight, Geary, and Clement, all 3 very close to campus via bus or walking. Lots of variety, but you will fall in love with Thai food.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Muni is really accessible to campus and students don't have to pay bus fare out of pocket because a muni pass is included in tuition. It's relatively fast and convenient with the exception of early AM rides as muni becomes less frequent after around 12:30.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The school regulates a lot

4 College Junior

Nightlife: San Francisco has a great nightlife

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Jiordan Castle
Hometown
Huntington, New York
Major
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
2013
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The city of San Francisco serves as an incredible backdrop for the University, which is every bit as fascinating and unique in its own right. USF is an older school with a rich history that dates back to 1855. Though buildings have been renovated to fit the times and more modern demands of students, the University itself strives to maintain a time-honored system of social justice with a strong emphasis on moral, fair education for every student. The five schools at USF offer more than 100 degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, yet maintain an average class size of just 28 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, so students and faculty get better acquainted than at larger schools. And much like the city itself, USF is incredibly diverse and tolerant. People from all over the world flock to USF, so in coming here, you’re certain to meet students of all ethnicities, religions, and cultures.

USF gives its students the chance to enjoy the intimacy of a small college experience and the big, bright adventures present in a major city. When the campus feels too small or schoolwork becomes too demanding, San Francisco provides an amazing escape. The included MUNI pass makes buses accessible to all students, and as a result, students can take full advantage of the different restaurants, museums, beaches, parks, and nightlife available here in the city. In balancing college life, academics, and the city itself, most students find USF to be a fantastic school set in one of the country’s greatest cities.

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