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San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
6,246
Tuition
$39,840
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Being in San Francisco all the students were extremely diverse. I had friends that came from every background! Whether they were gay, straight, funny, creative, smart; there was every type of person on campus. Every student was also extremely accepting of one another and I never felt out of place, or felt socially competitive with any other students.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Although the dining options have improved since I attended, I am not a big fan of the dining hall. The food was extremely over priced as well as very limited. When studying late at night there was sometimes zero options to choose from. There was also a Peets Coffee, but it was often closed, and again was very limited in what it offered.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: USF has a beautiful campus! Architecturally it is amazing, and you can't beat the location of the campus! USF is a smaller school so there are only a handful of buildings, which makes everything on campus extremely convenient to get to. We had a great library, as well as, a great sports center that offered plenty of fun classes. Although there is not a lot of green space on campus, we were only walking distance from the beautiful Golden Gate Park. In addition, in the center of campus, there is a beautiful Catholic church that holds multiple masses per week, and was also home to my graduation:)

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: For your first year, living in the dorms is excellent! They are very close to classes as well as the dining hall and library, which made late night studying fairly easy. Also, I met some of my best friends in the dorms which made attending USF so much fun! The housing process is also fairly simple; all it requires is selecting the sort of room you would like, and most of the time you are given your first choice.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The professors are eager to place interns throughout the Bay Area. As I said before I worked for the Consulate General of Ireland, which was an unpaid internship that required 10 hours per week. I really enjoyed this opportunity because I learned the more administrative side of public service. In addition, because of the help from professors, internships are extremely easy to find. If you were to tell a professor a vague idea of the sort of office you would like to work in, they would know immediately who and what organization to contact, within seconds. This opportunity also led to me becoming an intern at the County of Orange in Santa Ana, and I am extremely happy that USF made this internship possible for me.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: For my particular program there were no specific criteria for admissions. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, so the admission process merely was my application to USF.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: To be completely honest, the University of San Francisco was not my first choice school, but I couldn't be happier with the decision I made! The small class sizes allowed for me to better engage with my fellow students as well as plenty of one-on-one time with my professors. The professors were always available, whether you wanted to meet with them at their office hours or any time outside of that. Every time I felt that I couldn't quite grasp a subject, I was offered tutoring and an abundance of resources outside of the classroom. The curriculum is also diverse and unique! Many USF classes consisted of being involved in our Bay Area community, and learning to apply our education outside of the classroom. Registration was also fairly easy and I always got the classes that I planned on taking!

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Being an International Studies major, many of classes were heavily focused on politics, law and sociology. The classes required for this major were at times difficult and consisted of large amounts of work, however, I believe it was one of the most rewarding majors. I truly had to work hard for my grades; a large amount of my time was spent writing paper after paper; however, when I would received back graded work, my professors made thousands of marks and critiques which truly was beneficial to my growth as a student. In addition to my standard classes, I was also required to select an internship. For my internship, I worked for the Consulate General of Ireland, which was located in the heart of the Financial District. This opportunity tremendously helped me, as I have been able to use the recommendation I received for many other opportunities, while it has also helped me to build a network within the Bay Area.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: San Francisco has some of the most delicious and eclectic restaurants that you will ever dine at!! Whether you are in the Mission neighborhood, the Inner Richmond, or the Financial District, you can always find a meal that is healthy and reasonable priced. Around campus there are variety of restaurants; great for grabbing a quick bite or going out for a night on the town! I can't get enough of the food in San Francisco! Although there are not many places that offer student discounts, you will not be disappointed with the options you have!

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: USF had readily available public safety officers that would gladly give you rides home if you ever felt unsafe. They also sent out alerts and warnings via email if there was ever an incident that occurred on or around campus. However, living in a city such as San Francisco, there were a fair share of robberies that occurred late night around the perimeter of our campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics was not a huge focus for USF, however, there was a large amount of advertising for games which made them more fun to attend.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There was a very small Greek life when I attended USF. There were small fundraisers and occasional events but very few people attended.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really am loving USF so far and everything in the city is very accessible. I also think the academics is very strong.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You have to be the one going to go find all the resources.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Difficult to find, but possible to find great off campus housing options. Definitely need roommates to split the cost.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have not felt insecure walking on campus in the day or night.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our school lacks school spirit and promotion of varsity sports and club sports. I wish our sports were a bigger part of campus life.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to explore in the heart of San Francisco. You can try new restaurants in the city to take a break from on-campus food.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I think San Francisco is the best city in the world.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are modern, clean, and easy on the eyes.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our school has a diverse culture.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Since I am not 21 I would not know anything about this.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still have not lived off campus, but I am currently looking for an apartment, and it is difficult.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The one I'm in really concentrates on helping out the community.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Honestly after a month yo just get tired of the same food.

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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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