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1 College Freshman

Academics: They say "Academic Standards Steeper than this hill" However the academics suck. The classes are too easy and I do not feel challenged.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Academics fairly good but not overly fantastic

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I've had a great experience for the most part. My foreign language class right 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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors I've had have all been great. The workload is manageable and there is a big emphasis on making sure students get jobs right after graduation.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Very rigorous, and well taught

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Best Course Variety
  • 61st
    Most Available Classes
  • 90th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 267th
    Smartest Professors
  • 297th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Huntington, New York
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
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Most students come to the University of San Francisco for the city itself. But with modern, extensive facilities and dedicated professors from an impressive array of disciplines, students come away with great courses in specialized departments. The most popular majors are that of business/marketing and social sciences, though the nursing program is rigorous, as are the physical science majors. However, many students come to USF for liberal arts-based majors. The University also provides many ways to make the most of your time and tuition money while attending USF, particularly with the dual-degree program in education and the 4+3 law program, the latter of which enables students to minor in legal studies (and with suitable LSAT scores, students are offered automatic admission into USF’s law school).

Academics are certainly not every student’s main concern, but USF is by no means a party school. The University boasts many compelling guest lecturers, student video screenings, poetry readings, etc. In this respect, academics carry over into most aspects of campus life, even recreational activities and off-campus events like student-produced plays and writing workshops. With facilities like the on-campus writing center and computer labs placed throughout Main Campus, students can easily get help with papers, projects, foreign language tutoring, and more. A benefit of USF’s small population is the attention paid to details and to students. The average class size is anywhere from 15 to 25 students, though lectures often have more. All the resources are there; students can easily find opportunities for academic success at USF.

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 49%
  • 20 to 49 students: 48%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Management
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Counseling Psychology: 2%
  • Law: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Washington semester
Best Places to Study
  • Crossroads CafĂ©
  • Gleeson Library
  • Lone Mountain
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend guest lectures on campus and Lone Mountain readings.
  • Get involved with any and all clubs and organizations that interest you.
  • Go to class and participate.
  • If you can help it, don't bring a car to USF.
  • Take advantage of on-campus events highlighting diversity and learn about cultures other than your own.
  • Take advantage of your professors' office hours, email, and accessibility.
  • Use your free membership at Koret.
  • Use your MUNI pass!
  • Use your USFconnect email account, and check it often!
Did You Know?
  • USF is ranked in the top 15 of national universities for student diversity and international student enrollment.
  • The Thacher Gallery in Gleeson Library features up to five exhibits a year with art from students as well as local and international artists.
  • USF's performing arts and social justice major is the only undergraduate program of its kind in the nation.
  • Gordon Bowker, a USF alumnus, co-founded Starbucks.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 63 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 66 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 24% Gordon Bowker - co-founder of Starbucks, Redhook
  • 20% Delta Gallagher - CNN journalist
  • 20% Gordon Getty, Alejandro Toledo or Bill Russell
  • 16% Al Madrigal - stand-up comedian/actor
  • 12% Joe Rosenthal - photographer, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 8% Gennifer Hutchison - Assistant writer of BD



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