San Francisco, CA
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Some classes are difficult to get, but I've never had a professor refuse to sign me up for a class.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The courses are definitely difficult, but the staff is amazing and so are the internship opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Have yet to meet with an admission advisor.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Somewhere in the health field.

4 College Junior

Academics: As long as you work hard, USF academics are very strong.


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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

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 63 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 66 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 26% Gordon Getty, Alejandro Toledo or Bill Russell
  • 19% Gordon Bowker - co-founder of Starbucks, Redhook
  • 16% Delta Gallagher - CNN journalist
  • 13% Joe Rosenthal - photographer, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 13% Al Madrigal - stand-up comedian/actor
  • 6% Gennifer Hutchison - Assistant writer of BD
  • 6% Kyle Zimmer - Major League Baseball Player



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