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4 College Junior

Facilities: I think that there is a fair amount of green space and good student places.

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 College Sophomore

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

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities and academic programs are wonderful. The facilities are top notch, especially the new science building. And the school has really well developed academic programs. All of SF is like part of the school's campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is okay. It's a rather small school, so social life is rather limited. However, many options are still available for students to get involved in various activities.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 75th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 190th
    Best Library
  • 322nd
    Best Student Centers
  • 349th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 918th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Huntington, New York
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
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USF is set in one of the most diverse cities in the country, with its campus being every bit as beautiful as the setting itself. Lone Mountain boasts gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, downtown, the Pacific Ocean, and the color tops of many eclectic neighborhoods in the city. On campus itself, you’ll find beautiful flowers, cherry blossom trees, and exotic foliage planted by students and groundskeepers alike. Though many buildings on campus have recently been refurbished, most are eye-catching and distinctive. However, students tend to complain about the interiors of older residence halls, which aren’t typically aesthetically pleasing. St. Ignatius Church, located right at the corner of Main Campus, is known for its unique beauty and its sense of community.

The War Memorial Gym has recently been renovated, in addition to ongoing renovations around Harney. In addition, USF hopes to improve the parking situation in the next few years, wanting desperately to add needed parking spaces around campus. The University is also looking for more ways to improve pedestrian walkways, which will be another important, yet costly, venture. USF is always looking for ways to spruce up facilities on campus, in order to make things more efficient, but also more attractive.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
55 acres
Student Centers
The University Center (UC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Dorraine Zief Law Library
  • Gleeson Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Crossroads Café
  • Harney Plaza
  • Lawn in front of Gleeson Library
  • On the hill in front of Lone Mountain
  • UC Parina lounge
  • Wolf & Kettle Café
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Crossroads Café, located in the basement of the UC building
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but there are often film events held on campus.
"Green" Initiatives
"Green" initiatives are important on campus, with courses being offered on the topic, as well as outreach beyond the classroom through the form of clubs and committees.
School Slang
  • Dead Hour: Lunchtime (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) when no classes are held
  • Flexi: The meal plan itself or meal plan dollars
  • Harney 240: (or 240) Location of the Arts & Sciences Dean's office
  • ITS: Information Technology Services (these are the people to go to with computer and network problems or questions)
  • On the Hill: On Lone Mountain
  • Resident minister: Each residence hall has at least one or two in each building; they serve as inspirational leaders and support students with whatever problems they might have.
  • SI: Usually refers to St. Ignatius Church, but can also mean the St. Ignatius Institute
  • The UC: The University Center, located at the heart of Main Campus
  • World Fare: An alternative name for the Market cafeteria
Urban Legends
  • Lone Mountain is haunted by the ghost of a nun who killed herself after being impregnated by a priest.
  • Students at USF are the snobs of the college scene in San Francisco, due to the high price of tuition, private status of the school, and all of the wealthy kids that attend.
  • USF was built on top of a cemetery and not all of the bodies were moved.
Favorite Things To Do
Students at USF can grab a latte or smoothie on their way to class, a bite to eat in almost every building, work out, swim in an Olympic-sized pool, and hear live music all before the sun sets. At night, students can study in the library atrium, check out a student production, or watch a movie on a silver screen in Harney Plaza. On warmer days, most students like to eat lunch outside in Harney Plaza. If it's not raining, the plaza will occasionally feature a live band or DJ, giving students and faculty a musical break between classes. Vendors also use this popular plaza to sell items like jewelry, scarves, and handmade clothing. A student-run farmers' market sets up shop in the plaza a couple of times a year, too. The computer labs are usually pretty crowded, and most students like to hang out in the UC or Wolf & Kettle up in Lone Mountain to study and socialize.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are just over 100 clubs and organizations at USF. They vary in focus, such as academic, cultural, service, social, and special interest. There's WORD Poetry Club, USFtv, the Foghorn (USF's student-run newspaper), Global Medical Brigade, and many more. Most students participate in at least one club, though organizations as a whole are not especially compelling to the average USF student. It's not difficult to start a new club (all it takes is a meeting and some paperwork), but most students don't care enough to do so.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 75 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 8 responses

  • 24% Crossroads Café
  • 24% My room, netflix is a good friend
  • 20% Lawn in front of Gleeson Library
  • 20% UC Parina lounge
  • 8% Smoking Garden
  • 4% Harney Plaza
  • 0% Wolf & Kettle Café
  • 0% On the hill in front of Lone Mountain

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 27% Gleeson Library front desk
  • 18% Resident adviser
  • 18% On-campus tutor
  • 9% Graphic Centre
  • 9% Lifeguard at Koret
  • 9% FYIT Tutor
  • 9% Jobs in Lone Mountain

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% ...maybe getting a bacon cheeseburger with an egg?
  • 25% Basketball games
  • 25% The concerts
  • 12% Smoking Garden
  • 12% Enjoying the outdoors in the lawn areas

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 37% Go to any of the districts of san francisco
  • 26% Clubbing
  • 21% Bars
  • 16% Asian food!

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 60% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 80 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 28% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 39% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 31% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 79 responses

  • 9% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 20% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 46% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 25% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% A nun hung herself from Lone Mountain
  • 50% Lone Mountain is haunted!

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 89% Cafeteria jobs
  • 11% Public Safety assistant



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