University of San Francisco Summary

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Basic Statistics

San Francisco, CA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
60 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Diverse student body
  • Accessibility of professors
  • San Francisco!
  • MUNI pass included in tuition

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The 100-plus stairs up to Lone Mountain
  • High cost of tuition
  • Lack of school spirit in athletics
  • Difficulty finding parking

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

USF Student Reviews

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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