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Reviews 1663 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of San Francisco is so caring about each student. You don't just feel like another student, all the faculty and teachers treat you like an adult who is responsible for their actions but are always willing to help you. The surrounding environment is welcoming and the facilities are beyond amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love the location of the school, the fact that its a private Catholic institution, and that all of its faculty/staff have a sincere concern for the success of their students

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: So many resources at your disposal, take advantage.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you want to get into Greek life it's all up to you. Greek life isn't big at USF probably because we don't have a Greek Row.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Koret center is really nice. The pool is pretty big and there are a couple different work out/gym areas in the center.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off campus housing is a huge struggle. The school doesn't really help and living in the city is expensive.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We're in SF a huge city so there are tons of options for what you want to eat.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration is pretty relaxed when it comes to dorm/social life. They kind of leave you to yourself as long as you don't cause problems.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The school lacks diversity in food. It's the same stations breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a merit based scholarship based on my grades coming into college but outside of that I didn't get any other financial aid. Really recommend applying for outside scholarships.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus are pretty old with the exception of Phelan and Lone Mountain. And the rooms are pretty small so living as a triple can be cramped at times.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Help through school is poor.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: It's hard to go out when you're underage.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's a little far but good!

3 College Junior

Administration: It depends on where you are and when you are.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: Overpriced and unhealthy; same old food with no variety

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is bad about answering the phone.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Gillson Hall was good but needs updates.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus right now and I really like the freedom. I can honestly say that finding off-campus housing is not only difficult, but competitive. It's a hinderance to students trying to find their first off-campus residency that many landlords don't take students seriously and often require the presence of a co-signer and detailed documentation before even considering them.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are almost always parties going on. Not very many on-campus but definitely a lot off campus, you just have to know people and sometimes, parties are just announced on social media.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I think I would rather eat off campus all the time if I could, but finding the time to go get food off-campus between classes is really hard unless you go to chain restaurants.

3 College Junior

Administration: I always see people getting in trouble for smoking on campus at spots where no one goes through and it feel like, they're not blowing smoke in my face, so what does it matter? People, especially freshman, get in trouble with alcohol infractions in the dorms and my friend got in trouble for getting really drunk off campus and going to the hospital for alcohol poisoning just because he was on the school's health insurance.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Best advice I can give anyone thinking about getting aid is to apply early and to make sure everything has been processed correctly.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: I actually worked in the cafeteria for a while and the food is so overpriced sometimes I felt like I was ripping people off when I was cashiering. Also, since most students are on the flexi plan, they don't even notice how much money they're really spending until they've used it all up and can't pay for their entire meal.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in Gilson and it was not the newest building, but the people were great. The front desk receptionists were very nice. Sometimes the elevators broke down. My room was rather small, but since I only had one roommate, it was pretty well decided and we managed to get through the year without too much discord. If I could choose a dorm to live in, it would be Phelan. I live off-campus now, but living on campus wan't terrible. Getting to classes in the morning was so easy and I was never late to class that way. Also, most of the dorms are really close to the cafeteria, so it's easy to get food at any time. With the flexi plan, I basically gained 15lbs. my first year.


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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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