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4 College Freshman

Academics: Some minor improvement could be made, but it's generally great. Depends on your major.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The Learning experience is awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: classes are amazing, faculty is bright and intelligent people who genuinely want to teach and help students grow.

4 College Junior

Academics: I don't think we have much of a choice.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a media studies major is great because they bring in amazing speakers that are quite successful. Some of my teachers produced, directed, and edited big films


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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: 3%
  • Law: 3%
  • 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 117 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 66 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 66 responses

  • 18% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 20% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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