University of San Francisco

University of San Francisco


The University of San Francisco welcomes students from different cultures, lifestyles, and beliefs, making us the sixth-most diverse school in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. But we aren’t diverse for the sake of rankings. By creating a world on a campus, we create the ideal incubator for learning and for fresh ideas. As a result, our students graduate prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing planet. At USF, our Jesuit values inspire us to build a truly inclusive community. Our campus is varied and vibrant, enriched by people of different abilities, ages, colors, creeds, faiths, gender orientations, cultures, nationalities, and family backgrounds. One-third of USF students are the first in their families to attend college. USF students include U.S. military veterans and students from more than 60 countries. They are lifelong learners returning to school and undergraduates just beginning their journeys. They are united by a passion to make a difference. They are a lot like you.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Discover Diversity

The Discover Diversity event, held one day each November, gives underrepresented high school students and their parents a chance to experience our campus community. Our program introduces the resources and opportunities at USF, highlighting the multicultural student experience on campus, in the classroom, and beyond. Come see how we build community and support students on their way to success in college and in life after college. Learn more about Discover Diversity

Summer Bridge & Orientation Muscat Scholars Program

The Muscat Scholars Program, a two-week summer session, gives incoming first-generation first-year students both an academic and social preparation for their first year and beyond at the University of San Francisco. Participants live on campus for two weeks and receive an orientation to San Francisco as well as to the university. They are awarded two units toward graduation. Learn more about Muscat Scholars Program

Academic Advising & Support Academic Advising and Support Centers

The Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA) supports all students on their academic and personal paths. At CASA, students find their university advisers, get guidance on completing forms, and get connected to all kinds of resources, from mentoring to tutoring to career tips. PACT is a support program for undergraduate men of color. In this program, men help each other, hold each other accountable, and promote the following: personal and leadership development, community engagement, programs that enhance the campus climate for men of color, and opportunities to interact with and invite middle-school men of color to the USF campus.

Student Life & Support Diversity Engagement

The USF Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach seeks to promote a campus climate and culture that values diversity in all its forms through inclusive dialogues, interpersonal experiences, and intercultural appreciation.

Student Life & Support Cultural Centers

The Cultural Centers at USF bring students together to increase their understanding, and embrace their roles, as members of a diverse community on the local and global levels. The Cultural Centers include the Gender & Sexuality Center and the Intercultural Center. The centers serve as physical spaces on campus where students build community, and as outlets for student-run programs that explore social issues and identity.

Student Diversity

  • 6,754
  • 37/63
  • 34%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 22%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 21%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 28%
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 17%

Student Success

  • 83%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 71%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 94%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 32%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 497
    Full-time faculty
  • 158
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biology, Nursing, Business, International Studies, Psychology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Arab Student Union, Asian Entrepreneurs Club, Baile Folklorico de San Pancho, Black Student Union, Brother Connection, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Hui ’O Hawai’i, Indian Student Organization, Jewish Student Organization, Kasamahan at USF, Latinas Unidas, MEChA de USF, Queer Alliance


Cost of Attendance

  • $44,040
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $454
    Required Fees
  • $13,990
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $75,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $28,715
    Average aid package
  • $25,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 39%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 55%
    Students with financial need
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 85%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 6%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 15,360
    # of applicants
  • 64%
  • 3.63
    Average HS GPA
  • 26
    ACT Composite
  • 530—620
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 540—640
    SAT Math
  • 520—620
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/15
    Early action application closing date