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About University of San Francisco

There's no better place to launch your life than San Francisco. Here in the birthplace of progress and big ideas you'll find USF, a Jesuit university that for 164 years has fed students' passion to make a difference. Come learn with classmates even more diverse than the city itself. Intern at Tesla or Kiva (or both). Surf and ski on the same day. And study with professors—not TAs—who encourage you to find your voice and use it. USF graduates rank among the top 3% in the U.S. for their earning potential. But they don't only do well in the world. They change it for the better.

University of San Francisco is a private, religious school in an urban setting in San Francisco, California. University of San Francisco was founded in 1855 and now enrolls around 10,068 students a year, including 5,852 undergrads.

University of San Francisco offers housing for up to 2,560 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of University of San Francisco's endowment was $419.92 million For each full-time student, University of San Francisco spends about $17,505. For each full-time professor, there are about 11 undergraduates enrolled at University of San Francisco.

2021 University of San Francisco Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 70%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 52%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 85%
Average GPA 3.5
Mean ACT score 27
Mean SAT score 1235
Tuition $52,920

2022 University of San Francisco Regular Decision Application Deadline

University of San Francisco Early Admission

University of San Francisco offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to University of San Francisco is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
University of San Francisco admits 85% of students that apply early action. 52% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to University of San Francisco.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for University of San Francisco

It is moderately difficult to get into University of San Francisco. In 2021, University of San Francisco accepted 70% of applicants. In 2021, 15,099 out of 21,477 total applicants were accepted.

University of San Francisco Waitlist 2021

University of San Francisco reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of San Francisco?

University of San Francisco is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of San Francisco, applicants must submit the following items.

University of San Francisco Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for University of San Francisco

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into University of San Francisco is 1235. The mean ACT score for University of San Francisco students is 27.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of San Francisco.

Is University of San Francisco Test Optional?

University of San Francisco has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 79% submitted the SAT. 28% submitted the ACT.


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Does University of San Francisco Have Dorms?

Yes! University of San Francisco provides on-campus housing for up to 2,560 students.

University of San Francisco students are active in the school's Kasamahan, Nursing Student Association and Black Student Union.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of San Francisco.

Financial Aid at University of San Francisco

University of San Francisco meets 65% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend University of San Francisco full-time are awarded $40,639 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is University of San Francisco a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of San Francisco

About 74% of students who start at University of San Francisco return the next year. Out of the 1,499 students who started at University of San Francisco as first-time freshman, 951 graduate within four years.

Around 71% of students who started at University of San Francisco earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for University of San Francisco Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $33,226 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of San Francisco sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is University of San Francisco a good school for you?

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Where is University of San Francisco Located?

University of San Francisco is located in the urban setting of San Francisco, California, less than an hour from San Francisco Bay Area.

If you want to see University of San Francisco for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 280/U.S. Highway 101 to San Francisco, or book a flight to the nearest airport, San Francisco International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of San Francisco and San Francisco are like without leaving home.

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College Info

University of San Francisco Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of San Francisco is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of San Francisco is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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University of San Francisco ACT Scores

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ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above

Good

24 to 30

Avg

24 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of San Francisco is 27. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into University of San Francisco. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of San Francisco SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1320

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Math SAT Range

570 - 670

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Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1320 and Above

Good

1150 to 1320

Avg

1150 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of San Francisco students is 1235. Applicants with SAT scores of 1320 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of San Francisco, while applicants with SAT scores between 1150 to 1320 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1150 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of San Francisco.

University of San Francisco Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$71,212

In State

$71,212

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$52,920
$52,920
Fees
$552
$552
Housing
$16,140
$16,140
Books
$1,600
$1,600

Student Life

Wondering what life at University of San Francisco is like? There are approximately 10,068 students enrolled at University of San Francisco, including 5,852 undergraduate students and 4,216 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 76% percent are from CA and 24% percent of students are from other states.

95%

Full Time

5%

Part Time

76%

In State

24%

Out-of-State

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

10,068

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

70%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$53,472

Out-of-State

$53,472

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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