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USF Admissions

If you want to apply to USF, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the application fee is $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

USF Admissions Stats at a Glance

USF 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 34.7%
Mean SAT Score 1235
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 79%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 28%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to USF?

University of San Francisco offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! USF will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 14.

The early decision acceptance rate at USF is 52%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 70%. USF accepts about 85% of early action applicants and 70% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, USF admitted 100 of the 193 students who applied early decision. Last year, USF admitted 4,538 of the 5,332 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of San Francisco

It is moderately difficult to get into USF. USF evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, USF accepted 70% of students, around 15,099 of the 21,477 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like USF, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does USF Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at USF

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

USF Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to USF must submit the following items. Double check with USF's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into USF?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to USF have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5

Out of all students that were admitted, 24.3% submitted a class rank. At USF 34.7% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 72.9% were in the top 25% and 94.6% were in the top 50%.

At University of San Francisco, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 24.3%
3.75 and 3.99 20.25%
3.50 and 3.74 21.21%
3.25 and 3.49 19.28%
3.00 and 3.24 17.18%
2.50 and 2.9 8.33%
2.00 and 2.49 0.09%

USF considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

USF is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 79% of USF's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 28% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for USF?

To be competitive with other USF applicants, you should strive to earn between 1150 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At USF 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1150, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a USF student is 1235.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of USF students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of USF students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for USF?

To be most competitive at USF, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for USF's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for USF students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of San Francisco

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to USF. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in USF during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

USF Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to USF?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to USF.

Does USF accept transfer credits?

USF accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. USF accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does USF accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

USF accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to USF?

No, USF is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is USF's acceptance rate?

USF's acceptance rate is 70%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at USF?

USF's early decision acceptance rate was 52% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at USF?

The early action acceptance rate at USF was 85% in 2021.

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USF Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into USF? USF is a somewhat selective institution. The USF acceptance rate is 70%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.



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USF Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to USF is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to USF is Continuous processing.

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

USF ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


24 to 30


24 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to USF is 27. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into USF. 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.

USF SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1320


Math SAT Range

570 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1320 and Above


1150 to 1320


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for USF students is 1235. Applicants with SAT scores of 1320 and above have a good chance of being admitted to USF, 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 USF.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At USF, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.54. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

* Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.

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