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University of San Francisco Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto University of San Francisco, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application is $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Considering Applying Early to University of San Francisco?

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.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! University of San Francisco will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 14.

The early decision acceptance rate at University of San Francisco is 52%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 70%. University of San Francisco accepts about 85% of early action applicants* and 70% all applicants for all deadlines.. Last year,, University of San Francisco admitted 100 of the 193 students who applied early decison. Last year, University of San Francisco 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

Getting into University of San Francisco is moderately difficult. University of San Francisco evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, University of San Francisco accepted 70% of all applicants., around 15,099 of the 21,477 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of San Francisco, 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 University of San Francisco Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of San Francisco

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

University of San Francisco Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to University of San Francisco must submit the following items. Double check with University of San Francisco'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
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of San Francisco?

Students admitted to University of San Francisco have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 24.3% submitted a class rank. At University of San Francisco 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%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of San Francisco, students 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%
University of San Francisco does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

University of San Francisco is a test optional school. 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 University of San Francisco'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 University of San Francisco?

To be competitive with other University of San Francisco applicants, you should strive to earn between 1150 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of San Francisco 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 University of San Francisco student is 1235.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of San Francisco 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 University of San Francisco students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for University of San Francisco?

To be most competitive at University of San Francisco, 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 University of San Francisco'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 University of San Francisco students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

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Transferring to University of San Francisco

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of San Francisco.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 University of San Francisco during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

University of San Francisco Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of San Francisco?

Students who are admitted to University of San Francisco must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does University of San Francisco accept transfer credits?

University of San Francisco accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of San Francisco accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does University of San Francisco accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

University of San Francisco accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of San Francisco?

No, University of San Francisco is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is University of San Francisco's acceptance rate?

University of San Francisco's acceptance rate is [rate]%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of San Francisco?

University of San Francisco's early decision acceptance rate was 52% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at University of San Francisco?

The early action acceptance rate at University of San Francisco was 85% in 2021.

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University of San Francisco Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

70%

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

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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

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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.54

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of San Francisco, 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.

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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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