It is moderately difficult to get into University of San Francisco. The acceptance rate at University of San Francisco is 71%. Last year, 22,372 students applied to University of San Francisco and 15,867 were admitted.
If you are considering submitting an application to University of San Francisco, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee costs $70.
Students who apply to University of San Francisco for fall should anticipate a decision by March 15.
Here's an overiew of some of University of San Francisco's admissions stats.
|University of San Francisco 2023||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.6|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||33.44%|
|Mean SAT Score||1304|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||17%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||11%|
These are the application deadlines for University of San Francisco.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||Yes||November 1||December 1|
|Early Decision II||–||–||–|
|Early Action||Yes||November 1||December 14|
|Regular Decision||Yes||1 15||March 15|
University of San Francisco offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.
🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.
🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. 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 60%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 71%.
University of San Francisco accepts around 85% of early action applicants and 71% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, University of San Francisco admitted 78 of the 130 students who applied early decision. Last year, University of San Francisco admitted 5,731 of the 6,712 who applied early action.
Some students apply early to college to boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.
USF is a moderately difficult school to get into. USF evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2022, USF accepted 71% of all applicants, about 15,867 from 22,372 applicants.
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.
It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
University of San Francisco has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
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 strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.
What does University of San Francisco consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
Make sure to check with University of San Francisco for more information on admission factors.
To apply to University of San Francisco, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with University of San Francisco's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||–||2.5||–||–|
|Transcript(S) of College Record||–||–||–||–|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||1||–||–||–|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√||–||–||–|
|Transcript of High School Record||√||–||–||–|
Students admitted to University of San Francisco have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.
Out of all students that were admitted, 22.45% submitted a class rank. At University of San Francisco 33.44% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 67.79% were in the top 25% and 95.09% were in the top 50%.
At University of San Francisco, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||23%|
|3.50 and 3.74||21.28%|
|3.25 and 3.49||19.7%|
|3.00 and 3.24||17.77%|
|2.50 and 2.9||4.2%|
|2.00 and 2.49||0.07%|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of San Francisco directly.
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. 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.
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 2022, 17% of University of San Francisco's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other University of San Francisco applicants, you should aim to score between 1200 and 1370 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of San Francisco 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1370 and 25% of scored lower than 1200, 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 1304.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of San Francisco students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of San Francisco students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.
To be most competitive at University of San Francisco, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of San Francisco's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.
A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of San Francisco students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.
For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of San Francisco.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. 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
• Winter Term
• Spring Term
• Winter Term
• Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to University of San Francisco?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of San Francisco.
Does University of San Francisco accept transfer credits?
✅ University of San Francisco accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of San Francisco accepts:
• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES
Does University of San Francisco accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ University of San Francisco accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) 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 whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting 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 has an acceptance rate of 71%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of San Francisco?
✅ University of San Francisco's early decision acceptance rate was 60% 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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How hard is it to get into USF? USF is a somewhat selective institution. The USF acceptance rate is 71%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to USF is Jan 15.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to USF is Mar 1.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1370 and Above
1200 to 1370
1200 and Less
The median SAT score for USF students is 1304. Applicants with SAT scores of 1370 and above have a good chance of being admitted to USF, while applicants with SAT scores between 1200 to 1370 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1200 have a low chance of being offered a spot at USF.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At USF, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.57. 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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