#12 Best Private Colleges in California

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

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University of San Francisco overview
Location San Francisco, California
Online usfca.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
University of San Francisco overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of San Francisco (USF) is a private Jesuit university located in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1855, USF stands as one of the oldest higher education institutions on the West Coast. Characterized by its scenic hilltop campus, USF provides students with a picturesque urban setting that overlooks the vibrant cityscape. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, with notable emphasis on business, law, and nursing. Reflecting its Jesuit values, USF prioritizes social justice and ethical responsibility within its curriculum. Its academic environment is competitive, with selective admissions that reflect a commitment to fostering a diverse and capable student body. For those seeking on-campus housing, USF accommodates a significant portion of its student population in residence halls and university-owned apartments. While not renowned for its athletic dominance, USF competes in NCAA Division I sports as the Dons, with a history of past success in basketball.

In the most recent statistical year 23,103 prospective students applied, and 16,444 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,555 enrolled in the school.  7,597 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,091 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $54,980 plus fees of $552. USF is ranked 137 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












USF is rated within the top 25% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
University of San Francisco overview
SAT 1210/1410
ACT 27/31
GPA 3.57

Applications Accepted

University of San Francisco overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of San Francisco
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,152
Other Fees$552
Room and Board $16,550
Budget for Other Expenses$4,620
Total One Year Cost$77,854

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$70,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

70% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of San Francisco students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 34%
Social Sciences 15%
Health Professions 11%
Communication 8%
Psychology 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122612 IPEDS survey data for University of San Francisco.

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