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USF Admission Requirements

San Francisco, California

Chances of getting into University of San Francisco

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
64.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of San Francisco
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into USF and can I get accepted? The school has a 65% acceptance rate ranking it #63 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 11,885 out of 18,411 applicants were admitted making USF a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent. University of San Francisco typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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USF SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1330
Applicants Submitting SAT
72%
SAT Scores for University of San Francisco
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for University of San Francisco
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1330
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of San Francisco?

University of San Francisco typically requires applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1030. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. The school ranks #26 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of San Francisco admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1330 and Above Good >76%
1230 to 1330 Avg + 65%-76%
1130 to 1230 Avg - 52%-65%
1030 to 1130 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 1030 Low <39%
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USF ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
36%
ACT Scores for University of San Francisco
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University of San Francisco
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into USF?

Admission data indicates that USF regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #27 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of San Francisco.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of San Francisco admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >76%
26 to 29 Avg + 65%-76%
23 to 26 Avg - 52%-65%
20 to 23 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 20 Low <39%
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USF GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.61
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of San Francisco?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into USF. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of San Francisco was 3.61 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #30 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as USF accepts 65% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of San Francisco students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 38% Good
3.50 to 3.75 25% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 19% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 13% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

71% of University of San Francisco freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of San Francisco students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 33%
Top 25% of class 71%
Top 50% of class 94%
Bottom 50% of class 6%
Bottom 25% of class 1%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of San Francisco admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,437 5,974 18,411
Accepted 7,918 3,967 11,885
Acceptance Rate 64% 66% 65%
Enrolled 994 548 1,542
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 14% 13%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of San Francisco and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of San Francisco Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of San Francisco
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
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University of the Pacific

Stockton, California

P
Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, California

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University of San Diego

San Diego, California

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

FAQs

Does University of San Francisco prefer SAT or ACT?

72% of students submit their SAT scores to USF. 36% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of San Francisco?

65% of those who apply are granted admission to USF. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of San Francisco?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1130 and 1330. 72% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of San Francisco?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 36% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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