University Of San Francisco
University Of San Francisco (USF as it is called for short) is a private Jesuit university located in San Francisco, California. The Society of Jesus also known as Jesuit is a religious order of the Catholic Church headquartered in Rome. They founded the USF in 1855 as St. Ignatius Academy. The institution started as a one-room schoolhouse along Market Street in what will later become downtown San Francisco. Father Anthony Maraschi, S.J. served as founder, first president, professor, treasurer, and first pastor of St. Ignatius Church. Under his leadership, the then Academy received its charter to issue college degrees in April of 1859 from the state of California. Following the charter, the institution’s name became St. Ignatius College up until 1930 when in celebration of its diamond jubilee it assumed the name of University of San Francisco. USF was male-only from its inception in 1855 until 1964 when it became fully coeducational.
The USF which has been in existence for over one century has over the years through dedication and sheer hard work achieved the feat of being ranked as a top university in the United States.
By being ranked as a top university in the United States, it is crystal clear that the USF is a prestigious institution as schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence such as graduation and retention rate, class size index, graduation rate performance, undergraduate academic reputation, and many other contributory factors.
Some of the rankings of USF include:
- #103 in National Universities
- #146 in Best Colleges for Veterans
- #88 in Best Value Schools
- #113 in Top Performers on Social Mobility, and many more.
USF Acceptance Rate and Admission Requirements
Judging by its acceptance rate, the selectivity status of the USF is “selective” with an acceptance rate of 70%. The high acceptance rate notwithstanding, the admission requirements and process entirely are stiff as the school primarily admits applicants who make B+ and above.
To be considered for possible admission, an applicant is required to have a minimum 3.61 GPA on the 4.0 scale and to also score between 1140 and 1330 in SAT or an ACT score of 24 and 30.
As an institution that is committed to building people both in character and in learning, the USF in addition to the aforementioned requirements also requires intending students to have developed themselves in areas of intelligence, judgment, humility, maturity, selflessness, collaboration, and other unique qualities and skills.
If you are considering applying to be admitted into USF, doing the following in addition to meeting basic admission requirements will boost your chances of getting admitted:
*Show how you have taken advantage of opportunities available to you
*Portray who you are in your community. Keep in mind that the term ‘community’ doesn’t refer only to your physical environment or neighborhood. Its meaning spans across people you identify with such as both formal and informal groups you have become a part of throughout your life.
*Describe what you will do outside of academics, especially as regards how you will contribute to the institution’s Jesuit mission of social responsibility and being people for others.
Students who are applying to certain programs may be required to meet certain specific requirements.
Popular Majors At USF
The USF in addition to its main Hilltop Campus has other campuses which include: the USF Downtown San Francisco Campus, the Orange County Campus, the Pleasanton Campus, the Presidio Campus, the Sacramento Campus, and the San Jose Campus.
Through this array of campuses, the USF offers over 115 majors and minors, over 100 study abroad options, a variety of honors programs, over 60 master’s, doctoral, and other credential programs aimed at fostering intellectual and professional growth for students of the institution.
The tons of programs notwithstanding, the popular majors at USF include:
- Marketing and Related Support Services
- Health Professions and Related Programs
- Social Sciences
- Journalism and Related Programs
- Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
- Natural Resources and Conservation
Academic Activities at USF
USF has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1 with 46.1% of its classes having fewer than 20 students. Based on the above statistics, it can be deduced that students at USF learn in a more intimate environment.
In USF, academic work is not limited to the classroom. Students also learn through their membership in the various Student Clubs and Organizations functional in the school. Also, students are encouraged to take part in various extracurricular activities.
USF Tuition and Fees
The tuition at USF is calculated on a per-credit basis. Thus, undergraduate students with fewer than 12 or more than 18 units are charged $1,960 per credit putting their annual tuition at $54,980 at the rate of $27,490 per semester. Although the per credit cost for Graduate students is $1,555, the total annual tuition varies considerably depending on the program. In programs like Nursing and Health Profession, Management, Law, and Education, there is no fixated cost per credit as each course has its distinct price.
The above figures are strictly for tuition asides from which students still have to pay for the cost of room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses including dining. While the cost of other fees may be fixated, the amount a student will pay for the board and dining particularly depends entirely on the type of room and the meal plan the student wishes to pay for. A student will therefore pay an average of $73,872 per annum (needless to add “or more.”)
USF Financial Aid
Going by its tuition and fees, it’s pretty much obvious that USF is an expensive school. Being fully aware that not all students can afford the tuition and fees, and as a way of ensuring that money is not the reason deserving students do not attend, USF has various financial aid packages to assist its students. While some aids are merit-based and are awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performances, others are need-based aids awarded to students who have shown financial incapacity irrespective of their academic records. In the same vein, scholarships, grants, and some other aid packages are not meant to be paid while loans are expected to be paid back after graduation. Some of the aid packages USF offers its students are:
- USF Grants and Scholarships
- Federal and State Grants
- Federal Work-Study
- Outside Scholarships
- Veterans Benefits
- Tuition Remission
- 529 College Savings Plans
For more information about finances, visit the school’s financial aid page on www.usfca.edu.
USF and International Students
With an estimated 1,700 international students from across the globe, it is a no-brainer that USF welcomes applicants and intending students irrespective of their country of origin. Because USF follows discriminatory tuition pricing, it naturally follows that international students will pay more than their local counterparts.
Although international students may not qualify for a full-tuition merit scholarship and not be eligible to apply for certain aids, the USF also several financial aid packages for their international students as well.
We hope the information you have acquired from reading this piece will help make your admission process as less stressful as possible.