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University of San Francisco

San Francisco, United States


Business, Management, Marketing, Health Professions, Social Sciences; Psychology, Communication

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History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of San Francisco (USF) is a Jesuit university that was established in October 1855. The university is located in San Francisco, California, USA. In order to celebrate its diamond jubilee in 1930, St. Ignatius College's name was changed to the University of San Francisco. The change from college to university was sought by many alumni groups and by long-time San Francisco Mayor James Rolph Jr. Founded by the Jesuits like St. Ignatius Academy in 1855, the university began as a single-room schoolhouse which after some time turned into downtown San Francisco. The university became fully co-educational in 1964, allowing women to enrol in all majors. In 1978, USF purchased Lone Mountain, bringing the total campus area to 55 acres. The State of California granted the college a charter in 1859. The University of San Francisco has academic affiliations with AJCU, ACCU, and NAICU and religious affiliations with Roman Catholic (Jesuit). The University ranks between #1000-1200 in QS World University Rankings 2022 and #154th in US College Rankings 2022 by the Times Higher Education.

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

San Francisco's main campus is known as 'Hilltop' and the university has four other campuses that have more than 27 academic, administrative, residence, and entertainment buildings. The university has more than 120 student organizations and clubs open to all students. University participates in the NCAA Division I and has about 26 Intramural and Club Sports. The University of San Francisco provides 43 majors, and 71 minors for international students. Moreover, students can also pursue 8 dual degrees, 7 special programs, and 2 programs at additional campuses. The popular courses at the University of San Francisco include MBA and PhD programs. Postgraduate degrees at University are spread across science, arts, and commerce faculties. Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Doctor of Psychology are some of the doctoral level programs at the University of San Francisco.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

The University of San Francisco has been accredited by various prestigious organizations like the American Bar Association (ABA), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International (AACSB), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The University is certified by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for non-immigrant students and is approved by organizations like the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN-CA). The notable alumni of the University are Katherine B. Aguon - educator and politician, Angela Alioto, politician, and attorney, Ricardo J. Bordallo, former Governor of Guam and London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The University of San Francisco values diversity in all its dimensions. The University has more than 10,600 student enrolments of which about 6,500 are undergraduate students, and about 4,000 are postgraduates with more than 1,100 faculty within the premises. They have more than 1,700 students in total as international students hailing from all over the world on the campus. The male to female ratio is 37:63 at the University of San Francisco making it a fairly gender-balanced university. Some of the leading recruiters at this institute are Walmart, Tesla, General Electric, and others.

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