University of San Francisco Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, & More

University of San Francisco
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The University of San Francisco had an acceptance rate of 71 percent in 2016 and admitted students generally have grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. The university has a holistic admissions process and your essay and extracurricular activities will be considered by the admissions folks. The university also likes to see applicants who have gone beyond the minimum requirements for high school coursework. Advanced Placement, IB, Honors, and Dual enrollment classes all help demonstrate your college readiness. USF uses the Common Application.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • University of San Francisco Acceptance Rate: 71 percent
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for USF Admissions
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510 / 620
    • SAT Math: 520 / 630
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 23 / 28
    • ACT English: 23 / 30
    • ACT Math: 23 / 28
    • ACT Writing: - / -

University of San Francisco Description

Founded in 1855, the University of San Francisco is a private Jesuit university located right in the heart of San Francisco. The university takes pride in its Jesuit tradition and emphasizes service learning, global awareness, diversity and environmental sustainability. USF offers students numerous international opportunities including 50 study abroad programs in 30 countries. The university has an average class size of 28 and a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio. The sciences, social sciences, and business fields are extremely popular among undergraduates. In athletics, the USF Dons compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 11,003 (6,745 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38 percent male / 62 percent female
  • 96 percent full-time

Costs (2016–17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,494
  • Books: $1,600 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,990
  • Other Expenses: $3,800
  • Total Cost: $63,884

University of San Francisco Financial Aid (2015–16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 78 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 77 percent
    • Loans: 46 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $26,105
    • Loans: $8,003

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Applied Economics, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Finance, Marketing, Nursing, Organizational Behavior Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 17 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 62 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track, and Field
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf

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University of San Francisco Mission Statement

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"The core mission of the University is to promote learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The University offers undergraduate, graduate and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.

The University will distinguish itself as a diverse, socially responsible learning community of high-quality scholarship and academic rigor sustained by a faith that does justice. The University will draw from the cultural, intellectual and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area and its location on the Pacific Rim to enrich and strengthen its educational programs."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics