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University of San Francisco Overview

University of San Francisco is a private not-for-profit institution located in San Francisco, California. San Francisco is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of San Francisco Known For?

1,634 Undergraduate Awards
$52,472 Avg Cost After Aid
66% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at USFCA is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at USFCA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 42% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, USFCA bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $62,300 a year. That's about 53% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average USFCA student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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University of San Francisco Rankings

USFCA is ranked #407 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #40 out of 220 schools in California.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

USFCA has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#128 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#353 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at USFCA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Multilingual Education Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Natural Resources Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Human Resource Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Health & Physical Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#121 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards USFCA has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#35 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#48 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#52 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#53 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#125 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is University of San Francisco?

Location of University of San Francisco

Contact details for USFCA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Phone: 415-422-5555
Website: https://www.usfca.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/University.of.San.Francisco
Twitter: http://twitter.com/USFCA

How Do I Get Into USFCA?

You can apply to USFCA online at: https://www.usfca.edu/admission/undergraduate/apply

Admission Requirements for USFCA

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USFCA?

66% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
71% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at USFCA is 66%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 66%.

Average Test Scores

About 71% of students accepted to USFCA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of San Francisco  ( 560 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of San Francisco  ( 540 to 650 )
200
800
USFCA received ACT scores from 48% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 22 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for University of San Francisco  ( 22 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of San Francisco  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of San Francisco  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of San Francisco?

$52,472 Net Price
60% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USFCA is $52,472. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At USFCA, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $8,153 a year. That adds up to $32,612 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USFCA is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of San Francisco Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,345 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,577 undergraduate students at USFCA, with 6,345 being full-time and 232 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  USFCA

There are also 4,059 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,345 full-time undergraduates at USFCA, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  USFCA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of San Francisco students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of USFCA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,526
Black or African American 301
Hispanic or Latino 1,365
White 1,595
International Students 868
Other Races/Ethnicities 690

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of San Francisco. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 100 countries are represented at USFCA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Indonesia.

Online Learning at University of San Francisco

190 Took All Classes Online
516 Took At Least One Class Online
-12.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 516 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at USFCA has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 145th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of USFCA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of San Francisco was -12.5%. This is the #2,597 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USFCA regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of USFCA majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 12%
Nursing 6%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 62%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at USFCA ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at USFCA.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Medical Illustration & Informatics #39
Teaching English or French #69
Public Administration #116
Health & Physical Education #120
Public Health #122
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #137
Instructional Media Design #142
Teacher Education Subject Specific #236
Public Administration & Social Service #253

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of San Francisco Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 233 0 210 23 466
Business Administration & Management 169 0 112 0 281
Finance & Financial Management 141 0 0 0 141
Health & Physical Education 45 0 96 0 141
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 130 0 130
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 130 0 130
Communication & Media Studies 104 0 21 0 125
Entrepreneurial Studies 46 0 75 0 121
General Education 0 0 120 0 120
General Psychology 112 0 0 8 120
Law 0 0 0 118 118
Public Health 2 0 114 0 116
Marketing 93 0 0 0 93
Computer Science 52 0 33 0 85
Natural Resources Conservation 35 0 39 0 74
Public Administration 3 0 65 0 68
Accounting 67 0 0 0 67
Economics 36 0 25 0 61
General Biology 54 0 0 0 54
Educational Administration 0 0 47 7 54
Human Resource Management 5 0 42 0 47
International Business 43 0 0 0 43
Public Relations & Advertising 36 0 3 0 39
General English Literature 39 0 0 0 39
International Relations & National Security 39 0 0 0 39
Sociology 38 0 0 0 38
Legal Research 0 0 37 0 37
International Studies 0 0 37 0 37
Political Science & Government 36 0 0 0 36
Writing Studies 0 0 27 0 27
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 24 2 26
Chemistry 21 0 5 0 26
Computer Information Systems 3 0 21 0 24
Area Studies 9 0 15 0 24
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 24 0 24
Fine & Studio Arts 24 0 0 0 24
Hospitality Management 23 0 0 0 23
Museum Studies 0 0 22 0 22
Biotechnology 0 0 20 0 20
Teaching English or French 0 0 20 0 20
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 20 0 20
Multilingual Education 0 0 13 4 17
General Visual & Performing Arts 17 0 0 0 17
General Architecture 16 0 0 0 16
History 16 0 0 0 16
Design & Applied Arts 16 0 0 0 16
Data Processing 15 0 0 0 15
Special Education 0 0 15 0 15
Urban Studies 4 0 9 0 13
Philosophy 12 0 0 0 12
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 8 0 8
Mathematics 7 0 0 0 7
Physics 7 0 0 0 7
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 6 0 6
Human Services 0 0 6 0 6
Theological & Ministerial Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Business/Managerial Economics 3 0 0 0 3
Mental & Social Health Services 0 1 0 2 3
East Asian Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 2 0 0 0 2
Romance Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Management Information Systems 1 0 0 0 1
Graphic Communications 1 0 0 0 1
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 1 1
Instructional Media Design 0 0 1 0 1
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,634 1 1,592 165 3,392

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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