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University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco — a premier Jesuit university — is a reflection of the inclusive, inspirational, innovative city that surrounds it. We provide students from all backgrounds an education that is intensely personal and intellectually demanding.

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  • The University of San Francisco, the city's first university, was established by the Jesuits in October 1855.When the original college, known as St. Ignatius Academy, opened its doors to its first class, three students showed up—that number grew to 65 by 1858. The State of California granted the college a charter in 1859.


Our style of education is deeply challenging and personal, where students and faculty work together to create an experiential academic environment. The result is a unique culture of mutual accountability between you and your professors.At the University of San Francisco, we’re not teaching students what to think, we’re teaching them how to think.


Say hello to the future you at the Career Services Center. Whether you are a freshman figuring out your career path or a senior looking for your first full time opportunity, our team is here to ensure your success every step of the way.

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Student services

Choosing to study in the United States is a big decision and there is much excitement and growth on your path ahead. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) promotes a global perspective for the USF community through educational and programmatic outreach while fostering the holistic development of international students/scholars by providing support services and immigration advising.

Housing services

Living on campus amid distinct personalities and unique backgrounds is a hallmark of the university experience. It’s where new adventures are shared, lifelong relationships are formed, and big ideas are born. The Office of Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) opens their doors to over 2,000 USF students every year, providing an active, safe, and comfortable environment in the center of San Francisco.

Library services

The Gleeson Library | Geschke Center primarily provides support to academic programs by making available the broadest possible array of learning and information resources for instruction and research support.

ICT services

  • 19 Mac and 15 Windows laptop computers are available for check-out at the Access Services desk.
  • Access: current USF on-campus students, faculty, and staff are eligible to check-out laptops, or book or reserve laptops in advance.

Medical services

Health Promotion Services (HPS) provides student health services that promote an optimal state of health, stimulate better health awareness, and foster a vibrant and safe campus community for student success.

Student Life

Campus life

Serving the South Bay Area for over 30 years, the University of San Francisco's San Jose Campus is located in the heart of downtown San Jose. USF offers bachelor and master degree programs designed to serve those who have a passion for justice and areinterested in creating a more humane and just world. We invite you to explore becoming part of our learning community. 

Sports facilities

USF Sport Clubs are where students meet and compete alongside fellow Dons who share a passion for the same sport. The university supports 25 sport clubs, many of which compete in intercollegiate competition, regional, and national tournaments. Participants are highly encouraged, but not required, to compete.

Student clubs

  • Animal rights
  • Comics and video games
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental justice
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Graphic arts
  • Hip hop dance
  • Multicultural communities
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-medical and pre-dental
  • Professional development
  • Queer alliance
  • Sign language
  • Student newspaper
  • Student senate
  • USFtv


The University of San Francisco is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and was unconditionally reaffirmed for the maximum seven years during its most recent review.

Student Reviews

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I love everything about my school; my friends, my professors, my classes...

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The school has a great campus, with all the amenities and beautiful gardens... I love the level of the teachers

Innovation is the only way to win.
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I am a computer science graduate looking for new opportunities and challenges that will make human life with ease and comfort. I am eagerly looking forward to developing my innovative and management skills to launch my new startup to create new technologies that will help the world in the future. I am especially focusing on domains such as AI, Augmented Reality, IOT, Data...

San Francisco, California, United States

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