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University of California, San Francisco

UCSF is the leading university exclusively focused on health. The University comprises top-ranked professional schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy; as well as a physical therapy program and a graduate division with world-renowned programs in basic and social/populational sciences.



One of the world’s leading health sciences universities, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), dates its founding to 1864, when South Carolina surgeon Hugh Toland founded a private medical school in San Francisco.


UCSF’s four professional schools — Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy — and the Graduate Division consistently rank as top programs nationwide in their fields and attract the world’s most talented students. Our Global Health Sciences program involves more than 70 faculty from across each school, preparing students with hands-on training for global health expertise and leadership.


Basic science investigation – Basic science is a crucial anchor of UCSF’s research efforts. Our unparalleled commitment to and curiosity about understanding the underpinnings of biology holds promise for far-reaching impacts on human health. The $60 million Discovery Fellows Program, the largest endowed PhD program in the history of the University of California, supports our emerging basic scientists.

UCSF is recognized internationally as one of the world’s great research universities with a trademark culture of collaboration. Basic scientists and clinical researchers from across solutions for preventing and treating disease.


Career Advisors are UCSF faculty who have been selected by their department to advise medical students through the specialty selection and residency application process. Confidential Advisors are not part of their department's residency intern selection committee.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Providing free, confidential support to any UCSF affiliate who has experienced interpersonal violence such as sexual assault, dating/intimate partner violence, sexual harassment or stalking.

Housing services

Student accommodations are determined on a case by case basis, depending on the student's specific needs and disability. We will never blanket deny or approve accommodations based on previous cases/students.

Although accommodation needs vary between individuals, there are some common accommodations for students with disabilities. Where appropriate these may include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic support services (e.g. notetaking assistance, recording, campus resources)
  • Extended time for exams and assessments
  • Alternate format reading & course materials (electronic, braille, large-print)
  • Assistive technology (software, hardware, high and low-tech)
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Reduced course load
  • Alteration of exam format

Library services

Library include:

  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Databases
  • Online Journals
  • Ebooks
  • Course Reserves
  • Expert Guides by Subject
  • Tobacco and Industry Documents

Medical services

Incorporating massage into your health routine is an essential way to keep your body and mind performing optimally. Our certified massage therapists are trained to carefully evaluate your unique needs and design individualized treatment plans accordingly.

Student Life

Campus life

UCSF has major programs and departments located at 24 sites in San Francisco:

  • 3 multi-building campuses (Parnassus, Mount Zion and Mission Bay)
  • 19 UCSF-owned or UCSF-leased sites
  • 2 affiliated hospitals (Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center)

Sports facilities

The latest cardio and weight machines, group fitness classes, personal training, outdoor and youth programs, recreational sports, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, climbing wall, massage, and more…as a member of the Fitness & Recreation Centers at UCSF, you can have it all. Our nationally certified Personal Trainers can help you achieve results quickly, safely, and effectively.

  • Increase strength, muscle tone, flexibility endurance, sports performance
  • Weight loss
  • Injury prevention & rehab
  • Consistent, non-judgmental support

Student clubs

Student Associations

  • National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
  • UC Students' Association
  • Associated Students of the Graduate Division
  • UCSF Graduate Division Support and Resources for Students
  • Graduate & Professional Student Association - GPSA
  • Student Academic Affairs
  • Synapse (UCSF's student newspaper)
  • Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW)
  • CACSW Resources


The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the regional organization that is responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities and colleges in California, Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.

  • WASC provides the accreditation for UCSF as a whole and for the Graduate Division in particular.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

Great university with a very diverse study body, great professors in a beautiful city

San Francisco, California, United States

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