Undergraduate & Graduate
Degree Programs

The University of San Francisco is in the top third of national universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2021, tying with Stanford for fourth in the nation for campus ethnic diversity.

Since 1855, the University of San Francisco has dedicated itself to offering a daring and dynamic liberal arts education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. As a community, we empower and hold accountable our students, faculty, librarians, staff, administrators, alumni, and community partners to be persons for and with others, to care for our common home, including the native lands on which our campuses reside, and to promote the common good by critically, thoughtfully, and innovatively addressing inequities to create a more humane and just world.

  • USF ranks 29th for campuses with the most international students

  • USF is 69th of 389 universities in the category “Best Value Schools”

Minimum Application


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    • Freshman: 3.0 (estimated)
    • Transfer: 2.5 (3.0 for nursing majors
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    • TOEFL: 80 (minimum score required: 65)
    • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum score required: 6.0)
Awards & Recognition

San Francisco is continually recognized for educational and professional excellence, affirming our commitment to the highest standards of achievement in art and design.

  • U.S. News & World Report 2022 ranked USF 1st in student diversity, 103rd among national universities, and among the best colleges for veterans

  • U.S. News & World Report 2022 ranked the School of Law's part-time law program as 55th in the nation.

  • USF is ranked 3rd for racial and ethnic diversity among the nation’s 1,581 4-year private nonprofit colleges and universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Almanac 2018-19

  • The Princeton Review ranked USF 4th on the “College City Gets High Marks” list and made the list of the top-four year colleges and universities in the West in 2018, based on surveys of students who attended the schools

  • USF’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions ranked 23rd out of 694 programs in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report

  • In 2019, The Washington Monthly ranked USF as 70th out of 395 national universities on a combined measure of the number of staff and students supporting community service.

  • In 2018, the USF Master of Science in Financial Analysis programs earned the status of an official CFA Institute Affiliated University.

  • USF was listed as a Tier One National University in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report.

  • Startup School - USF ranks in the top 20 on Forbes’ list of most entrepreneurial universities

  • Tier One - Listed as a Tier One National University in 2020 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

  • Best Colleges- Featured in The Princeton Review’s ‘The Best Colleges: 2022 Edition’

  • Business schools ranked #2 in entrepreneurship in the United States (ahead of Stanford University and UCLA)

  • Amount: up to $27,000 per year

  • Separate Application: No

Application Checklist
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    Submit Common Application

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    $70 Application Fee

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    Official Transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution.

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    Predicted or final exam results: If you've taken external exams like O-Levels, A-Levels, or IB exams, please include either your predicted or final results.

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    Official results of English proficiency

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    Certification of Finances

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    Personal Statement and a specific short answer question asked by Common App

Application Deadline
EA/ED: Application Deadline: November 1
Materials Deadline: November 19
RD: Application Deadline: January 15
Materials Deadline: February 11
Spring: Application Deadline: November 1

*The application deadline is subject to change. And each major may have different deadline. Please double check with your IPERC adviser.