USF's new Capitol Campus in Sacramento, located at 630 K Street near Westfield Mall.
The University of San Francisco has opened a new campus in the heart of downtown Sacramento, relocating and expanding its 33-year presence in California’s government seat.
Within steps of light rail and bus access, the newly renovated 9,800-square-foot Capitol Campus caters to academic and professional students interested in honing their skills in today’s competitive market.
The campus, located at 630 K Street at the entrance to Westfield Mall, provides wireless connectivity throughout, smart classroom technology, a computer lab, and a library with access to almost 3,000 periodicals and more than 100 databases. The new site, which hosted a grand opening ceremony Nov. 16 with USF President Stephen A. Privett and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, will allow the Capitol Campus to accommodate the growth of new programs, host workshops, and hold educational seminars for the community-at-large.
“We are excited about the move, and the continued opportunity to better serve Sacramento’s academic and professional development needs,” said Barbara Godoy, director of USF’s Capitol Campus.
Serving approximately 250 students from Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo, and Sutter counties, the regional campus is designed for working adults who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree or earn a master's as they continue in their professions, whether it’s business or education. To meet a growing need, USF’s Capitol Campus offers classes on evenings and weekends. Most programs are designed to be completed within two years.
The Capitol Campus will join other USF regional campuses in implementing the new USF Steps Up program, to be launched in spring 2010. The program will offer traditional and adult undergraduate students enrolled in the University of California or California State University systems – many of whom have been inconvenienced by faculty layoffs, course closures, and hiked fees during the economic crisis – access to some of the most common undergraduate classes at reduced tuition.
The three-unit courses, designed to transfer, will include common lower-division classes in philosophy, U.S. history, writing, public speaking, Spanish, statistics, psychology, politics, and sociology. The cost will be discounted 55 percent from USF’s standard per-course tuition.
“The California educational system is in crisis,” said B.J. Johnson, vice provost and dean of Academic and Enrollment Services at USF. “If the state can’t educate its students, it won’t stay competitive in the years ahead. Although USF can’t help all the students who are in trouble at the state schools, we can help some of them right here where we live.”
The USF Steps Up program will be offered at each of USF’s four regional campuses in Sacramento, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, and Cupertino beginning in spring 2010.