Change your life, and the world, from here. We’re glad you're thinking about USF, and we look forward to getting to know you through this amazing, inspiring process of exploration and self-examination.
If you’re ready to apply today, go to our online application. If you are just exploring, take some time getting to know us. Learn why students choose USF, find out how our programs fit your interests, schedule a visit, or take our virtual tour.
Founded in 1855 as the first college in San Francisco, the University of San Francisco has grown with the City. Out of the windows of our classrooms and residence halls, you’ll see iconic structures like the Golden Gate Bridge and the glittery new buildings of downtown SF. Hop on a bus to North Beach, the former haunts of Beat poets. Walk a few blocks south and you’re in the bustling Financial District. San Francisco is a place filled with innovators and leaders, inspired and driven by the City’s vibrant history.
At USF, we strike the same balance between past and present. The values of our Jesuit Catholic founders still inform what we do today, through academic programs that pair thought and knowledge with action. Visionary faculty members provide students with the skills and real-life experience to tackle important global issues. The first Computer Science Department in the country was established here, and the city's first electric light shone from the top of Saint Ignatius Church on our campus — USF hasn't stopped leading the way since then.
Students choose USF for many different reasons: the challenging academics, cultural diversity, the opportunity to translate thought to action, community engagement, the professional opportunities San Francisco has to offer, and more. To hear about USF firsthand check out Blogs@USF.
Thank you for your interest in USF and feel free to contact us. We’re here to help.