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Since 1855

Founded in 1855 as the first university in San Francisco, USF is a private Jesuit university with a distinguished history in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, law, nursing, and business.

Its 10,828 students – and alumni community of more than 103,000 people in 50 U.S. states and 116 countries – awards USF an impact on a global scale.

USF Highlights

  • In 2013, USF enrolled 10,828 students, including 3,990 graduate students and 1,752 international students.
  • The student to faculty ratio is 15 students for every 1 professor.
  • In 2014 US News & World Report ranked USF as a Tier 1 national university in the U.S., and the USF School of Law among the top 100 law schools in the U.S.

Most Entrepreneurial

The Princeton Review ranks USF in the list of Best Colleges, and Forbes Magazine and The Princeton Review rank USF among the top 25 most entrepreneurial universities.

Why Study in the U.S.?

International students find San Francisco a welcoming and cosmopolitan city. And employers value the skills and experience of education outside your home country – teamwork skills, interpersonal skills, and confident intercultural skills as you broaden and strengthen your approach to your professional field.

To develop English skills in professional and academic settings, to understand other cultures based on real experience, and to respect a variety of perspectives in your professional field are accomplishments that employers increasingly value. You gain the ability to do quality work even in a setting that is different from what is comfortable for you.

USF Selected as ‘College of Distinction’

USF has earned a place on the Colleges of Distinction list of top universities for the third consecutive year, thanks to the university’s exceptional faculty, engaged teaching, successful graduates, and vibrant campus life.

USF Recognized for Contributions to the Public Good

USF ranked among the top universities in the country for its contributions to academic research, community service and support for low-income students - Washington Monthly.