University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, California 94117
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University of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
A combination of characteristics that creates a dynamic learning community-that is the University of San Francisco. Founded in 1855 and situated on 55 acres, USF is a Catholic Jesuit University with strong academic programs and an incredibly diverse group of students located in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Our residential campus is situated on two hilltops overlooking San Francisco from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay and beyond. USF is a national comprehensive university, ranked in the top third in this prestigious group of 400 such universities in the country. Through our six schools and colleges, we offer a wide range of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Community is an important part of our USF tradition; our interactive learning community recognizes that university education occurs both inside and outside the classroom. Throughout our history, USF has remained faithful to its Jesuit mission of preparing men and women as leaders in service to others. USF is dedicated to providing you with the academic and personal skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
USF's academic programs will challenge you to use your intelligence, initiative, motivation and self-direction to define and pursue your goals. ð The foundation of your education will be our General Education Curriculum (GEC) followed by in-depth study in one of our more than 30 major programs. The College of Arts and Sciences offers 26 undergraduate majors in the humanities, natural sciences, applied arts and social/behavioral sciences. The Bachelor of Science program in the McLaren School of Business offers six undergraduate majors designed to prepare you to work in the global community. The School of Nursing offers the four-year B.S.N. program, which incorporates the changing needs of health care today. We also offer a number of special academic enrichment opportunities, such as the Freshman Seminar, Study Abroad and Certificate Programs. Through all of your studies, you will develop close relationships with your faculty and fellow students. Together these learning experiences will prepare you to shape the 21st century with wisdom, creativity, generosity, flexibility and compassion.
Students at USF come from every state in the U.S. and from 70 different countries. They represent many different ethnic and cultural groups. "Community" is an important part of our Jesuit tradition and no matter what your interests are, USF has something for you. With more than 50 clubs and fraternities/sororities, an active student government, a campus newspaper, two radio stations, a literary magazine and a theatre group you will find many things here to interest you. USF offers on-campus jobs, and opportunities are provided through our "campus ministry center" for volunteer work in the city. As a freshman or sophomore you will live in one of our three residence halls. As a junior or senior you may elect to move into a nearby apartment off-campus.
The Office of Multicultural Recruitment and Retention (MRR) was established at the University of San Francisco in 1995 by a committee of faculty, administrators, and students with the primary goal of increasing the outreach, recruitment, and retention of African American traditional undergraduate students. In 2002, the Office of MRR was expanded to include outreach and recruitment for other underrepresented populations, including Latina/o and Native American students.
The Office of Multicultural Recruitment and Retention aims to create a climate in which students can comfortably access mentoring, information, resources, and university activities that will contribute to their successful entrance and transition to the university community. MRR falls under the auspices of the Office of Admission, which is primarily responsible for traditional undergraduate as well as adult and transfer admission. In addition to serving as a resource to prospective undergraduate students, two full-time MRR staff also work collaboratively with the campus community to support the academic success and graduation of current USF students.
Facilities and Resources
One of the most prominent buildings in San Francisco is USF's St. Ignatius Church. Completed in 1914 and built in the Greco-Roman style, the 1,800-seat church illuminates the night-time city skyline. The Richard M. Gleeson Library is fully automated and is well equipped to foster your study and research needs with over 750,000 volumes. Several on-campus computer centers are open 24 hours a day. The Presentation Classroom Building houses the newly restored George and Lenore Gershwin Theatre, while Campion Hall houses Gill Theatre. Harney Science Center is home to all university-based scientific student and faculty research and Cowell Hall has the Nursing Skills Lab. The University Center Building has a student-run coffee shop, convenience store, travel agency and other services to assist students. The Career Services Center has counselors on staff who will help you crystallize your goals. The Learning and Writing Center provides a full range of academic support. Academic Support Services has a learning disabilities specialist, and Disability Related Services serves as a liaison for students with disabilities.
USF participates in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC). It is an NCAA Division I school, with both men and women competing in basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross country and riflery. Men also compete in baseball and women compete in volleyball. On the USF campus you will find the Koret Health and Recreation Center. This incredible facility has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, Cardiovascular Alley with six dozen pieces of equipment, a gymnasium, handball and racquetball courts, a weight room and an aerobics room. The Center also operates many special outings such as skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, sailing and camping.
The University's Financial Aid Office is committed to helping students and their families find resources needed to meet educational expenses. Scholarships, grants, loans and employment opportunities are all available to applicants who demonstrate financial need and/or exceptional academic ability. Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and USF's Institutional Application, found with the admission application. ð New freshman applicants for admission who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who have achieved a minimum academic grade point average of 3.8 and combined SAT scores of at least 1320 or an ACT composite of 30 or better are invited to enter USF as a University Scholar. Scholars receive a renewable scholarship that pays 75% of the cost of the academic year tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study at USF. To be considered, applicants must apply no later than December 1 for the following academic year.
The University welcomes applicants from those who are qualified to achieve the University's educational goals. In particular, USF seeks students who give promise of distinction in the quality of their personal lives, in service to the community, and in leadership in their chosen field of study. To this end, the University invites applications from men and women, regardless of race, age, handicap, religion or national origin. ð Freshman admission is selective; each student's entire application will be individually reviewed. You are expected to present a record of academic achievement that is above average. Evidence of academic preparation achievement, letters of recommendation and national test scores will be given careful consideration in determination of eligibility.
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