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The University of San Francisco is a private higher education institution established in 1855 as the city’s first university. The school’s mission is to offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional students 'the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others'.

Key Facts


  • #97 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2020
  • #15 in Entrepreneurship
  • #23  in Entrepreneurship
  • #25  in Marketing and Management

Year founded

  • 1855

School type

  • Private, coed, Roman Catholic

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 6,847

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 4,233

Student-faculty ratio

  • 13:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 66%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1197 / ACT 25 

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.4

International student population

  • 16.7%

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $54,900

Popular majors

  • Business Administration and Management; Registered Nursing; Finance; Psychology

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $48,066 / $14,830


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, School of Management, School of Nursing & Health Professions.

  • Over 130 student clubs and organizations on campus
  • 120 majors, minors and joint degree programs at undergraduate level
  • Famous alumni include Gordon Bowker, entrepreneur, co-founder of American coffeehouse chain Starbucks and co-owner of Peet’s Coffee & Tea; Pete Rozelle, businessman and executive who served as the commissioner of the National Football League for 29 years
Kings alumni at University of San Francisco

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