University of San Francisco

California - United States


If you want to make the world a better place, start at the University of San Francisco. Here, you have access to the ultimate extended classroom: San Francisco with its many opportunities and advantages. Here, our 21st-century mission to fashion a more humane and just world is rooted in Jesuit values, comes alive in our diverse learning community and is broadened by our global orientation. Here you are challenged to reach higher standards and to use your education to promote justice and serve the common good.

At USF, we believe that change starts here and now—with you.

USF’s mission to create a more humane and just world begins with you.

Change the world from here. At the University of San Francisco, this is our call to action. “Here” is San Francisco, our innovative home city, and “here” is USF, committed to a higher standard of learning that transcends mere academic excellence. “Here” is in every community member—in the minds and hearts of students, faculty, and alumni, all inspired by a shared commitment to justice. If you share our belief that the world needs change, and that anyone can make it happen, we encourage you to start here, with USF.

At the University of San Francisco, we’re not teaching students what to think, we’re teaching them how to think.

Our style of education is deeply challenging and personal, where students and faculty work together to create an experiential academic environment. The result is a unique culture of mutual accountability between you and your professors.

All five USF schools—the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Law, the School of Management, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions—design rigorous curricula that equip graduates with the market-ready know-how, communication skills and professional opportunities to be successful leaders in their first career and their next.


College of Arts and Sciences

Architecture and Community Design 
Art History/Arts Management
Asian Studies 
Communication Studies 
Comparative Literature and Culture 
Computer Science 
Data Science
English with Literature Emphasis
English with Writing Emphasis
Environmental Science 
Environmental Studies
Fine Arts

School of Management

Business Program

Science in Management

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Science in Nursing

Health Services

English Requirements

Programs TOEFL
IELTS PTE Academic
Jointly Offered by Two Schools
Analytics 575 90 17 6.5 61
College of Arts and Sciences
a.) Asia Pacific Studies, Biology, Biotechnology, Public Affairs, Urban Affairs 600 100 17 7.0 65
b.) Chemistry, Collegiate Athletics, Environmental Management, International Studies, Museum Studies 575 90 17 6.5 61
c.) Computer Science, Economics, International and Development Economics, Sport Management, Writing 550 79 17 6.5 53
School of Education
a.) Master's Programs 580 92 20 7.0 62
b.) Doctoral Programs 600 100 20 7.0 68
School of Management
a.) Global Entrepreneurial Management 550 79   6.0 53
b.) All Other Programs (except Analytics) 600 100   7.0 68
School of Nursing and Health Professions
All Programs 600 100   6.5 68


University Scholars

Each year, the Admission Committee invites freshman applicants who have demonstrated extraordinary aptitude based on their academic grade point average (GPA) and SAT* or ACT scores to enter USF as University Scholars. This renewable scholarship, valued at $20,000 per year, will cover a substantial portion of the cost of full-time tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. University Scholars must maintain a 3.25 GPA for scholarship renewal.

* SAT scores are combined Math and Critical Reading (Verbal). ACT scores can be used if no SAT scores are available, or if higher than the combined SAT scores.

USF Academic Merit Award

Freshman applicants who did not qualify for University Scholars may be eligible for one of three merit-based tuition-only awards. Based on a combination of GPA and SAT or ACT scores, the Admission Committee will award these renewable scholarships to outstanding future Dons. Scholarships can be used towards full-time tuition costs for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. Students awarded one of our merit awards must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of each semester and make Satisfactory Academic Progress toward degree.

University Tuition Grants & Named Scholarships

The University provides tuition assistance to undergraduate students through its Tuition Grant Program. In addition, alumni and friends of the University have provided funds for tuition scholarship programs. Individual scholarships may be intended to benefit students pursuing a particular major or those who have achieved a specific GPA, but they all require a demonstrated financial need. In addition to the requirement of demonstrated need, these grants require a minimum admitted GPA that is determined after our review of the academic transcripts of the applicant pool. University Tuition Grant funding is available for up to 8 semesters of undergraduate study as long as the student reapplies for aid each year by the continuing student priority deadline of March 2nd, continues to demonstrate need, and makes satisfactory academic progress.

New students interested in applying for the coming fall semester must file the CSS Profile application by February 1 for USF need-based grant consideration. Continuing students must complete the FAFSA by March 2. Continuing undergrads who are ineligible to file the FAFSA due to citizenship status should file the California Dream Act Application for USF need-based grant consideration.

School of Management

The University of San Francisco School of Management offers a limited number of partial-tuition scholarships to its undergraduate and graduate students.

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships are offered for inter-collegiate participation in:

Women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball

Men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field

Tution Fee

Tuition Per Unit Semester Annual(Fall/Spring)



Arts and Sciences, Nursing & Health Professions, andManagement (on SF Hilltop Campus)
*All summer tuition is billed on a per unit basis.

Summer Rate
Arts and Sciences, Nursing & Health Professions and Management (on SF Hilltop Campus)  - Fall/Spring
*Less than 12 units or units over 18
$1,500* $21,090 $42,180
Undergraduate programs offered at branch locations:      
Arts and Sciences Degree Completion Programs(Psychology) $1,020* $14,405  
Management Degree Completion Programs (BSM) $1,020    
Nursing Health Professions  (BHS and BSN-VANAP)
*Less than 12 units or units over 18
$1,020* $14,405  


Arts and Sciences $1,245    
   Graduate Online Programs     $1,245    
   MBA $1,330    
   MSFA, MSAFA, MSFN $1,245    
   MGEM, MGEN   $13,480  
   MBAE   $22,375 $44,750
   MSIS, MNA, MPA, MSOD $1,110    
   Graduate Online Programs $1,110    
Joint Arts & Sciences and Management Graduate Degree Program - MSAN $1,245    
Nursing & Health Professions      
Masters (MSN, MPH, MSBH, MSHI, MSIM) $1,245    
Graduate Online Programs $1,245    
Doctoral (DNP, PsyD) $1,245    
Executive DNP (Doctoral)   $14,180 $28,360
Masters $1,110    
     Graduate Online Programs $1,110    
     Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership $570    
EARCOS $570    
Credential Programs $935    
TED Catholic School $570    
Doctoral $1,245    
      Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership $630    
Full-time JD   $23,390 $46,780
Full-time (LLM - ICL, LLM-IPTL)   $22,730 $45,460
Part-time JD  - per unit $1,670    
Part-time (LLM - ICL, LLM-IPTL) - per unit $1,815    
LLM - Taxation - per unit $1,870