University Of San Francisco

University Of San Francisco


Founded in 1855, the University of San Francisco (USF) carries a reputation for excellence and has today evolved into the city's largest independent university campus, covering 55 acres on a hilltop near Golden Gate Park. Established as San Francisco's first institution of higher education, the University is committed to becoming internationally recognized as a premier Jesuit Catholic urban university with a global perspective and a mission of educating leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. USF offers certificate programs online through its School of Business and Management. These online programs consist of three eight-week certificate courses, each building on the last in a step-by-step progression.

Points of Distinction

  • Acclaimed as one of America's best universities by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review
  • Streaming video-based learning format using state-of-the-art interactive delivery
  • Earn the same degree as on-campus students
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Areas of Study

USF online students can earn their master certificate entirely online, with no actual classroom attendance ever required. Certificates are available in two top-demand fields: Supply Chain Management or Sales & Sales Management. The Supply Chain Management certification program covers functional perspective, tactical implementation, and strategic best practices of supply chain management. Topics covered in the Sales & Sales Management program include expert selling, transitioning to sales management, and expert sales management.


Steps to apply for admission consist of downloading an SIU application form from the university's website, completing it, and returning it (by email or hard-copy). Distance learning applicants need to take the additional step of completing two surveys (also downloadable from the site) in order to ensure that they feel comfortable with online learning.


USF's online courses are taught by real-world experts who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to instructional development and delivery. Their expertise, imparted via interactive teaching methods, creates a dynamic learning experience enhanced by a proven combination of Virtual Classroom tools, online instructor-led discussions, and streaming video.

Student Body

USF enrollment exceeds 8,500 students, who represent virtually every state and more than 65 foreign countries. Many students enrolled in the University's Online Master Certificate programs are individuals hoping to break into or advance within the supply chain management or sales/sales management fields.

Student Life

Online students reap the benefits of the highest educational standards merged with state-of-the-art technology. In partnership with the University Alliance Online, USF provides a state-of-the-art e-learning system enveloped within a multimedia environment that lets students study at their convenience and work around their busy schedule. Classes are conducted in a streaming video-based learning format which gives students a "better than live" learning experience. The streaming video feature allows students to pause, rewind, and review lectures until mastering each topic. Each course is carefully designed to maximize student interaction with fellow students and instructors alike, causing many of them to enjoy this online format more than a traditional classroom.

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Contacting USF

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco , CA 94117-1080
General Phone: (415) 422-5555

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USF Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management652business management, non-profit management, business administration, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, financial planning, organizational behavior, human resources development, ...
Liberal Arts349American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, comparative literature, Japanese language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, ...
Law241law, advanced legal research, foreign lawyers
Education and Teaching232education, multicultural education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, teacher ed, teacher education, reading teaching, ESL instruction ...
Therapy and Counseling227psychology, counseling psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine179registered nursing, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy106sports and fitness management, exercise science
Media102communication studies, mass communication
Family and Social Work82public administration
Conservation and Resource Management66environmental studies, environmental science
Science66biology, chemistry, physics
Computer Science and Engineering65information technology, computer science, web design, computer security
Religion and Philosophy22philosophy, theology
Art Studies21visual and performing arts
Fine Arts15fine arts, art history and criticism
Hospitality14hospitality management
Architecture and Planning11architecture
Design10graphic design
Photography and Commercial Art4commercial art
Medical Support and Technology2health service and sciences

Number of programs and degrees for USF in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,28145
Master's degree92733
Postbaccalaureate certificate01
Doctor's degree365
First-professional degree2271
Post-master's certificate01

USF Student Body

In 2007-2008, USF had a total enrollment of 8,714 students (8,282 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 61%
Graduate 32%
First Professional 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 39%
Black 5%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 18%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 10%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 22%
20-21 22%
22-24 17%
25-29 16%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)8%
New Jersey1%
New York1%

USF Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %

USF Room and Board (2007)

USF offers campus housing for 2,188 of its 8,282 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of San Francisco, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

USF Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510620
SAT Math530630
SAT Writing520620
ACT Verbal2229
ACT Math2227
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT86%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT35%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

USF Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,500
Room and board $ 11,130
Room charge $ 7,450
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,680
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,400

Financial Aid:
USF participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 132500)

USF Faculty

USF has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3256
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4135

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year84$125,50244$130,778
Associate professoracademic year64$94,33454$93,522
Assistant professoracademic year49$78,28362$77,997
Instructoracademic year7$56,10716$67,507
All faculty totalacademic year204$102,001176$95,002

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

USF Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Western Athletic Conference
Baseball Western Athletic Conference
Track Western Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5350103

USF Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Development
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Graphic Design

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Multicultural Education
Reading Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Applied Economics
Asian Studies/Civilization
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Development Economics and International Development
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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