Academics Meet Opportunity at the University of San Francisco

Academics Meet Opportunity at the University of San Francisco

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The University of San Francisco (USF) is a private university in San Francisco, California. The school's main campus is located on a 55-acre setting between the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. Nicknamed "The Hilltop", part of the main campus is located on Lone Mountain, one of San Francisco's major geographical features. With over 60 majors and minors, many with specialized concentrations, The College of Arts and Sciences is at the center of USF's undergraduate life.

Explore San Francisco: San Francisco, colloquially known as SF, San Fran or "The City", is a cultural, commercial, and financial center in northern California, offering students much to do and see. A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridgecable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal PenitentiaryFisherman's Wharf, and its Chinatown district. The city, and the surrounding Bay Area, is a global center of the sciences and arts and is home to a number of educational and cultural institutions, such as the De Young Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the California Academy of Sciences.

Get Involved: USF is home to more than 90 clubs and organizations, allowing students to spend their time outside the classroom on academic, cultural, service, social, political, athletic, and special interests. The missions and goals of USF's student clubs and organizations are to provide programs and services that support students' leadership development and promote student engagement in co-curricular activities.

Earn Your Degree: With more than 60 majors and minors, many with specialized concentrations, some of the most popular majors among students are nursing, finance and psychology. USF has been named one of the 100 best universities in the United States by US News & World Report and more than 1,700 international students are enrolled at the university. 

Finding a Home: Living off campus is a great way to get to know the city of San Francisco. USF’s Off Campus Living (OCL) department supports students by providing one-on-one assistance in the housing search. OCL empowers students to thrive by teaching and developing life skills through the act of finding residence and living off campus. By helping students become independence and understand their civic responsibilities, OCL creates well-rounded students and citizens. 

If your apartment is unfurnished, furniture rental is an economical and convenient way to furnish your home. CORT, the leading provider of furniture rental in the U.S., furnishes thousands of student apartments with everything from beds and sofas to housewares and electronics – all with affordable rental package options.

When searching for a place to live in San Francisco, many students rely on This website helps students search for an apartment based on distance from campus, while also showing the cost of living, local restaurants, the length of your commute and more.

The University of San Francisco is the perfect university for students who want a small school experience in a welcoming and eclectic city. Explore the university's website to learn more about their programs and decide if USF is the right fit for your academic goals.



Rob Johnson is an experienced international traveler and Director of Higher Education Sales at CORT Furniture Rental, where he works directly with students and higher education institutions.