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University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences

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San Francisco is your Campus

In this city of innovation, entrepreneurship, and culture, the University of San Francisco offers 19 unique graduate programs in its College of Arts and Sciences.

With the San Francisco Bay Area as its extended classroom, the university and its students benefit from an unusually rich array of opportunities.

Like our home city of San Francisco, USF is global in spirit, socially aware, open to diverse perspectives, and enlivened by new ideas.

Founded in 1855 as the first university in San Francisco, USF is a private Jesuit university with a distinguished history in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, law nursing, and business. Its 10,068 students come from 50 U.S. states and 101 countries.

Grounded in the tradition of USF's founders is a commitment to justice - to better the lives of our fellow global citizens wherever in the world we live and work. The university's purpose is to educate "individuals with the brains to make a difference and the hearts to want to do so."

The university's 471 full-time professors share that purpose as they apply a higher standard of excellence - combining knowledge and skills and compassion to meet the challenges of our time.

Why study in the U.S.?

  • International students find San Francisco a welcoming and cosmopolitan city.
  • Employers value the skills and experience of education outside your home country - teamwork skills, interpersonal skills, and confident international skills that broaden and strengthen how you approach your professional field.
  • Develop your English skills in professional and academic settings.
  • To understand other cultures based on real experience - and to respect a variety of perspectives in your professional and academic field - are accomplishments that employers increasingly value!
  • Gain the ability to do quality work in a setting that is different from what is comfortable for you.


    Apply to USF

    A USF education is about intellectual development and career advancement - as well as commitment to a more just world.

    Graduate Admissions


    Top 100

    USF ranks number 103 in National Universities in the U.S. by the U.S. News & World Report 2021. There are 2,618 universities in the U.S.


    The USF community reflects the cross-cultural richness of the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks USF as number 4 among national universities for ethnic diversity and number 14 for international student enrollment.

    10 thousand +

    The university's 10,068 students includes 4,059 graduate students and 1,325 international students.


    AACSB Accredited


    About the College

    As one of the country’s premier Jesuit Catholic universities, the College of Arts and Sciences pairs a rigorous academic curriculum with an urban, global perspective. The college's vision of success involves both the head and the heart, with outstanding faculty members giving students the skills and compassion to fashion a more just and humane world.

    In recent years, our teacher-scholars have garnered unprecedented national recognition: winning national awards, receiving major new grants and prestigious Fulbright scholarships, and premiering in major art venues and film festivals around the globe.

    Our students have published their research alongside our faculty, won prizes for their writing, received highly competitive fellowships, and been accepted at top graduate schools. They are also engaged in the community and they are making a difference. From building a library for street children in Zambia to bridging the digital divide in Peru, to fighting against modern-day slavery right here in the U.S., our students are changing the world for the better.

    The College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide variety of educational options imbued with a mission to provide not only the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals but also the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.

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      2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, California, United States , 94117, San Francisco

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