University of San Francisco: Narrative Description

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2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
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Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1855. Setting: 55-acre urban campus with easy access to in San Francisco. Research spending 2003-04: $889,000. Total enrollment: 8,271. Faculty: 820 (348 full-time, 472 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 5,338 applied, 74% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 90% from top half. Full-time: 4,727 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 240 students, 58% women, 43% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 70 other countries, 22% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 5% black, 26% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 5% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at American University, Jackson State University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.8 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous until 8/15, 1/16 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. Comprehensive fee: $37,080 includes full-time tuition ($26,680), mandatory fees ($160), and college room and board ($10,240). College room only: $6500. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $955 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $160 per year.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 70 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student leadership, student media, College Players. Major annual events: homecoming, Founders' Week, Welcome Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,400 college housing spaces available; 1,948 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Gleeson Library plus 2 others with 1.1 million books, 788,402 microform titles, 5,560 serials, 4,591 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.3 million. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one the world's most dynamic cities. San Francisco's diversity and geographical compactness afford opportunities for community involvement and employment experiences that few other cities can match.

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