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University of San Francisco

University of San Francisco
Latin: Universitas Sancti Francisci
Motto Pro Urbe et Universitate (Latin)
Motto in English For City and University
Established October 15, 1855[1]
Type Private Nonprofit
Research Coeducational
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment US $237 million[2]
President Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.
Academic staff 1,043 (Fall 2012: 430 Full-time)[3]
Admin. staff 506
Students 10,701[4]
Undergraduates 6,745 [4]
Postgraduates 3,804 [4]
Location San Francisco, California, USA
Campus Urban - 55 acres (22 ha)
Former names St. Ignatius Academy (1855)
St. Ignatius College (1859-1930)
Fight song "Victory Song"
Colors Green      and      Gold[5]
Athletics NCAA Division I - WCC
Sports 14 varsity sports teams[6]
(7 men's and 7 women's)
Nickname Dons / Lady Dons
Mascot Don the Spanish Nobleman
Affiliations AJCU ACCU

The University of San Francisco (USF) is a Jesuit Catholic university located in San Francisco, California, United States. Founded in 1855,[1] USF was established as the first university in San Francisco. It is the third oldest institution for higher learning in California, the tenth-oldest university of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and the eighth largest Jesuit university in the United States.

The school's main campus is located on a 55-acre (22 ha) setting between the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. The main campus is nicknamed the "The Hilltop", and part of the main campus is located on Lone Mountain, one of San Francisco's major hills. In addition, the university offers classes at four Northern California branch campuses (Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Pleasanton), at a Southern California branch campus, and at locations in downtown San Francisco, including the Folger Building at 101 Howard Street, and at the Presidio. Its close historical ties with the City and County of San Francisco are reflected in the University's traditional motto, Pro Urbe et Universitate (For the City and University). USF's Jesuit-Roman Catholic identity is rooted in the vision and work of St.Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order.


  • History 1
  • Campus Buldings 2
    • Gleeson Library and the Geschke Learning Resource Center 2.1
    • Athletic facilities 2.2
    • Religious buildings 2.3
    • Residence life 2.4
      • Residence halls 2.4.1
      • Independent living 2.4.2
    • Ecological activism 2.5
  • Organization and administration 3
  • Academics 4
    • Rankings 4.1
    • Faculty ratio and adjunct faculty working conditions 4.2
    • Student exchange programs 4.3
    • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) 4.4
  • Student clubs and organizations 5
    • Student-produced media 5.1
    • Performing arts 5.2
    • Greek life 5.3
      • Social Fraternities and Sororities 5.3.1
      • Service 5.3.2
      • Academic/Honor Society/Professional 5.3.3
  • Student body 6
    • Admissions 6.1
    • Financial aid 6.2
  • Campus dining 7
  • Athletics 8
    • History 8.1
    • 1951 USF Dons Football Team 8.2
    • Basketball 8.3
    • Soccer 8.4
  • Controversies 9
  • Notable alumni and faculty 10
  • See also 11
  • Notes 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Founded in 1855 as St. Ignatius Academy by the Italian Jesuit Rev. Anthony Maraschi. USF started as a one-room schoolhouse along Market Street in what later became downtown San Francisco. St. Ignatius Academy received its charter on April 30, 1859, from the State of California and signed by governor John B. Weller (the document survived the 1906 fire and earthquake) and changed its name to St. Ignatius College. The original curriculum included Greek, Spanish, Latin, English, French, Italian, algebra, arithmetic, history, geography, elocution, and bookkeeping. Father Maraschi was not only the college's first president, but also a professor, the college's treasurer, and first pastor of St. Ignatius Church.[7]

Saint Ignatius Church, east side view.

A new building was constructed in 1862 to replace the first frame building. In June 1863, the university awarded its first Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1880, the college moved from Market Street to a new site on the corner of Hayes Street and Van Ness Avenue (currently occupied by the Davies Symphony Hall). The third St. Ignatius College received moderate damage in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, but was completely destroyed in the ensuing fire. The campus moved west, to the corner of Hayes and Shrader Streets, close to Golden Gate Park, where it occupied a hastily constructed structure known as The Shirt Factory (for its resemblance to similar manufacturing buildings of the era) for the next 21 years. The college moved to its present site on Fulton Street in 1927. The college was built on the site of the former Masonic Cemetery. In 1901, the city enacted a law prohibiting more burials in the City and County of San Francisco. The remains were supposed to be transferred to Colma, California, however, caskets and human remains are still found whenever a foundation is excavated for a new building on the main campus.[8]

To celebrate its diamond jubilee in 1930, St. Ignatius College changed its name to the University of San Francisco. The change from college to university was sought by many alumni groups and by long-time San Francisco Mayor James Rolph Jr..

A male-only school for most of its history, USF became fully coeducational in 1964, though females started attending the evening programs in business and law as early as 1927. In 1969, the high school division, already wholly separate from the university, moved to the western part of San Francisco and became St. Ignatius College Preparatory. In 1978, the university acquired Lone Mountain College[9]

The Jesuit university sometimes invites speakers who critics accuse of espousing views that are at odds with Catholic doctrine. In 2004, Bishop Allen Henry Vigneron of the Diocese of Oakland forbade the Catholic Voice newspaper to print an advertisement for a seminar called "Imaging the Future Church", which was sponsored by a group of Catholic lay people calling for church reforms.[10] Also in 2004, the Cardinal Newman Society protested the university's selection of Mayor Gavin Newsom as speaker for the business school's annual commencement ceremony, for his views on abortion and gay-rights.[11]

October 15, 2005 marked the 150th anniversary of the university's founding.[12] As of the fall of 2014, USF enrolled 10,701 undergraduate and graduate students in all of its programs housed in four schools (Law, Management, Education, Nursing and Health Professions) and one college (Arts and Science).

Campus Buldings

Satellite photo of the campus, with Malloy Hall under construction
  • Cowell Hall (CO) - Named after San Francisco's philanthropist, Samuel Cowell, (son of industrialist Henry Cowell), Cowell Hall houses offices and classrooms for the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and other departments. It's also home to the school's Learning and Writing Center.
  • Harney Science Center (HR) - Harney houses classrooms, the offices of the College of Arts and Sciences and the departmental and faculty offices of the Sciences department.
  • Kalmanovitz Hall (KA) - This building houses faculty offices, classrooms, conference rooms and writing, media, language and psychology laboratories. Once named Campion Hall after the English Jesuit martyr Saint Edmund Campion, the building undertook extensive renovation in the Summer of 2008. The renovation is now complete and the building is renamed Kalmanovitz Hall, named after brewing magnate Paul Kalmanovitz. Next to the hall is Ovila Amphitheater featuring a Renaissance-era church portal from Santa Maria de Ovila, a monastery in Spain.
  • Kendrick Hall (KN) - Kendrick Hall is home of USF's School of Law, containing both the Dorainne Zief Law Library (ZL).
Lone Mountain campus
Gleeson Library / Geschke Learning Resource Center
Gleeson Library atrium.
  • "Lone Mountain (LM)" - Formerly the "San Francisco College for Women" or later known as the "Lone Mountain College", the Lone Mountain campus now houses faculty offices, classrooms, study hall, and housing for 180 students. It also houses the offices of the University President and Vice-Presidents. Lone Mountain was once the location of Lone Mountain Cemetery, a complex encompassed Laurel Hill, Calvary, Masonic, and Odd Fellows Cemeteries.[13]
  • McLaren Conference Center (MC) – Part of Phelan Hall's west wing, McLaren houses offices and classrooms for the School of Management which was formerly School of Business and Professional Studies. McLaren Center also includes Malloy Hall (MH).
  • School of Education (ED) - The Education Building houses the administrative offices of the School of Education as well as classrooms and Presentation Theater (PT). It was formerly Presentation High School until it was purchased by USF.
  • University Center (UC) - The University Center houses departmental and faculty offices, as well as ASUSF offices and facilities like the Career Services Center and the main student cafeteria, and was completely renovated during the summer of 2010.
  • John Lo Schiavo, S.J., Center for Science and Innovation (CSI) - The 59,000-gross-square-foot project will create gathering and study space for the entire campus community, with particular aims to push the growing links between the sciences and other disciplines, from nursing and health promotion, to business and entrepreneurship. Ground was broken on December 10, 2010,[14] and it was officially opened in time for the 2013-14 school year.

Gleeson Library and the Geschke Learning Resource Center

The Richard A. Gleeson, S.J. Library is located in the center of the lower campus of University of San Francisco. As of 2005, the library held more than 680,000 books, 130,000 journals, 2,200 periodical subscriptions and 900,000 other materials including micro-forms, government documents, CD-ROMS, videos and audios.[15] The building includes the Geschke Learning Resource Center, the library, The Thacher Gallery, The Donohue Rare Book Room and the William Monihan, S.J. Atrium.

Construction on the building began on May 15, 1949 and was completed on December 3, 1950. At the dedication of the building, USF President William Dunne, S.J. delivered an address commemorating the building as the "first unit in the overall plan for a Greater University of San Francisco".[15] The Geschke Learning Resource Center addition was constructed in 1997. Named for USF Board of Trustees chairmen Charles and his wife Nancy Geschke, it was the first new building constructed on the campus since 1973.[16]

The Atrium, a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) open-space study area open to students twenty four hours a day, was included in the addition. An inscription explains the dedication of the space to Fr. Monihan; “Reverend William J. Monihan, S.J. 1914-1996. Jesuit, University Librarian, Bibliophile, San Franciscan, Caring Friend to Many.”[16] Fr. Monihan helped in the development of the Donohue Rare Book Room, which contains the university’s special collections including rare books, prints and literary and historical manuscripts.

This building also houses the Thacher Gallery, a gift from Carter and Mary Thacher. The gallery presents annual exhibitions, diverse in subject and material and including an annual student showcase. The first exhibit was mounted in the winter of 1998 and the gallery continues to feature up to five exhibits a year with art from students as well as local and international artists.

Athletic facilities

Koret Health and Recreation Center (KO) - The Koret Health and Recreation Center (called "the Koret Center" by students and staff) is a full-service, state of the art athletic facility serving USF students, staff, and residents of the surrounding community. Construction on the Koret Center began in 1987 on the former site of Saint Ignatius High School. When Saint Ignatius High School departed in 1969; the University renamed the building Loyola Hall.[17] The Koret Center opened in 1989, with final construction costs totalling 22 million dollars.[17] Many colleges and universities across the nation have recently followed suit by building expensive, brand new athletic facilities to keep up with increasing demand for such facilities from incoming students and student-athletes.[18]

The Koret Center was named for Joseph and Susan Koret of the Koret Foundation, a San Francisco philanthropic group that was the primary donor to the construction of the center.[17][19] The Koret Center sports an Olympic-sized swimming pool, four basketball courts, seven volleyball courts, one racquetball courts, numerous cardiovascular machines, a 3,200-square-foot (300 m2) weight room with an array of high-performance resistance-training machines and free weights, dance studio, aerobics studio, student lounge with a flatscreen plasma television and ping pong and billiards tables, equipment rental desk, and fully equipped men's and women's locker rooms.[20] There are many free weekly classes, such as spinning, yoga, pilates, "abs & glutes", and self-defense, and for extra fees, the Koret Center offers personal training, massages, CPR classes, and swimming lessons.[21] The Koret Center is also home to the USF intramural sports department, and hosts games for intramural basketball, volleyball, and indoor soccer. The building has photovoltaic panels that, along with the panels on other buildings around campus, contribute 16 percent of the lower campus' peak electricity needs.[22]

The Koret Center is regarded as one of the finest athletic training centers in San Francisco, and in 2001 it won the "Best Gym and Pool" award from SF Weekly magazine.[23] Aside from serving the USF student and faculty communities, the Koret Center sells memberships to residents in surrounding neighborhoods. It also rents gym space to local youth and high school basketball and volleyball teams, and is willing to volunteer its space and services to some outside groups. For example, it hosted the swimming, basketball, and volleyball competitions for the 2008 International Children's Games that were held in San Francisco.[24]

  • Negoesco Stadium(NS) - Named after alumnus Steve Negoesco, who coached four championship men's soccer teams. It is USF's soccer stadium.
  • Dante Benedetti Diamond at Max Ulrich Field - This athletic field was named in honor of Max Ulrich who left his estate to the school. It contains Dante Benedetti Diamond at Max Ulrich Field, home field for USF's baseball team.
  • War Memorial Gymnasium(MG) - Home court for the volleyball and men and women's basketball teams. Also houses the athletic department offices and training facilities. Dedicated to USF students and faculty killed in action in various wars.

Religious buildings

Side view of St. Ignatius Church
  • Loyola House (LH) - Residence for the 24 members of the USF Jesuit Community. It was completed in 1999 and is located on Lone Mountain. The house was named after Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus).
  • Saint Ignatius Church (SI) - Often mistaken as San Francisco's Roman Catholic cathedral, the church was designed by architect Charles J. I. Devlin in 1909, as the fifth Saint Ignatius Church in San Francisco. When Saint Ignatius was completed in 1914, with its two towers visible from all parts of the city, it became not only a landmark to the University itself but also to the City of San Francisco. It is the University's spiritual home as well as a parish church for the surrounding community.[25]

Residence life

The University of San Francisco provides on-campus housing for freshmen and sophomores, with independent living options for upper-division students. All residence halls, except for Fulton House and Fulton House Cottage, are secured with a 24-hour front desk.

Residence halls

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  • Fromm Hall (FR) - Xavier Hall, which was once the Jesuit residence on the University's main campus, was renamed on October 24, 2003 for the beneficiaries Alfred and Hanna Fromm as the Alfred and Hanna Fromm Lifelong Learning Center. The building now houses the Fromm Residence Hall. It is currently an all female residence hall.[26]
  • Gillson (GI) - Gillson Hall was built in 1965 with funding provided by George Gillson. It originally housed 325 men and women. It is now a co-ed residence hall, housing first-year students.[27]
  • Hayes-Healy (HH) - Hayes-Healy was constructed in 1966 as a memorial to the parents of John and Ramona Hayes-Healy. Located on the University of San Francisco's main campus, it was once a female-only residence hall, originally built to house 350 University of San Francisco women.[28]
  • Lone Mountain Hall (LM) - Lone Mountain Hall is located on the northern side of the Lone Mountain campus, which was once part of a 23-acre (9.3 ha) cemetery. The residence hall houses both male and female sophomore students.[29]
  • Pedro-Arrupe (PA) - Pedro Arrupe Hall, once a nurses' residence, was acquired by the university in 2000. It is located 0.5 miles (0.80 km) northwest of campus, housing upperclassmen and graduate students.[30]
  • Phelan Hall (PH) - Phelan Hall, dedicated to James Phelan on October 23, 1955, was the university's first student residence hall. The seven-story co-ed residence hall is located in the center of the university's main campus.[31]

Independent living

  • Fulton House (FH) - Fulton House, acquired by the university in the 1970s, is located behind Phelan Hall on the university's main campus. The residential facility consists of two buildings (Fulton House and Fulton House Cottage), which houses approximately 12 upper-division students.[32]
  • Loyola Village (LV) - The university once lacked sufficient housing units for faculty and staff, and therefore, opened Loyola Village in 2002, which currently houses upper-division students as well as staff. It is a 136-unit independent living residence, located on the northern outskirt of campus.[33]

Ecological activism

In Fall 2007, the Garden Project (a Living Learning Community) was formed based around the creating and maintaining of the Campus' first Organic Garden. Initially headed by Media Studies Professor, Filmmaker, and Organic Gardner Melinda Stone and Architecture Professor Seth Watchel, the Garden houses fruits, vegetables, and herbs with the help and continuous care provided by students and community members, alike.[34]

Organization and administration

Lone Mountain

University of San Francisco is chartered as a non-profit organization and is governed by a privately appointed board of trustees, along with the University President, the University Chancellor, the University Provost and Vice-presidents, and the Deans. The board currently has 42 voting members who serve three, three year terms and is chaired by Thomas E. Malloy. The trustees serve without compensation.[35] The board of trustees elects a President to serve as the general manager and chief executive of the university. The current president (since 2000) is Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J.[36] The President, according to USF Bylaws, is specifically responsible for articulating and advancing the Jesuit Catholic character of the university.[35] USF possesses an endowment of $225 million (as of August 2008).[37]

USF's faculty and librarians are unionized. The University of San Francisco Faculty Association, a local of the California Federation of Teachers, represents its members in all matters concerning wages, benefits and enforcing the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The USFFA is consulted by the USF administration on most matters affecting the working conditions of the faculty and librarians. The Union was founded in 1975. The founding President was Economics Professor Michael Lehmann (1975-1988), the second was English Professor Alan Heineman (1988-2005) and the current President is history Professor Elliot Neaman (2005-present).

USF's academics are organized into five schools which offer courses of study at the graduate and undergraduate level, with two more being primarily focused on graduate education, while offering select opportunities for undergraduate students. USF offers over 50 degrees in several departments.[38] The university also operates four regional campuses in Sacramento, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa, and San Jose.[39] The main emphasis of the regional campuses is undergraduate Degree Completion programs for working adults. USF is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the School of Management is accredited by the AACSB. The Master's of Public Administration (MPA) which is a graduate level program under USF's School of Management is separately accredited by NASPAA.

Undergraduate tuition at USF is $40,996 for the 2014-2015 school year.[40] The University is organized as follows:

Undergraduate and Graduate Schools

  • School of Law (Founded in 1912)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (Originally the whole university; became a distinct entity in 1926, reorganized 1982)
  • School of Management (1947, reorganized 1999, 2009)
  • School of Nursing (1954)
  • School of Education (1972)

USF is on the semester system.



In the 2015 annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report, USF was tied for 106th among national universities, and the Nursing program was tied for 50th best in the nation.[41] In 2013, Business Insider ranked USF as the 23rd "most underrated" college in the country.[42] Also in 2013, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranked USF as the best non-historically black college in the country for minority students.[43] In 2012, USF was ranked 123rd in the nation by Washington Monthly, which ranks national universities based on their contributions to the public good.[44]

Faculty ratio and adjunct faculty working conditions

According to Peterson's "College Bound," USF has a total of 1,043 faculty who teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Of those faculty, 41% are full-time and 59% are part-time, or adjunct. USF's student newspaper, The Foghorn, published an investigative piece on the working conditions and low salaries of USF adjuncts entitled "Are USF's Adjuncts Fairly Paid? Faculty and Provost Speak Up" on October 21, 2013. The Foghorn followed up its first article with another entitled "Adjunct Faculty Fight for Fair Treatment." According to The Foghorn, adjunct salaries range from $27,216 to $32,666 per year as opposed to the $74,334 to $143,535 paid to full-time faculty.

Student exchange programs

USF offers sponsored semester programs to Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Mexico, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, and Uruguay. Since USF has signed agreements with these overseas universities, students receive full transfer credit on their transcripts. There are also internship programs available in France, Ecuador, London, Australia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scandinavia which integrate a working internship along with related course work at a university.[45]

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

USF has hosted an Army ROTC program since 1936. ROTC is an elective curriculum taken along with the required college classes and can also pay for a cadet's college tuition.[46] ROTC currently operates on campus under the command of the Military Science Department.

Student clubs and organizations

USF is home to over 90 clubs and organizations[47] including academic/professional, governance, cultural, service, social, political, athletic and special interest. 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.[48]

Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF) Senate is the student body governance organization responsible for organizing major campus events, voicing student concern and reviewing the ASUSF budget.[49]

USF's professional and academic organizations include chapters of many national and international groups including the Professional Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, the Lambda Iota Tau English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Political Science Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha, Biological Honor Society Tri Beta, Accounting and Finance Honor Society Beta Alpha Psi and Psychology Honor Society Psi Chi.

Professional organizations include the Family Business Association, USF Pre-Dental Society, Hospitality Management Association, the Nursing Students Association and the Entrepreneurship Club.

Religious and spiritual organizations on campus include the Muslim Student Union, the USF chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the USF Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

USF leisure and hobby organizations include a chapter of national organization Best Buddies as well as Outdoors and Environmental Education Club, USF Queer Alliance, San Quentin TRUST Alliance, Knitting for Neighbors, Back to the Roots, Surf and Skate Club, and the Animation Comics and Video Games (ACV) Club. Cultural and multicultural organizations around campus serve international students, Indian students, Black students, Latin American students and Hawaiian Students. There are also groups specifically for women of color and Latina women.

Social justice clubs on campus include chapters of Amnesty International, School of the Americas Watch, Up 'til Dawn and Invisible Children. There is also a Politics Society, Philosophy Club, Women in Media Club and Women in Science Club.[50]

Student-produced media

The San Francisco Foghorn is the official student weekly newspaper of the University of San Francisco and is sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF).[51] The Foghorn was founded in 1926, and was first called The Ignatian. In the 1930s, members of The Ignation changed its name to "San Francisco Foghorn" to reflect the University's decision to change its name from St. Ignatius College to the University of San Francisco. The Foghorn has played a significant role on campus throughout the years, and has some notable alumni—from the likes of Pierre Salinger, editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and Press Secretary for President John F. Kennedy,[52] to well-known author and historian Kevin Starr, and Leo T. McCarthy, one-time California Lieutenant Governor. The Foghorn gained national recognition in 1961, when the American Newspaper Publishers Association awarded it with a "Pacemaker Award". The Foghorn has been honored by the Associated Collegiate Press which deemed it "College Paper of the Year" in 1998.[52]

USF has a radio station, KUSF, which broadcasts online. The station had broadcast on radio frequency 90.3 FM since 1977, until the station's license was sold by the University on January 18, 2011.[53] The University announced that they had sold KUSF's license to a Southern California based classical radio station for $3.75 million;[54] the next day, a protest was held by student and community DJs and supporters against the newly proposed online-only format. KUSF has garnered international attention for its diverse musical programming, which varies from rock to hip hop to world music.[55] KUSF is the recipient of numerous awards,[56] including many public service awards[57] for the station's long-running weekly community service series. USF's other radio station, KDNZ, is student-run and-programmed.[58]

The University of San Francisco has one television station, USFtv [1], which is broadcast on Channel 35 in the dormitories and around campus.[59] The station was founded in 2006,[60] and is entirely student-run. The station features a variety of content, including news, sports, cultural programming. In 2008 USFtv students collaborated with Wyclef Jean to create a music video for his song, "If I Was President".

The Ignatian is USF's annual "literary magazine" that is published every spring. It has traditionally printed a wide array of different content, running from philosophical pieces to personal essays, short fiction, poetry, and photography. Its most recent volume (volume 21) was released on May 2, 2009.[61]

Performing arts

USF has numerous student clubs for performing arts including a theater group (College Players), an unfunded, two-time Golden Gate Regional winning improvisational team (Awkward Silence), choir (ASUSF voices), contemporary mass ensemble and dance program that entails social justice.

The College Players, founded in 1863, is the oldest student-run theater group west of the Mississippi and the second oldest in the United States.[62] Their annual production of The Vagina Monologues distributes 100 percent of the show's proceeds to women charities around the Bay Area.[63]

ASUSF voices is a collaboration between the associated students of USF and the Performing Arts Department. It contains a variety of choral ensembles including jazz and other popular vocal styles.[64] The USF Contemporary Mass Ensemble is a group of collective USF alumni, either vocal or instrumental, that perform during Mass every Sunday in St. Ignatius Church.[65]

The USF dance program is affiliated with the Performing Arts and Social Justice Major. Students can enroll in tradition and modern dance classes. Students are allowed to participate in the USF Dance Ensemble, which provides the opportunity for students to work with professional and student choreographers.[66]

Greek life

All of the Social sororities and fraternities that wish to be recognized by the University must participate in Greek Council. The purpose of Greek Council is to aid in the development of the university’s recognized Greek organizations and their individual members.[67] Every year chapters participate in some of the same activities such as; mixers and socials, Thanksgiving potluck, Christmas clothing drive, Homecoming, and Greek Games.[68]

Social Fraternities and Sororities

The following are the social fraternities and sororities at USF:[69]


Academic/Honor Society/Professional

Student body

Demographics of student body - Fall 2014[4][71]
All Students California U.S. Census
Asian American and Pacific Islander 21.9% 12.3% 4.3%
African American 5.6% 6.2% 12.1%
Hispanic American 18.1% 35.9% 14.5%
Native American 1.3% 0.7% 0.9%
White American 32.7% 59.8% 65.8%
International student 16.2% N/A N/A
Unknown/Other 4.2% N/A N/A

As of September 2013, the student body was 63% female and 37% male, representing 49 states and 87 foreign countries; 30.7% of students were Catholic, 12.9% no religion, 5.6% Protestant, 1.7% Jewish, 2.2% Buddhist, 1.4% Muslim, 0.6% Hindu, 5.8% other. and 39.1% unspecified.[72]

In the 1800s, USF's diversity (then St. Ignatius College) was mostly a reflection of the diversity inherent in San Francisco. For example, when Italian, Irish, German and French migrants came to San Francisco, the population of European students in USF increased as well.[73] USF's student population diversity has increased throughout the last century. Filipinos started attending the university in the 1920s, after the United States' annexation of Philippines. In 1960s, Mexicans, African Americans, Chinese, Norwegians came to USF. The 1970s marked the start of students from Hong Kong, Japan and Indonesia, coming to USF.[74] In 1964, 473 women enrolled as full-time undergraduates marking the first time women attended USF.

In 2002, a plan was developed by the university to increase the diversity of the USF student population.[75] This plan was enacted by university officials, who also enlisted the help of USF alumni to "assemble a mix of students that will help USF achieve its vision: to educate leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world." In 2002, 64.4% of undergraduates were female and 35.6% were male. The plan sought to address concerns of the gender ratio and increase the percentage of international students at USF from 9.4% to around 15%. A statement made by USF President, Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J. (2000 to present) in an interview by USF Magazine highlighted the importance the university placed on the diversity of its student population. The USF President clarified the scope of diversity to include "ethnicity, gender and life experiences". In December 2006, USF was awarded a $500,000 grant by the Lumina Foundation for Education to examine "how best to recruit and retain low-income, first-generation, and ethnic minority students at Jesuit universities."[76]

Surveys show that USF students consistently value diversity at USF. A survey conducted for graduating students on 24 May 2007 by USF's Office of Student Enrichment Programs indicated that 86% felt that individual ethnicity, religion, race and other differences were valued at USF. The same survey records that 70% of the graduating students agreed that their appreciation of those differences increased while they were at USF.[77] The result was consistent with past surveys conducted on graduating students, where over the period from May 1997 to December 1999, the result ranged from 78% to 84% for students valued the mentioned differences and 63% to 72% for those who "felt their appreciation of differences increased while at USF."[78] In 2004, a survey by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute indicated that 80% of USF students "considered it essential or very important that their undergraduate experience" developed their personal values. This statistic was higher than the national average sampling of 67%.[77]

International students made up close to 16% of the student body in fall 2014. International students have a dedicated orientation period[79] and a variety of internationally oriented student groups like the International Student Association, Global Living Community,[80] an International Advisory Council, and an International Network Program.[81] USF sponsors an annual International Education Week with an international fair featuring consulates in the San Francisco area, storytelling opportunities, educational speakers, and a performance event called "Culturescape".


USF is categorized as a more selective university, according to U.S. News & World Report.[82] For the class of 2017, USF received 14,844 applications, accepted 9,075 (61.1%), and enrolled 1,148.[83] The middle 50% range of SAT scores for enrolled freshmen was 530-630 for critical reading, 540-640 for math, and 530-630 for writing, while the ACT Composite middle 50% range was 23–27;[83] the average high school Grade Point Average (GPA) was 3.61.[83]

Financial aid

For the 2011-12 academic year, 61% of USF's undergraduates received financial aid, and 30% received federal Pell Grant support. Average amount of aid awarded to undergraduate students was $22,575.

Campus dining

USF's dining options span multiple locations around the campus:

  • Market Café - The Market Café, the main campus' cafeteria, is located on the second floor of the University Center. It has a several type of foods of American, Italian, Mexican, and salad bar. There is also a small store that sells a lot of drinks and snacks.
  • Crossroads Café - Crossroads Café (originally Crossroads Coffeehouse) is a student-run dining facility, located on the first floor of the University Center building.[84] The café (under a different name) originally started as a commuter students' lounge in the basement of the former Campion Hall, now Kalmanovitz Hall, in 1931.[85] The lounge was moved to the University Center Building when it was constructed in the Fall of 1966.[86] At the time, it was called Medusa's and used for poetry readings. It was adjacent to a large game room, the Green and Gold Room (the University's new commuter dining center) and the Fog and Grog (the University tavern).[87] In 1980 two USF students, Tony Raymond and Stephen Lee, proposed to the Associated Students administration converting Medusa's into a for-profit coffeehouse that would also serve as a venue for live music acts. They based the coffeehouse's name on the song by Cream, although it was quickly recast by student government leaders as a symbol of the intersection of different campus communities. Raymond and Lee operated the coffeehouse gratis for two years before turning it over to other classmates (Dennis Ainslie and Greg Bonomi) to run. By 1982 the coffeehouse's popularity prompted an expansion to include the game room space. Its success would also merit a satellite cafe in the University's new athletic center when it was built in the 1990s. Crossroads was a popular dining and socializing spot into the mid 2000s[88] but did not survive a major renovation of the University Center around 2010. It hosted live entertainment events, such as open mike nights, games, performances, and crafts.[89] Office hours were often held in Crossroads, where students could consult and get advice from their teachers. The satellite location in the Koret athletic center was also renamed when the coffeehouse was converted into a deli.
  • Outtakes Café - The Outtakes Café, also known as the Wolf and Kettle, is located on USF's Lone Mountain campus. Outtakes has two sections: a dining center, similar to a smaller cafeteria structure of tables, booths and chairs, and a “small retail convenience store, offering a wide variety of grocery items, fresh food and produce, and all the essentials."[84]
  • Kendrick Café - The Kendrick Café is located on the School of Law Campus.
  • Club Ed Café - The Club Ed Café is located on the bottom floor of USF's School of Education building.
  • Outtahere - The newest addition to the campus' dining facilities, replacing Jamba Juice. Similar to Outtakes, it provides a small dining area that serves breakfast all day and a small convenience store that sells primarily organic foods. This facility is open until 2 A.M. to students of USF.


Current logo (2012-present).
Former logo.

USF competes in the NCAA's Division I and is a charter member of the West Coast Conference, along with local rivals Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College of California. Sports offered are men’s and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, as well as men’s baseball and women's volleyball. USF has won 12 NCAA championships, 1 NIT championships, and 42 WCC championships. USF’s mascot is the Don and its colors are green and gold.


Athletics at USF dates back to its founding in 1855, when founder baseball, basketball, and rugby against other local colleges and high schools. Rivalries with neighboring Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College of California have their origins in this early period.

1951 USF Dons Football Team

The 1951 University of San Francisco Dons football team, coached by Joe Kuharich, went undefeated, with a record of 9-0, and the team produced ten future NFL players (Ollie Matson, Gino Marchetti, Bob St. Clair, Dick Stanfel, Ed Brown, Lou Stephens, Burl Toler, Joe Scudero, Roy Barni, Mike Mergen, Merrill Peacock, and Ralph Thomas). Five became NFL Pro-Bowlers, and Gino Marchetti, Ollie Matson, and Bob St. Clair later were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame—a record for one college team. The team also had another first; Burl Toler became the first African American official in the NFL.[90] Future NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle played a role as the Dons' Athletic Publicist. At the height of their success, the team experienced one of the greatest snubs in college football history. Due to the team having two African-American star players, Ollie Matson and Burl Toler, they were not invited to play in any of the college football bowl games hosted by the SEC (Southern Conference).[91] This resulted in the team being invited to the Orange Bowl without Toler and Matson. The team refused the invitation. Guard Dick Columbini said "'No, we're not going to leave ‘em at home’ ... ‘We're going to play with ‘em or we’re not going to play.’"[90] As a result of the team's refusal to play in the Orange Bowl, the USF Athletic Department was forced to drop its football program in 1952, due to a deficit in department funds.


Former interior of War Memorial Gym

USF is best known for its men's basketball program. The men's team won three national championships: the 1949 NIT Championship, with Don Lofgran as MVP, and the 1955 and 1956 NCAA National Championships, going undefeated in the 1956 season. Led by NBA Hall of Famers Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, the 1956 Dons became the first undefeated team to win a national championship, winning a then-record 60 games in a row from 1954 to 1956 before losing an exhibition game to the USA Men's Olympic Basketball team. Also of note, the 1954-1955 USF basketball teams became the first major college or university basketball team to win a national title with three African American starters (Russell, Jones, and Hal Perry).[15]

On December 26, 2007, the university hired 798-win coach Eddie Sutton to replace Jessie Evans. Sutton got his 800th career win as a college basketball head coach when the Dons beat Pepperdine, 85-82.

On April 18, 2008, USF announced the hiring of Rex Walters, former coach of Florida Atlantic University, as the new men's basketball coach, succeeding Eddie Sutton.[92] Walters is an NBA veteran, originally the 16th overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in the 1993 NBA Draft.[92]


The soccer program began at USF in 1931, from the beginning it has been a successful program, winning five titles from 1932–1936, much of this was because of the All-American team captain Gus Donoghue who later returned to the University as the head coach in 1946, he won several titles, including a co-championship with Penn State in 1949. After his retirement in 1960 the programs successes went on under alumnus, All American and Holocaust survivor Stephen Negoesco, who played under Donoghue in the 50's. He coached the team from 1962 to 2000 and led the team to 540 wins and four national championships (1966, 1975, 1976, 1980). Negoesco was later inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003 after having won more victories with his team than any other coach in the history of intercollegiate soccer competition in the United States. Under Negoesco's successor, alumnus Erik Visser, the men's team earned the 2004, 2005 and 2008 WCC titles.[93]


In 2011, USF President Stephen Privett, S.J., decided to sell KUSF-FM for $3.75 million in the face of protests from San Francisco residents.[94]

In 2012, the University of San Francisco Law School was sued by former students for falsely inflating employment rates.[95][96][97][98]

In September 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that associate dean Dayle Smith resigned from her administrative position as a result of increased enrollments of Chinese students with poor English skills. She did not, however, resign from her full-time, tenure faculty position. Business school Dean Mike Webber stated, in the announcement of Smith's exit, that the "considerable increase" in foreign students this year is not in and of itself a cause for concern. "But given that so many of these students have weak English skills and are disproportionately from one country, we are going to be faced with some unique pedagogical and cultural challenges." [99]

Notable alumni and faculty

Some notable alumni include:

Notable faculty members include:

Also, the University has awarded a number of people with honorary degrees. Some of the recipients include

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External links

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