University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA 94117

University of San Francisco is one of the 138 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in California. Its campus is medium in size and located in San Francisco. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,532 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,302 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 85%).

Every year 77% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

University of San Francisco's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $45,760, and fees were $490. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $45,760 and $490 respectively.


Campus LocaleLarge City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate85%

Nursing Programs Offered

The University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the California State Board of Registered Nursing.

The program is designed to prepare students beginning their nursing careers. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and are eligible for the California Public Health Certificate.

The 128 credit program extends over six to eight semesters. The courses are offered in a sequential schedule with students required to earn a ‘C’ grade or higher to progress to the next level.

Admission Requirements:

(General Admission Requirements for the College)

  1. Official High School diploma
  2. Application form
  3. SAT/ACT scores
  4. Academic recommendation

Applicants admitted to the university as nursing majors are admitted to school of Nursing and Health Professions.

Additional Requirements:

Successful applicants are required to present a health assessment including a tuberculin skin-test and immunizations (tetanus booster, Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B titers). The program also requires a valid Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification.

A mandatory compulsory criminal background and drug screening as part of the arrangement for clinical practice as health agencies are required to provide a safe environment for their patients.

The California Board of Registered Nursing requires that all students maintain a ‘C’ grade or higher in all science, communication and nursing courses before being eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam.  


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 51 162
Master's degree 30 162
Doctor's degree - professional practice 2 13
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 1
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
02/28/1949 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
09/24/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1100 to 1290
ACT22 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $65
Graduates $55

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,625/credit
In State Students$1,625/credit
Out of State Students$1,625/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,340/credit
In State Students$1,340/credit
Out of State Students$1,340/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $73,125 $73,125 $73,125
ADN 70 $113,750 $113,750 $113,750
BSN 125 $203,125 $203,125 $203,125
FNP 50 $67,000 $67,000 $67,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 83% of University of San Francisco's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 26% $4,494
Other Federal Grant 10% $3,939
State Grant & Scholarships 21% $8,773
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 82% $23,895
Federal Student Loans 55% $5,302
Private Loans 7% $22,000


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$20,350
$30,001 to $48,000$23,066
$48,001 to $75,000$26,530
$75,001 to $110,000$33,598
Over $110,000$45,014

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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