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University of San Francisco-Going to Visit-Reviews?

SockherMomSockherMom Registered User Posts: 621 Member
edited April 2011 in California Colleges
We are going to San Francisco to visit schools, thought we would go take a look at University of San Francisco.

We don't really know much about the school and not much new info on the school on this board. We would love some input from students/alumni about the school.

My daughter is really leaning towards SFSU but we want to check out all options in the San Francisco area so we figured we go take a look. With the CA budget problems, who knows if she will ever get a class at SFSU--and maybe private is the way to go despite the extra $100,000-lol!
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Replies to: University of San Francisco-Going to Visit-Reviews?

  • SockherMomSockherMom Registered User Posts: 621 Member
    *Bump* Leaving this weekend....anyone?
  • AnnoyinggirlAnnoyinggirl - Posts: 215 Junior Member
    USF was my first choice just about a month ago- that was before I learned that despite my EFC of 0, they are unwilling to give a penny in aid.
  • AnnoyinggirlAnnoyinggirl - Posts: 215 Junior Member
    I find USF to be very ironic. It is a private instution, yet it has a ideas, views, and mission of building a liberal breeding ground. In fact, as you probably already know, its personal statement was "how you can help USF complete its mission of making the WORLD a more humane, safe, and better place".

    Although their mission is noble and compelling, they seem to have forgotten that they, after all, are operating an academic school. They have seemed to shift all resources, money, and energy into "changing the world into a more humane place", rather than spending the needed resources and energy into their students so that their students may some day impact the world in a even heavier and better way.
  • SockherMomSockherMom Registered User Posts: 621 Member
    Annoyinggirl We are going to take a look at USF but from what you say, I presume SFSU will be the way to go. Do they not offer any merit scholarships despite 0 EFC?
  • AnnoyinggirlAnnoyinggirl - Posts: 215 Junior Member
    They do offer merit scholarships but if you have applied regular admission, you are ineligible for the 19k per year scholarship. The highest scholarship you can get if you have applied regular admission is the 9k per year scholarship. From the USF website:


    "New Freshmen applicants for timely Fall admission (January 15th deadline) who are US citizens or permanent residents and who did not qualify for University Scholars may be eligible for one of three merit based awards. Awards are based on incoming GPA and test scores and are limited to eight semesters of undergraduate study at USF. A student cannot be awarded from both University Scholars and USF Academic Merit Awards. Eligibility for these fixed amount awards is based on the following combination of scores:**

    1. To be eligible for the President's Merit Award of $9,000, a student must have:

    a. incoming cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher AND an SAT score or 1350 ( Math and Critical Reading Scores only) or ACT composite score of 31 or higher, or

    b. incoming cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher AND an SAT score of 1260 ( Math and Critical Reading Scores only) or ACT composite score of 29 or higher, or

    c. incoming cumulative GPA of 4.00 or higher AND an SAT score of 1200 ( Math and Critical Reading Scores only) or ACT composite score of 27 or higher


    2. To be eligible for the Provost's Merit Award of $7,000, a student must have:

    a. incoming GPA of 3.50 or higher AND an SAT score or 1300 ( Math and Critical Reading Scores only) or ACT composite score of 30 or higher, or

    b. incoming GPA of 3.70 or higher AND an SAT score of 1220 ( Math and Critical Reading Scores only) or ACT composite score of 28 or higher, or

    c. incoming GPA of 3.85 or higher AND an SAT score of 1190 ( Math and Critical Reading Scores only) or ACT composite score of 27 or higher


    3. To be eligible for the Dean's Merit Award of $5,000, a student must have:

    a. incoming GPA of 3.35 or higher AND an SAT score or 1200 ( Math and Critical Reading Scores only) or ACT composite score of 27 or higher, or

    b. incoming GPA of 3.60 or higher AND an SAT score of 1110 ( Math and Critical Reading Scores only) or ACT composite score of 25 or higher, or

    c. incoming GPA of 3.70 or higher AND an SAT score of 1050 (Math and Critical Reading Scores only) or ACT composite score of 23 or higher".

    But, since you are going to San Francisco anyway, and going to visit SFSU, it won't hurt to give USF a visit as well. The campus is beautiful. And as you have said that you are willing to give that 100k, USF is not all that bad. At least you would know that your daughter would be able to graduate on time. At SFSU, it is rare nowadays that students graduate in four years. I've personally went into the admissions office and they were really willing to help and very nice. You won't find that at SFSU.
  • AnnoyinggirlAnnoyinggirl - Posts: 215 Junior Member
    Sorry if it sounds like I'm trying to confuse you by taking both sides. My point is that if money wasn't an issue, I would choose USF over SFSU due to the budget cuts that's currently haunting all the public schools. IF budget cuts weren't an issue, I would choose SFSU over USF, but that we can't control. :\
  • SockherMomSockherMom Registered User Posts: 621 Member
    We were impressed by the visit, facilities and presentation and felt assured that most do graduate in 4 years but $56K per year...ouch! With no financial aid it is just a bit too Much!
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