Top 20 Universities In California

Top 20 Universities In California
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There are so many reasons to study in California: world-class universities with a welcoming attitude towards international students, a sun-kissed climate, world-famous beaches, exciting cities, a high standard of living, an assortment of cultural riches and an undisputed position at the cutting edge of modern technology.

Below is a ranking of the top 20 universities In California.

20. University of San Francisco

University of San Francisco is a private institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,392, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 55 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $41,450 (2014-15).

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit institution in California’s Bay Area. The school tries to emphasize its Jesuit mission in every degree program offered. Students participate in service-learning courses, during which academic coursework is complemented by volunteer work around San Francisco.

The university at large is committed to bettering the community, including through partnerships with local organizations and work through the school’s research centers and institutes. More than 90 percent of freshmen live in on-campus housing.

USF has about 100 clubs and organizations for students to consider joining, including a handful of fraternities and sororities. The USF Dons sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

The teams get their unique name, Don, or Spanish nobleman, from early Spanish settlers who came to California. Notable USF alumni include Starbucks co-founder Gordon Bowker and former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.


When applying to University of San Francisco, it’s important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 15 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at University of San Francisco is $55.

It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 72 percent.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of San Francisco is 15:1, and the school has 51.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

The most popular majors at University of San Francisco include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Finance, General; and Hematology Technology/Technician.

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86 percent.

Student Life

University of San Francisco has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,392, with a gender distribution of 38.1 percent male students and 61.9 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus.

University of San Francisco is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Campus Services

University of San Francisco offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, and health insurance.

University of San Francisco also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc).

Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of San Francisco.

Cost and Financial Aid

At University of San Francisco, 54.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,055.

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