University of San Francisco Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (14)
The University of San Francisco is a small, private college in the heart of San Francisco. The location is one of the best in the city for easy access to all the major tourist destinations as well as all the restaurants and sights favored by the locals. Because everything is so convenient and public transportation is close there is no need for a car, which is good because parking is at a premium. The school is relatively small but still has all the amenities and facilities of a larger college including a fitness facility and large library. The dorms and main campus have recently been upgraded and are quite nice and make living on campus really enjoyable, they have traditional dorms as well as apartments for upperclassmen. The cafeteria is really nice with tons of different options to suite everyone including a coffee shop for hanging out and studying. The campus has tons of outdoor spaces to hang out and a lot of study and gathering rooms to work on homework and group projects. I majored in biology and found the program to be rigorous and interesting. I took a lot of great class and got a lot of lab experience. Most of the classes required a lab so that a lot of hands on learning took place. The labs were all were modern and up to date with the latest technologies. The labs in the last couple years have also been updated to keep up with current technologies. Overall it was a great school and I would recommend it.
I loved USF. The focus on education paired with community in a diversity city made for an exhilarating 4 years. Located in one of the best cities in the world and led by the Jesuit order, things seem to fall in place and perfect example of the real world has to offer. Go here, you won't regret it.
The school has changed since I attended, but the part of USF I appreciated the most was the fact that the entire city became our classroom. THe diversity of the student body also played a major role in shaping my college experience. Hving professors who also had careers outside the school, as well - was a big bonus. The spiritual component of the Jesuit education can also not be given enough credit.
University of San Francisco is a great college. I did a professional degree program for working adults. This is a wonderful way to obtain a degree while working full-time. USF provides this program with all the perks typically given to younger students who attend the actual campus by providing us a satellite campus that gives us the feeling of the university's feel and services. Financial Aid works with students to assist them in quick and very helpful ways. The advisor I had was always available to assist me in graduation inquiries as well as personal crisis. The USF family is a great family to be proud I received a degree from.
Some instructors were great. Others not so great. Guest speaker was not helpful but was used twice for cardiac lecture. Did not prepare me well for teh NCLEX.
The education I received at USF greatly enhanced my learning and knowledge of the nursing field. My professors and classmates shared invaluable knowledge and insight into nursing and I found my education at USF to be superb. The program was intense, but with the help of my classmates and faculty, I feel that I was able to gain the tools and skills needed to be an excellent nurse.
My graduate study experience at USF was amazing! The students, faculty, and university community contributed to enhancing my overall well-being as a clinical nurse leader. I am proud to be an alumni from this prestigious university!
My review is pertaining only to the nursing graduate program. I cannot be sure students in other departments within the school had the same experiences as I did. The admissions and management component was disorganized. Clinical sites may change spontaneously or the office is behind on a deadline, causing students to fall behind on paperwork as well. There seems to lack communication between faculty and students. Students are sometimes blindsided by logistics we did not know we had to take care of personally. We assumed the school would take care of something for us, or at least inform us to take care of it; however that was not always the case. Other than that, the teaching staff is fairly knowledgeable and approachable. It is a quick 2 year accelerated masters program, which is great. If that is what you want, and can be patient enough, self sufficient and resourceful, then the office management issues won't be a concern.
The clinical rotations were not arranged far enough in advance and some students were left to fend for themselves for clinicals. I will mention that our program was not the only one to have issues with clinical placements as there are far too many nursing programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and not enough hospitals to accommodate all the students in need of placement.
USF is a beautiful school with an environment conducive to learning. A student has free range to study individually or in groups in all areas on campus at any time of day. The library is top notch. The school of nursing at USF seems to always be struggling. As a student, you will need to be very flexible with change. Some of the professors are amazing. However, there were a few that were actually pretty mediocre. Considering the amount of money tuition is I had expected all professors to be stellar. It is really up to you to make the education what you want it to be.