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I graduated from USF in the late 80s.Quite BrightAccounting
I graduated from USF in the late 80s. I would not, did not, recommend this school to my nieces nor nephew. The reason? Tuition is far more than what I paid without a concomitant increase in academic quality. I worked for UPS delivering furniture, tutored, received grants and scholies. My entire total of student loans amounted to $4,000 which didn't accrue interest while was an undergrad. Despite the fact that USF was much better than average while I attended, currently it just isn't worth the cost. I hold Catholic unis to far higher standards than I do secular schools, and I find that all are lacking. They have used the same business model as public colleges, that means, massive debt for non-academic reasons. If that's so, then attend a community college and transfer to a state uni which gives you the most financial aid that isn't premised on debt. Unless you're attending a top elite US private university, which USF isn't, then it makes no sense to pay a premium....
4th Year Male -- Class 1920
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Individual Value: F
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USF is a great school academically.Not so brightPsychology
USF is a great school academically. The professors are extremely knowledgeable about their field and truly want students to learn. I have yet to come across a professor who has a bad attitude or clearly does not want to be teaching. Class sizes are small (usually no more than 35 students) so professors will know you by name which I think creates a better teacher-student relationship. The campus is beautiful and in the center of SF so there is always something to do. Although the campus is pretty small, you will be doing a lot of walking and going up/down stairs, but the views will be worth it. That being said, I would have to say a major drawback are the students. It's true, we do have a diverse campus although it is still primarily Caucasian/Asian. However, there is a certain attitude many students have and it's not a good one; it's a bit on the pretentious side and I'm not sure if this is because most students are very wealthy or if it's because living the city has given them a sense of entitlement, but these students are not hard to come by. I know a few kids who actually transferred because they either couldn't make friends or because they did not the student atmosphere was very welcoming. Of course, there are the cooler students who don't act like this, but they're hard to come by and for some reason this school is very cliquey (think high school) so if you haven't met friends within your first year it may be difficult to do so later. Of course the biggest drawback in general is the tuition. Right now it's 60K which is ridiculous and not even the highest quality education is worth that much (and this definitely isn't of the highest quality), but it is what it is. If you need financial aid, USF is very generous, but still most people are still unable to afford it. To conclude, if you are looking for a school with great professors, a nice-looking campus and don't mind pretentious people (you're in the middle of San Francisco so they're everywhere (but you're in SF which is the best city ever- so who cares)) then this is the place for you.
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: B-
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YOUR MAJOR MATTERS:Super BrilliantBiology
YOUR MAJOR MATTERS:

If you are just researching schools, keep in mind what you want your major to be. Only a FEW majors are suited to be here: Nursing, business, and pre-health.

I can't speak for the other degrees like English, philosophy, language etc but a rule of thumb everyone would agree with is this: USF is NOT worth going into debt for (with the exception of MAYBE business or nursing).

An aside on the sciences: Good for basic sciences and people who don't really want to get a PhD, like pre-health kids. Bad for those who want more because we are very limited on degree specialization and exposure.

Degrees that you should NOT go here for: anything art, film, or media related. Go to Academy of Art, you learn so much more there, and that's where all the employers go to look for qualified students.

YOUR DEMOGRAPHIC:
If you are Asian or Asian-american you will likely fit right in, Filipinos here are very social with each other and it is basically one big family. Also sports people (like at every university) are all friends. If you smoke, or are a druggie, you will also find your click easily. Females, if your are one of those rich "I wanna be a grungy, explore my sexuality, hippy" you will feel right at home. Also if you are rich and snobby you will have a blast. Start shopping for your party dresses and LV purses now- but keep in mind after freshman year no one wears them.

Males, good luck making random friends in other classes especially when almost everyone is female, and 15-20% of guys you meet will be hitting on you because you might be gay.

Bottom line, You form your group of friends the first year and it is VERY difficult to make any friends after that (until about senior year when you know the people in your classes), the students just aren't welcoming of others, and don't go out of their way to get more friends. Perhaps it is due to crowded city life: you can't roll with more than 5-10 people due to physical space limitations in the small ass housing.

The "Liberal" curriculum: Almost all of your core classes are a complete waste of time and many are taught by terrible professors. Literature, "social diversity", philosophy? Waste of time.

Biggest pain in the ass: language requirement of 2-3 semesters. And the fact that business majors don't have to take a language at all, how this is possible I have no idea.

Last note:Don't buy the whole 'diversity' this school is trying to sell. Sure we have hundreds of students straight from Asia but odds are you will NEVER meet them, socialize with them, or have anything to do with them. It just doesn't happen, sorry. The only time you will see them is when they are driving their Aston Martins, Lambo's, Maserati, or other >$100,000 car. That is definitely not my idea of a good-diverse school.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: A, Scholastic Success: D
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