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I transferred into the Nursing program as aQuite BrightNursing
I transferred into the Nursing program as a Junior and almost complete with my 3.5 years at the University of San Francisco. Beware all transfer students, USF's bachelor's nursing program is a mandatory 3.5 years of just nursing courses (prereqs not included) and the max Cal grant you could recieve is 2 years and 3 years for the USF transfer scholarship. USF has been a reputable nursing program throughout California, however the program is falling apart (literally). The program requires Sophomore 2-Senior 2 students to take a HESI exam at the end of each semester. If failed the first time, students are required to pay the fee for a 1 unit "remediation" course (mind you, each unit at USF is $1700+). The course consisted of a 20 min lecture of when to expect the next retake and consequences of not passing a second time. $1700+ to retake a test required by the nursing department (not even the state) to obtain a diploma. All students are required to purchase an extremely expensive ONLINE TEMPORARY textbook bundle to "save money" that expires right after graduation that you can't even keep or sell to get some of your money back. Students have had issues with clinical placements (groups not being assigned to a clinical site for half a semester that was to be "made up", failing to submit accurate onboarding forms for all students preventing us from being able to actually start clinicals, professors unfit to teach because all of the respected professors have left). The students in the BSN program have rallied together to change the structure of the program that is leading us to failure and potentially endangering our future patients. Students have continuously rallied up throughout the years to get their concerns about the program heard and have been immediately shut down or not even considered. There few amazing professors left at in the program that genuinely care for and advocate for the students but the big names in charge don't seem to care for the students more than their profit. I have never experienced such an unorganized, unprofessional department. The quality of the department and school is so horrendous that I wouldn't even pay $5,000 a year to go here knowing I could get a much better quality education at a community college or CSU/UC. The cafeteria has a history of having roaches. The bathrooms are always filthy and don't have seat covers. Every year we get a letter in the mail stating that tuition is increasing another $3000+ for the upcoming school year. You'd think that them raising tuition thousands of dollars for everyone every year that they'd at least be able to buy us toilet seat covers. Being located in San Francisco, parking is horrible but there are only 100 parking spots reserved for people with parking permits (this includes students, STAFF, and WORKERS). Besides that, there is 2hr and 4 hr street parking that takes at least 15-30 min to find around the time everyone's parking time expires. Looking for parking anytime before 7:30 am or 12pm, or 4pm? Good luck, mostly everyone is still in class so you won't see people moving their cars for hours. You have to get to campus an hours early to camp out in hope of finding a parking spot on the street. If you have a parking permit, sometimes I think that's worse because you pay hundreds of dollars for a ONE DAY pass (yes you read that correctly, one day, not 2 days or 3 or full time) but it doesn't guarantee you parking. You must get to the parking garages before 7:30 or they will most likely be full for the rest of the day. A daily parking pass for the garages costs $20/day. And don't get me started on the quality/efficacy (or lack thereof) of the financial aid department.
3rd Year Female -- Class 1920
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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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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