Universities in San Francisco, USA
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Latest ranking updates related to universities in San Francisco
  • 15 Aug, 2023: Latest ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking from ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. University of California, San Francisco in position #21.
  • 31 Jul, 2023: Latest Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities from Webometrics. 12 universities from San Francisco appear in this ranking.
  • 22 Jul, 2023: New edition of URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field (Business). 40 universities in San Francisco ranked.
  • 11 Jul, 2023: Publication of NTU Rankings by Subject (Economics & Business). University of California, San Francisco with highest ranking among universities in San Francisco ranked #351.

San Francisco is a city which offers its residents endless options when it comes to enjoying art and music, and it’s also a great place to be a foodie thanks to San Francisco’s signature dishes like clam chowder or the Italian-American Cioppino, and a big emphasis on places to have brunch.

The city has a rich character, offering many different kinds of lifestyles that should appeal to just about anyone. For those who are still in higher education, San Francisco also offers a total of 12 different higher education institutions to enroll in.


Rankings of universities in San Francisco, USA 2024

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (based on 143 student ratings)
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  • #15 
  • #34 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
  • #13 
  • #16 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 24 October, 2022]
  • #26 
  • #74 
CWTS Leiden Ranking
[Published 22 June, 2022]
Show 11 more rankings of University of California, San Francisco and subject specific rankings for 8 subjects

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (based on 323 student ratings)
  • #155 
  • #154 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #164 
  • #1001 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #291 
  • #1860 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
Show 13 more rankings of University of San Francisco and subject specific rankings for 4 subjects

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (based on 1306 student ratings)
  • #423 
  • #401 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #175 
  • #1201 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #321 
  • #2182 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
Show 15 more rankings of San Francisco State University and subject specific rankings for 6 subjects


#4
USA

Golden Gate University

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (based on 83 student ratings)
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  • #163 
  • #165 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #189 
  • #190 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1018 
  • #6706 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#5
USA

California Institute of Integral Studies

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (based on 116 student ratings)
  • #188 
  • #192 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #299 
  • #305 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #856 
  • #5842 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#6
USA

San Francisco Art Institute

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (based on 683 student ratings)
  • #372 
  • #383 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #480 
  • #497 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 11 November, 2021]

#7
USA

Alliant International University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (based on 39 student ratings)
  • #572 
  • #3067 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#8
USA

Presidio Graduate School

  • #1622 
  • #10962 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#9
USA

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (based on 71 student ratings)
  • #663 
  • #3774 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#10
USA

Academy of Art University

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (based on 1006 student ratings)
  • #973 
  • #6430 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#11
USA

Saybrook University

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (based on 37 student ratings)
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  • #1315 
  • #8152 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#12
USA

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Student satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0 (based on 238 student ratings)
  • #1387 
  • #8499 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

Student satisfaction: 4.8 / 5.0 (based on 126 student ratings)
  • #373 
  • #376 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #212 
  • #216 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #312 
  • #321 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
Show 2 more rankings of California College of the Arts and subject specific rankings for 1 subjects

Highest subject rankings of universities in San Francisco

Dentistry QS World University Rankings By Subject
#6 
University of California, San Francisco
Social Sciences NTU Rankings by Subject
#18 
University of California, San Francisco
Biotechnology GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
#37 
University of California, San Francisco
Business MONEY Best Colleges for Business Majors
#41 
San Francisco State University
Law US News: Best Grad Schools (US)
#51 
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Education URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#63 
University of California, San Francisco
Computer Science Payscale College Salary Report - Best Schools by Majors
#103 
San Francisco State University
Chemistry NTU Rankings by Subject
#180 
University of California, San Francisco
Mathematics NTU Rankings by Subject
#351 
University of California, San Francisco

Student Opinions About Studying in San Francisco

“Something you quickly notice when you live here is how many tech companies there are in the city. This stereotype about San Francisco is completely accurate, nearly every advert you see is for some kind of trendy new business promoting an on-demand service. All this is reflected in the job opportunities here, as most opportunities are coming from these start-ups.”

“San Francisco is very into exercising, whether it be walking everywhere, taking their bike, or Yoga sessions in the city’s innumerable parks. The cost of living may be high, but it’s clear that residents have a good quality of life in the city.”

“There’s always some kind of event or concert going on in the city, from Fleet Week to SantaCon, and they have a way of enticing you to check them out. You should keep an eye on bulletin boards in case there’s something going on that interests you.”

San Francisco Key Facts for International Students

PROS

  • The city is very walkable, with it being possible to walk across the span of 4 or 5 neighbourhoods in approximately 30-40 minutes. This gives locals the chance to discover the city more intimately than if they were always using public transport.

  • San Francisco’s cityscape has thoroughly embraced public parks, as you can find one every few blocks in most cases. Natural public spaces give residents a way of taking a break from the busy city surroundings.

  • The city has a strong reputation for being politically liberal, and many LGBT residents report that they’ve felt welcome in the city.

CONS

  • San Francisco’s housing situation is infamously expensive, with the average price for a 2-bedroom apartment being a staggering $3,600. To offset this issue, make sure to choose more affordable neighbourhoods which are also close enough to where you need to be every day.

  • The majority of job opportunities in San Francisco are related to Tech positions, although it is entirely realistic to be able to find employment in other sectors. It’s likely to take a few months to get a job offer.

  • The cost of living in general for San Francisco is extremely high, and can even be the most expensive city in the country depending on the year and the economy.


13 out of 13 Universities in San Francisco Ranked in at least one ranking

27 Different Rankings list Universities in San Francisco (20 institution and 7 subject rankings)

16 Global Rankings rank Universities in San Francisco Among TOP 200

Population: 865000

Elevation: 16 m. above sea level

Time: GMT -8

District/province: California, San Francisco County

Living costs for students in San Francisco:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 116* (16% more expensive than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 130* (30% more expensive than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 119* (19% more expensive than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 5.15 US$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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San Francisco State University is ranked best in San Francisco for Business (Business). See all rankings for the San Francisco State University.

University of California, Hastings College of the Law is ranked best in San Francisco for Law (Law). See all rankings for the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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San Francisco State University is ranked best in San Francisco for Computer Science (Computer Science). See all rankings for the San Francisco State University.

University of California, San Francisco is ranked best in San Francisco for Natural Sciences (Chemistry). See all rankings for the University of California, San Francisco.

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Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:

Academic Reputation 40% Employer Reputation 10% Faculty/Student Ratio 20% Citations per faculty 20% International Faculty Ratio 5% International Student Ratio 5%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:

Research Performance: 40%

  • Research Output: 10%
  • High-Quality Publications: 10%
  • Influence: 10%
  • Citations: 10%

Quality of Education: 25%

Alumni Employment: 25%

Quality of Faculty: 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:

Scientific Impact Number of Publications Collaboration Open Access Gender Diversity

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Forbes

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Kiplinger

Criteria used in ranking -Kiplinger's Best College Values:

Quality Criteria 55% Cost Criteria 45%

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MONEY

Criteria used in ranking -MONEY Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into:

Quality of education 33.33% Affordability 33.33% Outcomes 33.33%

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Criteria used in ranking -MONEY Best Colleges in America, ranked by value:

Quality of education 33.33% Affordability 33.33% Outcomes 33.33%

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Criteria used in ranking -MONEY Colleges That Add the Most Value:

Quality of education 33.33% Affordability 33.33% Outcomes 33.33%

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:

Research Productivity: 25%

  • # Articles last 11 years: 10%
  • # Articles current year: 15%

Research Impact: 35%

  • # Citations last 11 years: 15%
  • # Citations last 2 years: 10%
  • Average # citations last 11 years: 10%

Research Excellence: 40%

  • H-index last 2 years: 10%
  • # Highly cited papers last 11 years: 15%
  • # Articles current year in high-impact journals: 15%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Academic:

Article count (AC) Fractional count (FC) Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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Payscale

Criteria used in ranking -Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only):

Ranking is based on ROI

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings:

Research 50% Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:

Quality of Education 10%

  • Alumni winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 10%

Quality of Faculty 40%

  • Staff winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 20%
  • Highly Cited Researchers 20%

Research Output 40%

  • Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
  • Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded & Social Science Citation Index 20%

Per Capita Performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE Global Employability University Ranking:

Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings:

Research Reputation 66,6% Teaching Reputation 33,3%

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Urap

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Us News

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Wallstreet Journal USA & THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings:

Outcomes 40% (employability) Resources 30% Engagement 20% (teaching) Environment 10% (diversity)

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Washington Monthly

Criteria used in ranking -Washington Monthly - National Universities:

Social Mobility 33.33%
Research 33.33%
Community and National Service 33.33%

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:

Visibility 50% Excellence 35% Transparency 10% Presence 5%

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