Universities in San Francisco, USA
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San Francisco
12 out of 13
  • Universities in San Francisco
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
24
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in San Francisco
  • (18 institution and 6 subject rankings)
18
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in San Francisco
  • Among TOP 200

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.

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.

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in San Francisco, USA

Latest ranking updates related to universities in San Francisco
  • 29 Mar, 2021: US News: Best Grad Schools (US) (Law) updated with University of California, San Francisco ranked highest among 16 listed universities in San Francisco.
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities updated with University of California, San Francisco ranked highest among 4 listed universities in San Francisco.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Publication of QS World University Rankings By Subject (Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies). University of California, San Francisco with highest ranking among universities in San Francisco ranked #6.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: 4icu published most recent results of UniRank 4icu - World Ranking. University of California, San Francisco achieves position 120.

Highest subject rankings of universities in San Francisco

Molecular Biology & Genetics
#5 
University of California, San Francisco
Medicine
#6 
University of California, San Francisco
Social Sciences
#12 
University of California, San Francisco
Art & Design
#29 
California College of the Arts
Library & Information Management
#50 
University of California, San Francisco
Agricultural Sciences
#301 
University of California, San Francisco
Electrical Engineering
#351 
University of California, San Francisco

Rankings of universities in San Francisco, USA 2021

  • #156 
  • #156 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #155 
  • #1001 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #309 
  • #555 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


  • #488 
  • #401 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #278 
  • #536 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #221 
  • #1089 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


  • #153 
  • #1001 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #14 
  • #24 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #15 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


  • #429 
  • #401 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #317 
  • #336 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]
  • #936 
  • #5909 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #477 
  • #653 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #287 
  • #298 
US News Best Colleges
[Published 13 September, 2020]
  • #384 
  • #2962 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]

  • #422 
  • #448 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]
  • #1178 
  • #6836 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #609 
  • #3092 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #879 
  • #5687 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #963 
  • #5997 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (83 reviews)
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  • #1007 
  • #6209 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (37 reviews)
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  • #1390 
  • #7856 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #1438 
  • #8118 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


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 always keep an eye on bulletin boards in case there’s something going on that interests you.”

San Francisco Key Facts for International Students

Population: 806000

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 5.74 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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FAQ

University of San Francisco ranks #1 in San Francisco in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in San Francisco University of California, San Francisco is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 21 rankings where University of California, San Francisco is listed.

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

University of California, San Francisco is ranked best in San Francisco for Medicine & Health (Medicine). See all rankings for the University of California, San Francisco.

University of California, San Francisco is ranked best in San Francisco for Social Studies & Humanities (Social Sciences). See all rankings for the University of California, San Francisco.

California College of the Arts is ranked best in San Francisco for Arts Visual & Performing (Art & Design). See all rankings for the California College of the Arts.

University of California, San Francisco is ranked best in San Francisco for Computer Science (Library & Information Management). See all rankings for the University of California, San Francisco.

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

University of California, San Francisco is ranked best in San Francisco for Engineering (Electrical Engineering). See all rankings for the University of California, San Francisco.

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%
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:
Academic research publication

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Forbes

Criteria used in ranking -America's Best Value Colleges 2019:
Rank on Forbes 2018 Top Colleges ranking 20%
Student debt 20%
Alumni earnings 20%
Net price 20%
Graduation rate 10%
Pell Grant recipients 10%

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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:
Quality of education 33.33%
Affordability 33.33%
Outcomes 33.33%

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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 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 excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU North America:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

Payscale

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

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 -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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