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University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic university located in San Francisco, California, United States. Founded in 1855, USF was established as the first university in San Francisco.



2130 Fulton St
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Roman Catholic Church (Jesuit)
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Don The Spanish Nobleman
Green Gold
West Coast

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Founded in 1855 as Saint Ignatius Academy by the Italian Jesuits Rev. Anthony Maraschi, Rev. Joseph Bixio, and Rev. Michael Accolti, USF started in a building along Market Street in what later became downtown San Francisco. St. Ignatius Academy received its charter on April 30, 1859 from the State of California signed by governor John B. Weller (the document survived the 1906 fire and earthquake) and changed its name to St. Ignatius College. The original curriculum included Greek, Spanish, Latin, English, French, Italian, algebra, arithmetic, history, geography, elocution, and bookkeeping. Father Maraschi was not only the college's first president, but also a professor, the college's treasurer, and first pastor of Saint Ignatius Church.[7] Saint Ignatius Church, east side view. A new building was constructed in 1862 to replace the first frame building. In June 1863, the university awarded its first Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1880, the college moved from Market Street to a new site on the corner of Hayes Street and Van Ness Avenue (currently occupied by the Davies Symphony Hall). The third St. Ignatius College received little to moderate damage in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, but was completely destroyed in the ensuing fire. The campus moved west, to the corner of Hayes and Shrader Streets, close to Golden Gate Park, where it occupied a hastily constructed structure known as The Shirt Factory (for its resemblance to similar manufacturing buildings of the era) for the next 20+ years. The college moved to its present site on the south slope of Lone Mountain in 1927. The college was built on the site of the former Odd Fellows, Mount Olivet and Masonic Cemeteries. In 1913, the city enacted a law prohibiting more burials in the City and County of San Francisco. The remains were supposed to be transferred to Colma, California, however, several caskets and skull were found recently on main campus.[8] To celebrate its diamond jubilee in 1930, St. Ignatius College changed its name to the University of San Francisco. According to USF history professor Father John B. McGloin, S.J., the change from college to university was sought by long-time San Francisco Mayor James Rolph Jr.. at the time, running for Governor of California. A male-only school for most of its history, USF became fully coeducational in 1964. In 1969, the high school division, already wholly separate from the university, moved to the western part of San Francisco and became St. Ignatius College Preparatory. In 1978, the university acquired Lone Mountain College[9] Today, USF is organized into five academic divisions with 8,772 students and 506 faculty members. The Jesuit university invites speakers who espouse views sometimes at odds with Catholic doctrine. Conservative Catholics sometimes criticize this practice. In 2004, Bishop Allen Henry Vigneron of the Diocese of Oakland forbade the Catholic Voice newspaper to print an advertisement for a seminar called "Imaging the Future Church", which was sponsored by a group of Catholic lay people calling for church reforms.[10] Also in 2004, the Cardinal Newman Society protested the university's selection of Mayor Gavin Newsom as speaker for the business school's annual commencement ceremony, for his views on abortion and gay-rights.[11] October 2005 marked the 150th anniversary of the university's founding.

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As a Jesuit and Catholic University, we have the responsibility to provide leadership in developing a more sustainable way of living. As an urban University committed to educating minds and hearts to change the world, the University of San Francisco has the additional responsibility to draw on its location in one of the most environmentally innovative urban areas in the world in order to set new standards for sustainability in higher education. These include sustainable university operations, sustainability training and education across the curriculum, and serving as a partner in sustainability with our campus neighbors, the city of San Francisco, and the global community.



Charles Fracchia, founder of Rolling Stone Magazine and the San Francisco Historical Society.[99] James D. Phelan, former San Francisco Mayor and United States Senator Pat Brown, former Governor of California and father of Governor Jerry Brown Gordon Getty, Philanthropist and fourth child of J. Paul Getty. John Paul Getty, Jr. Greg Suhr, Chief of Police in San Francisco Bill Russell, retired NBA player and record holder for the most championships won by any NBA player since the league's inception with eleven. William Newsom, Father of Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom and retired state appeals court judge. Gordon Bowker, cofounder of Starbucks Paul S. Otellini, President and CEO of Intel Pete Rozelle, Former NFL commissioner Pierre Salinger, a United States senator and press secretary for President John F. Kennedy Olivier Weber, French novelist, ambassador and former war correspondent Alejandro Toledo, the 46th president of Peru Notable faculty members include: Charles Fracchia, founder of Rolling Stone Magazine and the San Francisco Historical Society.[99] Sam Green, director of The Weather Underground Paul Chien, Biology professor known for his research in physiology and ecology. Also, the University has awarded a number of people with honorary degrees. Some of the recipients include The 14th Dalai Lama Kim Dae-Jung, former South Korean president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former Philippine president Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mary McAleese, President of Ireland Bill Cosby, comedian and actor Dan Schutte, prominent Catholic composer Saeb Erekat, Palestinian politician and negotiator



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