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hello! i would love to attend USF and my only concern is how much it costs. is USF generous with scholarships and grants?

Hey there! In my experience, USF gives out pretty competitive financial aid packages. The financial aid package I received was honestly a major reason why I ended up choosing USF. If you have a demonstrated need via the FAFSA and can earn a solid merit grant, your cost can be really subsidized. 

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Does USF have a concentration of biomedical sciences?

Yeah! It’s more of a program than it is a major, though. Learn more about the Pre-Medical Program here »

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Where’s Ariel? #sf #usfca  (at Sutro Baths)

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Where’s Ariel? #sf #usfca (at Sutro Baths)

I'm still debating whether I want to transfer out of the csu I am at right now to USF and I was wondering if I would be able to go somewhere to help with applying for graduate schools? Also how would you recommend me compare the Biology program at USF and the Biology program where I am at? I am extremely confused and would very much appreciate your help :) I hope you have a wonderful Day!

This depends on the kind of help you’re looking for. In my experience, USF professors have always been an excellent resource for advising students about applying to graduate schools. Additionally, students can speak with their Academic Advisor or their Major Advisor to see what kind of guidance they can give. The Career Services Center can help with skills like interviewing and resumé building, as well.

To compare curriculum, I would look for yourself at the requirements for the Biology major at USF. If you want to speak with someone about this, I would suggest finding a USF Biology major on Facebook or otherwise and message them asking how they like the program or any other questions you might have. 

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How do I know if my class credits will transfer to USF? because by the end of fall semester, I will have 28 credits completed and by spring I will have 40-43 credits earned in my first year.

You’ll need to speak with the Transfer Center to see about your particular situation. Contact them here »

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Ñ  If there is one thing this last Summer taught me, it’s that college is a huge transitional period. 
Just two years ago, I was coming into my freshman year at USF, having just turned 18, still listening to my parents, taking instruction and following all of the rules. Since then, things have really changed; now I’m an upperclassman making my own decisions (which, by the way, come with a lot of mistakes), listening to my heart, and questioning the rules in place. 
It’s a time of doubt, uncertainty, fear, excitement, joy, and enthusiasm. The independence that I’ve gained comes with a catch. It can feel so liberating, but at the same time, the responsibility can feel so restraining. Learning how to navigate this episode of my life gives me goosebumps. 
I am using this clip of Calvin and Hobbes because I’m so appreciative and grateful for the simplicity last Summer brought me. Summers are a time to relax, think, and recover. I always end up feeling guilty during the Summer for asking myself things like, “Why am I not doing anything right now?”, “I should be productive”, “I really want to read a couple books this summer… nah, I’m just kidding.” 
But, I’ve come to realize that those moments are going to be some of the last times I’ll be able to just sit. Just sit and do absolutely nothing. 
I’m coming into this semester just barely getting my first credit card, I now have my own apartment, I am trying to balance classes, fraternity executive board, cycling club training and racing, and working two jobs—all while trying to maintain a social life. I wish it were as simple as my first year here, but it only gets better and more challenging. 
In a couple years, Calvin and Hobbes summers just won’t be a reality anymore. But I’m willing to squeeze out as much of the childhood I have here at USF and here in the city of San Francisco. From celebrating ridiculous “holidays” like Bay to Breakers, taking advantage of education, and letting my parents pay for some things (though this becomes more infrequent as I go along).
The Summer was definitely relieving and now I’m looking forward to tackling the new semester and continuing to do better.
Thanks for the read! One Love. 
—Abram
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If there is one thing this last Summer taught me, it’s that college is a huge transitional period.

Just two years ago, I was coming into my freshman year at USF, having just turned 18, still listening to my parents, taking instruction and following all of the rules. Since then, things have really changed; now I’m an upperclassman making my own decisions (which, by the way, come with a lot of mistakes), listening to my heart, and questioning the rules in place.

It’s a time of doubt, uncertainty, fear, excitement, joy, and enthusiasm. The independence that I’ve gained comes with a catch. It can feel so liberating, but at the same time, the responsibility can feel so restraining. Learning how to navigate this episode of my life gives me goosebumps. 

I am using this clip of Calvin and Hobbes because I’m so appreciative and grateful for the simplicity last Summer brought me. Summers are a time to relax, think, and recover. I always end up feeling guilty during the Summer for asking myself things like, “Why am I not doing anything right now?”, “I should be productive”, “I really want to read a couple books this summer… nah, I’m just kidding.”

But, I’ve come to realize that those moments are going to be some of the last times I’ll be able to just sit. Just sit and do absolutely nothing.

I’m coming into this semester just barely getting my first credit card, I now have my own apartment, I am trying to balance classes, fraternity executive board, cycling club training and racing, and working two jobs—all while trying to maintain a social life. I wish it were as simple as my first year here, but it only gets better and more challenging.

In a couple years, Calvin and Hobbes summers just won’t be a reality anymore. But I’m willing to squeeze out as much of the childhood I have here at USF and here in the city of San Francisco. From celebrating ridiculous “holidays” like Bay to Breakers, taking advantage of education, and letting my parents pay for some things (though this becomes more infrequent as I go along).

The Summer was definitely relieving and now I’m looking forward to tackling the new semester and continuing to do better.

Thanks for the read! One Love.

—Abram

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Reunited And It Feels So Good

It’s good to be back in San Francisco after spending a semester away. Sure, I miss London a lot, but when I was there I really did leave my heart in San Francisco.

I was glad I chose the Spring to go abroad because I couldn’t imagine only having a month to relax and let my London experience sink in before going back to school. Coming back for the Summer and spending a few months in San Francisco is great. I got to see friends I haven’t seen for a long time and we hung out in the city throughout summer.

Being back in San Francisco is refreshing. Everything is familiar, yet new.

It feels like refreshing your Facebook timeline: it’s still Facebook, but the content is different — though not unfamiliar.

I am glad for my London experience, but it’s really good to back in my city by the bay.

—Lih

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Does Lone Mountain have an indoor bike rack?? (5th floor)

I don’t remember ever seeing an indoor bike rack in the Lone Mountain North Residence Hall—Call Student Housing and Residential Education to find out for sure!

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Is early decision done by a lot of applicants?

This really depends on the year of applicants (and the year you’re comparing it to). In terms of application type, Early Decision applications tend to be the least common across the board for applicants (relative to the number of Early Action and Regular Action applicants, that is).

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I'm from South Africa and hope to go to USF. It seems there's a lot of international activity that takes place but what I'd like to know is wether people are friendly?

That’s actually one of the best things about USF—students come from all across the world. I don’t know how else I would’ve made friends from so many other countries.

In my experience (as a California-native looking from the outside in), people are quite friendly. When I meet a student from another country, I’m actually immediately more interested to know about them and their story. People tend to find international students especially interesting.

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