San Francisco, University of

      private coeducational institution of higher learning, located near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, U.S., and affiliated with the Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic church. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs through six academic divisions: colleges of arts and sciences and professional studies and schools of business and management, education, law, and nursing. The university offers courses in liberal arts at its St. Ignatius Institute and operates a student-exchange program with Fordham University in New York City. Campus resources include the Institute of Chemical Biology and the Center for the Pacific Rim. There are regional campuses at Cupertino, Oakland, Sacramento, San Ramon, and Santa Rosa. (Santa Rosa) Total enrollment is approximately 8,000.

      The University of San Francisco was founded by Jesuits in 1855 as St. Ignatius Academy. The school was elevated to collegiate status when it was granted a state charter in 1859. It was the first institution of higher education in San Francisco. The first Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded in 1863 and the first master's degree in 1867. The school was relocated in 1880 and again in 1906 after the campus was destroyed by the great earthquake and ensuing fire that year. In 1927 the school was established on its current Ignatian Heights campus, and in 1930 it was renamed the University of San Francisco. The university became coeducational in all academic divisions in 1964. In 1978 the university subsumed neighbouring Lone Mountain College. Notable alumni include sports executive Pete Rozelle (Rozelle, Pete) and basketball player Bill Russell (Russell, Bill).

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