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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a research university in San Francisco, California that earns public land grants. It is part of the framework of the University of California and it is completely devoted to health science. It is a significant medical and biological research and teaching hub.


In 1864, UCSF was founded as Toland Medical College, and it joined the University of California in 1873, becoming its Medical Department. In the same year, the California College of Pharmacy was incorporated and a dentistry school was founded in 1881. In both Berkeley and San Francisco, his facilities were located. In 1964, as a campus of the UC system headed by a chancellor, the school achieved full administrative independence, and it gained its current name in 1970. It built a second major campus in the newly redeveloped Mission Bay in the early 2000s, traditionally centered at Parnassus Heights and many other locations throughout the area. As of October 2018, ten Nobel laureates have been affiliated with UCSF as faculty members or researchers, and the University has been the site of many scientific breakthroughs.


U.S. as of 2020-21 UCSF Medical Center News & World Report is the state of California's third best hospital (standing behind UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which are both located in Los Angeles). UCSF is the San Francisco Bay Area's second largest public agency employer, with 25,398 workers. Patients and qualified residents have been served by the UCSF faculty at the San Francisco General Hospital since 1873 and at the San Francisco VA Medical Center for over 50 years. 19 PhD programs, 11 MS programs, two certificates and a physical therapy program are offered by the UCSF Graduate Division.



In its Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Dentistry, and the Graduate Branch, and its hundreds of related laboratories, the University of California, San Francisco is unique among University of California campuses in that it conducts only biomedical and patient-centered research. In medical science, public service, and patient care, the university is renowned for creativity. Five Nobel Prize recipients, 31 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 69 members of the Institute of Medicine, and 30 members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences are members of UCSF's faculty. UCSF confers a number of degrees, including Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Surgery, and Doctor of Physical Therapy in a variety of fields.



UCSF is considered one of the world's preeminent medical and life sciences universities. In 2019, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, published annually by Shanghai Jiaotong University, ranked UCSF 1st in the world for Clinical Medicine and 2nd in the world for Pharmacy. Previously, UCSF had been second in the world for Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy from 2007–2015, ceding the #2 position to the University of Washington in 2016. The professional schools of the University of California, San Francisco are among the top in the nation, according to current U.S. News & World Report graduate school and other rankings.


The schools also rank at or near the top in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Among U.S. medical schools, UCSF is ranked 6th for research and ranked 2nd for clinical training in the primary care specialties (internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics) by U.S. News and World Report.


The UCSF Medical Center is the nation's 8th-ranked hospital and California's 3rd highest-ranked hospital (behind UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which are both located in Los Angeles) according to U.S. News & World Report.

San Francisco, California is blessed with some of the top colleges in the state.  Make sure to check these out:

  • California College of the Arts

  • City College of San Francisco

  • UC Hastings College of the Law

  • California College of Arts

  • San Francisco State University

  • University of San Francisco

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music

  • San Francisco Art Institute


All of these wonderful colleges are located just a short distance from our location located at 100 Pine St #1250 in San Francisco! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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