Our Core Values: Inquiry, Care, Integrity, Agency, Interconnection


School Profile

San Francisco University High School opened in 1975 as a coeducational, college preparatory, independent secondary school. Enrollment stands at approximately 400 students this year. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, UHS is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the California Association of Independent Schools, the College Entrance Examination Board, and the Secondary School Admissions Test Board.

Head of School: Julia Russell Eells
Director of Admission: Aaron Mieszczanski
Director of College Counseling: Jonathan Reider
Senior Associate Director of College Counseling: Jenny Schneider
College Counseling Assistant: Elizabeth Faris


UHS enrolls a diverse student body from a variety of racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Most students come from the city of San Francisco and Marin County; some commute from the East Bay and the Peninsula. Students of color make up about 49% of the student body. The school distributes over $2.8 million in financial aid to 24% of the student body.


The following is a list of the most advanced courses offered in each discipline. All non-AP electives titled "Honors" are considered honors courses by the University of California.

Arts (Western Civ and 2 electives required):
AP Art History
AP Studio Art
AP Music Theory

English (4 years required):
English III Honors
English IV Honors

Languages (3 years required):
Chinese IV-H
Honors Chinese Language
Chinese V-H: Honors Advanced Chinese Seminar
Chinese VI-H: Honors Advanced Topics in Chinese
AP French Language
Honors French Literature
Advanced French Seminar
Advanced Latin
Spanish Honors Literature (IV-H)
Spanish Honors Advanced Literature
Spanish Honors Advanced Seminar

History (2 years required):
AP US History (through 2016–17 school year) / US History Honors* (starting 2017–18 school year)
history electives
* required of all juniors

Mathematics (3 years required):
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science-A
Non-Euclidean Geometry/Chaos Theory

Science (2 years required):
Physics Honors
Advanced Projects in Physics
Advanced Topics in Modern Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
Advanced Topics in Biology: Human Physiology, Microbiology, & Molecular Biology

Independent Study:
One important feature of the UHS curriculum that we are particularly proud of is the opportunity for students to pursue an Independent Study project of their own design and implementation. Through these projects, students take responsibility for an aspect of their own education. Last year, 126 students took advantage of this option. In addition to serving as TAs for courses (12) and pursuing individual projects in the arts (24), they developed a vast and imaginative range of topics, including Ancient Greek Literature, Jane Austen, Bioethics, Brain Trauma, California & Trump, Communism, Democracy Study, Immigrant Stories, Modern Chinese Art, Modern Middle East, Novel Writing, Post-War Politics, Rabbinical Judaism, Relativity, Science of Addiction, South African History, Spacetime Physics, and Zimbabwe Reform.


The Class of 2018 has 99 students. The average GPA is 3.58. This is unweighted, counting all graded courses, including the arts, in grades 9–11, but excluding PE and Human Development. In recent years, fewer of our students have taken SAT subject tests, as fewer colleges require them, and more students have taken the ACT, instead.

A. SAT Reasoning Test – Middle 50% Scores
(51 students tested):
Evidence Based Reading = 670–750, Math = 650–770

B. SAT Subject Tests – Middle 50% Scores
(number in sample):

C. ACT Tests – Middle 50% Scores (52 tests taken):

D. National Merit Scholarship Information: In the Class of 2017, eight students were named National Merit Semi-Finalists.

E. Advanced Placement Examinations: In May 2017, UHS students took 340 examinations in the following subjects, which are mostly based on courses taught at UHS. We do not limit the number of AP courses students can take, but we urge them to attempt a reasonable load.

93% scored 3 or above and 72% scored 4 or above. We do not offer AP English Literature, AP German Language, or AP Spanish Language, but some students take the exams.


Following is a list of the major college and universities where the school’s graduates have enrolled over the past five years. If students were admitted, but no one chose to enroll during this period, no number is assigned. One-hundred percent of our students enroll in four-year colleges.

American University 1
Amherst College 7
Arizona State University 2
Bard College
Barnard College 3
Bates College 4
Bennington College 1
Boston College 3
Boston University 10
Bowdoin College 4
Brandeis University 4
Brown University 8
Bryn Mawr College 1
Bucknell University 2
California Institute of Technology 1
California State University, Long Beach 1
Carleton College 6
Carnegie Mellon University 2
Chapman University 1
Claremont McKenna College 6
Clemson University 1
Colby College 6
Colgate University 11
College of William and Mary
Colorado College 1
Columbia University 7
Connecticut College 6
Cornell University 6
Dartmouth College 8
Davidson College 1
Dickinson College 1
Duke University 7
Emory University 3
Fordham University 3
Franklin & Marshall College 1
George Washington University 1
Georgetown University 5
Grinnell College 1
Hamilton College (NY) 2
Harvard University 16
Harvey Mudd College 1
Haverford College 3
Hofstra University 1
Indiana University at Bloomington 2
Jewish Theological Seminary of America 1
Johns Hopkins University 2
Kenyon College 5
King's College (London) 2
Lafayette College
Lehigh University 1
Lewis and Clark College 2
Loyola Marymount University 1
Loyola University (MD) 1
Macalester College 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4
McGill University
Middlebury College 10
Mount Holyoke College 3
Muhlenberg College 2
The New School – Eugene Lang College 2
New York University 19
Northeastern University 3
Northwestern University 8
Notre Dame de Namur University 1
Oberlin College 6
Occidental College 6
Pacific University (OR) 1
Pitzer College 2
Point Loma Nazarene University 1
Pomona College 5
Princeton University 10
Reed College 4
Rhode Island School of Design 2
Rice University
San Francisco State University 2
Santa Clara University 2
Sarah Lawrence College 2
Scripps College 4
Seattle University
Skidmore College 3
Smith College 2
Sonoma State University 1
Southern Methodist University 2
St. John's College 1
St. Olaf College 2
Stanford University 11
Swarthmore College 4
Syracuse University 3
Trinity College 3
Tufts University 10
Tulane University 8
University of Arizona 1
University of British Columbia 2
University of California:

Berkeley 9
Los Angeles 8
San Diego 1
Santa Barbara 5
Santa Cruz 5

University of Chicago 8
University of Colorado at Boulder 5
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1
University of Michigan 4
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame 4
University of Oregon 2
University of Oxford (England) 1
University of Pennsylvania 9
University of Puget Sound 4
University of San Diego 1
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California 13
University of St Andrews (Scotland) 2
University of Texas, Austin 1
University of the Pacific 1
University of Toronto 1
University of Virginia 3
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ursinus College 2
Vanderbilt University 3
Vassar College 5
Washington and Lee University 1
Washington University in St. Louis 16
Wellesley College 3
Wesleyan University 5
Wheaton College (IL) 1
Wheaton College (MA) 2
Whitman College 7
Willamette University 1
Williams College 3
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1
Yale University 14

at a Glance

Number of Students in the Class of 2018: 99

Class of 2018 Median GPA: 3.58

Percentage of UHS Students Who Scored A 3 or Higher on Their AP Exams in May 2017: 93%

Percentage of UHS Students Who Participate in Sports: 82%

Percentage of UHS Students Who Enroll in Four-Year Colleges: 100%