San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, inspiring a kind of affection summed up in Tony Bennett’s anthem to the city – I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Nearly 25 million tourists from around the globe visit each year to enjoy landmarks such as the “international orange” Golden Gate Bridge, zig-zagging Lombard Street, and the iconic trolley cars that climb up and down the steep city streets.
If you don’t think of San Francisco as a “college town,” think again. San Francisco ranks first for higher education in the US, according to the trusted American Institute of Economic Research (AIER). AIER looked the criteria most important to prospective students: quality of life and economic climate, including:
• Public transportation
• Options for walking and biking
• Arts and entertainment
• Presence of science, technology, medical, and engineering workers
• Employment rate
Amenities abound in San Francisco. Highlights include 50+ museums, 85 transit stops, and 45 miles of streets with bike lanes. Because the city is just 7 miles across and 7 miles wide, you are always minutes away from something exciting to do. On the practical side, San Francisco’s low 3.5% unemployment rate is a good indicator for students seeking an internship or job after college.
San Francisco has a reputation as the most accepting city in the US to people regardless of their country of origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or culture. It’s clear walking down almost any street in the city that this is one of the most diverse and colorful cities in the world. The city government is also involved in maintaining its accepting culture. This year it launched a Respect and Love initiative to combat discrimination and make immigrants feel welcome as contributors to the community.
Where in San Francisco should you go to school?
San Francisco is not a single place – rather a patchwork of neighborhoods, each with its own character. Some are cultural centers, some have a park-like feel, others are great for shopping. Of all these areas, Golden Gate University’s Financial District (downtown) neighborhood is ideal for business students.
Golden Gate University is located in the business epicenter of the city, where you can find the headquarters of Uber, Twitter, Wells Fargo, Salesforce, McKesson, and many others. The campus is literally surrounded by heavy hitters in the business world – the same firms from which the university draws its faculty. In fact, 80 percent of GGU instructors are working professionals who share their very real-world knowledge and connections with students.
But downtown San Francisco is not all business. A 5.4-acre park on the roof of a new transit center will be just a block from GGU’s campus, and the beautiful Embarcadero is a 5-minute walk away. If you’re considering college or grad school, you owe it to yourself to check out Golden Gate University’s graduate and undergraduate programs. We also provide special information for international students.