USF Society

Message from the President

Dr. Arvid C. Johnson

Dr. Arvid C. Johnson

Members of the USF Society make our Catholic Franciscan educational mission possible by providing support to student scholarships, as well as quality academic and athletic programming.

The result is a liberal arts educational environment that changes lives through exceptional hands-on experiences – whether in the radio station, at a business internship, through mock trials or by peer ministry service – and prepares students to be successful both today and in the future.

In fact, at a time in which higher education is facing increased scrutiny, USF can be proud of its performance across the metrics being examined:

  • Our six-year graduation rate – a key measure of students’ ability to make academic progress on their degrees – is substantially above that of other selective private institutions (due, in part, to our solid student retention rates).
  • Our education is affordable, and students have been counseled to borrow responsibly – with the result that our student loan default rates are four times lower than the national, state, and local peer averages.
  • Our students get jobs – with 99 percent of students reporting that they are employed or in graduate school six months after graduation. (64 percent of undergraduate students and 94 percent of graduate students report holding jobs related to their field of study.)
  • All of this – and more – is made possible because of your support of USF’s students and programs!


Thank you!
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P.S. As I get the opportunity to meet you and other USF Society members in the months ahead, I look forward to learning of your stories of USF and its impact and to sharing those stories with our outstanding students.


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