Facts & Figures

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

Health Sciences University

UCSF is the only campus in the 10-campus University of California system devoted exclusively to the health sciences. It is also the only UC campus whose educational programs are strictly graduate-level.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS, has been chancellor since July 2014. A renowned neonatologist, researcher and educator, he also has served as dean of the UCSF School of Medicine since 2009 and was named interim chancellor in April 2014.

UCSF’s Parnassus campus is located in a neighborhood above Golden Gate Park known as Parnassus Heights.


UCSF is advancing health worldwide™, adopted in 2007 as part of the UCSF Strategic Plan.

Brief History

UCSF dates its founding to 1864, when Toland Medical College was established in San Francisco. Toland Medical College became affiliated in 1873 with the University of California, which at the time consisted of a single campus in Berkeley. Toland and the California College of Pharmacy were affiliated colleges that provided a health sciences base in San Francisco. This base continued to expand with the addition of dentistry and nursing colleges and a hospital. In 1949, the institution was renamed UC Medical Center in San Francisco, and in 1964, it gained administrative autonomy, becoming the ninth campus in the UC system. In 1970, the UC Board of Regents renamed the campus the University of California, San Francisco in recognition of its diversity of disciplines.


UCSF is the second-largest employer in San Francisco, after the city and county of San Francisco, and the fifth-largest employer in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. UCSF’s paid workforce numbers about 25,000, which includes both University and UCSF Medical Center employees. The paid workforce comprises nearly 2,800 faculty and 22,000 staff.

Students, Residents and Postdoctoral scholars

UCSF has approximately:

  • 2,940 students enrolled in degree programs
  • 1,620 residents (physicians, dentists and pharmacists in training)
  • 1,030 postdoctoral scholars
  • Students, residents and postdoctoral scholars at UCSF represent 94 countries.

Economic Impact

According to the most recent economic impact report (2010), UCSF generates:

  • In  San Francisco: 32,110 jobs (including those at UCSF) and produces an estimated economic impact of $4.7 billion when including operations, construction, salaries, and local purchases by employees, students and visitors.
  • In the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area:  39,134 jobs (including those at UCSF) and produces an estimated economic impact of $6.2 billion when including operations, construction, salaries, and local purchases by employees, students and visitors.


A $5.5 billion enterprise, UCSF receives more than half of its revenue – $3.5 billion – from its clinical services, including the UCSF Medical Center, and more than $1.1 billion from grants and contracts, primarily from the National Institutes of Health. UCSF receives $188 million — or 4.5% of its total budget — in state appropriations, including $162 million for education.

Private Support

UCSF received close to $269 million in total private support in fiscal year 2010, marking the 10th consecutive year in which total private support of UCSF exceeded $200 million.

Start-up Companies

Since the early 1970s, more than 90 life science companies have been spawned from UCSF research, including more than 40 start-ups at Mission Bay. 

Research Funding

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, providing highly competitive funding for thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. UCSF is the nation’s top public recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For 2014:

  • UCSF received $538.1 million through 1,210 NIH research and training grants.
  • The UCSF School of Medicine ranked #1 nationwide in NIH support, with $480.6 million in grants.
  • The UCSF School of Pharmacy ranked #1 for the 35th consecutive year, with $31.8 million.
  • The UCSF School of Dentistry ranked #1 for the 23rd consecutive year, with $15.5 million.
  • The UCSF School of Nursing ranked #1 with $10.1 million in NIH support. 

Clinical Enterprise

Key facts about the UCSF clinical enterprise:

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco rank among the nation's best hospitals.  


Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center has been a partner with UCSF in public health since 1873. Faculty from all four UCSF schools – dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy – work at SFGH, where they provide patient care treatment and services, conduct research and teach. All physicians at SFGH hold UCSF faculty appointments.

San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) is owned by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and is affiliated with all four UCSF schools: dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. More than 240 full- and part-time UCSF physicians are on staff at SFVAMC and provide patient care. SFVAMC serves as a major teaching hospital for UCSF residents. It funds 171 positions for UCSF residents who train at SFVAMC, and provides clinical training for one-third of UCSF medical students.

The J. David Gladstone Institutes is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution comprising three institutes devoted to the study of cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. Gladstone is located adjacent to the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Through the institutes’ affiliation with UCSF, Gladstone investigators hold UCSF faculty appointments and participate in many University activities, including the teaching and training of graduate students.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a nonprofit medical research organization, and UCSF serves as one of its host institutions. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, HHMI appoints leading scientists as HHMI investigators, providing funds to support their research at their home institutions. Selection as an HHMI investigator is a prestigious appointment, and several UCSF scientists are part of this group.