Facts & Figures 3


UCSF is renowned for its excellence in educating and training students in the health professions. The UCSF schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy and the Graduate Division all rank among the nation’s most prestigious advanced study programs in the health sciences.

Graduate degrees offered at UCSF are dentistry (DDS, PhD, MS), medicine (MD, MD-PhD, DPT), nursing (PhD, MS), pharmacy (PharmD), Graduate Division (master’s and doctoral). Key facts about UCSF are:

  • The UCSF School of Dentistry is recognized nationwide for its innovative approaches to dental education, including combined DDS-PhD and DDS-MBA programs and a special one-year training course geared to helping disadvantaged students gain admission to US dental schools.
  • The UCSF School of Medicine is the only school in the country to rank among the top five in both research and primary care in the new (2010-2011) survey on America’s best graduate schools by US News & World Report. UCSF is tied for No. 4 in research and tied for No. 5 in primary care.
  • The UCSF School of Nursing ranked No. 2 in the nation in the most recent (2007) US News & World Report survey on best nursing schools.
  • The UCSF School of Pharmacy ranked No. 1 in the nation in the most recent (2008) US News & World Report survey of best schools of pharmacy.
  • The Graduate Division’s PhD programs rank at the top nationally, including several in the top 10, according to the prestigious National Research Council’s  2010 survey. The seven programs in the top 10 are:  nursing, bioengineering, biochemistry and molecular biology, neuroscience, biophysics, biomedical sciences, and cell biology. Another five programs are rated among the nation's best: medical anthropology, chemistry and chemical biology, sociology, genetics, and oral and craniofacial sciences.  

For students, getting into UCSF is highly competitive. In fall 2010, the number of admissions versus applications was:

  • School of Dentistry (DDS), 112 out of 1,996 
  • School of Medicine (MD), 151 out of 6,413 
  • School of Nursing (master’s), 203 out of 836 
  • School of Pharmacy (PharmD), 123 out of 1,604 
  • Graduate Division (PhD), 125 out of 1,851 

The UCSF Fresno program supports UCSF’s educational mission. Students from UCSF’s four schools (dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy) and residents from three schools (dentists, physicians and pharmacists in training) have the opportunity to take a rotation in the program. Based in Fresno, the program is affiliated with regional hospitals and medical centers, and plays a vital role in supporting local health care needs.

Patient Care

Key facts about the UCSF clinical enterprise:

UCSF is home to UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, both of which rank among the nation's best hospitals.  

  • UCSF Medical Center, with hospitals located at Parnassus Heights and Mount Zion, has 559 licensed beds.
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has 163 licensed beds.
  • UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital are under the same license. Together, they see about 30,000 inpatients and generate about 763,000 outpatient visits per year.
  • Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, which has 67 licensed beds, is under a separate license and sees 720 inpatients and 33,500 outpatient visits per year.
  • The UCSF Dental Center operates 14 clinics (based at three sites in San Francisco) and sees 121,000 patients per year.

Other highlights:

  • UCSF Medical Center is ranked among the best hospitals report by US News & World Report. It ranked in the top 10 for 11 consecutive years.
  • UCSF Medical Center’s nationally preeminent programs include children’s health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women’s health, and cancer.
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is ranked among the best in the nation in eight pediatric specialties in the 2010-2011 US News & World Report survey on best children’s hospitals, making it one of the top four pediatric facilities in California.
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has more than 150 experts in 40 medical specialties and admits about 5,000 patients a year, including 1,800 babies who are born in the hospital each year.
  • A new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is under construction and scheduled to open in 2015. It will be a 289-bed, integrated hospital complex serving children, women and cancer patients. 
  • Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics is the clinical arm of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI), located on the UCSF campus at Parnassus Heights. LPPI is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost resources for comprehensive and compassionate patient care, research and education in the field of mental health.
  • In addition to its programs at Parnassus Heights, Langley Porter treatment programs are active at San Francisco General Hospital, at San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and in Fresno through the UCSF Fresno Program.
  • The UCSF Dental Center is operated by the UCSF School of Dentistry as part of its mission to educate students and to provide health services to the public. The clinics provide comprehensive dental care services, including complex oral and maxillofacial surgery and care for special-needs patients.

San Francisco Presence

UCSF has three major, multibuilding campus sites in San Francisco:  Parnassus HeightsMission Bay and Mount Zion. In addition, major programs and departments are located at 19 sites owned or leased by UCSF throughout the city. 


San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) 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.

Today, the SFGH workforce includes almost 2,000 UCSF employees (physicians, specialty nurses, health care professionals and others) who work side by side with 3,500 city employees. SFGH serves as a major teaching hospital for UCSF residents and fellows.

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.

Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center is an independent, nonprofit organization focusing on the study of the biological basis of alcohol abuse and substance abuse. The Gallo Center is located in Emeryville, California. All Gallo Center faculty hold appointments in departments and interdisciplinary graduate programs at UCSF, and most receive grant support from the National Institutes of Health.

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.


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