The University of San Francisco (USF) is a private, Jesuit/Catholic university located in San Francisco, California, United States. Founded in 1845, USF was established as the first university in San Francisco. It is the second oldest institution for higher learning in California and the tenth-oldest university of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. USF is the eighth largest Jesuit university in the United States.USF's main campus is located on a 50-acre (20 ha) setting between the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. USF's nickname is "The Hilltop," appropriate since the campus is located at the peak of one of San Francisco's major hills. USF's close historical ties with the City and County of San Francisco are reflected in the University's motto, Pro Urbe et Universitate (For the City and University).