niversity of California, San Francisco is a leading university dedicated to defining health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.
The roots of this public health sciences university, dedicated to saving lives and improving health, can be traced in San Francisco to the 1864 establishment of the Toland Medical College, which nine years later would become the Medical Department of a then fledgling University of California across the bay.
The University's foundation was laid when leaders foresaw the campus as more than a medical school, and they decided to combine a few scattered colleges — including the colleges of pharmacy and dentistry — on land donated by San Francisco Mayor Adolph Sutro just above Golden Gate Park. In 1907, the campus built its own hospital and a clinics building that would serve the city and eventually people from all over the world. The original nucleus of schools grew to include the School of Nursing in 1939 and a Graduate Division in 1961.
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