Visit SF State - Fast Facts
SF State offers two 16-week semesters, late August through December and late January through May, as well as a summer semester, June through August.
SF State is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as many other individual agencies and organizations that accredit specific degrees and programs.
One of 23 campuses of The California State University (CSU), the nations' largest system of higher education granting bachelor's and master's degrees. CSU enrollment overall totals more than 409,000 students.
Women: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball.
Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, wrestling.
- Ethnic Studies
- Extended Learning
- Health and Social Services
- Liberal and Creative Arts
- Science and Engineering
Purple and gold
SF State offers: bachelor's degrees in 78 academic areas with an additional 45 areas of concentration, master's degrees in 62 academic areas with an additional 40 areas of concentration, along with 17 credential programs and 35 undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. In addition, SF State offers a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership, Ph.D. in education, with a concentration in special education jointly with UC Berkeley; and a joint Master of Science in Physical Therapy leading to a clinical doctoral degree (D.P.T.) and a research doctorate for licensed physical therapists (DPTSc) jointly with UC San Francisco.
SF State awarded 7,175 degrees in 2011-2012.
SF State has 30,500 students (fall 2012).
SF State presents hundreds of on-campus activities and events each year, open to the public, free or at low cost. They include seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, art exhibits, debates, forums, concerts, plays, films, and other performances.
SF State's tuition fees are among the lowest in the nation for comparable state-supported institutions.
About 60 percent of all SF State students supplement their own resources with some form of financial aid.
1899: Founded as San Francisco State Normal School, a two-year teacher-training college and the first normal school in the nation to require a high school diploma for admission
1901: First graduating class (36 women)
1923: First bachelor of arts degree awarded
1921: SF Normal School became the SF State Teachers College
1935: Renamed San Francisco State College
1972: Received University status
1974: Renamed San Francisco State University
1999: Celebrated 100th birthday
SF State provides on campus housing to over 2,300 students in a variety of living options, from traditional residence halls to apartment units. The University Park apartments, located adjacent to campus, offer 180 units of apartment and townhome living.
SF State's main campus is located at 1600 Holloway Avenue (at the corner of 19th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94132. The approximately 141-acre campus is located in a residential area of the city. You can get there easily by public transportation.
SF State's downtown campus is located at 835 Market St. in the Westfield Centre. This campus houses the College of Business MBA degree program, the Masters in Public Administration, the College of Extended Learning and other SF State classes.
SF State satellite centers
- Downtown Campus
- Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
- Sierra Nevada Field Campus
- Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
The 'Gator (alligator)
Experientia Docet (Experience Teaches)
- To create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of San Francisco and the Bay Area.
- To promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment.
- To provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world.
SF State is affiliated with many centers, institutes, and other special programs and projects which link the University to the Bay Area community and beyond.
- America Reads
- Alliance for Minority Participation
- California Campus Compact
- Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism
- Center for Research & Education on Gender & Sexuality (CREGS)
- Center for Science and Math Education
- Cesar E. Chavez Institute for Public Policy
- Community Involvement Center
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
- Labor Archives and Research Center
- Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families
- Office of Leadership, Engagement, Action, Development (LEAD)
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
- Pacific Leadership Institute
- Public Research Institute
- Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
- Science Educational Partnership and Assessment Lab
- Step to College
- Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
- Whirlwind Wheelchair International
Top 10 undergraduate majors
- Business Administration
- Communication Studies
- Criminal Justice Studies
How to Reach Us
By mail: Write to the specific office you wish to reach, followed by:
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
For general questions: Consult the SF State Help Web site.