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How to Apply - Other Study Options

SF State has a variety of enrollment opportunities for students depending on their circumstances or their stage of life and learning.

College of Extended Learning

The College of Extended Learning (CEL) at San Francisco State University offers a wide variety of continuing education courses and programs to prepare you for career advancement, career change, or personal growth. CEL offers nationally-acclaimed curricula and faculty; weekend, evening, and online courses; plus access to thousands of transferable degree-credit university classes through Open University.

Cañada College/SF State Pathways Program

SF State and Cañada College have begun a partnership enabling students to take upper division and graduate level classes for SF State credit at Canada College's Redwood City campus. Classes in Child and Adolescent Development and Nursing are currently being offered as well as the Certificate in Spanish/English Legal Interpretation through the College of Extended Learning. The program's goal is for students to be able to complete as much as possible of their four-year degree course on the Cañada College campus. Students must still apply and be admitted to SF State. Visit Cañada College web site for more information.

SF State and College of Marin Partnership

The College of Marin and San Francisco State University Partnership brings the Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) major to the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus. Eligible current and former community college students can enroll in a maximum of two courses in the CAD major at reduced tuition fees before being admitted to the University. Pathways affords students an opportunity to "try before they buy" and helps them gain confidence in their ability to do upper division course work. Courses taken via Pathways generate a SF State transcript and will apply toward graduation in specific majors once a student has transferred.

Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC)

Students with mobility, hearing, visual, communication, psychological, systemic (HIV/AIDS, environmental illness, etc.), and learning disabilities are encouraged to attend SFSU. The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) is available to promote and provide equal access to the classroom and to campus-related activities and provides assistance in coordinating a full range of support services so that students may define and achieve personal autonomy at SFSU. Admitted students are encouraged to contact DPRC a minimum of four weeks prior to the start of classes to receive assistance and information about services for which they may be eligible. Disability verification must be provided when registering with DPRC. For services offered by DPRC, please go to: http://www.sfsu.edu/~dprc/student.html.

If a student is otherwise qualified but unable to complete certain subjects because of a disability, an appeal can be made to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Appeal on the basis of a disability is considered for fall admission only and should be submitted no later than the first day of July preceding the start of fall classes. Included in the appeal should be:

  • Disability documentation by a qualified professional that illustrates how the disability has affected completion of the subject requirement in question.
  • Evidence of any previous attempts to fulfill the missing subject requirement with accommodations
  • And an explanation of how the student can be successful in a degree program at SF State even though the requirement has not been completed.

Applicants should be aware that, if their appeal is supported, course substitutions may limit later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics.

Study Abroad and International Exchange Program

The Office of International Programs provides numerous opportunites for students to participate in study abroad programs in various parts of the world and for various lengths of time. A study abroad experience adds a new dimension to a student's education and helps develop analytical and critical thinking skills. SF State is affiliated with universities in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Students can continue their education and earn credit toward their degrees while studying at one of SF State's associate universities overseas.

Open University

You can take regular university classes on a space-available basis through Open University, a program of the College of Extended Learning. No transcripts, lengthy applications, or other documentation are required. It's a way to try out a degree program to find out if it suits your educational aspirations.

Programs for Mature Learners

SF State makes it possible for people age 50 or older to audit classes or earn a bachelor's or master's degree at significantly reduced tuition fee rates. Find out about Programs for Mature Learners.

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