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San Francisco State University's mission is:

  • To create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City 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 part of the largest system of higher education in the country granting bachelor's and master's degrees, the California State University (CSU). It is the largest university system in the country, with 23 campuses and 417,000 students.

SF State is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

"Experientia Docet" (Experience Teaches)

School Colors
Purple and Gold

The 'Gator (alligator)
The SF State Gator

Athletic Teams
Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, wrestling
Women: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track & field (indoor & outdoor)

Academic Calendar
Two 16-week semesters: late August through December; late January through late May; and a summer semester: June through August.

Degree/Program Offerings
SF State awards bachelor's degrees in 111 areas, master's in 95, and in fall 2007 will introduce its first independent doctoral program, an Ed.D. The University offers a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in education with a concentration in special education with UC Berkeley. A joint Master of Science in Physical Therapy is offered jointly with University of California, San Francisco, as are two doctorates -- the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy Science. In addition, the University offers 27 credential programs and 34 certificate programs.

Academic Colleges
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Creative Arts
Ethnic Studies
Health and Human Services
Science and Engineering

Size of Main Campus
134 acres, located in the southwest corner of San Francisco, at 1600 Holloway Avenue (corner of 19th Avenue).

On-campus Housing
Housing and Residential Services offers residential living to more than 2,200 students of all ages and class levels.

First-time freshmen have a choice of four types of living accommodation: Mary Ward and Mary Park halls are traditional residence halls. The Science and Technology Theme Community is reserved for first-year freshmen majoring in the science and engineering fields. The Towers at Centennial Square apartments offer shared one- and two-bedroom apartments in designated Residential Learning Communities. The Village at Centennial Square building C is the Business Learning Community for first year freshmen majoring in business.

Second-year and transfer students are accommodated in shared two- and three-bedroom apartments at The Village at Centennial Square. International students are also accommodated in the Village at Centennial Square International Learning Community.

Junior, senior and graduate students are accommodated in shared townhome apartments at University Park South.

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Information for this page was compiled in Spring of 2007, by the Office of Public Affairs and Publications