SF State Facts 2008-2009 { University Communications }

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SF State Today


  • To create and maintain an environment 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


"Experientia Docet" ("Experience Teaches")


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).


The Gator (alligator)

Selected by students in 1931, it was originally spelled with an "er" -- Golden Gaters -- a play on words to emphasize SF State's location.


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

School Colors

Purple and Gold

Athletic Teams

Men's baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and wrestling.

Women's basketball, cross country, soccer, track and field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball.

Campus Size

141.61 acres

Academic Calendar

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

Degree/Program Offerings

SF State Awards

  • Bachelor's degrees in 115 areas of specialization
  • Master's degrees in 95 areas of specialization
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in education with a concentration in special education, jointly with UC Berkeley
  • M.S. in physical therapy leading to a clinical doctoral degree (D.P.T.) and a research doctorate for licensed physical therapists (D.P.T.Sc.), jointly with UC San Francisco

SF State also offers 27 credential programs and 36 certificate programs.

Academic Colleges

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

Off-Campus Centers