SF State Facts 2009-2010 { University Communications }

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SF State Today


"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: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and wrestling.

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

Campus Size

Main campus: 141.61 acres

Romberg Tiburon Center: 42.1 acres

Academic Calendar

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


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Degree/Program Offerings

SF State Awards

  • Bachelor's degrees in 115 areas of specialization
  • Master's degrees in 97 areas of specialization
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in education with a concentration in special education, jointly with University of California, 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 University of California, San Francisco

    SF State also offers 27 credential programs and 37 certificate programs.

Academic Colleges

Behavioral and Social Sciences, Dean Joel J. Kassiola
Business, Dean Nancy K. Hayes
Creative Arts, Dean Kurt Daw
Education, Dean Jacob E. Perea
Ethnic Studies, Dean Kenneth Monteiro
Health and Human Services, Dean Don Taylor
Humanities, Dean Paul Sherwin
Science and Engineering, Dean Sheldon Axler

Off-Campus Centers