SF State Facts 2012-2013 { University Communications }

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SF State Today


"Experientia Docet" ("Experience Teaches")


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.

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

Conferences: California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC)

Campus Size

Main campus: 141.1 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.


Degree/Program Offerings

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SF State Awards

  • 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
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in special education, jointly with University of California, Berkeley
  • The clinical doctorate, Doctor of Physical Therapy (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 17 credential programs and 35 certificate programs.

Extended Learning

SF State Extended Learning offers more than 30 career-relevant professional development programs, custom training for organizations, and access to SF State through Open University. For more information visit www.cel.sfsu.edu

Off-Campus Centers