San Francisco State University



San Francisco State University's mission:


SFSU is part of the largest system of higher education in the country granting bachelor's and master's degrees, The California State University (CSU). Enrollment at the 23 CSU campuses as of fall 1996 is 336,657.


SFSU 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)

Academic Calendar

Two 16-week semesters: late August through December, and late January through late May. SFSU also offers three six-week and shorter sessions during the summer, and a three-week winter session.

Degree/Program Offerings

Within its 68 academic departments and programs, SFSU awards bachelor's degrees in 93 areas of specialization and master's in 93. SFSU offers a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in education with a concentration in special education, jointly with UC Berkeley. In addition, the University offers a joint Master of Physical Therapy with UC San Francisco. The University also offers 28 credential programs and 22 undergraduate and graduate certificate programs.

Academic Colleges

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

Size of Main Campus

93 acres, located in the southwest corner of San Francisco, at 1600 Holloway Avenue (corner of 19th Avenue), San Francisco.


Campus residence halls and apartments house 2,100 students at capacity. The university Guest Center provides overnight accommodations for up to 100.

Satellite Centers

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Information on this page was compiled in fall 1996.

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