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SFSU's historical timeline


1899 as San Francisco State Normal School, a two-year teacher-training college. First normal school in the nation to require a high school diploma for admission.

University Milestones
First graduating class (36 women)1901
First man admitted1904
First bachelor of arts degree1923
Four-year program initiated 1930
Liberal arts program first offered 1935
Master's degree first offered 1949
SF State becomes part of The California State College system (now The California State University)1960
University status attained1972
Centennial Celebration1999

Number of Names: 5
San Francisco State Normal School1899-1921
San Francisco State Teachers College1921-1935
San Francisco State College1935-1972
California State University, San Francisco1972-1974
San Francisco State University1974-present

Number of Presidents: 12
Frederic Lister Burk1899-1924
Archibald B. Anderson 1924-1927
Alexander C. Roberts 1927-1945
J. Paul Leonard 1945-1957
Glenn S. Dumke 1957-1961
Paul A. Dodd 1962-1966
John Summerskill 1966-1968
Robert R. Smith 1968
Samuel I. Hayakawa 1968-1973
Paul F. Romberg 1973-1983
Chia-Wei Woo 1983-1988
Robert A. Corrigan 1988-present

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Information on this page was compiled in fall 2000.

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