San Francisco State University's mission is:
- To create and maintain an environment for learning 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.
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). The 23 campuses served 388,734 students in fall 2001.
SFSU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
"Experientia Docet" (Experience Teaches)
Purple and Gold
The 'Gator (alligator)
baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer,
swimming, track & field , wrestling
basketball, cross country, soccer, softball,
swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor & outdoor), volleyball
Two 16-week semesters: late August through December; late January through late May; and a summer semester: June through August.
SFSU awards bachelor's degrees in 116 areas of specialization and master's in 95. It offers a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in education with a concentration in special education, jointly with UC Berkeley. In addition, SFSU offers a joint Master of Science in Physical Therapy with UC San Francisco, as well as 27 credential programs and 34 certificate programs.
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Health and Human Services
Science and Engineering
Size of Main Campus
94 acres, located in the southwest corner of San Francisco at 1600 Holloway Avenue (corner of 19th Avenue).
SFSU provides on-campus housing to in two traditional residence buildings, Mary Park and Mary Ward halls. Apartment living is available for upper-division and graduate students in the Village at Centennial Square.
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Information on this page was compiled in fall 2001.