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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 407,000 students in fall 2002.

    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 GoldM

    The 'Gator (alligator)

    Athletic Teams
    Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming, outdoor track & field, wrestling
    Women:basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor & outdoor), volleyball

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

    Degree/Program Offerings
    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.

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

    Size of Main Campus
    102 acres, located in the southwest corner of San Francisco, at 1600 Holloway Avenue (corner of 19th Avenue).

    On-campus Housing
    For freshmen and sophomores, SFSU has two traditional residence halls, Mary Park and Mary Ward halls. The Towers, also for freshmen and sophomores, is a newly renovated apartment building slated to open for fall 2004. Apartment living for upper-division and graduate students is available at The Village at Centennial Square. University Park apartments and townhomes are open to all members of the campus community.

    Off-campus Centers

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    Information for this page was compiled in Fall 2002, by the Publications Office