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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 397,000 students in fall 2004.

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)

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

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 112 areas of specialization and master's in 96. It offers a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in education with a concentration in special education, jointly with UC Berkeley. In addition, SFSU offers an M.S. in physical therapy and two doctorates in physical therapy in conjunction with UC San Francisco. A doctorate in educational leadership is jointly administered by SFSU, CSU East Bay, San Jose State University and UC Berkeley. SFSU also offers 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
134 acres, located in the southwest corner of San Francisco, at 1600 Holloway Avenue (corner of 19th Avenue).

On-campus Housing
SFSU Housing and Residential Services offers residential living to more than 2,200 students of all ages and class levels.

First-time freshmen have a choice of three types of living accommodation: Mary Ward and Mary Park halls are traditional residence halls, the Science and Technology Theme Community (STTC) is reserved for first-year freshmen majoring in the science and engineering fields, and the Towers at Centennial Square apartments offer shared one- and two-bedroom apartments in designated Residential Learning Communities.

Second-year and transfer students are accommodated in shared two- and three-bedroom apartments at The Village at Centennial Square.

Junior, senior and graduate students are accommodated in shared townhome apartments at University Park South.

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Information for this page was compiled in Fall of 2005, by the Office of Public Affairs and Publications