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20 Ways SF State is Working for You

Fueling the economy. Annual spending related to SF State ($617 million) generates a total impact of $930 million on the regional economy, and more than $1 billion on the statewide economy. This impact sustains more than 7,000 jobs in the region and statewide nearly 9,000 jobs. Per year, the impact generates more than $55.4 million in local and $62 million in statewide tax revenue.

Building bridges. SF State -- the first in the nation to establish an International Relations Department -- incorporates internationalization in the curriculum across every discipline to prepare graduates for careers in an increasingly global society.

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Looking out for the honeybee. One of the nation's top producers of biological sciences undergrads who go on to earn biology doctorates, SF State is helping tomorrow's scientists uncover the mysteries of the natural world.

Helping you set sail. Faculty members helped create a sensor-based system that monitors and transmits oceanographic information from remote locations at sea via wireless networks to anyone with a computer or cell phone.

Greening your workplace. As part of a U.S. Department of Energy program, the School of Engineering offers free energy assessments to Bay Area manufacturing plants, and has helped participants generate annual savings of 10 to 20 percent.

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Teaching your children well. An estimated 75 percent of San Francisco teachers received their training at SF State, and our doctoral program for urban public school superintendents is helping districts run smoothly.

Getting that kink out of your back. The University offers doctoral programs in physical therapy with the University of California, San Francisco, and is consistently ranked one of the top 20 physical therapy master's programs in the country.

Preparing your child for college. SF Promise, a partnership with the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District, guarantees admission to SF State to qualified San Francisco public high school graduates.

Caring for your neighbors. SF State social work students provide nearly 100,000 hours of community service per year to hospitals, clinics, homeless shelters and other programs.

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Providing poetic inspiration. SF State's American Poetry Archives is the largest of its kind nationwide. The same is true for California Poets in the Schools, a program started at SF State that to date has introduced more than half a million students in California to the creative writing process.

Inspiring your applause. For the past 14 years, SF State alumni have garnered nominations for Academy Awards and films produced by our students have screened at the Sundance and Cannes international film festivals.

Conducting cutting-edge research. Located on the main campus, a new state-of-the-art greenhouse for specialized research and teaching includes climatically controlled rooms to match the growing conditions found in many parts of the world.

Creating tomorrow's leaders. The Willie L. Brown Jr. Leadership Center at SF State educates and prepares students to meet the 21st century challenges of governing and managing cities, counties and regional governments and organizations.

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Growing business opportunities. SF State's Downtown Campus provides a convenient location for busy professionals to pursue an M.B.A.

Broadening your horizons. SF State presents hundreds of exhibits, screenings, broadcasts and performances each year, including the Morrison Artists Series of free recitals by prominent chamber music ensembles.

Saving the rainforest. Our faculty and alumni -- including winners of the Jefferson Award for public and community service -- are making progress on this, and advocating for dozens more worthy causes across the globe.

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Taking care of former foster-care youth. SF State's Guardian Scholars program offers counseling, tutoring and housing to former foster-care youth, many of whom grow up without positive role models or encouragement to pursue a college education.

Staffing your hospitals. The School of Nursing's new Technology Learning Classrooms include computer-controlled patient simulators, increasing students' opportunities for clinical training.

Creating goodwill. SF State ranks 20th in the nation among all U.S. colleges and universities for the number of Peace Corps volunteers it has inspired.

Monitoring your water. SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies restores tidal marshes and protects estuarine habitat through research, monitoring and educational programs.


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