San Francisco State University

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1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

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Phone: (415) 338-1111
2013-2014 Tuition
$6,450
in-state
$17,610
out-of-state
Students
26,449
enrolled
43%
male /
57%
female
Admissions
Nov. 30
application deadline
63.8%
accepted

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#54 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Summary

San Francisco State University is a public institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,449, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 142 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. San Francisco State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 54. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,450 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,610 (2013-14).

San Francisco State University, known as SFSU or SF State for short, is an urban campus and part of the larger California State University system. At SFSU, it’s important to apply for university housing early, as there aren’t enough spaces for every student. Freshmen can apply to live in school residence halls—including a science and technology themed building, and university apartment complexes group students by age, not year in school. SFSU is commuter-friendly, with public transportation stops near campus. There are about 300 student organizations to consider, including fraternities and sororities. Most of the SF State sports teams compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association; the school’s wrestling team is a member of the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Among San Francisco State’s diverse undergraduate academic offerings is the College of Ethnic studies, a unique division with majors including Africana studies, Asian American studies, and La Raza studies. For graduate students, SFSU has schools of business, education, health, and more. Notable alumni of SFSU include Jeffrey Tambor, a veteran of TV sitcoms including Arrested Development; Danny Glover, star of the Lethal Weapon movies; and Charles Hall, inventor of the waterbed.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

San Francisco State University, located in one of the world's most vibrant and beautiful cities, is a recognized leader in addressing issues both global and close to home. In the global arena, SF State typically enrolls the largest number of international students at any comprehensive university in the U.S., and ranks second among U.S. universities for the number of students who study abroad for an academic year. With a diverse range of students from almost every state and nearly 100 countries, the University community is a perfect setting for learning to succeed in a pluralistic society and global economy. Our highly diverse campus consistently ranks in the top 20 nationwide in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities.
SF State's pioneering commitment to community and civic engagement is prevalent throughout the curriculum. Nearly 300 courses combine academic study with community involvement, and our location in a center of business, technology and culture provides a laboratory for community-service projects, work-study opportunities and internships. The University has been named by Princeton Review one of 81 "Colleges with a Conscience," and is classified as one of the Carnegie Foundation's "Community Engagement" institutions.
Ever since it was established in 1899 as a teacher-training school, SF State has been known for its commitment to excellent teaching. Students work closely with senior professors and other instructors from freshman year through graduation. Trained in some of the finest institutions in the world, faculty members include winners of prestigious teaching awards, cutting-edge researchers, and professionals devoted to solving community problems.
SF State awards bachelor's degrees in 115 areas, master's in 95, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Programs offered jointly with University of California campuses include a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in education with a concentration in special education with UC Berkeley, and physical therapy master's and doctorate degrees with UC San Francisco. In addition, SF State offers 27 credential programs and three certificate programs.
SF State's motto is Experientia Docet--Experience Teaches. Graduates consistently say that hands-on learning was what helped them most when beginning their careers. Students apply their talents and classroom learning to real-world challenges through community-service learning, credit-earning internships, and participation with community-focused centers and institutes that address issues relating to health, education, the environment, business, child care and undeserved communities.
More than 200 clubs and organizations help students explore their interests and connect with others. The Associated Students, SF State's student government, supports a first-class child care program, low-cost health insurance and a legal resource center. In addition, many fraternities and sororities are active on campus.
Intercollegiate sports for women are basketball, cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, softball and volleyball. For men, SF State offers baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer and wrestling. The University is a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association, an NCAA Division II conference, for all sports except wrestling which is in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Intramural leagues, tournaments and recreational activities--men's, women's and coed--are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Sports include basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, swimming, bowling, ultimate frisbee, water polo, softball, badminton, tennis and flag football.
SF State is an arts and culture center, with hundreds of workshops, guest lectures and exhibits held throughout the year. Events and exhibits feature the work of students and faculty members as well as professionals from outside the University community.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1899
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A

Applying

When applying to San Francisco State University, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 31. The application fee at San Francisco State University is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.8%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at San Francisco State University is 26:1, and the school has 21.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at San Francisco State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 26:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23%
Social Sciences 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Health Professions and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

San Francisco State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,449, with a gender distribution of 43.1 percent male students and 56.9 percent female students. At this school, 12 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 88 percent of students live off campus. San Francisco State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 30,500
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

San Francisco State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. San Francisco State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at San Francisco State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At San Francisco State University, 63.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,436.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,450 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,610 (2013-14)
Room and board N/A
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data


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