San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

The mission of San Francisco State University 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; 

Top reasons to study here

  • From your first steps on campus, you’ll be encouraged to speak up, step out and immerse yourself in all the opportunities SFSU can bring.
  • With average class sizes of fewer than 30 students, professors are available for one-on-one time with students.
  • San Francisco State University offers 73 degrees. You’ll put your passion into action.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



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.


We continually create opportunities for you to discover your unique path in life. With 73 degrees and more than 500 courses that combine learning with real-world experience, it’s no wonder our University’s motto is “Experientia Docet,” or experience teaches. At San Francisco State University, you’ll put your passion into action.


The mission of the Office of Institutional Research (IR) at San Francisco State University is to provide information, data and analysis in a timely manner to better inform decision making at all levels of the University and to satisfy external reporting requirements and needs.


San Francisco State was ranked in the top 25 for U.S. universities on Payscale and CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index. That means we’re among the best at making it affordable for our students to graduate and obtain good-paying jobs. Our graduates are now leaders in fields from journalism, creative writing and film to technology, science, business, government and education.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

For freshmen and sophomores, SFSU has two traditional residence halls, Mary Park and Mary Ward halls. Apartment living is available for upper-division and graduate students in the new state-of-the-art The Village at Centennial Square. Additional accomodations are available to students at nearby Stonestown and Park Merced apartments, as well as on Treasure Island and in the Presidio.

Library services

The mission of the J. Paul Leonard Library is to empower its University constituency with lifelong learning skills to identify, find, evaluate, use and communicate information in promotion of excellence in scholarship, knowledge and understanding.

They provide:

  • Research Assistance Desk
  • Research Guides & Tutorials
  • Computers & Printing
  • Print Collections
  • Electronic Collections
  • Reserves

ICT services

Academic Technology is here to support faculty, students and staff wherever teaching and learning, and increasingly research and community service, touch technology. Give us a call, send us a text, drop us an email, or come by our service points in the Library to discuss your needs and goals. We will support you.

Medical services

  • Medical Care
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray Services
  • Nutrition Clinic
  • Referral Services
  • Vaccinations and Immunizations
  • Mental Health Services
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • STI or HIV Testing: Go online to myHealth and make a "Medical Appointment"
  • Gynecological and Reproductive Health Services
  • Family PACT
  • Emergency

Student Life

Campus life

Our world-class academics, vibrant campus life and unique urban setting draw students from across California, the nation and the world. Take our virtual tour and see for yourself.

Sports facilities

The new Mashouf Wellness Center offers activities, recreation and a wellness program. It’s already a major campus social hub. The San Francisco State Gators compete in the NCAA II, CCAA and RMAC conferences with both women’s and men’s athletic teams.

Student clubs

  • Accounting Students Organization
  • Active Minds
  • African Student Association
  • ALPFA at SF State
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Omicron Sorority
  • Alpha Kappa Psi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Alpha Phi International Fraternity
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc.
  • Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity
  • American Society of Civil Engineers


SF State is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Student Reviews

Ups and downs
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Some of my professors were amazing but there is a problem there with the administration and at least one tenured professor. The campus is beautiful but far from safe, and it's such a pain to commute into.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is a good public university, all professor are always willing to help you get farter with your education.

SF State is Okay!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The best experience was the student and faculty diversity. San Francisco is a great place to meet people from all over the world. The cons are how expensive everything is - from tuition to rent to food.

San Francisco, California, United States

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