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San Francisco State University, also referred to as San Francisco State, SF State or SFSU, is a public university located in San Francisco, California. Established in 1899, SF State is a part of the California State University system. U. S. News and World Report (2000) ranked the university first in its reputation among its "Western University peers".

San Francisco State University offers more than 115 bachelor's degrees, over 95 master's degrees, over 25 credential programs and more than 30 certificate programs. The university is organized into eight academic divisions.

San Francisco State University's athletic teams are nicknamed the Gators. They compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in Division II of the NCAA.

Profile of San Francisco State University

San Francisco State is located in a large city, in San Francisco, California. The school is a public institution. Degree levels at San Francisco State top out at the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Students at the school often study drama and performing arts and liberal arts.

San Francisco State Selectivity

The admissions department at San Francisco State does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 440 to 560 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 560 or higher on the math SAT.


The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, the school tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

San Francisco State offers classes to 30, 125 students (25, 589 full-time equivalent). Minorities are common at the school.

Student Life

San Francisco State does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in California Collegiate Athletic Association competitions.

San Francisco State Tuition and Affordability

Tuition is fairly low at San Francisco State.

San Francisco State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts1, 797English, liberal arts and sciences, speech and rhetoric, political science, history, sociology, international relations, economics, . . .
Business and Management1, 205business management, business administration, labor studies, taxation
Education and Teaching649education, early childhood education, industrial arts teaching, school Counselling, science teaching
Therapy and Counselling637psychology, communication disorders, physical therapy, behavioral sciences
Media340radio and television, journalism
Science306biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, geology, marine biology, natural sciences
Photography and Commercial Art221film studies, cinematography
Nursing and Emergency Medicine183registered nursing
Family and Social Work179social work, public administration, family and consumer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy155health and physical education, parks and recreation studies, dietitian, vocational Counselling
Security and Law Enforcement150criminal justice and safety
Art Studies149art studies, visual and performing arts
Engineering138civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering
Computer Science and Engineering105computer science, computer engineering
Drama and Performing Arts101drama, dance
Construction Trades77apparel and textiles
Hospitality72hospitality management
Design56interior design
Music48music performance, music
Medical Support and Technology44health service and sciences, clinical lab tech
Religion and Philosophy37philosophy, philosophy and religious studies, Jewish studies
Mathematics35mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Conservation and Resource Management28environmental studies
Medicine23public health, gerontology
Fine Arts8fine arts

Contact: San Francisco State

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Ave

San Francisco, California 94132

General Phone: (415) 338-1111


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