San Francisco State University

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School Overview

San Francisco State University, also known as SF State, SFSU and San Francisco State, is a public four-year university in San Francisco, CA that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is one of twenty three California State University (CSU) system campuses and has six academic colleges that together offer over one hundred areas of study. The U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked SFSU among the top 50 master’s granting universities in the western United States.

General Information

Admission Office

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 338-1113

Fax: (415) 338-7196

Contact: John Pliska

Director, Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 338-1111

Total undergrads: 24,378

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,603

Degree-seeking undergrads: 24,378

Graduate enrollment: 5,636


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 66%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 76%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,456 $3,762 $4,740 $5,014 +5.78%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,656 $1,734 $1,704 -1.73%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $11,500 $11,500 $11,970 $12,414 +3.71%
Other $3,960 $4,278 $4,386 $4,344 -0.96%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $11,500 $11,500 $11,970 $12,414 +3.71%
Other $3,960 $4,278 $4,386 $4,344 -0.96%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $20,302 $21,196 $22,830 $23,476 +2.83%
In-state Off Campus $20,302 $21,196 $22,830 $23,476 +2.83%
In-state with Family $4,842 $5,418 $6,474 $6,718 +3.77%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,866 53%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,336 38% $10,042,781 $7,517
• Federal grants 983 28% $4,597,084 $4,677
• Pell grants 978 28% $3,614,027 $3,695
• Other federal grants 901 26% $983,057 $1,091
Institutional scholarships or grants 965 27% $2,051,367 $2,126
Institutional grants or scholarships 960 27% $3,394,330 $3,536
Student loan financial aid 1,156 33% $5,854,576 $5,065
• Federal student loans 1,128 32% $5,044,165 $4,472
• Other student loans 72 2% $810,411 $11,256

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 5650 1520 24
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 118 23
African-american/black Studies 13
American Indian/native American Studies 2
American/united States Studies/civilization 6
Asian-american Studies 42 5
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 11 16
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 35
Women’s Studies 9 2
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 258 37
Biochemistry 49
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 209 33
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 4
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1197 325
Business Administration and Management 1108 325
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 5
Hospitality Administration/management 81
Labor Studies 3
Communication and Journalism Programs 553 6
Journalism 110
Radio and Television 250 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 193
Computing and Information Sciences 40 27
Computer Science 40 27
Education 253 355 4
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 63
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 179
Education 277
Educational Leadership and Administration 4
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 2
Technology Teacher Education/industrial Arts Teacher Education 74 13
Engineering 98 25
Civil Engineering 51
Computer Engineering 5
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 19
Engineering 25
Mechanical Engineering 23
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 244 138
English Language and Literature 219 126
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 13
Rhetoric and Composition 12 12
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 117 37
Chinese Language and Literature 27 7
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3 2
Comparative Literature 2 10
French Language and Literature 15 2
German Language and Literature 4
Italian Language and Literature 5 4
Japanese Language and Literature 19 2
Spanish Language and Literature 42 10
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 193 138 20
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 3 4
Communication Sciences and Disorders 27 23
Dietetics/dietitian 40
Physical Therapy/therapist 4 20
Public Health 22
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 123 77
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor 8
History 109 44
History 109 44
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 181
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 181
Human Services 31 80
Public Administration 27
Social Work 31 53
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 225 4
Humanities/humanistic Studies 38 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 187
Mathematics and Statistics 33 12
Applied Mathematics 4
Mathematics 24 12
Statistics 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 10 56
Behavioral Sciences 13
Gerontology 15
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 9 1
Museology/museum Studies 27
Natural Sciences 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 55
Environmental Science 55
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 205 25
Health and Physical Education/fitness 155 18
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 50 7
Physical Sciences 39 22
Chemistry 15 6
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other 5
Geology and Earth Science 7 8
Physics 12 8
Psychology 495 46
Psychology 495 46
Social Sciences 545 55
Anthropology 61 12
Economics 61 6
Geography 35 11
International Relations and Affairs 106 13
Political Science and Government 116 9
Social Sciences 1 4
Sociology 132
Urban Studies/affairs 33
Visual and Performing Arts 547 54
Art/art Studies 145 4
Dance 29
Design and Visual Communications 31
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 67 12
Film/cinema/video Studies 175 18
Fine/studio Arts 7
Industrial and Product Design 23
Interior Design 39
Music Performance 21 10
Music 17 3
Work and Family Studies 104 11
Apparel and Textiles 74
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 30 11
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian American Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Native American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Dance B
Digital art C
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Ecology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B
Microbiology B
Physiology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business Administration/Management B
E-Commerce B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
International Business B
Labor Studies B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B
Small Business Administration B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B,C


Cooperative education C
Early Childhood Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B
Technical/Business Writing B,C

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Italian B
Japanese B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Holistic health C
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B
Public Health Education B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Philosophy and religion B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B
Youth Services C

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

San Francisco State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(415) 338-1111
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address:1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:29,045
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):45%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:23 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:20,898 (72% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$6,484
Out-of-state Tuition:$17,644
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:76%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$8,817

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

San Francisco State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at San Francisco State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies72
Biological and Biomedical Sciences22
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services42
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs42
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters32
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics88
Health Professions and Related Programs3561
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities21
Mathematics and Statistics31
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies25
Natural Resources and Conservation2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies22
Philosophy and Religious Studies31
Physical Sciences44
Public Administration and Social Service Professions12
Social Sciences87
Visual and Performing Arts107
Grand total883653

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at San Francisco State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at San Francisco State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,10176%
Grant or scholarship aid2,83469%$8,817
Student loan aid1,70442%$5,441

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid16,21460%$8,167
Federal student loans9,59136%$6,344

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for San Francisco State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled San Francisco State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants36,22313,89122,332
Percent admitted100%65%70%
Percent admitted who enrolled10%11%10%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

San Francisco State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment29,045
Undergraduate enrollment25,945
Graduate enrollment3,100

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

San Francisco State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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