San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

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 & 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.

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San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132
General Phone: (415) 338-1111

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San Francisco State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,843American studies, African-American studies, Native American studies, Hispanic-American studies, Asian-American studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, comparative literature, Chinese language, ...
Business and Management1,316business management, business administration, labor studies
Education and Teaching616education, school counseling, early childhood education, industrial arts teaching, science teaching
Therapy and Counseling605behavioral sciences, psychology, communication disorders, physical therapy
Media415communication studies, journalism, radio and television
Science311biology, biochemistry, marine biology, natural sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine217registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy186parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, vocational counseling, dietitian
Photography and Commercial Art183film studies
Security and Law Enforcement166criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work141family and consumer science, public administration, social work
Art Studies120visual and performing arts, art studies
Hospitality106hospitality management
Engineering98engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Computer Science and Engineering75computer science, computer engineering
Construction Trades73apparel and textiles
Drama and Performing Arts71dance, drama
Medical Support and Technology65health service and sciences, clinical lab tech
Design60interior design
Music54music, music performance
Mathematics41mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Religion and Philosophy37philosophy, Jewish studies, philosophy and religious studies
Medicine30gerontology, public health
Conservation and Resource Management25environmental studies
Fine Arts8fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for San Francisco State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree5,47177
Master's degree1,36857
Doctor's degree232

San Francisco State Student Body

In 2007-2008, San Francisco State had a total enrollment of 30,125 students (25,548 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 17%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 31%
Black 6%
Hispanic 14%
Asian 28%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 19%
20-21 19%
22-24 27%
25-29 19%
30-34 7%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

San Francisco State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %
Part-Time 43 %

San Francisco State Room and Board (2007)

San Francisco State offers campus housing for 2,409 of its 25,548 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of San Francisco, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

San Francisco State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440560
SAT Math440560
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT79%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT15%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

San Francisco State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,762
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,932
Room and board $ 11,500
Room charge $ 6,908
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,288
Books and supplies $ 1,656
Other expenses $ 4,278

Financial Aid:
San Francisco State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 115400)

San Francisco State Faculty

San Francisco State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track123171
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4844

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year14$120,82413$118,683
Associate professorcalendar year1*3$106,868
Lecturercalendar year6$102,2547$71,177
No academic rankcalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year23$119,85125$105,955

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year186$97,31293$94,011
Associate professoracademic year84$82,114101$81,199
Assistant professoracademic year115$74,172157$70,592
Lectureracademic year39$63,33934$57,690
No academic rankacademic year2*1*
All faculty totalacademic year426$85,101386$78,049

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

San Francisco State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Baseball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Track California Collegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports343468

San Francisco State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Labor Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American Indian/Native American Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian-American Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Museology/Museum Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Technical and Business Writing
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Natural Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Communication Disorders, General
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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