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

  • Our alumni are leaders in journalism, creative writing, film, technology, science, business, government and education.
  • With average class sizes of fewer than 30 students, professors are available for one-on-one time with students.
  • San Francisco State University offers 77 degrees. No matter what future you dream of you can make that dream a reality at San Francisco State.

Short Courses

Business & Management (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)



1899 as San Francisco State Normal School, a two-year teacher-training college. First normal school in nation to require high school diploma for admission.


We continually create opportunities for you to discover your unique path in life. With 77 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.


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.

University Ranking

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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

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

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

San Francisco, California, United States

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