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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    D+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
San Francisco State is a public university located in San Francisco, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 22,263 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the San Francisco State acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Business, Biology, and Psychology. Graduating 54% of students, San Francisco State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,000.
About San Francisco State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
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San Francisco State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
950-1150
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,551/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,470/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
77%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
23:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.208 responses
23%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.230 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.228 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
22,263Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,417
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 158 responses
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  • Diverse
    39%
  • Unique
    26%
  • Hipster
    14%
  • Curious
    4%
  • International
    4%
  • Either pretentious or not caring
    3%
  • Oblivious
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.266 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.307 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 172 responses
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  • Commuter school
    44%
  • Diverse
    41%
  • Not as bad as people make it out to be.
    9%
  • Social Justice Extravaganza
    3%
  • It's school, like a giant high school
    1%
  • Potentially great, ruined by poor management
    1%
  • Home away from home
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.152 responses
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I love this college. It has opened my eyes to new perspectives in regarding ethnic studies and applying what I learn to how I can use it in the real world. Many of the classes I took had field trips where we got to do community service, explore classroom topics outside the university walls. All my classes have been enlightening and there was never a dull class. The teachers were exceptional! Definitely destroyed my fear of being a transfer student into a university. They made me feel like I have been going there since I was a Freshman in college.
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My favorite thing about SFSU is its location. A lot of students come from across the bay using BART, bus or driving. This school is easily accessible. BART is right in front of the school. The bus system is entirely free if you're enrolled in as a student. The gym membership is all free as well. The academics is awesome, I haven't had a problem with anything since I transferred last year. I love this school!
At San Francisco State University ( SFSU) I really enjoy the feel of the school. All of the staff are very helpful when it comes to picking classes, paying tuition or simply having a quick question. A change that I would like to see at SFSU is definitely food selection and the size of the campus. Overall, I really do enjoy being a student at SFSU!