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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    D+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
San Francisco State is a public university located in San Francisco, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 21,515 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the San Francisco State acceptance rate is 68%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Biology, and Psychology. Graduating 53% of students, San Francisco State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,300.
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
Website
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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
68%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
860-1090
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,250/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,598/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,085/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,294/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,531/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,936/ year
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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
22%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.223 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.221 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,515Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 151 responses
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  • Diverse
    39%
  • Unique
    26%
  • Hipster
    14%
  • Curious
    4%
  • International
    4%
  • Either pretentious or not caring
    3%
  • Unfriendly/pretentious or open-minded/friendly
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.259 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.300 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 165 responses
Report
  • Commuter school
    44%
  • Diverse
    41%
  • Not as bad as people make it out to be.
    9%
  • Social Justice Extravaganza
    3%
  • Potentially great, ruined by poor management
    1%
  • It's school, like a giant high school
    1%
  • Underrated
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.152 responses
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I am currently in my first semester as a transfer student and I can honestly say that San Francisco State is the perfect school for me. I wanted to be at a school where I can work on skills to assist me for my future career which is sports journalism, and San Francisco State definitely gives me the ideal resources. The community is very welcoming and diverse, which is something I also enjoy a lot. Overall, the school is the ideal set up for me and I couldn't be happier to be attending this school!
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I transferred to San Francisco State University from my junior college, and I've enjoyed every moment. Besides getting into the top school on my list, I've made many connections with my peers and professors. The campus is very accepting and full of people from all over the world. The environment is great and the bay area has so much to offer. The shuttle service for this commuter school could be updated, but I'm truly enjoying every moment on this campus!
San Francisco State University was my top school when applying for colleges. I was so stoked to come here because I love the city and the environment. There is so much diversity and acceptance on campus and I love that about this university. However, I do wish they had more on campus events for students or fun interactive events for us to meet more people. After the first week of school, the "party scene" died down and we did not get to engage as much with other people because we don't know where to go to find them! Other than that I love the school and campus.