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  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 22,191 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the San Francisco State acceptance rate is 72%. Popular majors include Business, Biology, and Psychology. Graduating 55% of students, San Francisco State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,000.
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association

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.

SFSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
950-1160
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,964/ 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
$9,252/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

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.238 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.236 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    38%
  • On Campus
    60%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
22,191Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,340
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
51%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 164 responses
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  • Diverse
    41%
  • Unique
    25%
  • Hipster
    13%
  • 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.274 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.315 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 180 responses
Report
  • Commuter school
    43%
  • 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
    2%
  • Potentially great, ruined by poor management
    1%
  • Underrated
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
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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Great campus! Great Faculty! Great City! COVID online classes since mid-spring 2020--not so great. Now, we hear spring 2021 will also be conducted online.
Despite this, the entire staff is keeping a brave face and ensuring all students we will receive every possible consideration regarding extenuating circumstances.
Overall, my experience with the campus is positive. Much has changed since I first attended SFSU in 1987-88. What has remained the same is the friendliness of the student body; the atmosphere of enlightenment; the trees in the quad.
When this COVID restriction is finally lifted, I look forward to revisiting the campus.
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I am a rising junior and have had a pretty decent experience with my school so far! I really appreciate and enjoy the ethnic studies department as it allows for students to learn about various cultures and complete their general education in light of said cultures and perspectives. The gym has been remodeled in the past few years and is easily accessible to students. There are therapy dogs, panels, campus events, and more to either bring awareness to certain topics or just bring more life and "togetherness" on campus. Personally, registering for classes has been fairly easy even without the help of a counselor; although scheduling meetings with counselors has not been difficult for me either. Dining hall food is mediocre, but depending on your meal plan, is always accessible! There are (pricey) options on campus as well. I think the dorms were my least favorite part as they are way too overpriced and dirty.
Being across The Bay from UC Berkeley, one of the most competitive California universities, San Francisco State is a great alternative to their stress-culture. It is a welcoming university that you get out what you put into it. If you want to just show up for classes and do your own thing, then it's perfect for you. But if you want to become more involved on campus, there are over 300 inviting clubs and organizations. I've really enjoyed my time at SFSU so far and I can't wait to learn more, meet new people, and ultimately graduate!