B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    D
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
San Francisco State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
Address
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
Website

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
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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

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
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.212 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.210 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
22,206Undergrads
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 140 responses
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  • Diverse
    39%
  • Unique
    26%
  • Hipster
    14%
  • Curious
    4%
  • International
    4%
  • Either pretentious or not caring
    4%
  • Oblivious
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.248 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.289 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 154 responses
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  • Commuter school
    45%
  • Diverse
    42%
  • Not as bad as people make it out to be.
    8%
  • Social Justice Extravaganza
    3%
  • Potentially great, ruined by poor management
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.152 responses
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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.
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This University is the best CSU in the Bay Area! The academia that this institution offers it's students is challenging and prepares them for honest careers in their intended fields. The professors care a great deal about this and will connect students with the right networks for their fields of interest. Mostly a commuter school, but the dorm life is welcoming, safe, and fun. Students are heard and respected at S.F. State. This is reflective through the convenient shuttle services to and from Bart, excellent student government structure and resources, organized student services and health centers, great events, and much more.
I transferred to San Francisco State University from my junior college, and I have enjoyed it tremendously. My professors have all been fantastic, and really passionate about teaching as well as going out of their way to help outside of teaching (office hours, projects, letters of recommendations, etc). You'll find a lot of student peers who are motivated and don't mess around with their studies; on the other hand (because you're in San Francisco), you will get yourself into a vibrant nightlife scene- there's always a party, a club, a bar, or a social outing you can find yourself in if you're in the mood for it. I think SFSU is a great fit for many people to get out their comfort zone and explore!