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
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Test Scores and GPA for San Francisco State University

Cost

Net Price
$12,941/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,519/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,176/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,942/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,289/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,246/ 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
47%
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
Report
  • 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
51%
National
48%
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 Reviews

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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.
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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!
SFSU is an incredibly diverse school. You'll meet people from all walks of life and learn from professors each with some pretty cool backgrounds. There isn't a whole bunch of campus pride because SFSU is primarily a commuter school, meaning most students live off campus. But this isn't a bad thing when your university is in San Francisco! Living off campus allows you to explore a really cool city and meet students who go to one of the many other colleges in the city. Considering this university is located in one of America's most liberal places, you can take some pretty cool classes when fulfilling your GE requirements. I took classes on Global Warming, California History, and Issues and Images in Black Visual Media. I had a blast at SFSU and received a valuable education.