San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment.

Top reasons to study here

  • From your first steps on campus, you’ll be encouraged to speak up, step out and immerse yourself in all the opportunities SFSU can bring.
  • Numerous graduates also go on to earn doctorates, including at prestigious universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT.
  • San Francisco State ranks fourth nationally among master’s level colleges and universities for the total number of graduates who go on to Ph.D. programs.

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The history of San Francisco State University contributes unique elements to its mission. The University existed solely as a teacher training institution from 1899 to 1935, first as a normal school, then as a teachers' college. Although officially a liberal arts college after 1935, and a university since 1972.


San Francisco State was ranked in the top 25 for U.S. universities on Payscale and CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index. That means we’re among the best at making it affordable for our students to graduate and obtain good-paying jobs. Our graduates are now leaders in fields from journalism, creative writing and film to technology, science, business, government and education.


The mission of the Office of Institutional Research (IR) at San Francisco State University is to provide information, data and analysis in a timely manner to better inform decision making at all levels of the University and to satisfy external reporting requirements and needs.

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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972 -109
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

On-campus housing at San Francisco State University is limited and in high demand. While living on campus is not required, it is also not guaranteed and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Housing Office highly recommends students submit their housing as soon as possible to increase their chances of obtaining a space and to avoid being put on the wait list.

Library services

The mission of the J. Paul Leonard Library is to empower its University constituency with lifelong learning skills to identify, find, evaluate, use and communicate information in promotion of excellence in scholarship, knowledge and understanding.

ICT services

Academic Technology (AT) supports Academic Affairs units, colleges, departments, instructors and students wherever teaching, learning and research happens, and serves as the central information technology (IT) unit for Academic Affairs at SF State.

Student Life

Campus life

Our world-class academics, vibrant campus life and unique urban setting draw students from across California, the nation and the world. Take our virtual tour and see for yourself.

Sports facilities

The new Mashouf Wellness Center offers activities, recreation and a wellness program. It’s already a major campus social hub.

The San Francisco State Gators compete in the NCAA II, CCAA and RMAC conferences with both women’s and men’s athletic teams.

Student clubs

Whatever your interest, there’s a student organization dedicated to it here. We have more than 200 on-campus clubs, plus many student activities including workshops, career fairs, concerts, cultural events, spirit days, movie nights and more.


SF State is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

San Francisco, California, United States


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