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San Francisco State University

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1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132, United States

Location info of San Francisco State University

known for its culture and diversity, San Francisco is a place where international students can feel very much at home. Due to its relatively small size, the city is also easy to get around, and cycling is a very popular method of transport.

  • The world-famous Golden Gate Bridge

is the most-photographed bridge anywhere in the world

  • Within easy reach of Silicon Valley

where Apple, Tesla, Google and more are based

  • Endless areas to explore

from Ocean Beach, Mission Dolores Park and more

  • A start-up hub

widely considered the most important city in the world for new technology start-ups

Top Reasons to Study in San Francisco State University

Career Opportunities

SF State students are frequently able to find internships at leading companies such as: Apple, Google, Wells Fargo, Sales Force, Twitter, Airbnb, Uber, Facebook, and Tesla.

Affordable Tuition

SF State students are Based in San Francisco and part of the California State University system – meaning it is able to offer very low tuition fees to international students.

Going Places

SF State is ranked among the Top 25 universities in America for Social Mobility meaning it is affordable for students to graduate and obtain well-paying jobs.

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About San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University is part of the largest system of higher education in the country granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees, the California State University (CSU). Though it began as a school for local educators, today San Francisco State’s more than 280,000 graduates are leaders in science, business, public service, journalism and the arts — virtually every sphere of activity — around the globe.

SF State was ranked in the top 25 for U.S. universities on Payscale and College Net’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.

Career at San Francisco State University

Students graduating today face a more demanding job market than previous generations. SF State’s Career Service and Leadership Development Center offers a range of ways to ensure that every student can make the best start to their career.

Careers events: These include a fall and spring career fair, a part-time job fair, and a graduate school fair.

Resources: Career-oriented webinars, how to write resumes, apply for internships, Face-to-face practice interviews.

Partnerships with industry: Strategic partners like Genentech and the CSU Entertainment Alliance create opportunities.

Campus life

Main Campus

The SF State main campus is located just east of Lake Merced, a quiet and picturesque area of the city with acres of parkland for relaxation.

Downtown Campus

Located in the heart of the business district in San Francisco, this campus is surrounded by opportunity with major companies based here. This includes AirBnb, Uber, Twitter, Pinterest, Levi’s and more.


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Ranking & Accreditation of San Francisco State University

  • SF State was ranked in the top 25 for U.S. universities on Payscale and College Net’s Social Mobility Index
  • Ranked in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location (Niche.com)
  • Bachelor’s degrees offered in 72 subject areas 200+ on-campus students clubs
  • Ninth in US for intramural sports
  • 16 Academy Award winners and 49 Emmy winners among SF State alumni
  • 21 Pulitzer Prize winners among SF State alumni

Student Accommodation at San Francisco State University

SF State Residencies

For students, SF State has a wide array of low- and high-rise apartment style housing on-campus ranging from 1–4 bedrooms/ 1-2 bathroom apartments.


Homestay provide students with a welcoming family and a place to call home while pursuing their education. SRS Concierge specializes in providing safe, easy and world-class homestay experiences.

living Expenses avarage:

  • Room & Board $18,270
  • Books & Supplies $1,076
  • Personal Expenses $2,632
  • Transportation $1,394
  • Health Insurance $1,890

Total living expenses $25,262


Programs at San Francisco State University


  1. Africana Studies
  2. American Indian Studies
  3. Asian American Studies
  4. Latina/Latino Studies
  5. Race and Resistance Studies
  6. Race, Ethnicity, and Health
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  1. Child and Adolescent Development (Early Childhood)
  2. Child and Adolescent Development (School Age Child and Family)
  3. Child and Adolescent Development (Youth Work and Out of School Time)
  4. Criminal Justice Studies
  5. Environmental Studies
  6. Family and Community Sciences
  7. Social Work
  8. Sociology
  9. Urban Studies and Planning
  10. Apparel Design and Merchandising (Design)
  11. Apparel Design and Merchandising (Merchandising)
  12. Nutrition and Dietetics (Dietetics and Nutrition Science)
  13. Nutrition and Dietetics (Foods and Community Nutrition)
  14. Environmental Studies (Natural Resource Management and Conservation)
  15. Health Education
  16. Interior Design
  17. Kinesiology (Exercise and Movement Sciences)
  18. Kinesiology (Physical Education)
  19. Nursing Pre-Licensure
  20. Nursing (RN-to-Nursing Degree)
  21. Public Health
  22. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration
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  1. American Studies
  2. Anthropology
  3. Art (Art History and Studio Art)
  4. Art History
  5. Bilingual Spanish Journalism
  6. Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
  7. Chinese (Chinese Language)
  8. Chinese (Chinese Literature and Linguistics)
  9. Chinese (Flagship Chinese Language)
  10. Cinema
  11. Classics
  12. Communication Studies
  13. Comparative and World Literature
  14. Creative Writing
  15. Dance
  16. Drama
  17. English (English Education)
  18. English (Literature)
  19. English ( Linguistics)
  20. English (Professional Writing and Rhetoric)
  21. French
  22. German
  23. Humanities
  24. International Relations
  25. Japanese
  26. Journalism (Photojournalism)
  27. Journalism ( Print and Online Journalism)
  28. Liberal Studies
  29. Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher Preparation
  30. Modern Jewish Studies
  31. Music
  32. Philosophy (Philosophy and Law)
  33. Philosophy and Religion
  34. Political Science
  35. Spanish
  36. Studio Art
  37. Theatre Arts
  38. Women and Gender Studies
  39. Bachelor of Music
  40. Industrial Design (Product Design and Development)
  41. Visual Communication Design
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  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Earth Sciences
  4. Geography
  5. Mathematics for Liberal Arts
  6. Mathematics for Teaching
  7. Mathematics for Advanced Study
  8. Physics (Astronomy)
  9. Psychology
  10. Applied Mathematics
  11. Biochemistry
  12. Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
  13. Biology Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
  14. Biology Marine Science
  15. Biology Microbiology
  16. Biology Physiology
  17. Chemistry
  18. Civil Engineering
  19. Computer Engineering
  20. Computer Science
  21. Electrical Engineering
  22. Environmental Science
  23. Mechanical Engineering
  24. Physics (Astrophysics)
  25. Physics (Physics for Teaching)
  26. Statistics
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  1. Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
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  1. Economics
  2. Labor and Employment Studies
  3. Accounting
  4. Decision Sciences
  5. Finance
  6. General Business
  7. Information Systems
  8. International Business
  9. Management
  10. Marketing
  11. Hospitality and Tourism Management
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