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.
Top reasons to study here
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.
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.
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
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.
Ever since it was established in 1899 as a teacher-training school, SF State has been known for its commitment to excellent teaching. Trained in some of the finest institutions in the world, faculty members include winners of prestigious teaching awards, cutting-edge researchers, and professionals devoted to solving community problems.
San Francisco State University undergraduates will emerge from their studies with a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding developed from integrating their coursework and academic experiences in both General Education and the major. The abilities, knowledge, and qualities of mind fostered by General Education will be reinforced, extended, and deepened in the major.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) helps to create a dynamic, engaging and vibrant environment for SF State faculty and students. By providing support and infrastructure, ORSP gives faculty and students the opportunity to engage in life changing programs that have an impact both individually and to the broader community.
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.
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.
J. Paul Leonard Library
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.
Information Technology Services advances the mission of SF State by providing reliable and secure enterprise-wide applications and infrastructure to support SF State’s long standing commitments to teaching, learning, and social justice.
Student Health provides confidential basic health services as well as primary care, psychiatry, pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray. We encourage health awareness and educate about preventive care, disease management and treatment choices. Our goal during each visit is that you and SHS medical staff work together to make decisions to promote your health and well-being, now and into the future.
We partner with students and the campus to foster academic, personal, and professional wellness for the campus community in support of health equity.
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.
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.
The Campus Recreation Department is a student-driven department guiding development through transformative activities, creating a sense of belonging within our community, and being a key partner in integrating health and wellness across the University.
- Mashouf Wellness Center
- The Gymnasium
- Outdoor Courts & Fields
On campus, the energetic students run more than 200 clubs, focused on everything from politics to sports and religious organisations. At the heart of student life is the new Mashouf Wellness Center, the home of most SF State.
- 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
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