San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA

San Francisco, USA


History, Affiliations & Rankings

With its first graduating class in 1901, San Francisco State University was originally established in the year 1899. It is known as SF State, San Francisco State or simply SFSU. The university has institutional affiliations with Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) besides program accreditations with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the School of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

SFSU was ranked as 12th 'Best University in the United States' by PayScale and CollegeNET. It persistently ranks high in US News & World Report's 2020 edition Departmental Ranking list as #32 for Rehabilitation Counseling, #77 for Social Work, #78 for Public Health, #81 for Speech-Language Pathology, #94 for Public Affairs and #114 for Fine Arts.

Infrastructure, Campus & Courses

Located just two miles from the Pacific coast, SFSU has a massive 141-acre campus housing over 30 academic, residence, community, services, conference, administrative and athletic facilities and buildings. San Francisco State is a part of the NCAA-II and has world-class athletic facilities and 10+ university teams competing in the division. It also has state of the art facilities for business, computing, chemistry, media, communication and film students among a list of 120+ fields of interests and vocations. SFSU has 6 major academic institutions such as  Business, Education, Liberal & Creative Arts, Ethnic Studies, Science & Engineering, and Health & Social Sciences. The programs with the best outcomes concerning careers and remuneration are Biology, Business Administration, Engineering, Kinesiology, Psychology, English, Communication Studies and Sociology with Cinema being the most chosen major.

Accomplishments & Alumni

San Francisco State University is home to the ever famous School of Cinema, churning out an impressive list of thirteen Academy Award winners among its alumni. SFSU is also known for consistently producing law graduates that go on to be a part of the State Bar of California, many choosing to run for public office positions later on. It also partners with UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco for three doctoral programs. Some distinguished alumni from SFSU are Jonas Rivera (animator-Pixar & producer), Alex Borstein (actress and voice artist-Family Guy), Kari Byron (actress & television host), Yvonne Cagle (astronaut), Ben Fong-Torres (journalist-Rolling Stone & SF Chronicle), Danny Glover (actor), Kirk Hammett (lead guitarist-Metallica), Stanley Mazor (co-inventor of the microprocessor), Anne Rice (author) and Jeffrey Tambor (actor).

Student Diversity & Visiting Companies

With the second-largest enrollment number of Asian and Filipino Americans in the CSU system, SFSU is known for its rich culture and challenging the status quo. The student body is diverse and is represented by 56% female students, 7% of international students representing 98 countries, 26% of students of Asian origin and 34% of Hispanic origin. SFSU is also known to have roughly 51% of the total student population as minority students, at all times.

Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Francisco State enjoys many strong relations with industries and corporations all over the world. Some names to recruit from SFSU consistently are IBM, Facebook, Apple, Skype, Wells Fargo, Duane Morris, Boombotix, Google, IGN Entertainment, OpenDNS,, Dolby Laboratories, LucasArts, Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, Wired, Whatsapp, Calypso Technology & Pacific Bell.

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San Francisco State University Facts and Highlights

Type of University

Public, Co-ed

Average Annual Tuition Fee


Admission Intakes

Fall and Spring Intakes

Average GPA Requirement


Average Exam Score Requirement

SAT-550; ACT-22; IELTS-6/0; TOEFL iBT-61; PTE Academic-45;

Admission Requirement

High School/University Academic Transcripts (English Translations Required); English Language Proficiency Test scores, Entrance Test Scores (Optional), LORs, SOPs

Admission Deadlines

Fall Intake: May 1

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Size of Campus (in acres)


Alumni Worldwide


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San Francisco State University Ranking

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THE World University Ranking (US Rankings)






QS World University Rankings (US Universities)






US News and World Report - Regional Universities West






Campus Location

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132 | 415-405-4005 |

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