San Francisco State University Overview
San Francisco State University is a public institution located in San Francisco, California. The location of SFSU is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.
What Is San Francisco State University Known For?
- The highest award offered at SFSU is the doctor's degree.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 50% of the faculty were full-time.
- After graduation, SFSU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $49,200 a year. That's about 21% more than their peers at other schools.
San Francisco State University Rankings
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SFSU.
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Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards SFSU has earned from around the web.
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Where Is San Francisco State University?
Contact details for SFSU are given below.
|Address:||1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132|
How Do I Get Into SFSU?
You can apply to SFSU online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply
Admission Requirements for SFSU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
|TOEFL||neither required nor recommended|
How Hard Is It To Get Into SFSU?
Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 69%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.
Average Test Scores
About 88% of students accepted to SFSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 580. Math scores were between 470 and 570.
Can I Afford San Francisco State University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SFSU, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $5,507 a year. That adds up to $22,028 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at SFSU is 5.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
San Francisco State University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 3,247 graduate students at the school.
Of the 22,191 full-time undergraduates at SFSU, 43% are male and 57% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of San Francisco State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,188|
|Hispanic or Latino||7,676|
California students aren't the only ones who study at San Francisco State University. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 103 countries are represented at SFSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Japan.
Online Learning at San Francisco State University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at SFSU has changed over the last few years.
Online Growth Rankings of SFSU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at San Francisco State University was 19.0%. This is the #936 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SFSU regardless of major.
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
San Francisco State University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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