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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?

6,508 Undergraduate Awards
$29,389 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#29 Best Social Work Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SFSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#21 Best General English Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#39 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#41 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#54 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#57 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is San Francisco State University?

Location of San Francisco State University

Contact details for SFSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 415-338-1111
Website: www.sfsu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanfranciscostate
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SFSU

How Do I Get Into SFSU?

You can apply to SFSU online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for SFSU

Submission Required?
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?

70% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
88% Submit SAT Scores
SFSU has an acceptance rate of 70%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for San Francisco State University  ( 480 to 580 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for San Francisco State University  ( 470 to 570 )
200
800
SFSU received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for San Francisco State University  ( 16 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for San Francisco State University  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for San Francisco State University  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford San Francisco State University?

$29,389 Net Price
42% Take Out Loans
5.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SFSU is $29,389. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

22,191 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 26,531 undergraduate students at SFSU, with 22,191 being full-time and 4,340 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SFSU

There are also 3,247 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 22,191 full-time undergraduates at SFSU, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SFSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of San Francisco State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SFSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5,543
Black or African American 1,188
Hispanic or Latino 7,676
White 3,764
International Students 1,791
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,229

Geographic Diversity

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

418 Took All Classes Online
11,011 Took At Least One Class Online
19.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 11,011 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SFSU has changed over the last few years.

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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.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 1,463 0 82 0 1,545
General Psychology 355 0 44 0 399
Communication & Media Studies 368 0 10 0 378
General Biology 297 0 64 0 361
Criminal Justice & Corrections 239 0 0 0 239
Computer Science 218 0 19 0 237
General English Literature 181 0 54 0 235
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 227 0 6 0 233
Health & Physical Education 218 0 12 0 230
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 201 0 22 0 223
Nursing 129 1 51 0 181
Liberal Arts General Studies 151 0 6 0 157
Teacher Education Grade Specific 150 6 0 0 156
Ethnic Studies 123 0 22 0 145
Design & Applied Arts 142 0 2 0 144
Political Science & Government 133 0 6 0 139
Health Sciences & Services 135 0 0 0 135
Sociology 131 0 0 0 131
General Education 0 0 115 0 115
Fine & Studio Arts 110 0 5 0 115
Hospitality Management 105 0 0 0 105
Communication Sciences 60 0 31 0 91
History 76 0 11 0 87
International Relations & National Security 78 0 9 0 87
Special Education 0 20 63 0 83
Mechanical Engineering 83 0 0 0 83
Civil Engineering 75 0 0 0 75
General Family & Consumer Sciences 73 0 2 0 75
Journalism 74 0 0 0 74
Anthropology 60 0 9 0 69
Natural Resources Conservation 68 0 0 0 68
Philosophy 49 0 19 0 68
Economics 60 0 4 0 64
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 58 0 0 58
Textile & Apparel Studies 52 0 0 0 52
Social Work 25 0 26 0 51
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 50 0 0 0 50
Writing Studies 19 0 31 0 50
Drama & Theater Arts 45 0 2 0 47
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 4 42 46
Mathematics 29 0 16 0 45
Nutrition Science 42 0 0 0 42
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 39 0 2 0 41
Physics 23 0 18 0 41
Music 27 0 14 0 41
Electrical Engineering 40 0 0 0 40
General Engineering 0 0 40 0 40
East Asian Languages 36 0 4 0 40
Geography & Cartography 31 0 9 0 40
Student Counseling 0 0 35 0 35
Computer Engineering 35 0 0 0 35
Urban Studies 35 0 0 0 35
Romance Languages 29 0 4 0 33
Chemistry 22 0 9 0 31
Public Administration 0 0 28 0 28
Accounting 0 2 22 0 24
Geological & Earth Sciences 14 0 8 0 22
Public Health 0 0 19 0 19
Applied Mathematics 15 0 0 0 15
Human Resource Management 14 0 0 0 14
Educational Administration 0 0 0 13 13
Museum Studies 0 0 13 0 13
Dance 13 0 0 0 13
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 9 0 3 0 12
Marine Science 0 0 9 0 9
Classical Languages & Literature 3 0 5 0 8
Statistics 8 0 0 0 8
Gerontology 0 0 7 0 7
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 7 0 0 0 7
Behavioral Science 0 0 6 0 6
Religious Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 3 1 0 4
Germanic Languages 4 0 0 0 4
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 2 0 0 2
Area Studies 1 0 0 0 1
General Social Sciences 1 0 0 0 1
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6,508 92 1,003 55 7,658

References

*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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