|Motto in English "Experience Teaches"|
Endowment $72.2 million (2016)
Total enrollment 30,256 (2015)
Colors Purple, Gold
Acceptance rate 68% (2015)
Phone +1 415-338-1111
|Former names San Francisco State Normal School (1899–1921)
San Francisco State Teachers College (1921–35)
San Francisco State College (1935–72)
California State University, San Francisco (1972-74)|
Motto Experientia Docet (Latin)
Type Public research university
Address 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA
Mascot San Francisco State Gators
Undergraduate tuition and fees Local tuition: 6,468 USD (2015)
Notable alumni Annette Bening, Danny Glover, Dana Carvey, Jeffrey Tambor, Willie Brown
Similar University of San Francisco, San Jose State University, University of California, City College of San Fran, University of California
San francisco state university five things i wish i knew before attending
San Francisco State University (commonly referred to as San Francisco State, SF State and SFSU) is a public research university located in San Francisco, California, United States. As part of the 23-campus California State University system, the university offers 118 different Bachelor's degrees, 94 Master's degrees, 5 Doctoral degrees including two Doctor of Education, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Ph.D in Education and Doctor of Physical Therapy Science, along with 26 teaching credentials among six academic colleges.
- San francisco state university five things i wish i knew before attending
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In Fall of 2013, the university had 1,620 faculty, of which 683 (or 42 percent) were on the tenure track.
The university's academic colleges are:
In addition, the university has a College of Extended Learning.
SF State is on the semester system.
The university awards bachelor's degrees in 115 areas of specialization, master's degrees in 97, and a doctor of education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership. It jointly offers three doctoral programs; a doctorate in education in partnership with University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in special education, and two doctorates in physical therapy with University of California, San Francisco.
SFSU ranks 18th among the top 20 undergraduate schools whose alumni go on to be admitted to the State Bar; many subsequently run for public office.
The Cinema department, in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, was named one of the nation's "top film schools" by Entertainment Weekly in 2000.
The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, a subgroup of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The college of engineering is accredited by the ABET except the computer engineering program.
San Francisco State was ranked the 24th top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings. The university is currently ranked as the 50th best master's-granting university in the Western United States by U.S. News & World Report U.S. News & World Report also ranks San Francisco State University 1st in reputation among its "Western University peers" in 2000. Among Western Universities, of which there are 112, San Francisco State was ranked 10th in terms of campus diversity by USNWR. Furthermore, U.S. News & World Report ranks San Francisco State as 8th nationally in the number of transfer students.
San Francisco State University's joint physical therapy master's program with UCSF is consistently ranked among the top 20 in the country. The Philosophical Gourmet Report lists San Francisco State University as one of the top eight universities to earn a terminal MA in philosophy. SFSU is listed as having "one of the nation's top film schools" by "Entertainment Weekly" having produced countless leading filmmakers. The Academy of Management, the leading professional association for management scholars in the world, honored San Francisco State University's College of Business' Ohrenschall Center for Entrepreneurship with the McGraw-Hill/Irwin Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award (2002). The University's College of Extended Learning offers the only American Bar Association-approved paralegal studies program in San Francisco. SFSU was one of the first California State University campuses to offer a doctorate of education. It was also instrumental in the establishment of the International University Of Kyrgyzstan (1993). The University is the only one in California to offer a bachelor's degree in technical and professional writing.
In 1968, what was then the longest student strike in the nation's history resulted in establishment of a College of Ethnic Studies and increased recruiting and admissions of students of color. In 2002 there was much tension between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students.
Residence buildings, communities, and services
A dormitory building, Verducci Hall, was imploded in 1999.
The school's intercollegiate athletics teams, nicknamed the Gators, compete in NCAA Division II and are a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (wrestling competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). SF State fields twelve sports (men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's wrestling, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, baseball, and softball).
SF State has produced three major league baseball players, of which two became All-Stars (former Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson, and former Brewers and Red Sox outfielder Tommy Harper). The soccer program has had one player enter the professional ranks. Jared MacLane played in the Professional First Division in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
The Gators have also produced thirteen National Football League players, including Billy Baird, Elmer Collett, Maury Duncan, Carl Kammerer, Douglas Parrish, and Floyd Peters. Mike Holmgren got his collegiate coaching start as the team's Offensive Coordinator in 1981. The football program ended in 1995.
SF State Wrestling scored at a National Championship meet every year from 1963–64 to 2016-17. In 1996-97, the Gators won the NCAA Division II National Championship.
The school first adopted their mascot, the Gator, in 1931. After a call for a mascot by the student newspaper the Bay Leaf, students suggested the "alligator" for its strength and steadfastness. The students also suggested the spelling "Golden Gaters," with an "e," in reference to the Golden Gate. Students voted in favor of the name, but after numerous "misspellings" by the newspaper, the use of Gator, with an "o," stuck.