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San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State, founded in 1899, is a public, comprehensive university. Its 130-acre campus is located in San Francisco.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students26,906
   Women15,168 (56.4%)
   Men11,738 (43.6%)
Graduate Students3,350


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate68% of 35,122 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineNovember 30
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.23
SAT Math491 average
430-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading487 average
430-540 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $24,048
Out-of-state: $35,208
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $6,484
Out-of-state: $17,644
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met76%
Average Freshman Award$16,263
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 5% of classes
10-19 students: 18% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 12% of classes
50-99 students: 12% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes


San Francisco Population825,863
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 49% of freshmen, 13% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division II


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
29.2% Asian
5.1% Black/African-American
31.3% Hispanic/Latino
6.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.5% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
21.4% White
6.1% Unknown
International Students7.1% from 78 countries
First-Year Students Returning81.8%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.27 3.47 589 580 24
Low 2.34 2.26 420 440 10
High 4.00 4.68 780 750 34
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• One history course at SFSU explores the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, devoting several city walks to important sites of the disaster.

• SFSU offers engineering scholarships to Bay Area high school students who win a homemade minirobot contest.

• SF State started out as a teacher's college in 1855 with only six students taught by a former gold prospector.

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