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Student Life Initative


San Francisco State has historically been known as a commuter campus. However, the University has been and continues to be in a time of transition. This can be seen in the University’s changing demographics over the past 10 years:

  • The number of students living on campus in Residential Life has more than doubled from 1477 to 3313
  • The incoming freshman population doubled from 2,042 to 4,032.
  • The number of freshmen coming from outside the San Francisco Bay Area has more than tripled from 574 to 1,815.
  • The student average age has changed from 26.2 to 24.5, while the average undergraduate age has dropped from 24.0 to 22.8.

Due to these facts, SF State has seen a change in student needs and activities. Students are asking for a more "traditional" student life experience, especially within our 24/7-student population. This was demonstrated this past year with an increase in participation at planned on-campus events. We have also seen more spontaneous events on campus, including late night dance parties.

The Student Life Initiative will focus on events and programs that promote healthy living in a variety of ways including personal (physical and mental) health, academic and career excellence, and social/conduct success.


The Student Life focus has several goals, including:

  1. Improve retention and assist with facilitating graduation
  2. Continue to provide and develop programs, support services, and events for our student community, emphasizing students living in Residential Life and surrounding communities
  3. Establish policies and procedures to address safety and security concerns as well as University disruption
  4. Be proactive in assessing student needs and providing appropriate services
  5. Connect faculty, administrators, and staff with SF State students through co-curricular programming
  6. Strengthen a sense of community on campus
  7. Develop academic class year identity (Class of 2014, Class of 2013, etc)
  8. Strengthen alumni support
  9. Develop new SF State traditions while complimenting existing traditions
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