About San Francisco State University

SF State is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Building on a century-long history of commitment to quality teaching and broad access to undergraduate and graduate education, the University offers comprehensive, rigorous, and integrated academic programs that require students to engage in open-minded inquiry and reflection. 

SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective.


Mission Statement

San Francisco State University educates and equips students to thrive in a global society. We deliver academic excellence by pursuing knowledge, inspiring creativity, supporting our diverse community and advancing social justice and positive change in the world. Visit the Strategic Planning website to learn more.


At a Glance



San Francisco State University is part of the largest system of higher education in the country granting bachelor's and master's degrees, the California State University (CSU). See the full SF State Facts on the Strategic Marketing and Communications website.



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Student Success & Academics

Student Success at San Francisco State University means holding our students to high expectations and offering them the support they need to reach them.

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Equity & Community Inclusion

Advance diversity, equity, social justice and inclusive excellence for students at SF State, whereby diversity is inclusive of a broad range of identities and their intersections.

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Partnerships & Philanthropy

Each dollar matters here, and together your support of our students, faculty, and programs creates a level of excellence that would not be possible without your investment.

President Lynn Mahoney

Meet the President

Welcome to San Francisco State where we pride ourselves on providing all students access to a premier public education.