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Welcome to San Francisco State University

"The culture of possibility. We ignite the power of education for all." in purple


Number 9

For Visual and Performing Arts Degrees

Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine

number 8

In the Nation for Social Mobility

U.S. News and World Report 

30 percent

Of Students Are First in Their Family to Attend College

Institutional Analytics



Learn About SF State


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Our students know they belong to a diverse and inclusive community, free to explore and express their individuality.

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Innovation fuels our curriculum — our courses are culturally and socially enriching and unique to our university.

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We are champions of equity and community inclusion and empower our students to pursue their educational dreams.

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Located in the hub of the Bay Area, we offer a powerful combination of education, art, culture, technology and career connections.



Academic Programs


Our graduates are leaders in science, business, public service, journalism and the arts. SF State is part of the California State University (CSU), the largest system of higher education in the country granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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Gator Athletics has a proud tradition of competitive success within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). SF State has 12 intercollegiate sports teams involving 350 student athletes: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s track & field, volleyball and wrestling.



Gain Real World Experience


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Go Beyond the Classroom

Participate in implementing the university's goals for international education and exchange.

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Conduct Research 

Engage in life-changing programs that have an impact both individually and to the broader community.



SF State Community


Be a Part of Our Community

SF State 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.



Make It Possible

Student success at SF State means holding our students to high expectations and offering them the support they need to reach them. As a campus with a social justice mission at our core, we hold excellence and equity to be fundamental and interlinking values: We want to see our students graduate with degrees that represent learning experiences of the highest possible quality, inclusive of all of our students. 


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Affording SF State

Every SF State student should belong and matter, has the capacity to live a purposeful life and can positively impact the world. 

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Start Your Next Chapter Here

No matter where you’re from, what you’ve learned or who you think you’ll be, we’re ready to be the next chapter in your story.

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Apply to SF State

Join the nearly 24,000 students who enroll at SF State each year and become part of our network of more than 293,000 graduates contributing to the economic, cultural and civic life of the Bay Area and beyond.



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