Our Campus

For more than 100 years, San Francisco State has played key roles in shaping our city and the surrounding Bay Area. This is an institution driven by a commitment to student success and a commitment to our local and global communities.

In a region known for innovation, creativity and progressive thinking, San Francisco State University is the intellectual heart and soul of the surrounding city. Acknowledged as a leader in community service learning, the liberal arts and international education, SF State is also a major civic force, partnering with government, business and educational leaders to advance both the University and the region.

Founded in 1899 as a two-year teacher training college called San Francisco State Normal School, San Francisco State University today is a globally focused community of more than 30,000 students, faculty and staff. Graduates total more than 212,560.


Diversity & Expression

One of the top 15 universities for campus diversity according to U.S. News and World Report 2009 rankings, SF State’s faculty and students represent a range of backgrounds, interests and points of view.

SF State draws students from around the globe to study on campus. The University typically enrolls more international students than any other master’s degree-granting institution in the United States, according to the Institute of International Education. International enrollment for 2010-2011 was 2,426 from 90 countries.

SF State is also a leader in offering study abroad opportunities to its students. The University consistently ranks among the highest of the 23 campuses in the California State University system for students studying overseas. Nearly 500 SF State students study abroad for a semester or longer each year.

SF State is a leader in the field of ethnic studies. The College of Ethnic Studies is the first and only such academic program in the United States offering undergraduate degrees in black (now Africana) studies, Asian American studies and La Raza studies. The college’s graduates go to top doctoral programs, including those at Yale, Stanford and the University of California. One of the first U.S. universities to offer a master’s degree in Asian American Studies, SF State founded the only Vietnamese American Studies Center in the country in 1996.


The University’s commitment to campus-wide inclusion was recognized with the California Digital Inclusion Award, given in 2008 in recognition of the University Web site’s ease of use and accessibility for all users. The California Digital Inclusion Awards are jointly awarded by the Center for Accessible Technology and the California Emerging Technology Fund and the University Web site was recognized specifically for its home page design which features an expandable menu of links making it easier for visitors using assistive technology such as screen readers to navigate the site.

The University’s Accessible Landscapes Project has received a national award from the American Physical Plant Administrator’s Association for its multifaceted commitment to campus accessibility. The Effective and Innovative Practices Award was bestowed in 2008.


SF State’s College of Business was ranked No. 8 in the country by the Princeton Review in 2010 for providing opportunities to minority students.

SF State ranks 14th nationwide in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The publisher also ranks SF State eighth nationwide for awarding undergraduate degrees to Asian Americans in all disciplines and 28th for awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanic graduates.

Minority students flourish at SF State in part because faculty reflect the diversity of California. Non-white faculty members comprise 41 percent of the University’s tenure/tenure-track faculty. In addition, the number of female tenured/tenure-track faculty has increased steadily since 1988, with women now comprising 48 percent of the tenure/tenure-track faculty.

SF State is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars. In 2012-13, the University was among the top 20 master’s-level institutions for the number of faculty and staff who earned Fulbright scholarships, according to rankings published in the Nov. 2, 2012 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Source/Author: http://www.sfsu.edu/~puboff/overview.html

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