Admissions COVID-19 FAQ

San Francisco State University understands how difficult this time might be for you and your family. The following FAQs are provided to help you answer some of your pressing questions so you can continue taking the next steps toward your future at SF State. 

For the most up-to-date information about how the campus is responding to COVID-19, please visit SF State’s COVID-19 page.

Fall 2020 Students

SF State will continue to offer excellent academic programs and resources for our students. Our talented faculty and staff are creating rich virtual experiences for you, including first-year experience courses for freshmen, online clubs and student activities for you to connect with your peers. The uncertainties of today make it even more important to think about your future and work toward your long-term education goals. Here are some resources that will prepare you for remote instruction in the fall.

We are so excited you want to become a Gator! June 1, 2020, is the deadline to accept your admission offer for fall 2020. If you were admitted after June 1, you will have two weeks from your date of admission to accept.

We know some families may be experiencing financial hardships from COVID-19. Please contact us at if your financial circumstances have changed due to the pandemic.

We understand that some students may encounter issues with meeting document deadlines due to shelter-in-place orders in many areas. We are able to provide some flexibility, so please contact us at if you are having difficulties getting official transcripts by the July 15 deadline.

Now is the best time for you to enroll at a four-year university, and we encourage all students to attend in the fall. If it is not possible for you to enroll as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, please complete a COVID-19 Admission Deferral Request Form to be considered for a deferment of your admission to spring 2021. Attending another college or university during the deferment is not allowed and would require you to reapply to SF State and meet the transfer student admission requirements. We encourage you to carefully weigh your options before submitting a deferral request.

We wish we could show you our beautiful campus, but unfortunately all guided on-campus tours are canceled at this time. We encourage all students interested in seeing the campus to instead do a virtual tour.

We’ve got you covered! Our One Stop windows are closed at this time, but we are still able to receive documents by mail:

San Francisco State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Or you can use the drop box at the Bursar's office in the first floor lobby of the Administration building.

We have transitioned to remote operations, but we are still available to support you through your next steps of the college admission process. There are multiple ways to get in touch with us during this time:


Available Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – noon PST and 1 – 3 p.m. PST

Domestic admissions: 415-338-6486

International admissions: +1 415-338-2382

Prospective students: 415-338-2355


Domestic admissions:

International admissions:

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Chat with an admissions counselor, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – noon PST and 1 – 3 p.m. PST


Incoming First-Time Freshmen

No. For courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be accepting credit or pass grades to satisfy "A-G" subject requirements. Your eligibility index will also not be affected because grades of credit/pass or no credit/non-passing will not be included in the high school GPA calculation.

Yes, the change in the Advanced Placement test format does not change SF State’s policy regarding awarding AP credits

We understand that due to the current pandemic some students may not be able to meet all admission requirements. We are prepared to work with you if you are not able to meet certain admission requirements so that you may retain your admission for fall 2020. Please contact us about your situation at and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Early Start is cancelled for summer 2020—you will not be held to this requirement.  To learn more, visit our Early Start page.

Incoming Transfer Students

No. For courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, credit or pass grades will satisfy the General Education requirements [Oral Communication (Area A1), Written Communication (Area A2), Critical Thinking (Area A3) and Quantitative Reasoning (Area B4)]. Grades of credit/pass or no credit/non-passing will not affect your transfer GPA. Baccalaureate-level courses with credit/pass grades will still be counted in your transferable units.

We understand that due to the current pandemic some students may not be able to meet certain admission requirements. Among the general education courses, it is most important that you complete Written Communication (Area A2) and Quantitative Reasoning (Area B4) and that you have at least 48 semester or 72 quarter transferable units before the start of fall 2020 in order to keep your admission to SF State. You can contact an admissions counselor at to help you work through your different options.