Admissions FAQ

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. 

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We are available to support you through your next steps of the college admission process. Here's how you can get in touch with us:


Available: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific Time

Domestic admissions: 415-338-6486

International admissions: +1 415-338-2382

Prospective students: 415-338-2355


Domestic admissions:

International admissions:

Prospective students:

In Person

One Stop Student Service Center
Student Services Building, First Floor
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific Time

Documents can be sent by mail to:

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

Or you can drop documents off at the Admissions Window in the One Stop on the first floor of the Student Services Building.

See our guide on submitting transcripts for more information.

Some students qualify for for an automatic waiver. If you are not eligible for the automatic waiver and have a financial hardship, please contact us at

If you do not enroll in the term of your admission then you must reapply for future admission consideration and meet the requirements that are in effect at that time.

Incoming First-Time Freshmen

A-G college preparatory courses taken in Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall 2020 terms and during Winter, Spring or Summer 2021 terms will be accepted with grades of "Credit" or "Pass". 

All other coursework must be graded and a grade of C- or better must be earned for the course to satisfy “a-g” requirements.

Grades of credit/pass or no credit/no pass will not be included in the calculation of high school GPA.

The CSU is no longer using ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility. Please see the Freshmen Admission Eligibility Requirements for more information.

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

Incoming Transfer Students

Course with 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.

Incoming International Students

Please visit our website for a list of tests we accept and the scores required, including the TOEFL Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator.

If you have questions or concerns about your F-1 status, please contact our F-1 advisors at