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 Campus Comeback website.


Please visit our Campus Visits & Tours page for the most up-to-date information on Guided Tours and the Self-Guided and Virtual Tour options.

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
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific Time


We’ve got you covered! 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 use the drop box in the first floor lobby of the Student Services Building.

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.

The CSU expects its campuses (including San Francisco State University) to return to primarily in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester.

This announcement provides current and future students and their families with assurances that the CSU is and will continue to work diligently on the health protocols needed for a safe return to campuses in fall and to allow all more time to plan. 

As always, the health and safety of our campus community will be our top priority. We encourage you to review our Campus Comeback website for updates.


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

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

The CSU has temporarily suspend the use of 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

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.

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 which are being offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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