Freshmen

You are considered a freshman applicant if you will have a high school diploma or GED and have not enrolled at any college or university beyond the summer immediately following your high school graduation.  

If you are an international applicant who will enter the university in F-1 student visa status, or if you have international academic records, please see the International Freshmen page.

 

Admission Eligibility & Application Process

Learn how to apply and what it takes to become an SF State student.

To be eligible for admission to SF State as a freshman, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

1. Complete the required A-G college preparatory courses with a grade of C- or better

Due to the impact of COVID-19, SF State will accept grades of "Credit" or "Pass" for A-G college preparatory courses taken in winter, spring or summer 2020.

A-G College Preparatory Subjects:

Area Subject Years
A History & Social Science (including one year of U.S. history and one semester of civics or American government and one year of social science) 2
B English 4
C Math (algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra or higher) 3
D Laboratory Science (one physical and one biological) 2
E Language other than English (same language; possible waiver) 2
F Visual & Performing Arts 1
G College preparatory elective (chosen from the school’s A-G course list) 1

For more information about meeting the A-G college preparatory requirements, visit the CSU High School Course Requirements or the University of California’s Course List to search the approved courses.

 

2. Meet the GPA requirements based on residency or high school

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is calculated using all A-G college preparatory courses completed after 9th grade.

For Fall 2021 admission:

The CSU has temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admission cycles. First-time freshmen must meet the following GPA requirements:

Residency or High School GPA Requirement
California resident or graduate of a California high school 2.50 or greater
Non-California resident 3.00 or greater

Applicants below these GPA minimums and applicants to competitive ("impacted") majors may be evaluated for admission based on supplemental factors.

 

3. Graduate from high school (diploma or GED)

Your final high school transcript should show all of your grades and your date of graduation.

SF State will perform a multi-factor admission review for applicants who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • High school graduation (diploma or GED) 
  • Completion of the A-G college preparatory courses
  • Earned the specified GPA in A-G courses:
    • 2.00 to 2.49 for California residents or graduates of a California high school
    • 2.47 to 2.99 for non-California residents or graduates of a high school outside of California

These applicants will be evaluated for admission using the following scoring model:

Category Admission Value Scale Area Maximum % of Maximum
Academic A-G GPA x 800 1,600-2,000    
  A-G Courses above 30 semester sequence 70 points per semester; 700 maximum 2,700 60%
School Attribute Local admission area 300    
  A Free and Reduced School Lunch 300 600 13%
Applicant Attributes First Generation (neither parent has attended college) 200    
  Low Income - Qualified for an Application Fee Waiver  200    
  Educational Program Participation (AVID, Upward Bound, Talent Search, Education Opportunity Center, Puente Project, Independent Living Project, or MESA) 200    
  Youth Services (Ward of the Court, Foster Youth, or Unaccompanied Youth) 200    
  Military Status (active duty, veteran, National Guard or Reserves) 200    
  Work Status (works more than 15 hours per week) 200 1,200 27%
Maximum Score     4,500 100%

 

Some majors at SF State are impacted, where the number of fully eligible applicants exceed the number of spaces available in that major. These majors may have additional supplemental admission criteria and may hold applicants to a higher GPA standard. Applicants to an impacted program must specify an alternative major in the event they are not admitted to the major. Check future.sfsu.edu/impaction and the impacted major’s department websites for details.

Accounting

Accounting is an impacted major that is open to freshmen applicants and does not have supplemental criteria. 

Nursing

If you are a high school student interested in the Nursing program, please select “Pre-Nursing” as your intended major on Cal State Apply. 

To be considered for admission to Pre-Nursing, freshman applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school graduation (diploma or GED) 
  • Completion of the A-G college preparatory courses
  • Earned at least a 2.50 GPA in A-G courses

All Pre-Nursing applicants who meet the above criteria will be ranked for admission according to the following scoring model and offered admission to Pre-Nursing based on spaces available:

Category Admission Value Scale Area Maximum % of Maximum
Academic A-G GPA x 800 1,600-2,000    
  A-G Courses above 30 semester sequence 70 points per semester; 700 maximum 2,700 60%
School Attribute Local admission area 300    
  A Free and Reduced School Lunch 300 600 13%
Applicant Attributes First Generation (neither parent has attended college) 200    
  Low Income - Qualified for an Application Fee Waiver  200    
  Educational Program Participation (AVID, Upward Bound, Talent Search, Education Opportunity Center, Puente Project, Independent Living Project, or MESA) 200    
  Youth Services (Ward of the Court, Foster Youth, or Unaccompanied Youth) 200    
  Military Status (active duty, veteran, National Guard or Reserves) 200    
  Work Status (works more than 15 hours per week) 200 1,200 27%
Maximum Score     4,500 100%

 

The CSU has temporarily suspended the use of SAT/ACT in determining admission eligibility for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admission periods.

Advanced Placement (AP) and other exams

If you completed any of the following exams: Advanced Placement (AP)College Level Examination Program (CLEP)International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma - Higher Level, you may be eligible to receive additional college credit. Official exam scores will be required to award transfer credit.

1. Explore and Choose a Major

With more than 100 undergraduate majors to choose from, you can discover your unique path in life at SF State. Freshmen applicants may either select a specific major or apply as undeclared. Whatever you choose to study, you will learn from faculty experts who are dedicated to helping you develop your potential.

2. Apply Online

Apply online at www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman during the filing period (see Dates & Deadlines).

A $70 (non-refundable) application fee is due at the time of submission and can be paid by credit card or PayPal. Some students may qualify for an automatic application fee waiver based on the information provided in the application.

Use this Freshman Application Checklist to gather the information you will need to complete your online application.

SF State uses your self-reported information from the application to make an admission decision, so it is extremely important that you answer all questions on the application completely and accurately.

3. Submit any requested documents

Once we review your application we will notify you by email with instructions and deadlines should we need any additional documents.

4. Check your application status

San Francisco State communicates with students via e-mail. Make sure to read all e-mail messages and pay careful attention to deadlines.

Check your application status to ensure all supporting materials have been received.

Already Applied?

So what should you do once you've applied to San Francisco State? First and foremost, you should concentrate on your studies: get those good grades and take the necessary tests by the correct deadlines. 

Check out the information below while we review your application.

You can check your application status online. After you submit your online application, you will receive an email from the University with your San Francisco State University Identification Number.

Check your application status on the SF State Gateway. Log in with your SF State ID and password and navigate to the Student Center to see the most up-to-date information.

The To Do List will show the required documents needed for your admission application. Click “more” and then the individual To Do Items to see additional details about each item.

You can also check the status of your application by clicking on the link to “Check Admission Status” in the “New Students” box of your Student Center.

After you submit your admission application, your Student Center will have a To Do List of required documents. Requested documents must be received by the specified deadline.

How to submit transcripts and documents:

Electronically

In light of COVID-19, we recommend that students submit transcripts electronically if this is available at your school or institution. Contact your school and request that your official transcripts be sent to SF State through a secure third-party transcript vendor.

SF State will accept electronic transcripts from vendors such as:

  • eTranscript California*
  • Speede*     
  • Parchment
  • Naviance
  • Credential Solutions
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • e-SCRIP
  • Joint Service Transcripts (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard)

*These vendors are recommended if available at your institution.

If your institution requires an email address to complete the electronic transcript request, use ugadmit@sfsu.edu.

Mail

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

To be official, all transcripts must come directly from your school or institution. Any transcripts that arrive with a broken seal or that appear to be tampered with will be deemed unofficial.

Prospective students can check their financial aid application status, view and accept their financial aid award offer through the SF State Gateway.

  1. Login to your Student Center on the SF State Gateway: gateway.sfsu.edu
  2. In the center of the next page in the "Finances" section, choose on "View Financial Aid"
  3. Check your "To Do" List for any required documents.

Housing applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying for housing on campus is a separate process from the University admission process. Because obtaining housing on campus is not guaranteed, it’s important to apply early.

Find information about how California residency is determined, how to file an appeal if you're classified as a nonresident, exceptions and exemptions, and more. Visit the Calstate website.

All prospective students apply to the university through the standard admission procedure found at www2.calstate.edu/apply.

If you have applied, and you know that you will be unable to complete a specific course requirement because of a disability, you may appeal to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Your appeal on the basis of disability for the fall semester should be submitted no later than July 15th. Your appeal on the basis of disability for a spring semester should be submitted no later than December 1. The Undergraduate Admissions Office will consult with the Disability Programs and Resource Center as needed.

Your appeal needs to include:

  • Disability documentation by a qualified professional that illustrates how the disability has affected completion of the subject requirement in question, (e.g. psychoeducational evaluation.)
  • Evidence of any previous attempts to fulfill the missing subject requirement with accommodations at the college level, (e.g. use of disability services verification from a previous college.)
  • And an explanation of how the student can be successful in a degree program at SF State even though the requirement has not been completed, (e.g. letter of support from a community college disability services counselor.)

Please submit all appeal materials to:

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

Note that if your appeal is supported, course substitutions may limit later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics.

Your questions can be directed to SF State Undergraduate Admissions office at 415/338-6486 or ugadmit@sfsu.edu.

Applicants should register with the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) once they are admitted or conditionally admitted.

Academic readiness and placement will be determined by a variety of factors, which may include test scores (CAASPP, SAT, ACT, AP, IB), grade point average and senior-year coursework. All entering freshmen are required to complete Directed Self Placement (DSP) before registering for their required First-Year Composition (FYC) course. Please see developmentalstudies.sfsu.edu for updates to English and math readiness requirements during the year.

Basis for Appeals

Applicants may appeal denial decisions if they believe the evaluation of application information was incorrect and that they are eligible for admission.

Appeal Procedure

Contact the Admissions Office to discuss your appeal.

Freshmen Applicants: (415) 338-6486

Transfer Applicants: (415) 338-6486

All International Applicants: (415) 338-2382

After contacting the Admissions Office to discuss your appeal, you may be advised to submit an appeal in writing. If advised to submit an appeal in writing, send the written appeal to the Admissions Committee either via the Admissions Appeal Form or via letter to Undergraduate Admissions Committee, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132.

Appeals must be made within 15 days of the denial decision. There is a limit of one appeal per academic term. Estimated time to issue appeal responses is 7-14 days after all appeal documents are received.

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to San Francisco State University! Review the Steps for New Students page to start your SF State journey!