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 Plan website.

Spring 2021 Students

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 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, 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:


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


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 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.

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 spring.

We also encourage you to review our Campus Plan website for details on how we are supporting students, like you, in this period of remote learning.  

You will need to reapply to the university for Spring 2021. If you are applying to an impacted major, the Cal State Apply application is open from August 1 to August 31, 2020. If you are applying to a non-impacted major, the application is open from August 1 to September 30, 2020.

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.

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. Please contact us about your situation at and we will be happy to discuss your options.

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.

For Spring 2021, we are only admitting First Time Freshman applicants and Junior Transfers (who will have at least 60 units of transferable semester or 90 quarter units). As a first-year college student, you unfortunately will not be able to apply to SF State. Consider applying for Fall 2021 admission as a lower division transfer student.  Review our Transfer Admission page for more information.

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 visit this helpful FAQ by the Office of International Programs.