Congratulations on your acceptance to San Francisco State University! You’re just one step away from the most exciting time of your life. Learn more about the San Francisco State experience from current students, then follow the steps below to start your SF State journey!
Make the SF State Connection
San Francisco State University is expanding its campus open house into an ongoing virtual event. From now until the end of May, the University is hosting dozens of Zoom sessions offering information on academics and resources. Learn more at our Make the SF State Connection page.
Required Steps for New Students
Additional Freshman Information
Students, after accepting their admission offer, will be automatically assigned an SF State email account. We will send detailed instructions regarding your SF State email account to your personal email address once it has been created. Once enrolled, you will receive critical reminders regarding class registration for the upcoming semester and other important information at that account.
If a student is otherwise qualified but unable to complete certain subjects because of a disability, an appeal can be made to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Appeal on the basis of a disability should be submitted no later than July 15, for fall admission and January 15 for spring admission.
In order to support student success, the CSU is revising its approach to Math and English placement. Please note, placement is not the same as admissions. It is only about which courses to choose the first year.
At San Francisco State, students choose their first-year Math course based on their major. For example, STEM and business students take Calculus-based courses, Humanities and Social Science students take statistics or other courses. No matter which Math is chosen, there will be two pathways: a single course or a course with extra units in the form of a lab or additional semester. These extra hours/units will provide academic support.
Placement in one of these two pathways will be based on CAASPP/Smarter Balance scores, ACT scores, and/or SAT scores. At SF State, students choose their first-year English course based on a combination of the Univeristy’s recommendation and a student’s self-evaluation. This is done through Directed Self Placement. CAASPP/Smarter Balance scores, ACT scores, and/or SAT scores may affect this placement. Additionally, the Entry Level Math Exam (ELM) and the English Placement Test (EPT) are no longer required.
As these changes are occurring now, please be sure to check the Developmental Studies website for updates across the year.