Why San Francisco State?

Discover your unique path in life.

We continually create opportunities for you to discover your unique path in life. With 73 degrees and more than 500 courses that combine learning with real-world experience, it’s no wonder our University’s motto is “Experientia Docet,” or experience teaches. At San Francisco State University, you’ll put your passion into action.

Explore the amazing opportunities only San Francisco State can offer.

From your first steps on campus, you’ll be encouraged to speak up, step out and immerse yourself in all the opportunities an San Francisco State education can bring: job opportunities, internships, scholarships, community service adventures, social justice activism and interdisciplinary collaboration with students from every country in the world — not to mention the exciting experience of living in San Francisco.

Our professors have one shared passion: mentoring students.

You’ll never get more attention from your teachers than at SF State. With average class sizes of fewer than 30 students, professors are available for one-on-one time with students. Because our professors understand students don’t all learn the same way, they work to tailor the learning process for you. Not only are they great teachers, they are masters in their fields.

Graduates of San Francisco State University have helped change the world.

From San Francisco State, our graduates can go anywhere. Our alumni are leaders in journalism, creative writing, film, technology, science, business, government and education. Our alumni have won 20 Pulitzers, 16 Oscars, 48 Emmys, 10 Grammys and 12 Tonys. SF State is consistently one of the top feeder schools for employees at Apple, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo, Genentech, Oracle, the San Francisco Unified School District and the city and county of San Francisco.

Download our Next Steps Presentation

No matter what future you dream of — whether it’s in science, business, health care, the arts or public service — you can make that dream a reality at SF State. Learn about your next steps to become a Gator.

Next Steps for First Time Freshman

San Francisco State University | Next Steps for First Time Freshman

Next Steps for Transfers

San Francisco State University | Next Steps for Transfer