Why SF State?

San Francisco State’s Four Pillars

Through our inclusive campus life, our thought-provoking faculty and academics, our supportive student services and location in the City of San Francisco, Biotech Bay and Silicon Valley, we ignite the power of education for all, so our students can go on to make a positive impact in their communities and the world.

Campus life

San Francisco State University is a vibrant and diverse campus located in a relaxing urban oasis, allowing you to have a dynamic experience around the campus community and beyond the academic walls, introducing you to new interests, people and ideas.



You’ll get more attention from your instructors at San Francisco State. With a small average class size, it ensures that professors are available for one-on-one time with you. With over 72 academic programs, you can discover your passions, or develop new ones that will help you reach your academic and career goals.

For transfer students, San Francisco State University accepts 35 Associate Degrees for Transfer, guaranteeing degree completion in 60 units.

San Francisco State is committed to providing an environment that promotes a rich educational experience for all. Our focus is on student learning and delivering the highest academic quality and performance standards because, at SF State, student success is a shared responsibility. View SF State’s first-year students (PDF) and transfer students (PDF) retention and graduation facts and see how the University is dedicated to helping students cross the finish line.



San Francisco State is encompassed by several unique neighborhoods, beaches and nature trails. With just a short Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) ride away you can explore the East Bay and Silicon Valley communities, drive to the wine region or explore the beaches of Monterey and Santa Cruz. There’s always a new place to explore around the Bay Area!

With hundreds of companies located in the City of San Francisco, Biotech Bay and the Silicon Valley region, access to career and networking opportunities with working professionals are at your fingertips.

Student Services

At San Francisco State, we want you to succeed. Our campus provides a wide range of services to help students with their basic needs to have a successful university experience, whether you need academic assistancedisability programs resource services or career development resources, we have you covered!

San Francisco State: All are welcome. No matter where you're from, what you've learned, or who you think you'll be.

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