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San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
22,510
Tuition (in-state)
$18,098 ($6,440)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1904 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Junior

Majors: The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts program at SFSU is regarded as one of the best in the country. Many people who work in the media industry are SFSU alumni. I enjoy the program a lot and have learned so much even though I've only taken one semester's worth of classes and am currently finishing up my second semester. Having looked at previous course catalogs, I wish we had more class options that were previously offered, but I do think we still have a pretty diverse and useful list of classes to choose from.

College Junior

Majors: I haven't had an internship, so I can't rate or review.

3 College Junior

Computers: The network reliability sucks! Sometimes it takes forever to log in, then I get kicked off frequently and have to log back in. It's irritating. The speed is fine when it actually works, though. There are a decent amount of computers, but there are A LOT of students, so it would be wise to bring your own laptop and print at home.

College Junior

Nightlife: I'm not really into nightlife so I can't really rate or review.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The process was simple enough and I got what I needed. File your FAFSA on time so that you can get the most out of financial aid!

College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't really have much firsthand experience with campus strictness. Attendance policies vary from professor to professor, so you might have one who's very lenient and another who is very strict. I've never done anything to violate the honor code, but it's drilled into our heads that the school takes it very seriously and is very strict about it.

5 College Junior

Diversity: SFSU is extremely diverse, particularly in terms of ethnicity/race and sexual orientation. I'm sure that is thanks in part to being located in San Francisco. In addition to ethnically/racially diverse American students, we have many international students thanks to our international/exchange program. I'm fairly sure I've had at least one international classmate in every class I've taken at SFSU so far. I think have that much ethnic/racial diversity is amazing and so important because students get to learn about so many different world views. We also have a lot of diversity regarding sexual orientation. I've met many students who identify or categorize themselves on very different spectrums of gender and sexuality, which is also a great thing. Overall, SFSU is a very liberal-minded school that is very accepting of all kinds of students.

College Junior

Parking: I don't own a car, so I don't know anything about parking at school and can't comment on it personally. I have heard from other students, though, that parking is almost always a hassle.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: People like to talk down about SFSU and say that it's not worth it, that anyone can get in, that it's not a great school because it's a commuter school and nobody socializes, that classes are always impacted, etc. Some of these things do have truth to it, but I don't think it's as bad of a school as people perceive it to be. The experience you have is really what you make of it. I love my program, so I've been having a great experience so far. I have learned a great deal about the media industry through my classes and am constantly meeting new and unique people. The students in my classes are from all walks of life—we have a thriving international/exchange program at SFSU, so we attract many students from all over the world. Interacting with them and learning about their lives has been very rewarding. Even our professors are extremely interesting individuals who come from so many different backgrounds. Overall, my experience at SFSU has been a very good one.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am a Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts major. Our program is renowned as one of the best in the country for the fields of TV and radio. I went into the program with very basic knowledge of the media industry and have learned so much in just one completed semester. I am currently taking writing classes and have learned a great deal about how to write scripts for television, which has been extremely beneficial since I would like to pursue script writing as a career. I really feel as though the BECA program is giving me and other students the best tools for learning about our field.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation from school into other parts of San Francisco is fairly easy because there is a MUNI stop right in front of campus. San Francisco is a small city, so traveling through it from there isn't hard. There are also SamTrans stops near campus in case students (like me) need to travel into the Peninsula. Both MUNI and SamTrans also stop at BART stations in case students need to travel to other parts of the Bay Area. Some of these options are more convenient and faster than others, but transportation is generally efficient.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus and never have at SFSU, so I wouldn't know how to rate it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't really have much of an opinion on Greek life, to be honest. It's not really my thing, so I've never researched it in depth. Our sororities and fraternities seem to constantly be tabling for one reason or another though, so they're very visible and seem like good organizations over all.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The only major flaw that living in SF has is how expensive it can be. That being said, if you can afford it, there are a multitude of options for living off campus that could interest you.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: SF is a very tolerant and diverse school even when it comes to drug use. The general rule is you don't judge people for what they choose to do and they don't judge you. That way there's almost not peer pressure.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Though those in the rest of the bay area may complain that SF is plagued by fog, compared to much of the country the weather is actually quite nice. Just be prepared to be unprepared. Even though it doesn't change much it changes fast and unexpectedly.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Eh, not much to say it's pretty much average

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's always something you can find to do in the city if you try hard enough. You'll never be bored.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Very few colleges had the major I was looking for and even then it was fairly slim picking but SFSU has a great physics program so I was able to find what I needed.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Almost no difficulties at all

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People who live in the city just have a different way of doing things than most people. The way they act, the way they look, etc. If that's for you then you'll love it but some may not find city people as appealing.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UPD definitely is a presence but they really are only there in case of emergencies and aren't overbearing or overly strict.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Hard to beat San Francisco in terms of diversity, climate, and atmosphere.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics aren't the best but if you're in a field like nursing this could be the school for you.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: SF has some of the best public transportation around so even if you don't have a car you can easily get anywhere in the city within an hour.

2 people found this useful Report
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Courtnee Rizzo
Hometown
Rocklin, CA
Major
English
Grad Year
2012
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During their first year at San Francisco State, many students may be saddened and lonely, as it may seem hard to find the right social group outright. But when it is finally time to leave for good, the tears are sure to come flowing. With so much one can explore and experience within the seven-mile stretch of San Francisco, SFSU offers much more than what other universities and areas offer in longer mile stretches. The trendy piercing/tattoo shops of Haight Street, the tourism of Powell, the swell relaxation and jogging atmosphere of Embarcadero—they all combine to create an experience unlike any other city. The majority of students would still choose to go to SFSU rather than transfer or go to another school, mainly due to the culture.

San Francisco is one of the rare places where just about anyone who spends time in the city can at some point reach within themselves and find an aspect that runs parallel with the city. Even as a commuter student, one is sure to be able to soak up the fog and feel out the city. Take a moment to revel in all you have seen and heard. The experience is there—a growth from lowly student to man or woman.

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