San Francisco, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$18,098 ($6,440)
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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 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

Academics: The teachers here are great, the students here are friendly an amazing, and the experience of being in San Francisco is amazing.

3 College Senior

Academics: Registration is complex and difficult. Professors are a hit or miss.

4 College Junior

Academics: several degree options to choose from, easy registration


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 811st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 842nd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1093rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 1267th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1275th
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtnee Rizzo
Rocklin, CA
Grad Year
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For the most part, students on campus seem to have the consensus that the teachers at San Francisco State are inspiring and kind. Generally speaking, most students seem to have had a large number of teachers who have really influenced the way they see the world. There are so many different experimental courses to take, like the ever-popular "Psych and Behavior of Asian Americans," "Human Sexuality," and "Oceanography." And with more than 100 majors to choose from, the schedules never get boring or repetitive.

Teachers at SFSU really spend the extra time and give the extra effort to make sure their students understand the information and how it can influence a future career. All kinds of tutoring services and workshops can be found on campus, and all of them are offered for free. The overall mentality is that success is not measured in letter grades but experience, with the school motto being: "Experience Teaches." What people don't see from the outside looking in is that many of the professors have graduated from top colleges and universities, anywhere from UC Berkeley to Harvard. SFSU has an award-winning study abroad program, sending record-breaking students to study in countless countries in every major around the globe. The benefit is that you pay CSU tuition, and you are eligible for financial aid; the only difference is that you pay for the housing, which in many cases is much cheaper than San Francisco!

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 20%
  • 20 to 49 students: 59%
  • 50 or more students: 21%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Ethnic Studies
  • College of Extended Learning
  • College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Science and Engineering (COSE)
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 9%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
San Francisco State University and the SFSU College of Extended Learning both offer a variety of online courses in almost every major. When looking through the course list, simply check the "online course" box or seek advising.
Best Places to Study
  • Cesar Chavez Student Center
  • Library Annex
  • Open study rooms in campus buildings
Tips to Succeed
  • Go to the tutoring services for all of your classes; it doesn't matter if you know the material or not.
  • Talk to everyone in your class and be sure to make yourself known; it's easy to get overlooked in such a big school, and it's hard to make friends if you live off campus.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 30% Dana Carvey - actor, comedian
  • 10% Roger Dobkowitz - former producer, "The Price is Right"
  • 10% Christopher Boyes - movie sound/recording engineer
  • 10% Peter Coyote - actor, author, director, narrator
  • 10% Jack Angel - actor, costume designer, director
  • 10% Glen Charles - TV writer/producer
  • 10% Alex Borstein - actress, comedian
  • 10% Bill Johnson - film producer
  • 0% Peter Casey - executive producer, "Frasier"
  • 0% Michael L. Grace - writer/producer
  • 0% David Gropman - production designer
  • 0% Michael Paul Chan - actor
  • 0% Annette Bening - actress
  • 0% David Carradine - actor
  • 0% Arthur Dong - filmmaker
  • 0% Curtis Choy - filmmaker
  • 0% Danny Glover - actor

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 96 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 98 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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