Academics

Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
22,510
Tuition (in-state)
$18,098 ($6,440)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Academics: the workload is manageable to control and it allows me to regain my strength with my mind. Also, the curriculum is very well and understandable

3 College Freshman

Academics: the most popular study areas are within the walls of the library.

4 College Junior

Academics: The program is great! The workload isn't too much, and the professors do their best to alleviate the workload by providing extraordinary help during office hours and via email.

4 College Junior

Academics: Curriculum is very interesting and professors do a great job educating us!

4 College Junior

Academics: Recreational parks and tourism

I wanted something I could see myself enjoy doing.

No science or math really involved.

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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
Hometown
Rocklin, CA
Major
English
Grad Year
2012
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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
26:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
795
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
718
Total FT Faculty
795
Faculty with Terminal Degree
82%
Average Faculty Salary
$83,426
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Part-Time Retention Rate
49%
Transfer-Out Rate
9%
Graduation Rate
47%
Programs/Majors Offered
93
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 9 responses

  • 20% Roger Dobkowitz - former producer, "The Price is Right"
  • 20% Dana Carvey - actor, comedian
  • 7% Christopher Boyes - movie sound/recording engineer
  • 7% Peter Coyote - actor, author, director, narrator
  • 7% Jack Angel - actor, costume designer, director
  • 7% Peter Casey - executive producer, "Frasier"
  • 7% Glen Charles - TV writer/producer
  • 7% Alex Borstein - actress, comedian
  • 7% Bill Johnson - film producer
  • 7% Jeffrey Tambor - actor, "Arrested Development"
  • 7% Jeffery Tambor - actor, "Arrested Development"
  • 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 96 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 98 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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