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

Diversity: More diversity can sometimes cause more trouble

4 College Senior

Diversity: Sfsu has a diverse community

5 College Junior

Diversity: San Francisco is a friendly home and arm opening city to all types of people regardless of gender, race or religion. From my experience, it is the most friendliest city that pours love to all types of people. It is known for pro transgender, asexual, gay and lesbian and will be backed and supported by everyone. So diverse that the city has groups that goes on parades or events to express their interest such as gay parades.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Wouldn't say it's the most diverse school, but people of all backgrounds and beliefs are accepted.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There's so many people around the world that goes to this school.


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Courtnee Rizzo
Rocklin, CA
Grad Year
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San Francisco State is incredibly diverse. You can meet all types of people, of all races, religious backgrounds, ages, and interests. And, unlike other schools that claim to be diverse but are actually quite "cliquey," the students at the University really do seem to mingle with everyone.

There are many different types of organizations on campus that represent the unique types of people. For example, there's the Cambodian and Lao Student Union, the Indonesian Student Organization, the Pacific Islanders Club, and the Muslim Women Student Association, just to name a few. Every type of ethnicity, interest, and religious affiliation is accepted and embraced; plus, there's usually a club for it.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 24%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 28%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 20%
Hispanic: 8%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 59%
Unknown: 6%
Gay Pride
The PRIDE at SF State Committee continues to meet monthly. There's also the Queer Alliance for students.
Political Activity
There are a lot of politically vocal clubs on campus, and you're sure to see a political demonstration several times throughout the year outside of the Cesar Chavez Center. Additionally, the political science department continually puts together groups, screenings, panels, and talks based around important political events.
Economic Status
Once an affordable option, rising tuition costs, housing prices, and lack of jobs due to the economy have caused a drop in the number of lower-middle-class students.
Most Common Religions
There are agnostic, Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish clubs on campus, but religion is not an aspect of everyday campus life.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Most kids are definitely flowing through the same crowds. The diversity is there and unsegregated.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 111 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 36% Liberal
  • 13% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 111 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 8% Moderate
  • 14% Not sure
  • 50% Liberal
  • 25% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 112 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 111 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 112 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 18% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 80% Very accepting.



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