San Francisco State University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
San Francisco, CA
Website
www.sfsu.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
22,510
Part-Time Undergrads
3,939
Setting
Large city
In-State Tuition
$6,440
Out-of-State Tuition
$18,098
Room & Board
$11,196
Acceptance Rate
65 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1330–1680
Average ACT Scores
19–24

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • San Francisco and its diversity
  • Stuff to do in between classes (arcade/pool tables/reading rooms)
  • Ease of getting an on-campus job
  • Free BART shuttle to and from campus

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Rising tuition costs, high cost of both on-campus and off-campus housing; CSU budget cuts
  • Impacted classes
  • Construction
  • Unpredictable weather, often foggy and windy

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

San Francisco State Student Reviews

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: San Francisco is full of culture, and the experiences are unlimited. Although there are not very many cultural events and activities on campus, there are several opportunities to explore off campus in the city.

3 College Junior

Majors: The admission process wasn't too difficult. The criteria for admission into the program was a 2.0 and completion of GE courses. The only difficulties I have experienced are getting into the classes. I had to change my emphasis, since I was not able to get into the classes for the emphasis I wanted to study.

4 College Junior

Majors: I really like my program (kinesiology). My classmates are all super chill, and we all work well together. We all enjoy a very balanced life, which includes being very focused on our studies while maintaining a social life.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: My school doesn't seem too much of a house party school. For nightlife, students resort to local bars that have "college nights" with cheap drink prices and reduced cover charge. I think the party scene has a positive impact on student experience because it creates a bond between the students.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The strictness is appropriate and needed to keep students behaving properly.

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