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: There are many free events, convenient for students

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Missing information on other areas but I have to say that SFSU is one of the more diverse schools I have attended thus far, however, seeing as I'm missing information on other categories I cannot say the diversity is great, but from what I know it's pretty great.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, if in the event I feel that I am in danger I can call for an escort or call campus police, and the students are generally helpful and supportive of those who have suffered a sexual assault. I have no hesitation in saying if a sexual assault were to occur within the proximity of another student, that help would come and there would be no bystanders for that kind of ordeal.

College Senior

Campus Dining: I normally don't eat at campus, or haven't eaten on campus for a while since I tend to pack my own lunch, or I go out on occasion with other friends to eat, most of the time they cook.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I can say from my time at San Francisco State University, there were a number of professors who have changed my life and my point of view with regard to my path in the future. It is to say that they were a lot more memorable than my years prior to college and I enjoyed my time learning about new things, experiences, perspectives, even the art of debating with or against a professor about points of views, so long as we had our facts. Large classrooms proved to be a challenge when you wanted to get closer to your professor, but smaller classrooms did provide the maximum amount of attention and care for the students needs when asked. Overall it is a great experience.

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