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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: SFSU is an absolutely beautiful campus in the south of one of the coolest cities, San Francisco. As a Bay Area native I've always held a special place in my heart for the city and am very happy to be spending so much time there for school. My favorite aspect of the university is its immense diversity, both in studies and students. Programs are very hands on and student life is vibrant! If you're looking for the televised football games and sorority/fraternity lifestyles of college SFSU would not be the school for you but if you enjoy cities and vibrant life and truly want a great place to become more of yourself then it is a must consider!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: San Francisco State University's unique programs have created an interesting dynamic that students either love or hate. Like most schools, your experience is what you make of it, but this applies arguably more so to SFSU. If you join clubs, attend events, and make use of the city's resources, then there is little reason to dislike the school (unless you're a Nursing or Kinesiology major struggling to get classes because these majors are so impacted - in which case, sorry bud).

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My overall experience at SFSU has been great. I've definitely love the amount of passion that majority of the professors have for the subjects they teach. Many of the professors that I've encountered have been inspiring and compassionate. My favorite experience so far has to be being involved with a co-Ed fraternity that is based off of community service, leadership, and friendship. The fraternity itself had allowed me to build personal qualities and accomplished myself as an individual apart of the community. It's definitely an eye opener to meet others that are unique in there own way, but can unify themselves as a whole.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love that i am in San Francisco especially coming from a small town in Southern California. I really love my major and the department for broadcasting electronic communication arts is full of opportunities.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have not started a class yet already I know I like it.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have loved my school so far, and I know that it is the best place for me to be.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Even though college is a very stressful thing to go through, applying and going for orientation at San Francisco State was a breeze. Everyone was very friendly and the total process wasn't too bad. My overall experience was similar to many peoples.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: wish there was more school spirit and involvement; needs more housing

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am able to get by and all I am hoping for is to finish my degree

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school because it's so diverse. There's a lot to do on campus and around the city. The people here are great and really unique.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school, and I would choose it again.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: SFSU is really impacted so classes are hard to get

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't started yet, but so far by what I have witnessed from the Orientation and outside sources, it seems like an exceptional college.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have felt very welcomed at the school. Most of my classes so far have been great and i have learned a lot. I did have a class with a horrible professor, but it was one class in two years. The campus is really nice and fun, I have really enjoyed my time at SFSU.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The college I will be going to is San Francisco state university, however it is not the preferred college I wanted to go to. San francicsco seemed great in the beginning, however after visiting the college during summer of 2015 after I graduated high school, I did not like it much. I did not like the orientation I went to for San francisco, however the student leaders that helped out were great. While I was registering for classes, the students helping were nice and helpful, however I ended up choosing the wrong classes for my intended major and classes that I would need to take to transfer to a university of California. I had previously asked the counselors that were available around me, but even they did not know what classes I should be taking. I was one of the first students to register for classes but chose the wrong classes. Due to this I now have to choose again at a different date, with the possibility that the class will be full.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's quite a small campus because San Francisco is so limited on space. We don't have a football team or stadium. But it's a diverse campus and the location is great.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You will not get a regular college experience at SFSU, there is no school pride due to the lack of a Football team and a division I basketball team. SFSU is also a huge commuter school. No active parties or anything lively for that matter, it becomes repetitive after a little while. Its pretty much an expensive CC

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus in my own apartment. I had to research and find apartments myself; however, there are lots of available options depending on what and where you want. Some are convenient by public transport, but not always walking distance to school. The cost is very high, and I do not even live in San Francisco. The manager of the complex is kind, but the other people working in the office are not. It is rather safe in my neighborhood. The parking is included in my rent, and we have visitor parking as well.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Within walking distance to campus, there are not many options besides in the mall. It is cheap and typically quick, but it is mall food and often fast food. If you are willing to venture out further, there are tons of places to eat, but that is not too close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There were no issues in the past with my financial aid. Once I turned everything required in, the wait was not long to get my financial aid. Disbursement also came on time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I wish there were more variety in the foods and restaurants we have on campus. I often will eat at the same places and get sick of it because they are all similar as well. I also wish there were more inexpensive options.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I usually, if not always, feel personally safe whenever I'm on campus. I come during the afternoons mostly, when there are a lot of people from all over walking to class or other places.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Since not all students are qualified for grants, one should always look for scholarships available on Fastweb, Niche, SF State's Student Center, etc. to help pay for tuition. Don't be like me because I was lazy and didn't apply for any at all, leaving me with having to take out loans for my whole first year.

No one's really going to bug you to actively and continuously apply (unless you're regularly meeting up with a counselor or something), so at any given chance, be on the lookout for those opportunities on your own! Only accept the school's student loan offers as a last resort.

Any other questions can be brought to the Financial Aid office at the Student Service building. I found it helpful to ask for a few clarifications there.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am still in the process of finding an off campus house. The only places I can find are really pricey.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: School food is school food. Cafeteria food is what you get. I'm jut thankful I can feed myself, however its a lot of money.

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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.

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