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4 College Freshman

Academics: Each Major gets regular updates about scholarships, internships, and news within the community with the same major as you. Professors usually have regular office hours. Facilities are good in availability. The workload is about right!

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors I've had so far really show that they want to be present in class everyday. They know their material and are eager to teach. Some work load can be too much but it's really all about managing your time. Most things will be given a reasonable amount of time to finish. Registration was much easier because of a little club called Metro academy that helps you chose what classes are best for you. Thanks to them I'm on the right path.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Many of the professors requirements are very similar but some professors will grade on attendance while some may not.

4 College Senior

Academics: My major is neither easy or difficult. As long as you put hardwork into your studies it should educate you and prepare you for graduate school.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The major I'm studying actually encourages me to focus upon the recommended courses. I'm actually the top student in my math, english, and engineering courses.

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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
95
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
  • Business Administration and Management: 10%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 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 18 responses

  • 22% Dana Carvey - actor, comedian
  • 14% Roger Dobkowitz - former producer, "The Price is Right"
  • 8% Christopher Boyes - movie sound/recording engineer
  • 8% Alex Borstein - actress, comedian
  • 8% Bill Johnson - film producer
  • 6% Peter Coyote - actor, author, director, narrator
  • 6% Peter Casey - executive producer, "Frasier"
  • 6% Glen Charles - TV writer/producer
  • 6% Michael Paul Chan - actor
  • 6% Jeffery Tambor - actor, "Arrested Development"
  • 3% Jack Angel - actor, costume designer, director
  • 3% David Gropman - production designer
  • 3% Jeffrey Tambor - actor, "Arrested Development"
  • 3% Danny Glover
  • 0% Michael L. Grace - writer/producer
  • 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 100 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 102 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.

How often do you:    Based on 28 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% This was my dream school.
  • 57% This was one of my top choices.
  • 39% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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