About SFSU

San Francisco State University, founded in 1899 and located in one of the world’s most vibrant and beautiful cities, is a recognized leader in addressing issues both global and close to home. As of today, we have more than 30,000 students, faculty and staff. Graduates total more than 212,560.

More than 500 courses combine academic study with community involvement, and our location in a center of business, technology and culture provides a laboratory for community-service projects, work-study opportunities and internships. The University has been named by Princeton Review a "College with a Conscience," classified as one of the Carnegie Foundation’s "Community Engagement" institutions; and received a Presidential Award in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.

SF State awards bachelor’s degrees in 78 academic areas with an additional 45 areas of concentration, master’s in 62 with an additional 40 areas of concentration, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Programs offered jointly with University of California campuses include a Ph.D. in education with a concentration in special education with UC Berkeley, and a clinical doctorate (D.P.T.) and a research doctorate (D.P.T.Sc.) for licensed physical therapists with UC San Francisco. In addition, SF State offers 17 credential programs and 35 certificate programs.