Established in 1899, SF State is a premier public university located in the heart of San Francisco, known to be one of the world's most vibrant and beautiful cities, and the epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurship.

As part of the California State University, we offer 115 areas in bachelor's degree, 104 areas in master's degree and several doctoral degrees.

In addition, we offer a stand-alone Intensive ESL program (called American Language Institute) and many innovative programs such as San Francisco Discover, Summer San Francisco, Semester@SF State, and academic certificate programs.

Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Public

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Average ACT: 25
  • Average SAT: 1100 (with writing included)
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? No
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; American Studies; Anthropology; Area Studies; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Criminal Justice; Dance; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Genetics; Geography; Geology; History; Hospitality, Travel & Tourism; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Journalism; Labour/Industrial Relations; Languages; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Meteorology; Military Sciences; Museum Studies; Music; Nursing; Nutrition; Philosophy; Physics; Physiology; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Public Relations/Affairs; Social Work; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Planning; Urban Studies; Zoology; Broadcasting and Electronic Communication; Dietetics


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $38,027


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division II
  • Varsity sports: Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Women's Volleyball

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