San Francisco State University.

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University (commonly referred to as San Francisco State, SF State and SFSU) is a public university in San Francisco. As part of the 23-campus California State University system, the university offers 118 different bachelor's degrees, 94 master's degrees, and 5 doctoral degrees along with 26 teaching credentials among six academic colleges.The university was founded in 1899 as a state-run normal school for training school teachers, obtaining state college status in 1921 and state university status in 1972. The 141 acre campus is located in the southwest part of the city, less than two miles from the Pacific coast. San Francisco State has 12 varsity athletic teams which compete at the NCAA Division II level, most as members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 25,966 students
  • 0.13 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at San Francisco State University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Accounting, Journalism, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

24,327 students out of 34,524 applicants were accepted into San Francisco State University. They had an average SAT score of 1054. 88% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 27% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at San Francisco State University was $19,134, while for in-state students it was $7,254. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $30,073.

The average financial aid at San Francisco State University is $8,526. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $10,608 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at San Francisco State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

59% of undergraduate students at San Francisco State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at San Francisco State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at San Francisco State University was of $14,502 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,948.

Diversity at San Francisco State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017