San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

California, United States | Public


Also referred to as SF State and SFSU, this is a public research university that is located in San Francisco, California. SF State offers 118 different Bachelor's degrees, 94 Master's degrees and 5 Doctoral degrees. It was founded in 1899. The university's academic colleges are: Liberal & Creative Arts, Business, Education, Ethnic Studies, Health and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, in addition, this university has a College of Extended learning. SF State is on the semester system. The Cinema department of SF State in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, was names one of the nation's "top film schools" by Entertainment Weekly in 2000. The most popular majors at San Francisco State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Social Sciences, Health Professions and Related Programs and Visual and Performing Arts.



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San Francisco is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities, home to an ethnically rich, cosmopolitan center of business, technology and culture. This provides an exciting laboratory for community-service projects and work-study programs, and a rich venue for students to explore. Its setting is urban, and the campus size is 142 acres. SF State's main campus is located in a residential area of the city. You can get there easily by public transportation. Since its setting is urban there are many known restaurants nearby, including Olive Garden, McDonald's, Panda Express, and many others.


SF State owns three conferences facilities, those are the Seven Hills Conference Center, the Towers Conference Center and the Downtown Campus. The Campus buildings include the City eats Dining Center (DC), the Mary Park Hall, Mary Ward Hall, Tower Junior Suits, the towers at centennial square, the village at centennial square, the university park north, the university park south and the humanities building. SF State divides it campus in 4 quadrants the Northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest quadrant. At SFSU you'll have access to tennis courts, softball field, gyms, a studio theatre, the maloney field (baseball), The Swamp at The Don Nasser Family Plaza (Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball), Golden Gate Park Speedway Meadow (Cross Country), Cox Stadium (Soccer, Track and Field), and so many other features.

Residing Options

At SFSU, it's important to apply for university housing early, as there aren't enough spaces for every student, anyhow, SFSU is commuter-friendly, with public transportation stops near campus. SF State provides a variety of living options, from traditional residence halls to apartment units. The University Park apartments and townhome living. At SFSU you can live in one of two traditional residence halls (Mary Ward and Mary Park halls), or four apartment complexes (the Towers and the Village at Centennial Square, University Park South and University Park North). San Francisco and the entire Bay Area is considered one of the most desirable areas in the country therefore rents are high, so many SF State students prefer to save money by living with their families and commuting to San Francisco State. Several San Francisco Muni streetcars and buses stop right at the campus's front door, and the Daly City BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station is located near campus and linked to SF State by regular shuttle service. SF State is adjacent to several apartment complexes and there are also homestay programs that offer international students the ability to live with a local family to learn the language and culture.


SFSU motto's is "Experientia Docet" which in English means "experience teaches". SF State's faculty includes Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, Emmy Award and Pushcart Prize winners, National Science Foundation honorees and other internationally recognized leaders and innovators. They regularly work with Apple, Google, Facebook, the Smithsonian Institute, the National Institutes of Health, NASA and Pixar. Teachers are really knowledgeable and classes are engaging. The facility and staff are friendly and helpful, especially if you need help. However the professors share the desire to see their students succeed but they will not make things easy for you. SFSU is focused on excellence in teaching and research that can be actively applied, so that students get a better understanding of how they can apply their knowledge in the real world. At SFSU there's a program that basically hires the students as interns, and they have faculty who have release time so they can act as mentors.

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The Federal Work-study program offers the students the opportunity to work on campus, the main advantage of Work-Study employment is that the Work-Study earnings do not count against you as a financial resource on the FAFSA. At SFSU all work-study jobs are on campus only. Also, GatorJOBS provides work-study, part-time, full-time, temporary and internship opportunities targeted to SF State students and alumni by employers. Position classifications that may be held under the work-study program include the student trainees, which are often referred to as "work study student assistants", Instructional Student Assistant, and Graduate Assistant. SFSU also gives international students the opportunity to work on campus if they meet the eligibility requirements, which is a great option in case you don't get a scholarship. At SFSU you could find a job at the cafeteria, coffee shops, or as student assistant, restaurants, library, as a graduate assistant, at the tutoring centers, bookstore and as a teaching assistant. Also, as Alumni of the SFSU, the early career salary could reach up to $73,000 and opportunities of getting hire by great companies are very high since the university is on the top list of Silicon Valley hiring most popular universities.

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