The BasicsLocation: San Francisco, CAFunding: Public UniversitySize:
Tuition (one year):
- Full-Time Undergrads: 22,510
- Part-Time Undergrads: 3,939
- Percent Women: 57% Female
Most Popular Majors: Business, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, Psychology, Cinema, Health Professions.Greek Life: YesAcceptance Rate: 63.8%For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit San Francisco State University’s website at www.sfsu.edu
- $6,450 (tuition)
- $13,019 (room and board)
- Total: tuition plus room and board $19, 469
Why Choose SF State?
“ I applied to SF because I love San Francisco and the City. And SF State has a really good Psychology department and I love the diversity of students.”
"San Francisco is such an amazing city with amazing people that I couldn't miss out on the opportunity. I applied not just because of their really good Broadcasting department but how the student body seems very open-minded and relax about who they are as individuals. People do their own thing and I love it."
"My program was a well-know program, and I love how even though San Francisco State is in the city, the campus is so green as if you were not in the city. Plus, everyone seems so diverse on campus, and I feel comfortable walking around campus and not out of place."
“I love our Student Center (Cesar Chavez Center). There are always activities inside and outside of Cesar Chavez. Inside, we have an upstairs lounge that is a great studying area, and then the downstairs is where the arcade, restaurants, the Pub, and the Depot are located. The Depot is a cool area where bands can play, where the open mic is located, and where there are places to relax. Outside of Cesar Chavez, if the weather isn't foggy, you will definitely see people out on the lawn relaxing and enjoying the sun as much as they can. It becomes super active then. It's a pretty cool view to see."
"I love how active Rec Field is morning til night, and I am not joking. It's cool to see the view from your dorm (if you're living in The Village Complex). People will be on that field playing soccer til 11 at night. And when they leave, regular students would just hang out on the field til 2 am! There was a time when our dorm neighbor ran onto the field in a banana costume at night and scared the people onto the field. It was hilarious!”
"My personal favorite is the library. Even when I don't want to study, it's nice because it's quiet. It's cool, because you can watch whatever shows in peace. I spend 80% of the time there. Before, between, and after classes."
"The go-to place would definitely be the library inside and/or outside (depending if it's sunny outside). The library is a really good place to either study, relax or both. There is a great lounge area where we have Peet's Coffee, and then we have both the basement Study Commons plus 5 more floor levels to study in. Plus, the higher you go up in the library, the quieter the floors are. And of course, they provide wifi if you're a student. It's just a good place to have club meetings, group project meetings, everything. And if the weather is great, outside the library is amazing! So many people relaxing on the lawn doing homework, reading, or hanging out."
“Some of the buildings are rundown and it needs to be redone.”
“ I don't like that it's kind of a commuter campus and that we need more team spirit.”
"The science building definitely needs to be fixed and redone. I know we have been opened since the 70's but some thing really need to be upgraded. The most upgraded I would think is the library and student center."
"I don't like how this school is predominantly a commuter school, but when you live on campus or in the city, it doesn't feel like that at all! And I hate that people only see it as a commuter school. There are lots of activities that happen at State. Plus I think we need more school spirit
New Collegiette"It's exciting and nerve racking because 1. your away from home and 2. freedom. I mean, this is a city where you can explore and have so many memories on and off-campus. You do start on your general education like English, math, biology. It's nothing different. There is a separate first year housing. The housing apartments are called The Towers, Mary Park and Mary Ward. Orientation was really active and informative. They had a lot of activities for residential students for sure, because it's a real change in living I guess.""I remember my first day at SF State was really nerve-wracking. It can seem like a huge campus to the new student, but you get used to it soon enough.""Being a new student on a new campus can seem very frightening but it's honestly the best change that one can have. College is not your closed-campus-snobby-kid-infested high school. Its the adult world where people are friendly (or restricted) and everyone is doing their own thing. You can be friends with whoever you want, upperclass men or underclass, it honestly doesn't matter. "
All About Academics
Most Popular Majors: Marketing / Business, Broadcasting, Psychology, English (Creative Writing), Apparel Design
"It's not that crazy, but you really have to get into it. You have to at least put two hours extra in your work. If you don't, you would feel like you have to do extra stuff."
"The workload is average. Some classes can be worse then others. It's heavy only if your in honors with your major."
"Ha! Once your day to register is there, you jump on the computer and register because a lot of people have that day. Prepare a list of what you want to take, and replacements, and create the list at least a week before you register. And check the availability constantly until it's your day."
Learn From the Best
"Ryan Corbett. Professor of Geology 104 Class. He is like the young, cool teacher who's tries to make the class fun as much as possible, while still learning. At the end of the semesters, he cuts 10% of your grade which can help improve your grade if you did poorly on an assignment. The class is very interactive. There is always a quiz at the beginning of the class to review the previous one, and students can answer through clickers. It has been my favorite and most fun class. People do go to office hours, especially towards the end of the semester."
"Professor Miriam Smith is a quirky, amazing women. She teaches in the broadcasting department.She does have office hours and that is where I learned who she is such a down to earth-to-earth teacher that's out of this world. She has A LOT of knowledge in the filed of Broadcast and Electronic Communications Arts and has so many communications with alumni. I had the pleasure of going on a class trip during Spring Break with her and it was so much fun. Plus I learned a lot about my profession. So people might think she's crazy, but in reality that woman is a genius."
Interests & Involvement
“There are a lot of people from associations that come to classes in the morning, depending on the major. For someone who is a transfer student, check on the SFSU website. Like for me, I am really into fashion so I found out about FNA just by searching on the school site.”
"You have to go out of your way to search for these organizations, or else, you're missing a lot of the action. A lot happens on campus. It's just a matter of whether you're connected or not."
"School spirit is definitely an issue on our campus. It's probably because for many people SF State is a commuter school. I guess it helps if you live on campus. That way you can be more involved in school activities."
"You really have to go out of your way to get involved on campus."
"There's no difference. To me it's kind of related on what you wear. Here you can dress in pj’s/sweats, and still look good. Girls take care of themselves. You see a lot of girls in workout clothes. You always have to be or look put together.“
"I like how everyone has their own style. I came from a school where everyone wore the same thing. Here you see every type of style like bohemian and care free style.”
"We have a very active women's center on campus. It's great."
Food & Drink"We have one dining hall on your campus for residents only and the food is okay, but I would recommend learning how to cook. My favorite place to eat on campus would be Cafe Rosso because they're really good especially their Rosso Club sandwich. People don't have to go to the dining hall all four years though. There are so many places to eat on campus in the Cesar Chavez Student center too."
"Cafe Rosso is good. The lines are a little long, but usually they have really good sandwiches and take credit cards. Healthy U is when you want to get healthier. They have really good sushi, health drinks, everything to healthy snacks, even the chips."
"I love the convenience of Peet's since it's right outside the library. I can just get my coffee and head straight into the Study Commons to do some work."
"The food is amazing! You have a wide variety of food to choose from. There is sushi, sandwiches/subs, burritos, hamburgers, salads, organic smoothies, coffee, and other things that I haven't even tried. Honestly, there is around 20+ food places on campus alone! But if you're not feeling the food on campus you can always go to the mall that is right next to us.There you can find Starbucks, mcdonalds, Panda Express and many more. My favorite restaurant on campus is natural sensations, they have some amazing smoothies and bagels. I also like Ike's! I would say Ike's is very popular in campus, you can always find a line of people waiting for the delicious sandwiches. When I need a boost of caffeine Cafe 101 is the place to go! "The gator" is one of my all time favorite drinks to get. One thing you should take is that food is not an issue on campus. The downside is that food is a bit pricey but you get a lot of food for your buck."
" The social scene in SF is constant! There is always something to do in SF and I love the atmosphere! My roommates and I go to Off The Grid and it's the best place to get food truck awesomeness!"
"Supe laid back, but especially versatile. No matter what your taste is, there is always a place with the music, food, and atmopshere for you."
" We have random things happening on campus sometimes. Once we had an obstacles bouncy house on our campus lawn, haha. Super freaking awesome."
"Living in the dorm as a freshman has been amazing. I have met so many people who I've become friends with. I know living in the Mary Ward or Mary Park, people can easily leave their door open and the people living in the hallway can easily become friends by stopping by. In the Towers, it's more private, but the living style is better than the Mary's. You can pick a roommate or be randomly assigned. The dorms are really safe since you need a key, and plus, you have to go through the front desk."
"Living in the Village dorm is great! It's like living in a nice apartment and I have met so many cool neighbors. There are bonding events that are held by the RA's like a Bonfire event happening at the beach nearby called Ocean Beach.""My favorite thing about living on campus is rolling out of bed and getting to class in five minutes,"said Jennifer Yuen, Kinesology major and Senior at SFSU."Living on campus gives you a chance to experience being part of a community, there's something cozy knowing you live in a building with your fellow classmates and also it doesn't hurt being near pizza at 3 a.m.," said Farnoush Amiri, Journalism major and Sociology minor at SFSU.
Exploring San Francisco
"San Francisco is a perfect place to get lost in, because no matter where you end up there is so much culture, quirk and amazing food to explore," said Farnoush Amiri, Journalism major, Sociology minor.
"There are a million things to do in San Francisco, thousands of confusing routes, hundreds of places to eat and I am just one person trying to explore them all," said Jacqueline Dailey, Art major.
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