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, 5 doctoral degrees (including two Doctor of Education degrees, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Ph.D. in education and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Science), along with 26 teaching credentials among six academic colleges.
The university was originally 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.
|San Francisco State University|
|San Francisco State Normal School (1899–1921)|
San Francisco State Teachers College (1921–35)
San Francisco State College (1935–72)
California State University, San Francisco (1972–74)
|Motto||Experientia Docet (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Endowment||$83.7 million (2017)|
|Budget||$351 million (2016)|
|1,620 (Fall, 2013)|
|Students||29,586 (Fall 2018)|
|Undergraduates||26,436 (Fall 2018)|
|Postgraduates||2,783 (Fall 2018)|
|Campus||Urban, 141.1 acres (57.1 ha)|
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – CCAA|
|Affiliations||California State University|
|*SAT out of 1600|
In Fall of 2013, the university had 1,620 faculty, of which 683 (or 42 percent) were on the tenure track.
The university's academic colleges are:
In addition, the university has a College of Extended Learning.
SF State is on the semester system.
The university awards bachelor's degrees in 115 areas of specialization, master's degrees in 97, and a doctor of education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership. It jointly offers three doctoral programs: a doctorate in education in partnership with University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in special education, and two doctorates in physical therapy with University of California, San Francisco.
The most popular undergraduate majors are Business Administration, Biology, Kinesiology, Engineering, English, Communication Studies, Psychology, Criminal Justice Studies, Sociology, and Cinema. The student-faculty ratio at San Francisco State University is 23:1, and 27.1 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, a subgroup of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The School of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) except the computer engineering program.
|U.S. News & World Report||230-301|
|U.S. News & World Report||863|
USNWR departmental rankings
San Francisco State is ranked the 12th top university in the United States by PayScale and CollegeNET's Social Mobility Index university rankings. In 2012 the university was ranked as the 15th best master's-granting public university in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report also ranked San Francisco State University 1st in reputation among its "Western University peers" in 2000. Furthermore, U.S. News & World Report ranks San Francisco State as 8th nationally in the number of transfer students.
San Francisco State University's joint physical therapy master's program with UCSF is consistently ranked among the top 20 in the country. The Philosophical Gourmet Report lists San Francisco State University as one of the top eight universities to earn a terminal MA in philosophy. The Academy of Management, the leading professional association for management scholars in the world, honored San Francisco State University's College of Business' Ohrenschall Center for Entrepreneurship with the McGraw-Hill/Irwin Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award (2002). SFSU was one of the first California State University campuses to offer a doctorate of education. It was also instrumental in the establishment of the International University of Kyrgyzstan (1993). The university is the only one in California to offer a bachelor's degree in technical and professional writing. It is also the only university in the California State University system to offer a master's degree in Classics.
SFSU ranks 18th among the top 20 undergraduate schools whose alumni go on to be admitted to the State Bar; many subsequently run for public office. The University's College of Extended Learning offers the only American Bar Association-approved paralegal studies program in San Francisco.
The Cinema Department, in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, was named one of the nation's top film schools by Entertainment Weekly in 2000. SFSU is also listed as one of the nation's top 25 film schools by The Hollywood Reporter, having produced countless leading filmmakers, with over 13 Academy Award wins among its alumni.
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||1.5%|
|Two or More Races||6.9%|
In 2010, Forbes ranked San Francisco State as the 11th most diverse college in America, citing 51% minority students. Among 121 Western Universities, San Francisco State was ranked 6th in terms of campus diversity by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. In 2016, San Francisco State was ranked as the most diverse student body among the 100 largest American universities by Priceonomics.
The school's intercollegiate athletics teams, nicknamed the Gators, compete in NCAA Division II and are a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (wrestling competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). SF State fields twelve sports: men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's wrestling, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, baseball, and softball.
SF State has produced three Major League Baseball players, of which two became All-Stars (former Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson, and former Brewers and Red Sox outfielder Tommy Harper). The soccer program has had one player enter the professional ranks. Jared MacLane played in the Professional First Division in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
The Gators have also produced thirteen National Football League players, including Billy Baird, Elmer Collett, Maury Duncan, Carl Kammerer, Douglas Parrish, and Floyd Peters. Mike Holmgren got his collegiate coaching start as the team's Offensive Coordinator in 1981. The football program ended in 1995.
SF State Wrestling scored at a national championship meet every year from 1963-64 to 2016-17. In 1996-97, the Gators won the NCAA Division II National Championship.
The school first adopted their mascot, the Gator, in 1931. After a call for a mascot by the student newspaper the Bay Leaf, students suggested the "alligator" for its strength and steadfastness. The students also suggested the spelling "Golden Gaters," with an "e," in reference to the Golden Gate. Students voted in favor of the name, but after numerous "misspellings" by the newspaper, the use of Gator, with an "o," stuck.
KSFS is a college radio station run by Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) students, streaming online, at 100.7 on Comcast Cable radio in San Francisco, and at 88.1 FM near the SFSU campus mini transmitter.
Alexandrea Borstein (born February 15, 1973) is an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. She is known for voicing Lois Griffin on the animated comedy series Family Guy (1999–present).
Borstein also had lead roles as various characters on the sketch comedy series MADtv (1997–2009), Dawn Forchette in the medical comedy series Getting On (2013–15), and Susie Myerson in the historical comedy-drama series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017–present), the latter of which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award. She had supporting roles in numerous films, including The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), Catwoman (2004), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Dinner for Schmucks (2010), Ted (2012), ParaNorman (2012), and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).
She spent her childhood in Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, before moving with her family to Northridge, California, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. She graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1989. Borstein is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she studied rhetoric. She was trained in improvisational comedy at the ACME Comedy Theatre, near Hollywood, California, and was selected to join the cast of MADtv after being scouted by talent agents. Borstein was also a writer and voice actor for several television shows, including Casper, Pinky and the Brain, and Power Rangers Zeo, before joining the cast of MADtv in 1997 as a featured player, becoming a repertory player mid-season.Annette Bening
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Bening won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for American Beauty, two Golden Globe Awards for Being Julia and The Kids Are All Right, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Mrs. Harris. In 2019, she played the roles of Supreme Intelligence and Mar-Vell / Wendy Lawson in Marvel Cinematic Universe's Captain Marvel, which became her highest grossing release.Bas van Fraassen
Bastiaan Cornelis van Fraassen (; born 5 April 1941) is a Dutch-American philosopher. He is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University and the McCosh Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton University, noted for his seminal contributions to philosophy of science.Carl Weathers
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Christopher Boyes is an American sound engineer. He has won four Academy Awards and has been nominated for another ten. He has worked on more than 70 films since 1991.Cox Stadium
Cox Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium on the campus of San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California.Gary Namie
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H. Douglas Brown (born 1941) is a professor emeritus of English as a Second Language at San Francisco State University. He was the president of International TESOL from 1980 to 1981, and in 2001 he received TESOL's James E. Alatis Award for Distinguished Service.Harry Shum Jr.
Harry Shum Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is a Costa Rican-American of Chinese descent. He is an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer best known for his roles as Mike Chang on the Fox television series Glee (2009–2015) and as Magnus Bane on the Freeform television series Shadowhunters (2016–). He was nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance in Glee, winning once and he won the award for The Male TV Star of 2018 in the E! Peoples Choice Awards for Shadowhunters.
He has appeared in the films Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), Step Up 3D (2010), White Frog (2012), Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), Crazy Rich Asians (2018), the Hulu web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (2010–2011) and the YouTube Red series Single by 30 (2016).John Burton (American politician)
John Lowell Burton (born December 15, 1932) was Chairman of the California Democratic Party from April 2009 until May 2017. A professor of California Politics at San Francisco State University, he served in the California State Assembly (1965–74), in the U.S. House of Representatives (1974–83), in the State Assembly again (1988–96), and in the California State Senate (1996-2004) (representing the 3rd district). Burton is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law.Jozo Tomasevich
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Peter Casey (born 1950) is an American television producer and screenwriter. Alongside his working partner David Lee, he wrote episodes of The Jeffersons. Besides writing, he and Lee wrote and produced Cheers, and co-created, wrote, and produced Wings and Frasier alongside the late David Angell under Grub Street Productions.S. I. Hayakawa
Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa (July 18, 1906 – February 27, 1992) was a Canadian-born American academic and politician of Japanese ancestry. A professor of English, he served as president of San Francisco State University, and then as U.S. Senator from California from 1977 to 1983.Saeb Erekat
Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat (also Erikat or Erakat or Arekat; Arabic: صائب عريقات Ṣāʼib ʻUrayqāt or ʻRēqāt; born 28 April 1955) is a Palestinian diplomat who served as chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee until 12 February 2011. He negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel and remained chief negotiator from 1995 until May 2003, when he resigned in protest from the Palestinian government. He later reconciled with the party and was reappointed to the post in September 2003.San Francisco State University station
San Francisco State University station is a light rail stop on the Muni Metro M Ocean View line, located adjacent to San Francisco State University and the Parkmerced development in the median of 19th Avenue in San Francisco, California. It opened in 1925 with the first phase of the line and was rebuilt with a high-level island platform in 1993.Sigma Omicron Pi
Sigma Omicron Pi (ΣΟΠ) is an Asian American interest sorority. Founded in 1930 at San Francisco State University, the college social organization has chapters on 12 campuses in the United States. The stated objective of the sorority is to "further the awareness of women in Asian culture" and "to promote unity, lifelong friendships, leadership, and community service".Steven Zaillian
Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, director, film editor, and producer. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay Schindler's List (1993) and has also earned Oscar nominations for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyball. He was presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival and the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 2011. Zaillian is the founder of Film Rites, a film production company.
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