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, 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.[11][13][14]

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 University seal
Former names
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)
MottoExperientia Docet (Latin)
Motto in English
"Experience Teaches"
TypePublic university
Established1899
Endowment$83.7 million (2017)[1]
Budget$351 million (2016)[2]
PresidentLeslie Wong
Academic staff
1,620 (Fall, 2013)[3]
Administrative staff
2,010[4]
Students29,586 (Fall 2018)[5][6]
Undergraduates26,436 (Fall 2018)[7][8]
Postgraduates2,783 (Fall 2018)[9][10]
Location
San Francisco
,
California
,
United States
CampusUrban, 141.1 acres (57.1 ha)[11]
ColorsPurple and Gold[12]
         
AthleticsNCAA Division IICCAA
NicknameGators
AffiliationsCalifornia State University
APLU
MascotGator
Websitewww.sfsu.edu
San Francisco State University logo

History

Graduating class, State Normal School at San Francisco, June 1906
Graduating class, State Normal School at San Francisco, June 1906
  • 1899 – Founded as San Francisco State Normal School.[15]
  • 1901 – First graduating class
  • 1906 – The 1906 earthquake and fire forces the school to relocate from Nob Hill to a new campus at Buchanan and Haight Streets.
  • 1921 – Renamed San Francisco State Teachers College
  • 1923 – First Bachelor of Arts degree awarded
  • 1935 – Renamed San Francisco State College
  • 1953 – Current campus near Lake Merced opens; it is formally dedicated in October, 1954.
  • 1966 – Beginning of the era of campus protests led by student organizations including the Black Student Union, Third World Liberation Front, and Students for a Democratic Society. The protests against college policies and off-campus issues such as the Vietnam War included sit-ins, rallies, marches, teach-ins, and on several occasions led to violent conflicts with police. The protests were marked by counter-protests and widespread charges of corruption and election fraud in the student newspaper.
  • 1968 – A lengthy student strike erupted that developed into an important event in the history of the U.S. in the late 1960s. The strike was led by the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front, and it demanded an Ethnic Studies program as well as an end to the Vietnam War. This became a major news event for weeks in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. At one point, college president S. I. Hayakawa famously pulled the wires out of the speakers on top of a van at a student rally. During the course of the strike, large numbers of police drawn from many jurisdictions occupied the campus and over 700 people were arrested on various protest-related charges.
  • 1969 – On March 20, an agreement was reached, and the strike officially comes to an end with the administration retaining control of hiring and admissions and the creation of the School (now College) of Ethnic Studies.
  • 1972 – Received university status as California State University, San Francisco
  • 1974 – Renamed San Francisco State University
  • 1975 – Cesar Chavez Student Center opened its doors to students
  • 1993 – Downtown campus opened
Malcolm X mural.jpeg
The revised Malcolm X mural, painted by SF State students Eric Norberg and Kamau Ayubbo
  • 1994 – A mural depicting Malcolm X was painted on the student union building, commissioned by the Pan-African Student Union and African Student Alliance. The mural's border contained yellow Stars of David and dollar signs mingled with skulls and crossbones and near the words "African Blood." The next week, after demonstrations on both sides, the school administration had the mural painted over, and subsequently sand blasted.[16] Two years later a new Malcolm X mural was painted, without the controversial symbols.[17]
  • 1999 – Celebrated 100th birthday[18]
  • 2007 – New Downtown Campus opened at 835 Market Street
  • 2013 – The Science Building was found to have “unsafe levels” of airborne mercury, lead and asbestos in the basement as a result of reports that pesticide-laden Native American artifacts were previously stored with a material now known to be highly hazardous. As a result of the contamination, over $3.6 million was spent for remediation of the pervasive contamination. University Administration terminated several employees who reported the contamination, resulting in several wrongful termination and whistle-blower lawsuits, including one by the recently hired director. In addition to terminating employees, the CFO at the time, Ron Cortez, hired outside consultants in an attempt to write more favorable reports regarding the contamination and to discredit the employees who had made initial reports. In July 2014, Cal/OSHA cited the university for various health and safety violations in the Science Building, which included SFSU failing to locate asbestos in the building and warn employees about the hazards of mercury.[19] [20] SFSU previously ran into trouble with its Environmental Health and Safety program when the director prior, Robert Shearer, was accused of taking bribes from a waste disposal firm in exchange for at least $4 million in university funds.[21]

Presidents[22]

Academics

Fall Freshman Statistics[24][25][26][27][28][29][30]

  2016 2015 2014 2013
Freshman Applicants 36,223 35,122 31,963 34,930
Admits 24,704 23,841 21,087 20,889
% Admitted 68.1 67.8 65.9 59.8
Enrolled 3,531 4,081 3,630 3,550
GPA 3.22 3.23 3.22 3.19
SAT Composite 975 975 990 995
ACT Composite 21 21 21 21
*SAT out of 1600
SFSU Campus Overview Nov2012
J. Paul Leonard Library

In Fall of 2013, the university had 1,620 faculty, of which 683 (or 42 percent) were on the tenure track.[3]

The university's academic colleges are:

  • Liberal and Creative Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Health and Social Sciences
  • Science and Engineering

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.[31] The student-faculty ratio at San Francisco State University is 23:1, and 27.1 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students.[32]

Accreditation

The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, a subgroup of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[33] The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).[34] The School of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) except the computer engineering program.[35]

Distinctions

University rankings
National
Forbes[36] 433
U.S. News & World Report[37] 230-301
Washington Monthly[38] 137
Global
U.S. News & World Report[39] 863

USNWR departmental rankings[40]

Fine Arts 114
Physical Therapy 20
Public Affairs 77
Rehabilitation Counseling 37
Social Work 75
Speech–Language Pathology 81

San Francisco State is ranked the 12th top university in the United States by PayScale and CollegeNET's Social Mobility Index university rankings.[41] 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.[42] U.S. News & World Report also ranked San Francisco State University 1st in reputation among its "Western University peers" in 2000.[43][44] Furthermore, U.S. News & World Report ranks San Francisco State as 8th nationally in the number of transfer students.[44]

San Francisco State University's joint physical therapy master's program with UCSF is consistently ranked among the top 20 in the country.[45] The Philosophical Gourmet Report lists San Francisco State University as one of the top eight universities to earn a terminal MA in philosophy.[46] 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).[47] 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).[47] The university is the only one in California to offer a bachelor's degree in technical and professional writing.[47] It is also the only university in the California State University system to offer a master's degree in Classics.[48]

In 2012, Business Insider ranked SFSU as one of the best 50 engineering schools in the world, listing Oracle, Cisco Systems, and Apple as the department's top employers.[49]

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.[50] The University's College of Extended Learning offers the only American Bar Association-approved paralegal studies program in San Francisco.[47]

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.[51] 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.[52][50]

The Sutro Library, located within the J. Paul Leonard Library, houses the largest collection of genealogical records west of Salt Lake City.[53]

Diversity

Demographics of student body - Fall 2014[54]
Undergraduate
African American 5.5%
Asian American 34.8%
Caucasian American 25.5%
Hispanic American 25.3%
Native American 0.4%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 1.5%
Two or More Races 6.9%

In 1969, the longest student strike in U.S. history[55] resulted in the establishment of the College of Ethnic Studies and increased recruiting and admissions of students of color.

In 2010, Forbes ranked San Francisco State as the 11th most diverse college in America, citing 51% minority students.[56] Among 121 Western Universities, San Francisco State was ranked 6th in terms of campus diversity by U.S. News & World Report in 2013.[57] In 2016, San Francisco State was ranked as the most diverse student body among the 100 largest American universities by Priceonomics.[58]

Campus buildings

Late night SFSU quad
Campus quad at night
Cesar Chavez Student Center
Cesar Chavez Student Center
SFSU apartments
Campus dorms and apartments

Academic buildings

  • Burk Hall (BH)
  • Business (BUS)
  • Creative Arts (CA)
  • Ethnic Studies & Psychology (EP)
  • Fine Arts (FA)
  • Health & Social Sciences (HSS)
  • Hensill Hall (HH)
  • Humanities (HUM)
  • J. Paul Leonard Library (LIB)
  • Science (SCI)
  • Sutro Library (in LIB)
  • Thornton Hall (TH)

Residence buildings, communities, and services

  • City Eats Dining Center (DC)[59][60]
  • Mary Park Hall (MPH)[61]
  • Mary Ward Hall (MWH)[61]
  • Towers Junior Suites (TJS)[62]
  • The Towers at Centennial Square (TCS)[63]
  • The Village at Centennial Square (VCS)[64]
  • University Park North (UPN)[65]
  • University Park South (UPS)[66]

A dormitory building, Verducci Hall, was imploded in 1999, having sustained damage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.[67]

Conference facilities

  • Seven Hills Conference Center[68]
  • Towers Conference Center[69]
  • Downtown Campus[70]

Student life and Administrative services

  • Administration (ADM)
  • Cesar Chavez Student Center (CCSC)
  • Child Care Center (A.S. ECEC)
  • Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC)
  • Student Health Center (SHS)
  • Student Services (SSB)

Athletic facilities

San Francisco State University sign
Entrance at 19th Ave and Holloway Ave
SFSU Humanities Building
Humanities Building
Sfstate
Burk Hall
SFSU Campus ThorntonHall Nov2012
Thornton Hall
SFSU Campus HensillHall Nov2012
Hensill Hall
SFSU Business Building
Business Building

Athletics

San Francisco State Gators wordmark
San Francisco State Gators wordmark

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.[71] In 1996-97, the Gators won the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Mascot

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.[72][73]

KSFS

KSFS is a college radio station run by Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) students,[74][75][76] streaming online,[77] at 100.7 on Comcast Cable radio in San Francisco, and at 88.1 FM near the SFSU campus mini transmitter.[78][74][79][80][81][82]

Notable faculty and alumni

Melba Arkansas-cropped
Melba Pattillo Beals, journalist and member of the Little Rock Nine
AnnetteBeningSept2013TIFF
Annette Bening, actress
Alex Borstein by Gage Skidmore 4 (retouched)
Alex Borstein, actress, voice of Lois on Family Guy
Willie Brown, September 2013 (cropped)
Willie Brown, 41st Mayor of San Francisco
NOFX @ Arena Joondalup (12 12 2010) (5272638037)
Michael Burkett, a.k.a. Fat Mike, lead vocalist for NOFX
Kari Byron at Comicon 2010 crop
Kari Byron, television host and artist
Yvonne Cagle
Yvonne Cagle, NASA astronaut
Dana Carvey at the Governor's Ball following the 41st Annual Emmy Awards cropped
Dana Carvey, comedian and actor
Ron Dellums
Ron Dellums, 48th Mayor of Oakland
Danny Glover 2014
Danny Glover, actor
Kirk Hammett 2017
Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist for Metallica
Johnny Mathis
Johnny Mathis, singer
Shima and Mazor cropped
Stanley Mazor, co-inventor of the microprocessor
Michael Medved in 2016
Michael Medved, author and radio talk show host
George Miller house photo
George Miller,
U.S. Congressman,
1975-2015
Anne Rice
Anne Rice, author
Mohammad Javad Zarif 2014
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs

See also

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Alex Borstein

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

Annette Carol Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American actress. She began her career on stage with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival company in 1980, and played Lady Macbeth in 1984 at the American Conservatory Theatre. She was nominated for the 1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Coastal Disturbances. She is a four-time Academy Award nominee for the films: The Grifters (1990), American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004), and The Kids Are All Right (2010). In 2006, she received a film star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor and former professional football player. He is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films, Al Dillon in Predator, Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore and Little Nicky, and a fictionalized version of himself on the comedy series Arrested Development. As a football player, Weathers played for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League and the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Christopher Boyes

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

Gary Namie is social psychologist and anti-workplace bullying activist from Bellingham, Washington. He is the director of the Workplace Bullying Institute.

H. Douglas Brown

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

Josip "Jozo" Tomasevich (March 16, 1908 – October 15, 1994; Serbo-Croatian: Josip Jozo Tomašević, pronounced "tomashevich") was a prominent Yugoslav, and later Croatian-American, economist and military historian. He was professor emeritus at San Francisco State University.

Kari Byron

Kari Elizabeth Byron Urich (née Byron, born December 18, 1974) is an American television host and artist, best known for her featured role on the Discovery Channel show MythBusters and Netflix's White Rabbit Project.

Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant (born 1978 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American freelance journalist. She is author of Playing the Whore (Verso, 2014), the extended essay Take This Book (Glass Houses, 2012) and co-editor of the ebook Coming and Crying (Glass Houses, 2010.)

Peter Casey (screenwriter)

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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