Welcome to San Francisco State University

Set in one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse cities, the SF State campus boasts a vibrant mix of people, cultures, and languages in a quiet corner of San Francisco just 1.6 km from the Pacific Ocean. Public transportation conveniently located next to campus offers easy access to the excitement of downtown only 20 minutes away. The San Francisco Bay Area offers students abundant opportunities to enhance their degree programs. Fieldwork, community projects, and internships make learning come alive while giving you an advantage in the job market after graduation.

The Campuses

The main campus covers 58 hectares by Lake Merced Park, the Downtown Campus is in the heart of the financial and tech center of the city, the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies is located on the San Francisco Bay and there is a Sierra Nevada Field Campus in the Sierra foothills.

Top 10 Majors for International Students

  1. Business Administration
  2. Engineering
  3. Computer Science
  4. International Relations
  5. Biology
  6. Education/TESOL
  7. Broadcasting & Electronic Communication Arts (BECA)
  8. Cinema
  9. Psychology
  10. Communication Studies

Academic Calendar

  • Fall semester is mid-August through December (16 weeks)
  • Spring semester is mid-January through May (16 weeks)
  • Summer Sessions run June through August (5-10 weeks)

Enrollment

    • Undergraduate students: 26,815
    • Graduate students: 3,441
  • International students: 1,695
  • TOTAL STUDENTS: 30,256

Accreditation

Founded in 1899, SF State is part of the California State University (CSU) system. SF State is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Academic departments and programs are also individually accredited.

Ranking and Distinctions

In a region known for innovation, creativity, and progressive thinking, SF State is the intellectual heart and soul of the surrounding city. A leader in community service learning and international education, SF State is also a major civic force, collaborating with government, business, and educational partners to advance the University and the region. Our many honors and distinctions include:

  • Established the first international relations department at a U.S. university (sending more students abroad than any masters-granting institution in the country);
  • College of Business recognized as one of just 15% of business schools worldwide that meet rigorous AACSB International accreditation standards;
  • Named one of the nation’s top film schools by The Hollywood Reporter. Between 1999 and 2016, more than a dozen alumni were nominated for an Academy Award;
  • 10 alumni and faculty honored with the Pulitzer Prize;
  • SF State alums founded successful businesses from Bebe stores to E-Loan and have held top leadership positions at Starbucks, Symantec, AT&T, Disney and more.

Housing

SF State offers several on-campus housing options: residence halls, apartments with one, two or three bedrooms and family apartments. Theme and learning communities are available to residents who wish to live with other students with similar majors and personal interests. The housing application process is separate from the university application. After you have submitted your application, you should apply for housing as soon as you receive your SF State ID number. You do not need to have received formal admission to apply for housing.

Programmes taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

BA

San Francisco State University

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema program complete introductory courses in cinema history, theory, and production. They proceed to advanced classes across the fi ... [+]

Program Scope

The Cinema Department was founded amid the political activism and artistic experimentation of the 1960s. In 2014, the department became the School of Cinema. Today, in an era of new technologies and new opportunities, the School continues to encourage and celebrate cinematic expressions that challenge social and artistic norms. Cinema faculty are committed to providing students with a liberal arts education focused on three intertwined values: creative expression, critical thinking, and social engagement.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema program complete introductory courses in cinema history, theory, and production. They proceed to advanced classes across the field of cinema, including the option to focus part of their studies through one of our undergraduate emphases: animation, experimental film, documentary filmmaking, fiction filmmaking, media and culture, and screenwriting. Students may also combine courses from several emphases in their major program. All emphases lead to a B.A. in Cinema.... [-]

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The courses of study for the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations have three objectives: to impart knowledge of basic concepts, theories and methods in internation ... [+]

Program Scope and Student Learning Objectives

The courses of study for the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations have three objectives: to impart knowledge of basic concepts, theories and methods in international relations; to develop in each student at least one area of special individual competence in international relations; and to train students in research, analytical, and presentation/communication skills. Liberal arts educational goals are emphasized but the program seeks also to develop marketable skills appropriate to the field. These include report writing, statistical and computer applications, public policy analysis, oral briefing techniques, and audio-visual production.... [-]

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BSc

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The accounting concentration is designed to provide a solid foundation of accounting and business knowledge that prepares students for careers in accounting. Courses are ... [+]

The College of Business

The College of Business is made up of eight departments supervised by chairpersons. The departments are Accounting, Decision Sciences, Finance, Hospitality Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

The primary objectives of the College of Business at San Francisco State University are to:

Provide students majoring in business administration with a foundation in the basic concepts and practices of the business community, and with a particular expertise in one or more of the specialties of practice, in order to prepare them to think creatively and to exercise critical judgment in the making of business decisions; Provide other students with a general understanding of the foundations and philosophies of the business community; Encourage a continuous liaison with the business community in order to respond to the educational needs of that community; Encourage faculty professional development activities designed to provide service to all segments of business and education for business through academic research and publication, applied research and publication, community education and services (seminars and consulting involving non-publishable, proprietary research, for example), and self-education or study designed to improve business knowledge and expertise. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration ... [-]
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San Francisco State University

The Decision Sciences concentration provides students with the skills necessary to analyze and solve practical business problems. Concentration courses allow students to ... [+]

The College of Business

The College of Business is made up of eight departments supervised by chairpersons. The departments are Accounting, Decision Sciences, Finance, Hospitality Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

The primary objectives of the College of Business at San Francisco State University are to:

Provide students majoring in business administration with a foundation in the basic concepts and practices of the business community, and with a particular expertise in one or more of the specialties of practice, in order to prepare them to think creatively and to exercise critical judgment in the making of business decisions; Provide other students with a general understanding of the foundations and philosophies of the business community; Encourage a continuous liaison with the business community in order to respond to the educational needs of that community; Encourage faculty professional development activities designed to provide service to all segments of business and education for business through academic research and publication, applied research and publication, community education and services (seminars and consulting involving non-publishable, proprietary research, for example), and self-education or study designed to improve business knowledge and expertise. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration ... [-]
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San Francisco State University

The Finance concentration teaches students to recognize, understand, and attain the skills necessary to be successful in the world of finance. ... [+]

The College of Business

The College of Business is made up of eight departments supervised by chairpersons. The departments are Accounting, Decision Sciences, Finance, Hospitality Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

The primary objectives of the College of Business at San Francisco State University are to:

Provide students majoring in business administration with a foundation in the basic concepts and practices of the business community, and with a particular expertise in one or more of the specialties of practice, in order to prepare them to think creatively and to exercise critical judgment in the making of business decisions; Provide other students with a general understanding of the foundations and philosophies of the business community; Encourage a continuous liaison with the business community in order to respond to the educational needs of that community; Encourage faculty professional development activities designed to provide service to all segments of business and education for business through academic research and publication, applied research and publication, community education and services (seminars and consulting involving non-publishable, proprietary research, for example), and self-education or study designed to improve business knowledge and expertise. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration ... [-]
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San Francisco State University

The concentration in General Business is designed to provide a solid foundation in the functional areas of business and offers students flexibility in selecting from a br ... [+]

The College of Business

The College of Business is made up of eight departments supervised by chairpersons. The departments are: Accounting, Decision Sciences, Finance, Hospitality Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

The primary objectives of the College of Business at San Francisco State University are to:

Provide students majoring in business administration with a foundation in the basic concepts and practices of the business community, and with a particular expertise in one or more of the specialties of practice, in order to prepare them to think creatively and to exercise critical judgment in the making of business decisions; Provide other students with a general understanding of the foundations and philosophies of the business community; Encourage a continuous liaison with the business community in order to respond to the educational needs of that community; Encourage faculty professional development activities designed to provide service to all segments of business and education for business through academic research and publication, applied research and publication, community education and services (seminars and consulting involving non-publishable, proprietary research, for example), and self-education or study designed to improve business knowledge and expertise. ... [-]
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San Francisco State University

The Information Systems concentration prepares students for multiple careers that require an aptitude for analytical thinking and a strong working competency in informati ... [+]

The College of Business

The College of Business is made up of eight departments supervised by chairpersons. The departments are: Accounting, Decision Sciences, Finance, Hospitality Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

The primary objectives of the College of Business at San Francisco State University are to:

Provide students majoring in business administration with a foundation in the basic concepts and practices of the business community, and with a particular expertise in one or more of the specialties of practice, in order to prepare them to think creatively and to exercise critical judgment in the making of business decisions; Provide other students with a general understanding of the foundations and philosophies of the business community; Encourage a continuous liaison with the business community in order to respond to the educational needs of that community; Encourage faculty professional development activities designed to provide service to all segments of business and education for business through academic research and publication, applied research and publication, community education and services (seminars and consulting involving non-publishable, proprietary research, for example), and self-education or study designed to improve business knowledge and expertise. ... [-]
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San Francisco State University

By specializing in international business, a student gains an understanding of the international aspects of business while concentrating in a functional business area—mar ... [+]

The College of Business

The College of Business is made up of eight departments supervised by chairpersons. The departments are Accounting, Decision Sciences, Finance, Hospitality Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

The primary objectives of the College of Business at San Francisco State University are to:

Provide students majoring in business administration with a foundation in the basic concepts and practices of the business community, and with a particular expertise in one or more of the specialties of practice, in order to prepare them to think creatively and to exercise critical judgment in the making of business decisions; Provide other students with a general understanding of the foundations and philosophies of the business community; Encourage a continuous liaison with the business community in order to respond to the educational needs of that community; Encourage faculty professional development activities designed to provide service to all segments of business and education for business through academic research and publication, applied research and publication, community education and services (seminars and consulting involving non-publishable, proprietary research, for example), and self-education or study designed to improve business knowledge and expertise. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration ... [-]
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San Francisco State University

The Management concentration prepares students to succeed in a wide array of positions in virtually any career. Students learn to see the big picture of any organization, ... [+]

The College of Business

The College of Business is made up of eight departments supervised by chairpersons. The departments are Accounting, Decision Sciences, Finance, Hospitality Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

The primary objectives of the College of Business at San Francisco State University are to:

Provide students majoring in business administration with a foundation in the basic concepts and practices of the business community, and with a particular expertise in one or more of the specialties of practice, in order to prepare them to think creatively and to exercise critical judgment in the making of business decisions; Provide other students with a general understanding of the foundations and philosophies of the business community; Encourage a continuous liaison with the business community in order to respond to the educational needs of that community; Encourage faculty professional development activities designed to provide service to all segments of business and education for business through academic research and publication, applied research and publication, community education and services (seminars and consulting involving non-publishable, proprietary research, for example), and self-education or study designed to improve business knowledge and expertise. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration ... [-]
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San Francisco State University

A concentration in Marketing prepares students for career opportunities in business firms, non-profit organizations, or government agencies. The program provides a basic ... [+]

The College of Business

The College of Business is made up of eight departments supervised by chairpersons. The departments are: Accounting, Decision Sciences, Finance, Hospitality Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

The primary objectives of the College of Business at San Francisco State University are to:

Provide students majoring in business administration with a foundation in the basic concepts and practices of the business community, and with a particular expertise in one or more of the specialties of practice, in order to prepare them to think creatively and to exercise critical judgment in the making of business decisions; Provide other students with a general understanding of the foundations and philosophies of the business community; Encourage a continuous liaison with the business community in order to respond to the educational needs of that community; Encourage faculty professional development activities designed to provide service to all segments of business and education for business through academic research and publication, applied research and publication, community education and services (seminars and consulting involving non-publishable, proprietary research, for example), and self-education or study designed to improve business knowledge and expertise. ... [-]
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San Francisco State University

Students in the B.A. program have three emphases from which to choose: Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice, Humanities and the Environment, and The Urban Envi ... [+]

Program Scope

The School of Public Affairs Environmental Studies Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation. Students in the B.A. program have three emphases from which to choose: Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice, Humanities and the Environment, and The Urban Environment.

The objective of the program is to produce exceptional graduates who are grounded in the study of contemporary environmental problems and solutions. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for understanding relationships between humans and the physical world. It examines how the environment is being used, abused, and perceived, and what individuals and organizations are doing and can do to protect it for themselves, future generations, and other living beings and ecosystems. Students participate in an internship and take a senior seminar. Both requirements emphasize community engagement and preparation for future environmental careers.... [-]

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San Francisco State University

The concentration in product design and development provides a highly focused study in project-oriented design and development applications. The concentration is interdis ... [+]

Program Scope

The Department of Design and Industry (DAI) offers a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design with a concentration in Product Design and Development, a Minor in Industrial Arts, and a Master of Arts in Industrial Arts.

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design with Concentration in Product Design and Development is a program focused on product-oriented design applications. The major addresses the creation of industrial goods and services, concentrating on three principles aspects of process, people, and product. The program incorporates a variety of user-centered design methodologies, as well as a variety of technologies, from hand tools to technical drawing to computer-aided modeling and prototyping. Issues of marketing, innovation, materials selection, production, and aesthetic treatment are incorporated within the study of product design.... [-]

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San Francisco State University

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design prepares students for a career in the interior design industry. Required class content includes design elements and principles, ... [+]

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design prepares students for a career in the interior design industry. Required class content includes design elements and principles, design history, materials and systems, contemporary design philosophies and sustainability, advanced design applications, computer applications, and portfolio development. Coursework incorporates both theory and hands-on approaches to the study of interior design. The program focuses on both residential and commercial design. The curriculum is designed to help students develop enhanced and well-developed knowledge and skills in the field of interior design. Students earning a degree in Interior Design are eligible to sit for the IDEX California Exam immediately upon graduation.... [-]

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