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San Francisco State: Admissions

Admissions Office

Admissions officer: Edward Carrigan,
Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Contacting the office: 415 338-6486
415 338-3880 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?yes
Priority filing date for fall:October 1
Final filing date for fall:November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall:1%
Application Fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:no
Admissions Requirements:Minimum grade of "C" required in listed secondary school courses. Minimum eligibility index of 2900 for SAT Reasoning (694 for ACT) required of in‐state applicants; minimum score of 3502 for SAT Reasoning (842 for ACT) required of out‐of‐state applicants.
High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:neither required nor recommended
Interview is:required of some
Off-campus interview:not available
Standardized test requirements:SAT or ACT required, SAT Subject Test considered if submitted
School's test preference:no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received:January 22 for SAT/ACT
High School units required or recommended:English:4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign Language:2 required, 2 recommended
History:1 required, 1 recommended
Lab:2 required, 2 recommended
Math:3 required, 4 recommended
Science:2 required, 2 recommended
Social Studies:1 required, 1 recommended
Academic Electives:
1 required, 1 recommended
Other:1 required, 1 recommended
Total:15 required, 16 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
  • Audition required of dance program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP
School has formalized early decision program:no
School has early action program:no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency important
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.23
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 99%
Average SAT: 487 verbal, 491 math, 977 combined
Combined SAT middle 50% range: 880 - 1070
Average ACT: 20 English, 21 math, 21 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 18 - 24
Test taken by majority of applicants: SAT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores: 90%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 30%

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received: 35,122
Number of applicants offered admission: 23,841 (68%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 4,276 (18%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools: 82%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 1%
Room deposit amount:$200, refundable until July 18.
Admission may be deferred:no