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San Francisco State: Student Life

Student Profile

Total undergraduates:11,738 men, 15,168 women, 26,906 total
Full-time undergraduates:9,397 men, 12,809 women, 22,206 total
Part-time undergraduates:2,341 men, 2,359 women, 4,700 total
Total graduate students:1,240 men, 2,110 women, 3,350 total
Full-time graduate students:750 men, 1,317 women, 2,067 total
Part-time graduate students:490 men, 793 women, 1,283 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates:22
U.S. region where majority of students come from:West
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state:1%
First-year student enrollment breakdown:
  • 0.1% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 24.6% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 4.9% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 39.2% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 17.1% White, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 6.2% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.5% Nonresident Alien 
  • 3.0% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown
Degree seeking undergraduate student breakdown:
  • 0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 27.9% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 4.8% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 29.3% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.5% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 20.6% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 5.8% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 5.8% Nonresident Alien 
  • 5.1% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown

Campus Environment

Campus size:142 acres
City or town school is located in:San Francisco
Population of city/town:852,469
Locations of branch/satellite campuses:Branch campuses in Tiburon, and downtown San Francisco, CA. Sierra Nevada Field campus; partnerships with Canada College and College of Marin.
Online campus map:

Living on Campus

Institution offers housing:yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year:yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (30%)
  • women's dorms
  • single-student apartments (60%)
  • married-student apartments (2%)
  • special housing for disabled students (5%)
  • special housing for international students (2%)
  • other housing including Theme and wellness housing. (1%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing:49%
Percent of students who live in school housing:13%
Percent of students who live off campus:87%
Student conduct policies: Smoking permitted in designated areas.
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age:yes

Study Facilities

Every student is required to lease or own a computer:no
Every student is required to take a computer course:yes
Computer equipment is provided in:residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students:1700
Internet access provided to all students:yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students:yes
School has a library on campus:yes
Additional library facilities/collections: Archives. Special collections.
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus: Herbarium, planetarium, observatory, fine art gallery, marine labs; anthropology and entomology museums; environmental studies and poetry centers.

Assistance Services

Remedial learning services: reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered: nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, women's center, day care, health insurance
Counseling services: minority student, military, veteran student, older student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological
Career placement services: co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities: note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, special transportation, adaptive equipment, braille services
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped:mostly

Social Activities

Number of social fraternities on campus:12
Number of social sororities on campus:19
Student activities: student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, radio station, television station
School newspaper(s):Golden Gate Xpress, published weekly
Number of honor societies:8
Total number of registered organizations:211
Campus-based religious organizations: Asian-American Christian Fellowship, Christian Students, City Cru, DREAM, Hillel, Koinonia, LIGHT on Campus, Muslim Student Association, Muslim Women Student Association, SGI-USA World Peace, 4 Corners; Newman and Young Life clubs
Minority student organizations: Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Jabulani: The Black African Legacy Rite, La Raza Student Organization, League of Filipino Students, MEChA, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Filipino American Collegiate Endeavor, Queer Alliance, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations, Hermano Unidos
International student organizations: Chinese Student/Scholarship Association, Israel Coalition, General Union of Palestine Students, International House: Education in Action, Pacific Islanders' Club, International Business Society, International Relations Council, International Student and Scholar Association, Model UN; Indian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Pakistani, South East Asian, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese Student Associations
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees: Ceramics Guild, a cappella group, Cinema Collective, Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association, Club Castellano, Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds, Fashion Network Association, Funky Unique Styles in One Nation, Improv Nation, Animation Society, Anime FX, SalSanFran


School has an athletic program:yes
Athletic director:Charles Guthrie,
Director of Athletics
School colors:purple and gold
School mascot:Gator
Athletic conference memberships:California Collegiate Athletic Conference (Division II), Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Sports offeredScholarships?Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballyesNCAA Div. II
Men's basketballyesNCAA Div. II
Men's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. II
Men's socceryesNCAA Div. II
Men's wrestlingyesNCAA Div. II
Women's basketballyesNCAA Div. II
Women's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. II
Women's socceryesNCAA Div. II
Women's softballyesNCAA Div. II
Women's track and field (indoor)yes
Women's track and field (outdoor)yesNCAA Div. II
Women's volleyballyesNCAA Div. II
Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports:1%
Percent of students in intramural/recreational sports:3%
Athletic facilities: baseball and softball fields; fitness center, gymnasium; soccer, track and field stadium; tennis court

Intramural/Recreational sports: basketball, billiards, flag football, soccer (indoor/outdoor), tennis, volleyball
Club sports for men: capoeira, cheerleading, cycling, dragon boat, kempo karate, ice hockey, rugby, tae kwon do, triathlon, volleyball, water polo
Club sports for women: capoeira, cheerleading, cycling, dragon boat, kempo karate, ice hockey, rugby, tae kwon do, triathlon, volleyball, water polo

Getting Away

Public transportation serves campus:yes
Nearest international airport:San Francisco (10 miles)
Nearest other airport:Oakland, CA (30 miles)
Nearest passenger train service:San Francisco (7 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service:San Francisco (7 miles)

Paying the Bills

Institutional employment is available:yes
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are:good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term:no

After Graduation

List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco
  • Annette Bening, actress
  • Jeffrey Tambor, actor.