Ever since it was established in 1899 as a teacher-training school, SF State has been known for its commitment to excellent teaching. Students work closely with senior professors and other instructors from freshman year through graduation. Trained in some of the finest institutions in the world, faculty members include winners of prestigious teaching awards, cutting-edge researchers, and professionals devoted to solving community problems.
SF State awards bachelor's degrees in 126 areas, master's in 103, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Programs offered jointly with University of California campuses include a Ph.D. in education with a concentration in special education with UC Berkeley, and physical therapy clinical research doctorate degrees with UC San Francisco. In addition, SF State offers 17 credential programs and 35 certificate programs.
SF State's motto is Experientia Docet -- Experience Teaches. Graduates consistently say that hands-on learning was what helped them most when beginning their careers. Students apply their talents and classroom learning to real-world challenges through community-service learning, credit-earning internships, and participation with community-focused centers and institutes that address issues relating to health, education, the environment, business, child care and underserved communities.
Many innovative services contribute to a successful college experience. The Learning Assistance Center and the Community Access and Retention Program provide tutoring in study skills and core subjects. The Disability Programs and Resource Center secures access to all campus programs and activities for students, staff and faculty with disabilities.
The value of an SF State education is seen in our graduates. Our cinema program has produced Academy Award winners, books by creative writing graduates have climbed the best sellers lists, and pre-med graduates enjoy an excellent medical school acceptance rate.