SF State Today

Mission

  • To create and maintain an environment that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area
  • To promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment
  • To provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world

Motto

"Experientia Docet" ("Experience Teaches")

Affiliation

SFSU is part of the largest system of higher education in the country granting bachelor's and master's degrees, the California State University (CSU). The 23 campuses served 414,000 students in fall 2003.

Mascot

The Gator (alligator)

Selected by students in 1931, it was originally spelled with an "er" -- Golden Gaters -- a play on words to emphasize SF State's location.

The SF State Gator

Accreditation

SF State is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

School Colors

Purple and Gold

Athletic Teams

Men's baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and wrestling.

Women's basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and track & field (indoor and outdoor).

Campus Size

134 acres, located in the southwest corner of San Francisco, at 1600 Holloway Avenue (corner of 19th Avenue).

Academic Calendar

Two 16-week semesters, late August through December; late January through May; and a summer semester: June through August.