History

Founded

1899 as San Francisco State Normal School, a two-year teacher-training college. First normal school in nation to require high school diploma for admission.

 

University Milestones

First graduating class (36 women)

1901

First man admitted

1904

First bachelor of arts degree

1923

Four-year program initiated

1930

Liberal arts program first offered

1935

Master's degree first offered

1949

SF State becomes part of the California State College system (now the California State University)

1960

University status attained

1972

Centennial celebration

1999

 

Number of Names: 5

San Francisco State Normal School

1899 - 1921

San Francisco State Teachers College

1921 - 1935

San Francisco State College

1935 - 1972

California State University, San Francisco

1972 - 1974

San Francisco State University

1974 - present

 

Number of Presidents: 13

Frederic Lister Burk

1899 - 1924

Archibald B. Anderson

1924 - 1927

Alexander C. Roberts

1927 - 1945

J. Paul Leonard

1945 - 1957

Glenn S. Dumke

1957 - 1961

Paul A. Dodd

1962 - 1966

John Summerskill

1966 - 1968

Robert R. Smith

1968

Samuel I. Hayakawa

1968 - 1973

Paul F. Romberg

1973 - 1983

Chia-Wei Woo

1983 - 1988

Samuel I. Hayakawa

1968 - 1973

Robert A. Corrigan

1988 - current