"Experientia Docet" ("Experience Teaches")
California State University (CSU)
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.
SF State is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Purple and Gold
Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and wrestling.
Women: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track and field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball.
Affiliation: NCAA Division II Conferences, California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) affiliated member in wrestling
Main campus: 144.1 acres
Romberg Tiburon Center: 42.1 acres
Sierra Nevada Field Campus: approx. 7.1 acres
Downtown Campus: approx. 125,000 sq. ft.
Two 16-week semesters, late August through December; late January through May; and a summer semester: June through August.
SF State Extended Learning offers more than 35 career-relevant professional development and academic certificate and degree programs, custom training for organizations, and access to SF State through Open University. For more information visit the College of Extended Learning website.
Additional SF State Sites
- Downtown Campus, 835 Market St.
- Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Marin County on the San Francisco Bay
- Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Sierra foothills