Community Engagement

In a region known for innovation, creativity and progressive thinking, San Francisco State University is the intellectual heart and soul of the surrounding city. Just like the city of San Francisco, SF State is known for valuing activism, social engagement and service to community. The University is also a major civic force, partnering with government, business and educational leaders to advance both the University and the region.

The University is one of a select group of schools that Princeton Review calls "Colleges with a Conscience" -- institutions of higher learning that possess both "an administration committed to social responsibility and a student body actively engaged in serving society. During it’s most recent accreditation review of SF State—where the University was reaccredited for the maximum time period offered -- the Western Association of Schools and Colleges described SF State as “the gold standard in its commitment to diversity as an intellectual, and talent resource" and noted the University's renown for incorporating social justice and civic engagement into all aspects of campus life.

A pioneer in learning through community, SF State offers more than 500 courses that combine academic study with community involvement, and our location in a center of business, technology and culture provides a laboratory for community-service projects, work-study opportunities and internships.

SF State is one of 62 colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement, Outreach and Partnerships classification, which recognizes SF State’s dedication to community service learning.

SF State is one of about five universities nationwide, and the only CSU campus, to include community service learning credit on student transcripts. 14,105 students enrolled in Community Service Learning courses, internships, and volunteer work in 2010. Students help thousands of off-campus nonprofits, donating an average of 875,000 hours of community service per year. At the City's minimum wage, that is more than $15 million dollars of services to San Francisco Bay Area communities.

San Francisco State alumni are a major presence in the Peace Corps. The University ranks 20th in the nation among all U.S. colleges and universities that have produced Peace Corps volunteers. More than 1,200 SF State alumni have served as volunteers in the program.

SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies works to restore tidal marshes and protect estuarine habitat through research, monitoring and educational programs.

Learn more about how we make communities happen at SF State.