We Make Life Happen

Students painting a banner in the Macolm X Plaza

SF State is devoted to education, and not just the kind that takes place in a classroom. The University’s history of community service and civic engagement goes back more than 100 years. This is the foundation for nearly 30,000 students living and working together to build their SF State experience.

The list of events, arts and cultural venues, opportunities for involvement and student organizations to explore seems endless. That is why SF State offers guidance and support from the Dean of Students on down, to ensure students get the most out of the University’s rich resources.

"Engagement isn't just being in a campus organization or attending an event. Engagement means being invested in an opportunity,” said Assistant Dean of Students Brian Stuart. “President Wong embraces the idea of ‘owning your own mind,’ which really helps in the understanding that SF State students have the power and the capacity to create what their life as a Gator can be."

Because of this commitment to student life, SF State is one of less than 100 schools selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and engagement. In being named a Lead Institution by NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, SF State seeks to develop a living-learning community focused on civic learning and democratic engagement. These elements are also incorporated into the First-Year Experience initiative, which helps new students become an active part of the campus community.

Visit our Future Students website to learn about the application process, housing and financial aid.