SFSU Today


  • 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



"Experientia Docet" ("Experience Teaches")



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 368,252 students in fall 2000.



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



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, swimming, outdoor track & field, wrestling

Women's basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor & outdoor), volleyball


Campus Size

94 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.


Degree/Program Offerings

Within its 83 academic departments and programs, SFSU awards bachelor's degrees in 117 areas of specialization and master's in 97. SFSU offers a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in education with a concentration in special education, jointly, with UC Berkeley and a joint Master's of Science in Physical Therapy with UC San Francisco. The University also offers 28 credential programs and 34 certificate programs.


Academic Colleges

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Creative Arts
Ethnic Studies
Health and Human Services
Science and Engineering


On-campus Housing

For freshmen and sophomores, SFSU has two traditional residence halls, Mary Park and Mary Ward halls. Apartment living is available for upper-division and graduate students in the new state-of-the-art The Village at Centennial Square. Additional accomodations are available to students at nearby Stonestown and Park Merced apartments, as well as on Treasure Island and in the Presidio.


Off-campus Centers

Satellite Centers

Downtown Center, College of Extended Learning

425 Market St., 63,000 square feet of conference, classroom and computer laboratory space