- 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")
SF State is part of the largest system of higher education in the country granting bachelor's and master's degrees, the California State University (CSU). It is the largest university system in the country, with 23 campuses and 417,000 students.
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's baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and wrestling.
Women's basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and track & field (indoor and outdoor).
134 acres, located in the southwest corner of San Francisco, at 1600 Holloway Avenue (corner of 19th Avenue).
Two 16-week semesters, late August through December; late January through May; and a summer semester: June through August.