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"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.

School Colors

Purple and Gold

Intercollegiate Athletic Teams

Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer track and field (outdoor) and wrestling.

Women: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track and field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball.

Affiliation: NCAA Division II, California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) affiliated member in wrestling

Campus Size

Main campus: 144.1 acres

Romberg Tiburon Center: 52.7 acres

Sierra Nevada Field Campus: approx. 7.1 acres

Downtown Campus: approx. 125,000 sq. ft.

Academic Calendar

Two 16-week semesters, late August through December; late January through May; and a summer semester: June through August.

Extended Learning

The College of Extended Learning expands the reach of SF State locally and globally. The College offers a wide variety of career-relevant professional development, certificate and degree programs, innovative programming for non-matriculated international students, custom training for organizations and international groups, conference services and access to SF State through Open University. For more information,  visit the College of Extended Learning website or email sfsucel@sfsu.edu.

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