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 360,254 students in fall 1998.



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.


Centennial Year Theme

"Celebrating 100 Years of Opportunity"


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

93 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 late May. SFSU also offers three six-week and shorter sessions during the summer, and a three-week winter session.


Degree/Program Offerings

Within its 83 academic departments and programs, SFSU awards bachelor's degrees in 115 areas of specialization and master's in 93. 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 22 certificate programs.


Academic Colleges

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



Campus residence halls and apartments house 2,100 students at capacity. The university Guest Center provides overnight accommodations for up to 100.


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