1899 as San Francisco State Normal School, a two-year teacher-training college. First normal school in nation to require high school diploma for admission.
We continually create opportunities for you to discover your unique path in life. With 77 degrees and more than 500 courses that combine learning with real-world experience, it’s no wonder our University’s motto is “Experientia Docet,” or experience teaches. At San Francisco State University, you’ll put your passion into action.
San Francisco State was ranked in the top 25 for U.S. universities on Payscale and CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index. That means we’re among the best at making it affordable for our students to graduate and obtain good-paying jobs. Our graduates are now leaders in fields from journalism, creative writing and film to technology, science, business, government and education.
The mission of the J. Paul Leonard Library is to empower its University constituency with lifelong learning skills to identify, find, evaluate, use and communicate information in promotion of excellence in scholarship, knowledge and understanding.
The new Mashouf Wellness Center offers activities, recreation and a wellness program. It’s already a major campus social hub. The San Francisco State Gators compete in the NCAA II, CCAA and RMAC conferences with both women’s and men’s athletic teams.