SF State Facts

San Francisco State University is part of the largest system of higher education in the country granting bachelor's and master's degrees, the California State University (CSU). Though it began as a school for local educators, today San Francisco State's more than 280,000 graduates are leaders in science, business, public service, journalism and the arts — virtually every sphere of activity — around the globe.

historic photo with a sign that reads 'The New Home of SF State College"

Founded in 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.

University Milestones

1901 - First graduating class (36 women)

1904 - First man admitted

1923 - First bachelor of arts degree

1930 - Four-year program initiated

1935 - Liberal arts program first offered

1949 - Master's degree first offered

1960 - SF State becomes part of the California State College system (now the California State University)

1972 - University status attained

Names

San Francisco State Normal School (1899 - 1921)

San Francisco State Teachers College (1921 - 1935)

San Francisco State College (1935 - 1972)

California State University, San Francisco (1972 - 1974)

San Francisco State University (1974 - present)

Presidents

Frederic Lister Burk (1899 - 1924)

Archibald B. Anderson (1924 - 1927)

Alexander C. Roberts (1927 - 1945)

J. Paul Leonard (1945 - 1957)

Glenn S. Dumke (1957 - 1961)

Paul A. Dodd (1962 - 1966)

John Summerskill (1966 - 1968)

Robert R. Smith (1968)

Samuel I. Hayakawa (1968 - 1973)

Paul F. Romberg (1973 - 1983)

Chia-Wei Woo (1983 - 1988)

Robert A. Corrigan (1988 - 2012)

Leslie E. Wong (2012 - 2019)

Lynn Mahoney (2019 - present)

Mascot

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.

Athletic Teams

Men: baseball(link is external)basketball(link is external)cross country(link is external)soccer(link is external)track and field(link is external), and wrestling(link is external)

Women: basketball(link is external)cross country(link is external)soccer(link is external)softball(link is external)track and field(link is external), and volleyball(link is external)

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. 15,850 sq. ft.
Located at 160 Spear St.
Home to the College of Extended Learning 

Enrollment Fall 2021
Enrollment Type Number Percent
Undergraduate 23,311 88%
Post Baccalaureate/Graduate 3,309 12%
TOTAL 26,620 100%
Sex
Gender Number Percent
Women 15,015 56%
Men 11,529 43%
Non-Binary 76 0.2%
Ethnicity (Undergraduate)
Ethnicity Number Percent
Black 1,341 6%
American Indian 37 0.15%
Asian  6,351 27%
Hispanic 9,005 39%
Unknown 1,603 6%
Pacific Islander 156 .7%
Two or More Races 1,230 7%
White  3,588 15%
TOTAL 23,311 100%
Student Origin 
Origin Number Percent
California 25,265 95%
Nonresident: Domestic 358 1.3%
Nonresident: International 997 3.75%
Average Age
Enrollment Type Average Age
Undergraduate 22.6
Graduate 31.4
All Students 23.7
First Generation Students
Achievement Number Percent
First to attend college 8,303 31%

 

 

Employees
Employee Number Percent
Faculty 1,995 50%
Staff 1,408 35%
Academic Student Employees 590 15%
TOTAL 3,993 100%
Faculty
Employee Number Percent
Tenured/Tenure-track 811 41%
Lecturers 1,172 59%
Counselors 12 1%
TOTAL 1,995 100%
Gender (Tenured/Tenure-Track)
Employee Number Percent
Men 361 45%
Female 450 55%
TOTAL 811 100%
By Ethnicity (Tenured/Tenure-Track)
Employee Number Percent
African American 30 4%
American Indian 11 1%
Asian American 202 25%
Filipino 14 2%
Hispanic/Latino 53 7%
Other non-white 3 0%
Pacific Islander 3 0%
White 436 54%
Not Stated 59 7%
TOTAL 811 100%
Staff
Employee Number Percent
Clerical and Administrative Support 111 8%
Technical and Paraprofessional 659 47%
Management 221 16%
Academic Support 152 11%
Service and Maintenance 155 11%
Skilled Crafts 60 4%
Health Care 34 2%
Public Safety 16 1%
TOTAL 1,408 100%

SF State awards: 

  • Bachelor's degrees in 77 academic areas with an additional 41 areas of concentration 

  • Master's degrees in 63 academic areas with an additional 37 areas of concentration 

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership with 2 concentrations 

  • Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in special education 

  • Clinical doctorate of physical therapy (D.P.T.), jointly with UC San Francisco 

  • 16 credential programs and 57 certificate programs 

Degrees Conferred 2020-2021
College Student Count Student Percentage
Lam Family College of Business 1,817 24%
Education 305 4%
Ethnic Studies 98 1%
Health & Social Sciences 1,741 23%
Interdisciplinary Studies 4 .1%
Liberal & Creative Arts 2,082 27%
Science & Engineering 1,680 22%
TOTAL 7,727 100%