San Francisco State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

SFSU - Cesar Chavez Student Center
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San Francisco State University Admissions Overview:

As part of the application, students will need to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. While the majority of applicants submit SAT scores, the university accepts both equally. For more information, check out the school's website or contact the admissions office.

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Admissions Data (2016):

San Francisco State Description:

Founded in 1899, San Francisco State University takes pride in the diversity of its student body. 67% of undergraduates are students of color. Students come from 94 countries, and the school enrolls more international students than any other master's degree-granting university in the U.S. San Francisco State offers 115 bachelor's and 95 master's programs. The 142-acre urban campus gives students ready access to the dining and cultural attractions of the city. In athletics, the San Francisco State Gators compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association. Popular sports include softball, cross country, basketball, soccer, and wrestling. SFS is one of the 23 Cal State schools.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 29,045 (25,945 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 83% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,484 (in-state); $17,644 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,882
  • Other Expenses: $2,966
  • Total Cost: $25,232 (in-state); $36,392 (out-of-state)

San Francisco State Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 69%
    • Loans: 42%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,817
    • Loans: $5,441

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, English, Film Studies, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Radio and Television, Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 6%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 18%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 53%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Wrestling, Cross Country, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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