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IPEDS ID: 122597
OPE ID: 00115400
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San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, California 94132
General information:  (415) 338-1111
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  29,465 (25,938 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  24 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty821801
Research and public service81
Total graduate assistants-480
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,746$1,754$1,789$1,8262.1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,028$12,414$12,756$13,0522.3%
Off Campus
Room and board$12,414$12,414$12,756$13,0522.3%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$23,700$25,380$23,828$24,2061.6%
Off Campus$25,086$25,380$23,828$24,2061.6%
Off Campus with Family$12,672$12,966$11,072$11,1540.7%
On Campus$34,860$36,540$34,988$35,3661.1%
Off Campus$36,246$36,540$34,988$35,3661.1%
Off Campus with Family$23,832$24,126$22,232$22,3140.4%
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  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$6,738
In-state fees$996
Out-of-state tuition$17,898
Out-of-state fees$996
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,46870%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,92354%$20,061,250$10,432
Federal grants1,67647%$8,187,428$4,885
Pell grants1,67347%$7,742,929$4,628
Other federal grants80823%$444,499$550
State/local government grant or scholarships1,42940%$4,227,794$2,959
Institutional grants or scholarships1,42840%$7,646,028$5,354
Student loan aid1,44741%$8,115,150$5,608
Federal student loans1,43340%$7,559,283$5,275
Other student loans401%$555,867$13,897
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid112,76549%$116,359,499$9,116
Pell grants11,26043%$48,298,198$4,289
Federal student loans9,98738%$64,841,440$6,493
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$11,246$11,654$9,356
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$8,993$9,900$7,249
$30,001 – $48,000$11,518$11,926$9,111
$48,001 – $75,000$15,604$15,980$13,370
$75,001 – $110,000$20,766$20,919$18,510
$110,001 and more$21,375$22,106$19,903
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment29,465
Undergraduate enrollment25,938
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment3,204
Graduate enrollment3,527
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 84%
Part-time: 16%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 28%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 24%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 21%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 79%
25 and over: 21%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 62%
Part-time: 38%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 28%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 71%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 98%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $55
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants31,96312,23219,731
Percent admitted66%63%68%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%20%17%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading430550
SAT Math440560
ACT Composite1824
ACT English1724
ACT Math1724
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 84%
Part-time students: 39%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 47 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 50%
Transfer-out rate: 6%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 13%
6-year: 47%
8-year: 53%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 15%
6-year: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 48%
Female: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 42%
Asian: 55%
Black or African American: 41%
Hispanic/Latino: 45%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 48%
White: 51%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 54%
Non-resident alien: 40%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies7--
American Indian/Native American Studies5--
American/United States Studies/Civilization7--
Asian-American Studies254-
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other1912-
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies34--
Women's Studies0--
Category total9716-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General31857-
Biomedical Sciences, General-10-
Category total36967-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General1,344150-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General147--
Labor and Industrial Relations0--
Labor Studies10--
Category total1,501150-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Radio and Television3--
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other2229-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric2789-
Category total55318-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science6320-
Category total6320-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-31-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching127--
Education, General-2040
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--14
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-1-
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education79-
Category total13424514
Civil Engineering, General68--
Computer Engineering, General14--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering30--
Engineering, General-26-
Mechanical Engineering45--
Category total15726-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Industrial Technology/Technician1--
Category total1--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General255115-
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing6--
Rhetoric and Composition1--
Category total262115-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General64--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General386-
Category total1026-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature1014-
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General53-
Comparative Literature74-
French Language and Literature142-
German Language and Literature21-
Italian Language and Literature41-
Japanese Language and Literature156-
Spanish Language and Literature224-
Category total7935-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist10-
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General5048-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General177--
Physical Therapy/Therapist-035
Public Health, General-20-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse15664-
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor-8-
Category total42614035
History, General10721-
Category total10721-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies233--
Category total233--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies210-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies140--
Category total1610-
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General7--
Mathematics, General3111-
Statistics, General10--
Category total4811-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences-11-
Marine Sciences-2-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other42-
Museology/Museum Studies-27-
Natural Sciences4--
Category total870-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science59--
Category total59--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General2077-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies514-
Category total25811-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies1--
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other8--
Category total4929-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General1512-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other79-
Geology/Earth Science, General110-
Physics, General1614-
Category total4935-
Psychology, General32940-
Category total32940-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-34-
Social Work2230-
Category total2264-
Social Sciences
Economics, General6218-
Geographic Information Science and Cartography-5-
International Relations and Affairs8912-
Political Science and Government, General12311-
Social Sciences, General00-
Urban Studies/Affairs40--
Category total60265-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General1725-
Cinematography and Film/Video Production-8-
Dance, General16--
Design and Visual Communications, General43--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General608-
Film/Cinema/Video Studies1645-
Fine/Studio Arts, General-6-
Industrial and Product Design25--
Interior Design33--
Music Performance, General145-
Music, General154-
Category total54241-
Grand total6,2111,22549
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 299
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 29
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 10
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $3,917
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $5,020
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,902
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (without football) MenWomen
Track and Field, Indoor24
Track and Field, Outdoor30
Track and Field, X-Country1214
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission2/28/1949 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics1/1/1978 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship7/1/1991 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist7/1/1942 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs1/18/1971 - 12/31/2006Resigned
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs1/18/1971 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health10/3/2003 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1983 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1963 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1982 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 - 6/30/2012Resigned
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession305
Drug law violations39215
Liquor law violations17818
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession202
Drug law violations35184
Liquor law violations7813
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible404
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft869
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible304
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft261
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate5.7%7.2%7.6%
Number in default317369356
Number in repayment5,5065,0824,680
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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