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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
Website:  www.sfsu.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Doctor's degree - other
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  30,256 (26,906 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  25 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity
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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty829814
Instructional819813
Research and public service101
Total graduate assistants-350
Instructional-222
Research-128
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 year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees
In-state$6,450$6,468$6,476$6,4840.1%
Out-of-state$17,610$17,628$17,636$17,6440.0%
Books and supplies$1,789$1,826$1,860$1,9002.2%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,756$13,052$13,434$13,8823.3%
Other$2,833$2,860$2,878$2,9663.1%
Off Campus
Room and board$12,756$13,052$13,434$13,8823.3%
Other$2,833$2,860$2,878$2,9663.1%
Off Campus with Family
Other$2,833$2,860$2,878$2,9663.1%
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
In-state
On Campus$23,828$24,206$24,648$25,2322.4%
Off Campus$23,828$24,206$24,648$25,2322.4%
Off Campus with Family$11,072$11,154$11,214$11,3501.2%
Out-of-state
On Campus$34,988$35,366$35,808$36,3921.6%
Off Campus$34,988$35,366$35,808$36,3921.6%
Off Campus with Family$22,232$22,314$22,374$22,5100.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2016-2017
In-state tuition$6,738
In-state fees$1,012
Out-of-state tuition$15,666
Out-of-state fees$1,012
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid12,81478%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,63172%$21,833,673$8,299
Federal grants1,71647%$8,625,493$5,027
Pell grants1,71547%$8,193,220$4,777
Other federal grants93726%$432,273$461
State/local government grant or scholarships2,13259%$4,637,073$2,175
Institutional grants or scholarships1,58044%$8,571,107$5,425
Student loan aid1,52342%$8,406,856$5,520
Federal student loans1,51042%$7,915,553$5,242
Other student loans381%$491,303$12,929
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • A new state grant program expanded the range of students eligible for state aid, but the amount of the grant was limited. As such, the average award was reduced.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid116,76365%$124,792,541$7,445
Pell grants11,65945%$51,145,820$4,387
Federal student loans9,72037%$63,403,100$6,523
  • 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.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$11,654$9,356$12,941
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 Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$9,900$7,249$8,519
$30,001 – $48,000$11,926$9,111$10,176
$48,001 – $75,000$15,980$13,370$14,942
$75,001 – $110,000$20,919$18,510$19,289
$110,001 and more$22,106$19,903$21,246
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment30,256
Undergraduate enrollment26,906
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment3,661
Graduate enrollment3,350
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 83%
Part-time: 17%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 44%
Female: 56%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 27%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 29%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 20%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 80%
25 and over: 20%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
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: 23%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 76%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 98%
Undergraduate application fee (2016-2017): $55
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants35,12213,36421,758
Percent admitted68%64%70%
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 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT3,83290%
ACT1,26329%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  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 Reading430540
SAT Math430550
ACT Composite1824
ACT English1624
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: 82%
Part-time students: 42%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 45 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 51%
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 2007]
4-year: 13%
6-year: 45%
8-year: 50%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 18%
6-year: 51%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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: 49%
Female: 52%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 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: 33%
Asian: 58%
Black or African American: 39%
Hispanic/Latino: 46%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 35%
White: 54%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 48%
Non-resident alien: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies15---
American Indian/Native American Studies3---
American/United States Studies/Civilization4---
Asian-American Studies168--
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other2015--
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies29---
Women's Studies0---
Category total8723--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry63---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General35249--
Biomedical Sciences, General-11--
Category total41560--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-32--
Business Administration and Management, General1,30279--
Hospitality Administration/Management, General147---
Labor and Industrial Relations0---
Labor Studies9---
Category total1,458111--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Journalism46---
Radio and Television1---
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other1906--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric18011--
Category total41717--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science10624--
Category total10624--
Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-53--
Curriculum and Instruction---0
Early Childhood Education and Teaching155--0
Education, General-1380-
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-011-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education---15
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-3--
Special Education and Teaching, General-57-13
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other---12
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education43--
Category total1592541140
Engineering
Civil Engineering, General54---
Computer Engineering, General17---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering21---
Engineering, General-39--
Mechanical Engineering37---
Category total12939--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Industrial Technology/Technician1---
Category total1---
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-27--
English Language and Literature, General19043--
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing9---
Rhetoric and Composition0---
Category total19970--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General51---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General377--
Category total887--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature135--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General31--
Comparative Literature104--
French Language and Literature81--
German Language and Literature00--
Italian Language and Literature00--
Japanese Language and Literature202--
Spanish Language and Literature162--
Category total7015--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist00-53
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General6533--
Dietetics/Dietitian47---
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing---6
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General149--2
Physical Therapy/Therapist-045-
Public Health, General-18--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse15271--
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor-3--
Category total4131254561
History
History, General7725--
Category total7725--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies188---
Category total188---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies255--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies145---
Category total1705--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General9---
Mathematics, General3414--
Statistics, General12---
Category total5514--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences-10--
Gerontology-8--
Marine Sciences-0--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other30--
Museology/Museum Studies-10--
Natural Sciences0---
Category total328--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0---
Environmental Studies48---
Category total48---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General23115--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies560--
Category total28715--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies0---
Philosophy3329--
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other7---
Category total4029--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General215--
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other54--
Geology/Earth Science, General60--
Physics, General207--
Category total5216--
Psychology
Psychology, General25849--
Category total25849--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-59--
Social Work2026--
Category total2085--
Social Sciences
Anthropology676--
Economics, General6411--
Geographic Information Science and Cartography-5--
Geography406--
International Relations and Affairs11213--
Political Science and Government, General9410--
Social Sciences, General00--
Sociology118---
Urban Studies/Affairs34---
Category total52951--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General971--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production612--
Dance, General13---
Design and Visual Communications, General55---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General526--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies1393--
Fine/Studio Arts, General-5--
Industrial and Product Design29---
Interior Design14---
Music Performance, General145--
Music, General82--
Category total42734--
Grand total5,6961,09656101
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
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 326
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 32
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
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: $3,603
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,182
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 87%
Part-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2015-2016 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II without footballMenWomen
Baseball35
Basketball1615
Soccer4133
Softball20
Track and Field, Indoor47
Track and Field, Outdoor47
Track and Field, X-Country1615
Volleyball17
Wrestling28
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
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 (PHPB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs 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
Internship/Residency
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship7/1/1991 -  Accredited
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2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession531
Drug law violations547
Liquor law violations1895
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Illegal weapons possession210
Drug law violations420
Liquor law violations1310
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible4
Rape69
Fondling32
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery201
Aggravated assault000
Burglary122122
Motor vehicle theft902
Arson102
  • For (2014), Line (d.) was changed from (5) to (6) because (we edited our categories to reflect the sex offense sub-categories needed for the 2016 Clery report. For (2014), Line (e.) was changed from (0) to (2) because (we edited our categories to reflect the sex offense sub-categories needed for the 2016 Clery report.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible4
Rape58
Fondling00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary31310
Motor vehicle theft100
Arson001
  • (!) 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate4.0%5.7%7.2%
Number in default232317369
Number in repayment5,6645,5065,082
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)