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San Francisco State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how San Francisco State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is San Francisco State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

San Francisco State University was awarded 110 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general family and consumer sciences.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, SFSU is ranked #839 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, SFSU is ranked at #69.

See all of the rankings for San Francisco State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SFSU?

Acceptance Rate

San Francisco State University has an acceptance rate of 70%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 88% of students accepted to SFSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 580. Math scores were between 470 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for San Francisco State University  ( 480 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for San Francisco State University  ( 470 to 570 )
SFSU received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for San Francisco State University  ( 18 to 24 )

Learn more about San Francisco State University admissions.

San Francisco State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At San Francisco State University, this rate is 23 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at San Francisco State University is 50%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  50 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at San Francisco State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

San Francisco State University has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 18% for first-time, full-time students at SFSU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  18 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at San Francisco State University.

Good Overall Diversity at SFSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 25,924 undergraduates at SFSU with 21,687 being full-time and 4,237 being part-time.

SFSU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for SFSU is 82.12 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  82.12 out of 100
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How Much Does San Francisco State University Cost?

The overall average net price of SFSU is $15,033. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SFSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,189 $12,619 $16,602 $20,835 $23,571

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SFSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SFSU, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $5,507 a year. That adds up to $22,028 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SFSU is 5.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SFSU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from SFSU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $49,200 in their early years. This is good news for future SFSU graduates since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at San Francisco State University make the most money.

Location of San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University is a public institution located in San Francisco, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of San Francisco State University

Contact details for SFSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 415-338-1111

San Francisco State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 81 majors graduated from San Francisco State University. Of these students, 6,508 received undergraduate degrees and 1,058 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 1,463 $44,400
Communication & Media Studies 368 $38,300
General Psychology 355 $30,900
General Biology 297 $32,200
Criminal Justice & Corrections 239 $36,600
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 227 $31,400
Computer Science 218 $62,200
Health & Physical Education 218 $33,100
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 201 $21,900
General English Literature 181 $33,000

Learn more about the majors offered at San Francisco State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SFSU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 11,011 students took at least one online class at San Francisco State University. This is an increase from the 10,264 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 11,011 418
2016-2017 10,264 386
2015-2016 8,147 322
2014-2015 6,557 373
2013-2014 7,671 231

Learn more about online learning at San Francisco State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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