San Francisco State University Profile

Founded in 1899, San Francisco State University (SF State or SFSU) is a top tier public university located in San Francisco, California (USA). It is part of the California State University system, consistently ranked among the Top 50 master's-granting universities in the west by U.S. News & World Report.

The university has the following Academic Colleges:
- Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Business
- Creative Arts
- Education
- Ethnic Studies
- Health and Human Services
- Humanities
- Science and Engineering

The university awards bachelor's degrees in 115 areas of specialization and master's degrees in 95. It is the only university in California to offer a bachelor's degree in technical and professional writing. It is one of the first CSU campuses to offer a doctorate of education, beginning in 2007.

The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The Pupil Personnel Services Credential program in school counseling is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The Department of Counseling's programs in school, college, career, gerontological, and marriage and family counseling are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Education Programs (CACREP).  The Communicative Disorders Program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Speech-Language Pathology (2017), the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


- Placed at Tier 1, ranked 45th among the best Master's Universities in the West, according to the  2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” from U.S. News & World Report.

- The Cinema department was named one of the nation's "top film schools" by Entertainment Weekly in 2000.

- Ranked No. 1 in reputation among its "Western University peers" in 2000 (USNWR).

- Rated 8th nationally in the number of transfer students (USNWR).

- The physical therapy master's program is consistently ranked among the top 20 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

- Rated No. 1 nationwide in the number of biological sciences undergrads who go on to earn biology Ph.D.s according to the National Science Foundation report. It was one of the first universities in California awarded NSF funds for the initial track of the GK 12 program.

- Placed among the Top 201 universities and colleges that offer "real world" job-focused services and skill development, according to Great Colleges for the Real World by (Michael P. Viollt, Octameron Associates, 2002).

- Placed in the top 10 universities for campus diversity according to the 2009 U.S. News and World Report.

- Ranked 4th among master's level colleges and universities for the total number of graduates who go on to receive research doctorates according to the 1997-2006 Survey of Earned Doctorates.

- 67th for Graduate Social Work Program, 80th among the Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs (USNWR 2009).

- 8th in the Best Business Schools Rankings - Greatest Opportunity for Minority Student (The Princeton Review 2008).