San Francisco State University: Narrative Description

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1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
Tel: (415)338-1100; Admissions: (415)338-6191; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 90-acre urban campus. Endowment: $3.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $4582 per student. Total enrollment: 29,686. Faculty: 1,646 (897 full-time, 749 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 16,221 applied, 64% were admitted. Full-time: 16,407 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 5,485 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 113 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 6% black, 32% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 28% 25 or older, 17% transferred in. Retention: 79% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at The San Francisco Consortium, 18 other institutions of the California State University System. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Option: international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $8460 full-time, $282 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2498 full-time. College room and board: $8090. College room only: $5030. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: African Student Union, Asian Student Union, Laraza Student Organization, Filipino Collegial Endeavor, Sigma Sigma Sigma. Major annual events: Activities Fair, Crafts Fair, Healthy Lifestyles Fair. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Option: coed housing available. J. Paul Leonard Library plus 2 others with 780,230 books, 2.2 million microform titles, 5,679 serials, 72,245 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $8.2 million. 1,474 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: San Francisco is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the United States. It is the financial center of the west, and an important industrial city. A great port, it serves as the terminus for Trans-Pacific and coastwise steamship lines and airlines. The city is located on hills at the end of a narrow peninsula with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the San Francisco Bay on the other. The annual temperature averages 57 degrees. San Francisco Bay is the largest landlocked harbor in the world, and is the home of the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. All modes of transportation serve the area. A large civic center includes the city hall, public library, civic auditorium, state building, federal office building, health center, opera house and war memorial building. The opera house is the only municipally owned opera house in America. Job opportunities vary considerably but are available. San Francisco has 438 churches, 52 public parks, and 100 theaters. Recreational facilities are numerous for all water sports, hiking, and fishing. Mountain resort areas are approximately a three hour drive. Famous Chinatown is located here, as is the picturesque Fisherman's Wharf.

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