Why Semester at San Francisco State University?


Smiling Students on the San Francisco State University Campus


A Diverse & Welcoming Campus for Every Student

San Francisco State University is a doctoral public university serving students from the San Francisco Bay Area, across California and beyond, with nationally acclaimed programs that span a broad range of disciplines. More than 27,000 students enroll at the University each year, including 1,800 international students from over 100 countries. SF State and its more than 275,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond. Through them — and more than 1,800 world-class faculty members — SF State proudly embraces its legacy of academic excellence, community engagement and commitment to social justice. For more information, visit the San Francisco State University website.

Experience the Unique Culture of San Francisco & Silicon Valley

The University's motto is Experientia Docet — Experience Teaches. Professors come to the classroom with a wealth of industry knowledge. They leverage that experience to give students the real-world examples of what they can expect when their getting started in industry.

All the Amenities with One Easy Admission Process

Students in the program are able to experience all of San Francisco State University's unique amenities with a quick and simple admission process. You'll be able to travel the beautiful city of San Francisco using an included transit pass, experience the diversity of the University's campus and hear from our guest speakers during campus events.

Access to SF State Support & Resources

  • Access to advisers for course selection and registration
  • An orientation to University resources and class expectations
  • Academic support seminars and housing assistance
  • An unlimited transportation pass for local buses and trains
  • The chance to experience the local culture of San Francisco with outdoor recreation, cultural outings and sporting events.