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 ranks fourth in the nation among master's institutions that host international students. With a diverse range of students from almost every state and nearly 100 countries, the student community is perfect for those looking to experience new cultures. Our campus was even recently ranked third among all US universities for diversity by the Wall Street Journal.

Located in one of the world’s most beautiful and culturally diverse cities, San Francisco State University is a public university with approximately 30,000 students.

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.