San Francisco State University's Overview

The University is located in a quiet and safe residential neighborhood on the southwest corner in the city of San Francisco, in the state of California and the country of the United States of America. When you visit our campus for the first time, you will be surprised at how green and grassy it is. The Pacific Ocean is just a mile away, and peaceful Lake Merced is right next door. We are a small campus with a large student body in the middle of one of the greatest cities in the world. International students attend from over 100 countries.

Mission of the University

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world.

To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining, and graduating a highly diverse student body;
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging;
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and social and cultural awareness;
  • Recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory, or studio;
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of the community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.



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