The SF STATE Experience

We Make Things Happen

Just one year after SF State was founded in 1899, as the San Francisco State Normal School, the school's teaching methods were defined as "radical."

We've been shaking things up ever since.

Through a process of continuous improvement and evolution, SF State has become a university like no other.

Firmly connected with its innovative home city.

Strongly committed to creating opportunities for each student to discover their unique path in life.

Deeply engaged with the world's economies, cultures and politcs.

Uniquely focused on excellence in teaching and research that can be actively applied toward improving the world we live in.

Attending SF State is more than an education - it's an experience, and true preparation for living a life of principle and value.

Our alumni are known worldwide as agents of change, creative artists, activists, inventors and company founders. Once a student at SF State, always a leader who is engaged and innovative.

At SF State, students learn how to make things happen. Click below to read more about how:


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Strategic Planning

Founded in 1899 as a teachers college, San Francisco State University remains united as a community of learners in our passion for academic excellence, intellectual discovery, creative and critical inquiry, and educational equity. SF State maintains a proud history of commitment to social justice and opposition to oppression and marginalization, which lives on through the work, scholarship and community engagement of its students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Emerging from SF State's proud history and long-standing commitmments to teaching, learning and social justice, the new strategic plan is anchored by five core University values: Courage, Life of the Mind, Equity, Community and Resilience. Please click here to explore these values further.