Newly Admitted Students


Congratulations! You have been accepted to graduate study at SF State.  You will be joining a diverse graduate student body of 4,000 individuals originating from every state and nearly 100 countries.

Deciding to attend a graduate program is a major life-changing decision, especially because many of you are juggling work and family responsibilities.  As with any major change, you can expect to deal with moments of self-doubt and times wonder if you made the right decision to enter a graduate program. That is normal!

Of course, we hope that you will have many positive experiences as you meet the challenge of graduate work. You should expect to enjoy one-on-one interactions with your lead faculty, small class sizes, and opportunities for individual growth through hands-on research, field work, and other creative and scholarly pursuits.

Your department advisor should be your primary resource and guide for academic issues and program policies and procedures.  Get to know your department faculty early and see them often.  In addition, the Division of Graduate Studies is another resource for you.

We wish you the very best in pursuit of your degree.