San Francisco State University

sfsu.edu

Founded in 1899, San Francisco State University (SF State) one of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, is committed to preparing students for international positions in the global marketplace of commerce and ideas.  Located in San Francisco, the university offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in more than 200 academic majors and concentrations as well as several Doctoral degrees in Education.  The on-campus intensive English language program, American Language Institute, offers conditional admission to students.

Student demographics

Total enrollment: 30,000

International Students: 2,000 from over 100 countries

Undergraduate: 85%   Graduate 15%

Women: 58%  Men: 42%

ESL program and/or support services

  • Intensive English language program, American Language Institute
  • Conditional Letter of Eligibility (Admission)
  • Student Health Center
  • Career Center
  • Learning Assistance Center
  • Student Center with art gallery, legal assistance, bookstore and food court
  • Over 200 student clubs and organizations
  • Intramural sports activities
  • Campus Recreation

Student Housing options

To learn about Student Housing, please visit the SF State on-campus housing webpage.

Application deadlines

Fall:
Undergraduate filing period for most majors: October 1 – May 1
High Demand/Impacted majors: October 1 – November 30
To learn more about applying as an international student, please click here.
Graduate application deadlines vary by major. For more information on specific program deadlines, please click here.

Spring:
Undergraduate filing period: August 1 – September 30
Certain majors do not have spring admissions.
Please click here to learn more about applying as an international student.

Graduate application deadlines vary by major. Please click here for more information on specific program deadlines.
Certain majors do not have spring admissions.

Undergraduate Admission requirements (email: ugintl@sfsu.edu)

First-Time Freshmen applying with academic course work from outside the U.S. should:

  • Complete a high/secondary school curriculum which totals 12 years of primary-secondary education, and earn a graduation diploma or certificate. See specific secondary school credentials by country.
  • Complete high school curriculum with above satisfactory grades or marks which equals a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in the 4.0 grading scale.
  • Submit official high school transcript (academic record), showing all courses with grades or marks, and graduation diploma or certificate. Official transcript must be in the original language of issue. Submit certified English translations for non-English documents.
  • Submit official verification of English proficiency except where English is the applicant’s native language and has attended for at least three years full time at an institution where English was the principal language of instruction.
    • TOEFL score report with at least a minimum of 61 ibT or IELTS score report with at least a minimum of 6.0.
    • SAT is not required.
    • Written essay or personal statement is not required.

First-Time Freshmen applying with academic course work from inside the U.S. should:

  • Complete the California State University high school college preparatory pattern with grades of C or better.
  • Meet eligibility index, which is a combination of high school grade point average (GPA) and SAT or ACT scores.
  • Submit official high school transcript and proof of high school graduation.
  • Submit SAT or ACT.

Lower Division Transfer: An applicant who completes fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable college credit considered a Lower Division Transfer.

Upper Division Transfer: An applicant with 60 semester or 90 quarter units or more of transferable college credit is considered an Upper Division Transfer. A student who attended at least two years full time and completed a full schedule of transferable course work may be considered an upper division transfer.

Transfer with academic course work from outside of the U.S. must:

  • Complete a high school/secondary school curriculum which totals 12 years of primary-secondary education and earn a graduation diploma or certificate for lower division transfers with above satisfactory results.
  • Lower and upper-division transfer students must complete college or university level courses from a government recognized college/university with above satisfactory grades or marks which equals a 2.5 grade point average in the 4-point grading scale.
  • Submit an official transcript (academic record) from all international institutions attended showing completion of courses with examinations and grades or marks.
  • Submit certificates or diplomas. Official transcript and certificate/diplomas must be in the original language of the issue. Submit certified English translations for non-English documents.
  • Submit official verification of English proficiency except where English is the applicant’s native language and has attended for at least three years full time at an institution where English was the principal language of instruction.
  • TOEFL score report with at least a minimum of 61 ibT or IELTS score report with at least a minimum of 6.0.
  • SAT is not required.
  • Written essay or personal statement is not required.

Transfer with academic course work from inside the U.S. must:

  • Lower-division transfer students must complete a high school/secondary school curriculum which totals 12 years of primary-secondary education and earn a graduation diploma or certificate (for lower division transfers).
  • Complete college or university level courses from a regionally accredited college/university in the U.S. with a minimum overall grade point average of a 2.0.
  • Complete college or university level courses outside of the U.S. from a government-recognized college/university with above satisfactory grades or marks which equals a 2.5 grade point average in the 4.0 grading scale.
  • Upper-division transfer students must complete a total of 60 semester or 90 quarter transferable units of credit to include CSU General Education courses in Written Communication (Freshman English Composition), Quantitative Reasoning (Math above Intermediate Algebra level), Oral Communication (Speech) and Critical Thinking with C or better grades. Transfer applicants from California Community Colleges must consult the ASSIST website for a complete listing of approved General Education courses. Transfer applicants from out of state may use this list of approved General Education courses as a guide to determine if a course is appropriate. Applicants who have not completed all requirements can be reviewed for exceptions based on the overall academic profile and individual circumstances.
  • Submit an official transcript from each U.S. institution attended.
  • Submit official transcripts (academic record) from all international institutions attended showing completion of courses with examinations and grades or marks.
  • Submit certificates or diplomas. Official transcript and certificate/diplomas must be in the original language of issue.
  • Submit certified English translations for all non-English documents.
  • Submit official verification of English proficiency except where English is the applicant’s native language and has attended for at least three years full time at an institution where English was the principal language of instruction.
  • TOEFL score report with at least a minimum of 61 ibT or IELTS score report with at least a minimum of 6.0.
  • TOEFL/IELTS is waived by completing upper-division transfer requirements or two semesters/quarters of English Composition courses at a U.S. college or university with a grade of C or better in both courses.

Graduate Student (Master’s Degree) Admission Requirements (email:  intlgrad@sfsu.edu)

Steps To Apply:

The Graduate Admission Application for San Francisco State University is a Two-Part Process. You must cmoplete and submit BOTH parts of your application to be considered for admission.

Part One:

  1. Apply to the graduate study of SFSU Apply online through the CSU Mentor website by clicking here. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs. The application fee is $55.00 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.
  2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:
  • Official academic documents from every college or university ever attended
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Financial Statement/Medical Insurance Form (click here for the form)
  • $55.00 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.

Send the above documents to:
International Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132
USA

 

Part Two:

  1. Apply directly to your program or major. Review your intended program of study/department’s website for more specific graduate admission criteria. Below are the links to all SFSU program/department websites: http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/program-deadline.htm
  2. Send all department specific admission materials directly to your intended major/program of study. Send letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, GRE/GMAT scores, etc. directly to your major/program of study.

International Student visas issued

F1 and J1.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

TUITION & FEES PER YEAR and SEMESTER (Students pay each semester)

Undergraduates (12 units)
Registration Fees:

$6,440.00/year
$3,220.00/semester

Non-Resident Tuition: ($372/unit)
$8,928.00/year
$4,464.00/semester

Subtotal:
$15,368.00/year
$7,684.00/semester

Graduates (8 units)
Registration Fees:

$7,706.00/year
$3,853.00/semester

Non-Resident Tuition: ($372/unit)
$5,952.00/year
$2,976.00/semester

Subtotal:
$13,658.00/year
$6,829.00/semester

MBA/MSBA (8 units)
Registration Fees:

$10,106.00/year
$5,053.00/semester

Non-Resident Tuition: ($626/unit)
$10,016.00/year
$5,008.00/semester

Subtotal:
$20,122.00/year
$10,061.00/semester

ESTIMATED LIVING EXPENSES PER YEAR
Room & Board: $12,414.00
Books & Supplies: $1,754.00
Transportation: $1,484.00
Personal Expenses: $3,288.00
Health Insurance: $1,307.00

Subtotal: $20,247.00

TOTALS PER YEAR for I-20

Undergraduate
Tuition & Fees: $15,368.00
Living Expenses: $20,247.00

Total: $35,615.00

Graduate
Tuition & Fees: $13,658.00
Living Expenses: $20,247.00

Total: $33,905.00

MBA/MSBA
Tuition & Fees: $20,122.00
Living Expenses: $20,247.00

Total: $40,369.00

DEPENDENTS: $5,000 per year for spouse/each child.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

To learn about Financial Assistance, please click here.