San Francisco State University

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.

Since 1961, the American Language Institute (ALI) has been providing students from all over the world with the language and academic skills they need for successful university study in the United States. The ALI also offers special admissions to SF State, advisors to help you with your daily life and studies, and social and cultural activities to help you enjoy your time in San Francisco.

Student demographics

Total enrollment: 28,000

International Students: 1,800 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 (ALI)
  • Conditional Letter of Admission
  • Office of International Programs (multilingual advisors)
  • On-campus 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
  • Wellness Center with climbing wall, indoor track, court gyms, fitness areas, swimming pool

Student Housing options

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

Application deadlines

Undergraduate filing period for most majors: October 1 – May 1
High Demand Majors: October 1 – November 30

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.

Click here for: Undergraduate Admission requirements 


Graduate Student (Master’s Degree) Admission Requirements


Cost of attendance and financial assistance

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

Undergraduates (12 units per semester)
Tuition/Registration Fees:

$16,762.00 per year / $8,381.00 per semester

Graduates (8 units per semester)
Tuition & Registration Fees:

$15,028.00 per year / $7,514.00 per semester

MBA/MSBA (8 units per semester)
Tuition & Registration Fees:

$21,748.00 per year / $10,874 per semester

Total: $22,020.00

TOTALS PER YEAR for I-20 form

Undergraduate Total: $38,782.00

Graduate Total: $37,048.00

MBA/MSBA Total: $43,768.00


To learn about Financial Assistance, please click here.