San Francisco State University (commonly referred to as San Francisco State, SF State and SFSU) is a public university located in San Francisco, California. As part of the 23-campus California State University system, the university offers over 100 areas of study from six academic colleges. San Francisco State University consistently ranks among the top 50 master's–granting universities in the west by U.S. News & World Report. SFSU has one of the top ranked Engineering Schools in the world by Business Insider.
In the Fall of 2012, 30,500 students were enrolled at San Francisco State University of which 86.4% were undergraduates, 12.9% graduates, and 0.6% postgraduate.
- 1899 – Founded as San Francisco State Normal School.
- 1901 – First graduating class
- 1906 – The 1906 earthquake and fire forces the school to relocate from Nob Hill to a new campus at Buchanan and Haight Streets.
- 1921 – Renamed San Francisco State Teachers College
- 1923 – First bachelor of arts degree awarded
- 1935 – Renamed San Francisco State College
- 1953 – Current campus near Lake Merced opens; it is formally dedicated in October, 1954.
- 1966 – Beginning of the era of campus protests led by student organizations including the Black Students Union, Third World Liberation Front, and Students for a Democratic Society. The protests against college policies and off-campus issues such as the Vietnam War included sit-ins, rallies, marches, teach-ins, and on several occasions violent conflicts with police. The protests were marked by counter-protests and widespread charges of corruption and election fraud in the student newspaper.
- 1968 – A lengthy student strike erupted that developed into an important event in the history of the U.S. in the late 1960s. The strike was led by the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front, and it demanded an Ethnic Studies program as well as an end to the Vietnam War. This became a major news event for weeks in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. At one point, University president S.I. Hayakawa famously pulled the wires out of the speakers on top of a van at a student rally. During the course of the strike, large numbers of police drawn from many jurisdictions occupied the campus and over 700 people were arrested on various protest-related charges.
- 1969 – On March 20, an agreement was reached, and the strike officially comes to an end with the administration retaining control of hiring and admissions and the creation of the School (now College) of Ethnic Studies.
- 1972 – Received university status as California State University, San Francisco
- 1974 – Renamed San Francisco State University
- 1975 - Cesar Chavez Student Center opened its doors to students
- 1993 – Downtown campus opened
- 1999 – Celebrated 100th birthday
- 2007 – New Downtown Campus opened at 835 Market Street
- 2009 – Twenty students occupied the business building before dawn Wednesday, December 9 for 24 hours to protest administrative salaries and state budget cuts that led to increased student fees, staff layoffs, and classes cut from the schedule. Hundreds of students linked arms at various points throughout the day in support.
Cesar Chavez Student Center
The university's academic colleges are:
- Liberal & Creative Arts
- Ethnic Studies
- Health and Human Services
- Science and Engineering
In addition, the University has a College of Extended Learning. SF State is on the semester system.
Fall Freshman Statistics
| % Admitted|| %||65.0%||62.6%||72.5%||66.1%||66.9%|
|*SAT out of 1600|
The university awards bachelor's degrees in 115 areas of specialization, master's degrees in 97, and a doctor of education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership. It jointly offers three doctoral programs; a doctorate in education in partnership with University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in special education, and two doctorates in physical therapy with University of California, San Francisco.
SFSU ranks 18th among the top 20 undergraduate schools whose alumni go on to be admitted to the State Bar; many subsequently run for public office.
The Cinema department, in the College of Creative Arts, was named one of the nation's "top film schools" by Entertainment Weekly in 2000. Alumni of the program have worked on such films as Titanic, Schindler's List, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, a subgroup of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
Quad and the old J. Paul Leonard Library
- The university is currently ranked as the 45th best master's-granting university in the Western United States by U.S. News & World Report.
- U.S. News & World Report ranks San Francisco State University 1st in reputation among its "Western University peers" in 2000.
- Among Western Universities, of which there are 112, San Francisco State was ranked 10th in terms of campus diversity by U.S. News and World Report.
- U.S. News & World Report ranks San Francisco State as 8th nationally in the number of transfer students.
- San Francisco State University's physical therapy master's program is consistently ranked among the top 20 in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
- San Francisco State University ranks 1st nationwide in the number of biological sciences undergrads who go on to earn biology PhDs according to the most recent National Science Foundation report.
- The Philosophical Gourmet Report lists San Francisco State University as one of the top universities to earn a terminal MA in philosophy.
- San Francisco State University is among the top 201 colleges and universities that offer "real world," job-focused services and skill development, according to Great Colleges for the Real World by (Michael P. Viollt, Octameron Associates, 2002).
- San Francisco State University is listed as having "one of the nation's top film schools" by Entertainment Weekly.
- Each year San Francisco State University's College of Business awards more business degrees than Stanford, UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco—combined.
- San Francisco State University sends more master's graduates into PhD programs than any other masters'-granting university in the country.
- San Francisco State University is the only university in California to offer a bachelor's degree in technical and professional writing.
- The Academy of Management, the leading professional association for management scholars in the world, honored San Francisco State University's College of Business' Ohrenschall Center for Entrepreneurship with the McGraw-Hill/Irwin Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award (2002).
- San Francisco State University's College of Extended Learning offers the only American Bar Association-approved paralegal studies program in San Francisco.
- San Francisco State University was one of the first California State University campuses to offer a doctorate of education.
- San Francisco State University is the first and only university in the United States to house a College of Ethnic Studies.
- San Francisco State University was instrumental in the establishment of the International University Of Kyrgyzstan (1993).
In 1968, what was then the longest student strike in the nation's history, resulted in establishment of a College of Ethnic Studies, and increased recruiting and admissions of students of color. In 2002 there was much tension between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students.
The school first adopted their mascot, the Gator, in 1931. After a call for a mascot by the student newspaper the Bay Leaf, students suggested the "alligator" for its strength and steadfastness. The student also suggested the spelling "Golden Gaters," with an "e," in reference to the Golden Gate. Students voted in favor of the name, but after numerous "misspellings" by the newspaper, the use of Gator, with an "o," stuck. 
The team was called the Golden Gaters until the late 1940s. At that time, they began having two live alligators at football games, Oogee (oo-gee) and Ougee (aug-gee). The name was changed to the Golden Gators. The alligator mascots were dropped shortly and Golden was dropped from the name in the early 1970s.
Classes and services
- Administration (ADM)
- Burk Hall (BH)
- Business Building (BUS)
- Cesar Chavez Student Center
- Creative Arts Building (CA)
- Ethnic Studies and Psychology (EP)
- Fine Arts Building (FA)
- Gymnasium (GYM)
- Hensill Hall (HH)
- Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Building
- Humanities Building (HUM)
- J. Paul Leonard Library (currently under renovation expected completion date 2012)
- Library Annex I and II (temporary facilities due to library renovation)
- Science Building (SCI)
- Student Health Center – An underground building with a center open-air court area.
- Student Services Building (SSB)
- Thornton Hall (TH)
Residence buildings, communities, and services
- City Eats Dining Center (DC)
- Mary Park Hall (MPH)
- Mary Ward Hall (MWH)
- Science and Technology Theme Community (STTC)
- The Towers at Centennial Square (TCS)
- The Village at Centennial Square (VCS)
- University Park North (UPN)
- University Park South (UPS)
- Seven Hills Conference Center
- Towers Conference Center
- Downtown Campus
The school's athletic teams, called the Gators, compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (except in wrestling, in which they compete in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), in the Division II of the NCAA. SFSU fields eleven sports for men and women for the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Fall sports for men include cross country and soccer. Fall sports for women include cross country and soccer. Winter sports for men include basketball and wrestling. Winter sports for women include basketball and indoor track and field. The spring sport for men is baseball. Spring sports for women include outdoor track and field and softball.
SFSU has produced three major league baseball players, of which two later became All-Stars (former Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson, and former Brewers and Red Sox outfielder Tommy Harper). The soccer program has had one player enter the professional leagues. Jared MacLane played in the Professional First Division in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
The Gators have also produced thirteen National Football League players, including Billy Baird, Elmer Collett, Maury Duncan, Carl Kammerer, Douglas Parrish and Floyd Peters. Mike Holmgren got his collegiate coaching start as the team's Offensive Coordinator in 1981. The football program ended in 1995.
Wrestling has been the most successful sports team in SFSU history. The Gators have scored at a National Championship meet every year since 1963–64. They currently have the sixth longest scoring streak of any collegiate squad. Lars Jensen has been the head coach since 1983–84 and has had an All-American in 22 of his 24 seasons. He has coached nine individual NCAA Champions, 50 All-Americans and in 1996–97, he led SFSU to the NCAA Division II National Championship.
- Student protests of military recruiters on campus (in which the administration defended its actions), and confrontations between students with differing views on the Iraq War (in which the administration defended its actions again).
- The National Lawyers Guild charged that the university violated due process rights of campus anti-war activists.
- The Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) has charged that the university violated due process rights of campus anti-war activists.
- A near-riot occurred on May 7, 2002, when a pro-Palestinian group attended a pro-Israel demonstration on campus. The pro-Israel students say that the Palestinian supporters chanted anti-semitic epithets at them, such as "Hitler should have finished the job." The pro-Palestinian group say the pro-Israelis started the conflict by calling them terrorists and using epithets such as "camel jockey." No violence occurred, but campus and city police were called in to defuse the situation.
- In 1994 a mural depicting Malcolm X was painted on the student union building, commissioned by the Pan-African Student Union and African Student Alliance. The mural's border contained yellow Stars of David and dollar signs mingled with skulls and crossbones and near the words "African Blood." The next week, after demonstrations on both sides, the school administration had the mural painted over, and subsequently sand blasted. Two years later a new Malcolm X mural was painted, without the controversial symbols.
- During the campus protests of 1968-69 to gain an Ethnic Studies program, school President S. I. Hayakawa drew the ire of students by pulling the wires from a loudspeaker so that protesters could no longer be heard. He also threw the first rock to destroy the existing Student Center making way for a new one to be built.
Notable faculty & alumni
- ^ "2008 NACUBO Endowment Study" (PDF). The California State University 2010/2011 Philanthropic Annual Report. http://www.calstate.edu/universityadvancement/reports/1011philanthropicsupport/documents/Philanthropic-Support-2010-2011.pdf. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
- ^ a b SF State Facts 2006-2007: Faculty & Staffs, San Francisco State University
- ^ a b c SF State Facts Fall 2012: Students, San Francisco State University
- ^ a b SF State Facts 2009–2010, San Francisco State University
- ^ a b San Francisco State University profile, U.S. News & World Report.
- ^ http://www.businessinsider.com/the-worlds-best-engineering-schools-2012-6?op=1
- ^ http://air.sfsu.edu/sites/sites.sfsu.edu.air/files/4th124.pdf
- ^ Hoover, Ken (March 21, 1999). "1899–1999 `100 Years of Opportunity' A century and 185,020 degrees after its humble beginnings, San Francisco State University proudly celebrates its legacy of service, activism and diversity". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Communications): pp. SC-1. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1999/03/21/SC99837.DTL. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
- ^ Taylor, Carolyn (December 10, 2009). "Protesters occupy building on San Francisco State University campus". KGO-TV/DT. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=7161066. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
- ^ http://air.sfsu.edu/air/acad-inst-research/databook
- ^ "San Francisco impact report". Calstate.edu. http://www.calstate.edu/impact/campus/sanfran.html. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ Entertainment Weekly – Top Showbiz Schools – 11-17-00 at the Wayback Machine (archived February 11, 2001)
- ^ "SF State WASC Accreditation". http://air.sfsu.edu/wasc/accreditation.
- ^ "U.S. News & World Reports Ranks San Francisco State University Top in Reputation Among Peers". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~news/prsrelea/fy00/21a.htm. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ a b c "SF State News". Sfsu.edu. August 25, 2003. http://www.sfsu.edu/~news/2003/fall/144.htm. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ "Philosophical Gourmet Report". http://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/maprog.asp. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
- ^ "SFSU Centennial history". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~100years/textonlycent/time/longtime.htm#1968. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ "SFSU's Response to Pro-Israel – Pro-Palestine Tensions on Campus << SF State News << San Francisco State University". Sfsu.edu. February 21, 2008. http://www.sfsu.edu/~news/sfsuresp.htm. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ SFSU Centennial History, San Francisco State University
- ^ "Mascot - SFSU". http://www.sfsu.edu/~puboff/sfsufact/archive/0809/files/SFSU_Facts_0809.pdf.
- ^ "Welcome to DineOnCampus at San Francisco State University by Chartwells Higher Education". Dineoncampus.com. http://www.dineoncampus.com/sfsu/. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ "Dining Center – SF State University Property Management". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~housing/dining/dining.html. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ a b "Mary Park and Mary Ward Residence Halls – SF State University Property Management". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~housing/options/residencehalls.html. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ "Science and Technology Theme Community – SF State University Property Management". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~housing/options/sttc.html. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ "Towers at Centennial Square – SF State University Property Management". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~housing/options/tcs.html. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ "Village at Centennial Square – SF State University Property Management". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~housing/options/vcs.html. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
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- ^ "Meeting and Conference Facilities- Seven Hills – SF State University Property Management". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~meetings/facilitieshills.html. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ "Meeting and Conference Facilities-Towers – SF State University Property Management". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~meetings/facilitiestcs.html. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ "Sf State Downtown Campus". Sfsu.edu. February 11, 2008. http://www.sfsu.edu/downtown. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ "Career Fair protest – SF State News – San Francisco State University". Sfsu.edu. March 19, 2008. http://www.sfsu.edu/~news/announce/102.htm. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ ""Free speech is not free reign" [sic] – SF State News – San Francisco State University". Sfsu.edu. http://www.sfsu.edu/~news/announce/101.htm. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- ^ http://www.campusantiwar.net/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=87
- ^ http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site%3Acampusantiwar.net+%22San+Francisco+State%22&btnG=Google+Search
- ^ St. John, Kelly (October 10, 2010). "SFSU studies rally tapes for misconduct / Pro-Israel students clashed with supporters of Palestinians". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/05/15/BA110132.DTL&hw=sfsu+riot&sn=002&sc=332.
- ^ "Malcolm X Mural Is Marred Amid Dispute on Its Content". The New York Times. May 22, 1994. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=980DE1D61038F931A15756C0A962958260.
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