San Francisco State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$15,166
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
5.28%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
67.3%
34,629 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
29,032
81.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
54.9%
2,062 Graduates

About

San Francisco State University is a higher education institution located in San Francisco County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at San Francisco State University were General Business Administration & Management (1,463 degrees awarded), Speech Communication & Rhetoric (368 degrees), and General Psychology (355 degrees).

In 2019, 7,658 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at San Francisco State University. 58.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (2,104 degrees), 1.05 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (2012 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at San Francisco State University is $5,742, which is $−22,758 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at San Francisco State University is $5,742, which is $−22,758 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,166.

In 2019, 61% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 31% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at San Francisco State University was $5,742. The cost of tuition at San Francisco State University is $−22,758 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$15,166
2019 Value
1.35%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 San Francisco State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,166. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of San Francisco State University grew by 1.35%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,151
Room and Board
$2,002
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at San Francisco State University was of $15,151 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,002. The cost of room and board increased by 4.48% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.77% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

61%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
31%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

61% of undergraduate students at San Francisco State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 3.17% with respect to 2018, when 63% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
5.28%
2017 Default Rate
271
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at San Francisco State University was 5.28%, which represents 271 out of the 5136 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

San Francisco State University received 34,629 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 2.74% annual decline. Out of those 34,629 applicants, 23,307 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 67.3% acceptance rate.

There were 29,032 students enrolled at San Francisco State University in 2019, and 88% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

San Francisco State University has an overall enrollment yield of 15.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

67.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
23,307
Accepted Out of 34,629

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of San Francisco State University was 67.3% (23,307 admissions from 34,629 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 71.8%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −2.74%, while admissions declined by −8.78%.

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SAT Scores

88%
Submission Percentage
3,240
Scores Submitted

88% of enrolled first-time students at San Francisco State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

San Francisco State University has a total enrollment of 29,032 students. The full-time enrollment at San Francisco State University is 23,608 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,424. This means that 81.3% of students enrolled at San Francisco State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at San Francisco State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 32.7% Hispanic or Latino, 24.8% Asian, 18.2% White, 5.88% Black or African American, 5.52% Two or More Races, 0.541% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.169% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at San Francisco State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (21.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (13.6%) and Asian Female (12.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (22%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (14.2%) and Asian Female (13.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at San Francisco State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 29,032 students. The full-time enrollment at San Francisco State University is 23,608 and the part-time enrollment is 5,424. This means that 81.3% of students enrolled at San Francisco State University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at San Francisco State University was 80%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), San Francisco State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    9,505
  2. Asian
    7,209
  3. White
    5,286

The enrolled student population at San Francisco State University is 32.7% Hispanic or Latino, 24.8% Asian, 18.2% White, 5.88% Black or African American, 5.52% Two or More Races, 0.541% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.169% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,250 students (4.31%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1266 more women than men received degrees from San Francisco State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at San Francisco State University is hispanic or latino (2,104 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (2012 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at San Francisco State University is General Business Administration & Management (1,463 degrees awarded), followed by Speech Communication & Rhetoric (368 degrees) and General Psychology (355 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at San Francisco State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (146 degrees awarded), Communications (685 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (80 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Other managers (254,353 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (219,598 people), Postsecondary teachers (179,423 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (159,312 people), and Secondary school teachers (138,125 people).

The most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Cultural & Gender Studies (146 degrees awarded), Communications (685 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (80 degrees), English (285 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (583 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Dentists, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Cultural & Gender Studies (146 degrees awarded), Communications (685 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (80 degrees), English (285 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (583 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Elementary & secondary schools (540,159 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (413,063 people), Computer Systems Design (209,679 people), Legal services (147,218 people), and Advertising, public relations & related services (139,181 people).

The most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Cultural & Gender Studies (146 degrees awarded), Communications (685 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (80 degrees), English (285 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (583 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by San Francisco State University.
Most Common
  1. 1463 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 368 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 355 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at San Francisco State University was General Business Administration & Management with 1463 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

3,196
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
4,462
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 3,196 degrees were awarded to men at San Francisco State University, which is 0.716 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,462).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 837 degrees were awarded to men at San Francisco State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.18 times more than the 708 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 708 degrees were awarded to women at San Francisco State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.846 times less than the 837 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%
100% Completion Time
54%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 18% of students graduating from San Francisco State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 54% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 57% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (64.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at San Francisco State University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (64.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.65% of graduates (34 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    2,104 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    2,012 degrees awarded
  3. White
    1,740 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at San Francisco State University is hispanic or latino (2,104 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (2012 degrees).

5.37% of degree recipients (411 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,318 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Female
    1,132 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    985 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at San Francisco State University is hispanic or latino female (1,318 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (1,132 degrees).

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Operations

San Francisco State University has an endowment valued at nearly $94.2M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $6.15M (6.53%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, San Francisco State University had a total salary expenditure of $594M. San Francisco State University employs 348 Professors, 199 Assistant professors, and 169 Associate professors. Most academics at San Francisco State University are Male Professors (188), Female Professors(160), and Female Assistant professors (133).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Francisco State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 562 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 220 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 172 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$94.2M
2019 Endowment
62.9%
growth from 2018

San Francisco State University has an endowment valued at about $94.2M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of San Francisco State University grew 62.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $217M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $22.4M - Federal
  2. $2.24M - State
  3. $2.08M - Local

As of 2019, San Francisco State University received $22.4M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.24M from state grants and contracts, and $2.08M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$225M
2019 Salaries
2.01%
growth from 2018

In 2019, San Francisco State University paid a median of $225M in salaries, which represents 37.9% of their overall expenditure ($594M) and a 2.01% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.81% growth from 2017 and a 6.94% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$87.6M
Instructional Salaries
870
Number of Employees

In 2019, San Francisco State University paid a total of $87.6M to 870 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
348 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
562 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at San Francisco State University were Professor with 348 employees; Assistant professor with 199 employees; and Assistant professor with 169 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Francisco State University were Business and Financial Operations with 562 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 220 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 172 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at San Francisco State University was Male Professor with 188 employees, Female Professor with 160 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 133 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at San Francisco State University.

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