San Francisco State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (24)
My experience at San Francisco State University was excellent. The classes were challenging but realistic for working students and/or students with other life commitments. The professors were knowledgeable and helpful but during my time there and beyond (I volunteered with a professor post-graduation and received several letters of recommendation for graduate school from a few of my former professors). I don't have a single complaint or regret regarding my time at SF State. I only wish I had taken more advantage of the networking opportunities while I was there. I am part of the alumni association, though, and the group is wonderful in providing statewide events and keeping alumni connected.
My experience at SFSU was fantastic, professors and Instructors were very understanding and tried to engage with students on a more meaningful matter. SFSU offers a wide variety of courses suitable for all interest and career opportunities. The IR program is amongst the best programs SFSU offers, their distinctive staff enhance ones learning and further develops critical thinking skills about global issues, interactions of governments etc.
San Francisco State University is an excellent school. With educators who are invested in supporting students, and delivering an education that they believe gives students a foundation worthy of building success and opportunity. Maybe San Francisco State is not an Ivy League, but the people are the heart of this academic institution. From commuter students to fraternity organizations, San Francisco State offers something for everyone. Further, San Francisco State prides itself in the embrace of diversity and social justice. Not to mention, this university studies among the Bay Area, a cutting-edge community built right by Silicon Valley and a location that cannot be beat.
SFSU is a great school with something for everyone. There are so many academic options, and I used my B.A. in History as a jumping off point to earn my Master's. The teachers in the History department are particularly fabulous. They provide interesting classes and keep them interesting every day you're in class. They also are far from being easy graders, they definitely challenge their students.
San Francisco State is a great school if you're a serious student. It's a commuter school, many students travel from all over the Bay Area to study here during the day. It's not the kind of school to go to if you're interested in Greek Life or the like. However, its diversity and commitment to the arts and sciences makes it a beautiful place to learn. Personally, I found my Creative Writing program to be like a family. I was nurtured and pushed to do my very best. The smallness of this school creates for unique learning experiences you would find at private colleges. You will leave SF State feeling like you're leaving a second home, even if you only spent a few days a week on campus.
The Art Department at San Francisco State University was a really great environment for creativity. They allowed me to work however I liked within the curriculum and encouraged me to explore the interests that I had while supporting me in that adventure.
SFSU is a great diverse university however I feel like faculty is not as resourceful as I hoped. I wish my instructors were more helpful and would teach us how the workforce will really be like. I learned core business analytics, just don't know how to apply it to the real work world. Faculty should help students land jobs and help network them with alumni- so that we have some guidance when we are finished with college.
San Francisco State University's Urban Studies and Planning program, prepares students for a career within the realm of cities. The dynamic advantage of learning in San Francisco is that the city is on the forefront of what eventually becomes laws and regulations for the state and country. Students are prepared to have a career in one of the most contentious and difficult cities to plan urban space and policy. With that understanding of operating in San Francisco, students may venture off to any urban space in the country with the skills to have an effective career. Also, the program allows students to choose their career path with the freedom to work on specific research topics, whether it is transportation, land use policies, housing, landscape design, or sustainable planning. The most valuable asset of the program, since it is in San Francisco, are the professors and department staff. They are directly involved in local politics, and have experience working within the city planning departments and local organizations. I would highly recommend this program for any student looking to start a career around people, city politics and land use.
I loved how small my college was; all of the students were very close friends. The professors were amazing and supportive. The amount of diversity was also very inspiring. For the International Relations B.A. you have to write a thesis paper, which is very unusual for an undergraduate degree. However, I found it to be such a great learning experience and it really prepared me for a Master's program, which I am very excited to start this Fall!
Although I attended SFSU during the height of the CSU budget crisis and faced furlough days and having to crash classes, I was still able to graduate with a bachelor's degree in only three years. This was the best program for me as I knew i wanted to teach English at the high school level. It also qualified me to teach middle school if the opportunity presents itself. The professors and advisors had lots of real world experiences teaching in classrooms all across the spectrum of ELA and ELD. I exited the program feeling prepared not only for a credential program, but for the teaching profession as well.