San Francisco State University Reviews
Attending San Francisco State University was on a whole a good experience. As a first-generation college student, there was a lot that I didn't understand or get. This would make any college experience difficult, but I was eventually able to navigate it. SFSU is a diverse school and it would be difficult to feel left out because representation seemed to be everywhere. This school was also not expensive for a 4-year college. I don't think I had a teacher I disliked. On average every teacher was decent or great. A majority of the staff and administrators were available and willing to help you as a student. Since I've attended there's been a new library built was much needed. A lot of the facilities was a little bit old but very much functional. There are some things I think SFSU could use in order to be a better school. For instance, they could use free transportation. I know that Berkeley provides clipper cards/bus pass for their students. This would be very beneficial as the school is on the side of a city where public transportation is highly needed. Another way SFSU would improve is by having various stores to buy school books. I don't know if this is still an issue, but the lines to get textbooks at the beginning of each semester were unbelievably. Otherwise, it was a decent and affordable school to attend.
The Biology degree program had wonderful, engaging faculty but was marred by the increased tuition and budget cuts that were rampant during my time here. Often, classes were cut short due to furlough days. The counseling for Biology wasn't the most beneficial, but if you are determined and can do a little research on class availability and degree requirements, there should be no issues in your ability to succeed. I was lucky to have come here to be able to experience living in San Francisco. It wasn't the most "spirited" school, and is definitely a commuter school, but the independence I gained from the environment and the wonderful Biology facility were great at teaching with what resources they had.
I found the writing department very helpful as an undergrad. Most of my courses required writing and my professors were very strict on grammar and presentation. I used the writing services a lot more than any other services SFSU offered. Also, I find that office hours were very effective for my biochemistry courses. These courses are highly conceptual and attending office hours helped me go through complexities at school.
My experience of San Francisco State University was of a diverse program faculty, beautiful campus, well-organized classes and decent housing with opportunities for living provided by the school. I felt that the degree I pursued, philosophy, was of great personal value in the way that it supported my ability to think clearly and independently. I left school knowing myself with a certainty that has led me to graduate school for a career path I am excited to pursue for life.
SF State is the most liberally progressive University in the United States. Degrees here do well at preparing you for the workforce as you must complete 2 semesters of composition before completing the graduate writing assessment requirement in the first 8 units of the major. Upper division coursework is also required in American Ethnic and Racial Minorities, Global Perspectives, Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability. SF State has the only College of Ethnic Studies in the US since the discipline was invented, funded and implemented by students in the experimental college. This legacy of student activism is the Hallmark of SF State and the engine behind the politics associated with West Coast Liberalism. All students should expect to find their world views challenged with an eye toward making a difference in society.
I chose SF State because it had a strong Radio TV program, with emphasis on real-world, hands-on experience. The school was known for its curriculum and had graduates working in the field locally. I got what I needed, with excellent facilities and instruction. I attended SF State for two years, and can say that it fulfilled my every expectation. It was a big school with a large enrollment...students looking for a more intimate college experience might want to look elsewhere, but in my chosen field, the overall experience was excellent.
San Francisco State University was all in all a great school. I was able to get the full college experience by living in the tiny dorm rooms and sharing a bathroom with 50 other people. Unfortunately, because of budget cuts, there were many issues when trying to register for classes. Many of my classes were filled, and Nursing students were given priority over Kinesiology students, which to this day, I still do not understand that logic. It took me five years to graduate (while attending summer school) because I could not get the classes I needed. Other than the registration issues, I had a good experience. My teachers were smart and well-educated on the topics and I mad a lot of life-long friends.
SFSU is a great school to go to, most of the professors are helpful and they are knowledgeable, feel free to ask them for help. The meals on campus are great, with affordable prices. Another good aspect about SFSU it has a great learning environment, computer lab, library, everything is updated.
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.
San Francisco State is a tremendous campus for all those unique individuals are are looking for a home away from home. With so much diversity around the beautiful green campus there is a place for everyone to feel a sense of belonging. San Francisco State allows for a great amount of growth for the real world.