San Francisco State University Reviews

  • 39 Reviews
  • San Francisco (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $19,140
91% of 39 students said this degree improved their career prospects
90% of 39 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 12/9/2020
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"The public health program cares very little about the well being of its students they have professor Lisa Moore who constant harasses her students and pushes her own political views on them. She really does not care about her students and when brought up to the director nothing was done."
Viridiana Mojica
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"San Francisco State University is a commuter school. There are many students that come from all around the Bay Area, and many that come from Southern California. It is known to be a commuter school because students tend to just go to class and go home. There are extracurricular activities on campus but it is not fully submerged in the school spirit type of way. SFSU is an amazing school that will get you the education you need and provide you with the training needed for your career."
  • Reviewed: 9/10/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"San Francisco State University is a heavily impacted commuter school. It is hard to enroll in classes and the Psychology department is impacted, meaning students do not get into their major until their junior year. During the first two years, the focus is on general education, which was uninteresting to me. However, after being accepted into the Psychology department, professors and lecturers were extremely supportive and welcoming."
Gabriella Ruiz
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2019
  • Degree: Health Education
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"As a San Francisco native, I commuted to San Francisco State University (SFSU) so I did not immediately feel connected to the campus when I started. I would very much consider this school to be a commuter school but in contrast, there are a lot of great clubs and organizations to be a part of. I was fortunate enough to get involved in the Metro Academy program that provided support to first-generation college students as well as the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Both of these services combined gave me the support I needed to succeed in college. Also in my second year at SFSU, I stumbled upon the Holistic Health department and center, which provided me the community I needed. If you are interested in eastern medicine, meditation, and stress reduction, I would highly recommend you look into this department! I met so many wonderful people that I am still friends with today. I would highly recommend anyone commuting to this school or new to the city, to seek out a community on campus. This helped me feel so much more connected to my studies and my environment on campus. In addition to this, SFSU is a beautiful campus located in a great area of the city. This campus stands on the foundation of many great grassroots movements and is a highly respected institution with great professors. If you are seeking to live in San Francisco, the education you will get at SFSU is wonderful and one of the least expensive universities in the city."
Melissa Ortiz
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"San Francisco State University offers a variety of different majors. My major was psychology and I believe it is a well rounded program that teaches a lot about what is to be expected from the outside world. I came in as a transfer student and I believe the process to get into the psychology department is easier when you transfer in. The professor's there are well educated and eager to help any student. The psychology program here also offers a lot of different volunteer sites which gives you an opportunity to see what field of psychology you may want to pursue. The school itself is very diverse in it's students and culture overall. You meet people from all parts of the world and the beautiful landscape of the school just keeps you in awe. I would not have wanted to get my bachelor's anywhere else and I am more then grateful that I had the opportunity to attend San Francisco State University."
Rudolph Tescallo
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"San Francisco State University offers large classroom sizes in their psychology department. This means a minimum of 30 students will be in a class and in the largest there were 400 students. This impacts the learning experience in a way that I did not find suitable for my ideal learning conditions. The sheer number of questions asked in a single class could take up the entire period if the instructor did not take precedence in their presentations. If you want help from an instructor it is imperative you attend instructor's office hours. In my opinion the content is comparable to most other undergraduate psychology schools. What I mean by this is there is nothing exceptional about the SFState psychology classes in particular. What I would describe as exceptional are the elective courses. The Holistic Health courses in particular stretched my awareness of mental health in ways traditional western psychology did not. I would recommend this college to anyone who is interested in being surrounded by one of the most progressive student bodies I've known at any college. I would also like to say that the city of San Francisco itself offers a melting pot of cultures unlike anywhere else I've been in California. This is an entirely different and separate life learning experience that is worth encountering in your college years."
Keena Walters
  • Reviewed: 4/16/2019
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
April Apostol
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2018
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
Kyle Cristal
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2018
  • Degree: Philosophy
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"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."