San Francisco State University Reviews

  • 107 Reviews
  • San Francisco (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $19,146
88% of 107 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 107 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Fatemeh sabzei
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2016
"I have studied dentistry college in in San Francisco State University,so want to continue my lesson but online application because I'm busy in Iran with heart of my father he is sick we should take care from him so i want to take lesson but online I don't want to lost my term."
Naomi Corwin
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2016
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"The student body and faculty is diverse. There is no cohort system which means that there is lots of scheduling flexibility but not a lot of depth in personal relationships with other students. If you want close relationships with your colleagues, you will need to do that on your own. The quality of classes is generally high. I have friends that are receiving the same degree from a private school but have some pretty terrible professors. The professors range from being excellent to adequate. Since the school has a rigorous program, there are some issues with having enough internships that can meet these requirements. One of my internships (which was facilitated by the school) almost did not give me enough to clinical hours to meet the requirements of my courses. This created some academic problems. Other students have also had this issue. Overall this school is an excellent choice. I would highly recommend it."
Jesse Tsai
  • Reviewed: 12/23/2015
  • Degree: Physics
"San Francisco State University was known as commuter school. The majority of my colleagues come from low income families and work part time to support their studies. The number of students that majored in physics was no more than forty, and as a result, the faculty did their best to provide assistance to the undergraduates whenever possible. My professors understood that some of us worked full time, and sat down with each of us individually to help figure out a course of action so that we can succeed in the class or accomplish our labs with sufficient time. The program also had its own room for the undergraduate and graduate students that gave us an opportunity to collaborate together and to plan our courses together. This cohort of students would also collaborate together with the professors to organize trips to gaze at the stars with the telescopes that were provided by the department, to attend lectures from other renowned researchers in specific fields, to have the opportunity to see the candidate professors that come to fill in spots left by retired ones, and to be a cohort that struggled together and succeeded together. I had been at another university prior to this, and the amount of care they showed for the undergraduates and their education was phenomenal."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Not a lot of school spirit but if you don't enjoy that kind of surrounding and love exploring a new city, it's a great location."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Political Science
"I love SFSU. Great professors, onde of the best Poli Sci schools in the nation. Very diverse."
SFSU Alumni, CPA
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2015
  • Degree: Accounting
"SF is a great school that had a good amount of business classes to choose from. I think they have more variety now than when I went to school? The teachers are hit and miss so definitely do some research if you have the ability to select the teacher and class you want. I learned a lot while I was at SF State. The downer is that it is pretty much a commutter college so a lot of people don't stay on campus so campus life isn't as lively as those with a lot of school attendees living nearby. Super super convenient location and reasonably affordable."
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"It's not necessarily for everyone but I would suggest at least taking a couple classes at a community to see if it is. A college degree does not necessarily guarantee a job or that you will even stick with that initial career path but it does give you an advantage and does gives you some overall knowledge about the world. It's also a great place to network and possibly build a group of friends and acquaintances that may serve as resources for you when you graduate. As the cliche goes, college is what you make of it."
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2015
  • Degree: History
"SF State is good school, liberal teachers, wish they were more open to new technologies though - sometimes they are old fashioned in some ways.. but definitely recommend!"
Michelle Sohnlein
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2015
  • Degree: History
"The Museum Studies department from the beginning showed a sense of community and strength. Prior to being accepted the department had a meeting so potential students could ask questions about the application process, student life, work load or any other questions we had. The faculty was welcoming answered all of our questions in great detail; I knew I was going to like the school, and more importantly the department. Once I was accepted, I starting receiving e-mails from teachers forwarding information about jobs and internships; it put my mind at ease knowing that there were jobs out there and that professors would help facilitate the transition from graduate life to working. The cons do not have to do with the program itself if not the school. Paying for tuition is difficult; especially if you are paying for school by yourself. I work a full time job and have to find time to study. Moreover, the fact that the Museum Studies program is limited to San Francisco State makes it difficult to live because it is expensive, but there are several transportation options I can choose from. Overall, the Museum Studies Program is wonderful! It has competent professors who care about their student's futures. Furthermore, the environment is welcoming and offers events for students to network and socialize. When you have such a positive learning environment the cons seem to dissipate."
SFSU history grad
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2015
  • Degree: History
"Overall it's good school and program. I wish there was more guidance and mentorship at the graduate program though. Not sure there was personal attention to each student."
2009 SFSU drama grad
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2015
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"Don't do it. SFSU is working on getting better. I loved my major in general."
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2015
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"Should have chosen to go to another school. Could have been better than it was. Teachers were awful and unhelpful. Facilities need to be updated. Classes were impacted or only offered every other year. Choose another school with better job placement assistance."
Paul Aguilar
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
"The graduate program for Special Education at SFSU has both strengths and weaknesses. Its strengths include great faculty that care about your education and well being. Every semester, teachers let students know of conferences and hiring expos put on by districts in the area. Also, classes are offered at night for the working professional. The two cons of the program are not actual issues with the program itself; cost and required courses and tests. Every semester the cost for enrolling has increased. My paycheck does not increase every semester. The required tests and courses that the state says I need, seem more like a money grab than actual research-based, validated courses that will improve my teaching. This last semester was especially frustrating. I had to take the CSET Writing test ($75); 90 minutes to write two 600 word essays. I was insulted by this test. I already had 30 post graduate units, if I cannot write a 600 word essay, I never should have been awarded a BA or my preliminary credential. I just took a course that was added to the program a couple years ago by the state. This course also insulted my knowledge and skills and felt like a waste of money every time I was in the class."
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I have found the Master's program at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in Kinesiology to be extremely rewarding. The advisors, professors and student body all work cooperatively to make the graduate school experience exceptional. The master's students represent a wide-range of interests and academic pursuits and the professors are always available to help guide and mentor the students. For those who are interested there are plenty of research opportunities in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and sport psychology. The breadth of the curriculum and the number of research opportunities can be overwhelming. With any graduate program you should have an idea of what you would like to do in the program prior to entry. Otherwise, you may end up like me and take all the classes!"
Brooke Lindsley
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2015
  • Degree: English
"While in the graduate program for teaching English as a Second Language, I was also able to teach in the on-campus language center. This combination of theory gained in class and the ability to apply that theory immediately in my teaching was invaluable. Once I secured a full time teaching position, I felt I was able to hit the ground running and it's what set me apart from my colleagues who attended more theory based programs."
Maria Soriano-Miranda
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2014
  • Degree: Counseling
"So far I have had a positive experience at SFSU. The professors and advisors are really helpful and well prepared."
Laura Copado
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2014
  • Degree: Non-Profit Management
"Competitive environment, great advisers, and great networking opportunities"
James Barnhart
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2014
  • Degree: Business
"I completed my Junior and Senior years at SFSU taking mostly night and weekend classes. Since I was working, I never used financial aid, hence the three stars for that service--I never had to use it. For the most part, my courses were challenging and instructive. There were a couple that were useless. Those instructors are gone now so I won't mention names. My BS from SFSU was the only reason I was hired for programming jobs. I am now retired."
  • Reviewed: 10/25/2014
  • Degree: Child Development
"San Francisco State University is an amazing university. I came across many professors while studying psychology and philosophy; all of which were accomplished in their respective field, passionate about their discipline and inspiring to learn from. The way that SFSU has set the degree programs is fruitful for all because there is the requirement to take a minimum number of classes outside one's main discipline. This results in the collaboration of varying perspectives and leads to enhanced creative skills. Also, having a few classes outside of psychology and philosophy enriched my social circle and aided me in self discovery. SFSU encourages study abroad, which I took advantage of and spent my last year studying in Australia. Being outside of the country and exposed to another education system widened and strengthened my perspective and appreciation of my studies at SFSU. It also helped me to realize that the quality of education and research skills that is taught, expected and upheld at SFSU is commendable. I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that I had at SFSU. From my personal experience the faculty, emphasis on creativity and high standard education makes me highly recommend San Francisco State University."
Chris Schouest
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2014
  • Degree: Public Health
"Great school to go for Graduate school. he Public Health program focuses on inequity and social justice."