Points of Pride

Just one year after SF State was founded in 1899, the school’s teaching methods were defined as “radical.” We’ve been shaking things up ever since. Today, SF State has become a university like no other: firmly connected to our home city and strongly committed creating opportunities for students in the Bay Area and beyond.

major awards

SF STATE ALUMNI HAVE WON more than 10 Pulitzers, 15 Oscars®, 49 Emmys, 10 Grammys, and 12 Tonys, and they have received hundreds of additional nominations.


SF STATE CLAIMS A NUMBER OF FIRSTS, including the nation’s first jazz studies curriculum, international relations degree, and poetry center and archives.


SF STATE ANNUALLY GENERATES more than $1 billion in economic impact – ranking third among universities providing Silicon Valley with skilled professionals.


10 SF STATE FACULTY HAVE WON Faculty Early Career Development grants, one of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards.

service hours

SF STATE STUDENTS DONATE more than 875,000 hours of care to community service programs throughout the Bay Area each year.