Empower Students

Everything at SF State — every major, every class, every campus organization — exists for one reason: learning. And the learners who make up our student body are diverse and determined. Seventy percent are students of diverse backgrounds, and a great many come from low-income families. Often they resist family and economic pressures to join the workforce directly out of high school. Instead, they boldly forge new paths as the first in their families to attend college — setting an inspiring example for generations to come.

Student on treadmill with other student checking her vitals

Many of these courageous young people stay in San Francisco upon graduating and make better lives for themselves and their families. They form the very economic backbone of the Bay Area and often go on to shape major business and non-profit sectors statewide, nationally and beyond.

Through Bold. Thinking., we will pave the way for these hardworking students by easing the burden of student loans while increasing graduation rates. In addition to raising funds for scholarships, the campaign will allow us to establish a Student Learning and Achievement Center to enhance academic advising and tutoring opportunities.

We will also expand our successful Metro Academies — a nationally recognized model offering small learning communities during a student’s first two years to promote academic accomplishment, self-sufficiency and a clear path to graduation. In addition, with more students choosing to live on campus today, we will dramatically invigorate student life outside the classroom, which research shows directly impacts student success.


Sinella Aghasi Moshabad

“I've been inspired by my teachers here. When I graduate, I hope to inspire others with my music.

I loved SF State from my first interview. I was blessed to receive the innovative Nagel Scholarship, which covers full tuition for liberal and creative arts students. Faculty have spent so much time with me, helping me grow as a musician and a person. Thanks to the campaign, more students will have this opportunity.”

Sinella Aghasi Moshabad (M.M., ’16) emigrated from Iran in 2010. As a woman and member of a persecuted religious minority in her home country, the violinist sought more opportunities to learn and perform.