San Francisco State University

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San Francisco State University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 15 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars

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Reviews for San Francisco State University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think that San Francisco State has a great passion for promoting diversity within a community. A main memorable experience I have of SF State is first-time student day where they ask everyone about their past experiences and celebrate everyones differences.

Academics

Class size at SF State is really overwhelming and questions the University's ability to accommodate students within the classroom. During the first few days of classes, everyone is sitting on the floor and listening from the hall for the professors lectures and instructions.

College Life

SF State has a huge student center - Cesar Chavez Student Center - where activities take place and is employed by students. The center also offers food vendors, study rooms, and art facilities for creativity and learning.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

My first year of college at San Francisco State was hands down the best year of my entire life. You meet so many people within the first month, because everyone is starting fresh. We would literally hang out with 30 different people each day. It was social explosion. I lived in the dormitories on campus and our floor was a tight knit family. I still see most of the friends I made freshmen year and all of my current room mates (I'm a Junior now) are people I met in the dorms. We would always go out together. Weather it be to go dancing, the beach, the park, parties, protests, dinner or music festivals, we would travel in one big, happy crowd. Our Resident adviser, who lived on our floor was like a big sister to us and I'm not just saying that. She didn't try to act like she was above us, not at all. Jenny looked out for us and worked very hard. The best part of living on campus was the couch wars we had with the other floors. Of course, we weren't aloud to take couches from lobbies, put them in the elevators bringing them to our own floor... but it turned into an enormous competition showing which floors had the most people lounging in their common areas! The 3rd floor's community was very strong and we usually won the couch wars by a landslide. It was so hilarious too because people would get quite emotional about it because when you take someones couch it can be considered a huge sign of disrespect. We would have girls scream at us and guys try and steal the couches when we were still on them. Terribly fun. One day I will never forget is March 4th 2010. As you hopefully know, the state keeps cutting the funding they'd normal contribute to State Colleges. This cuts our classes and raised tuition. March 4th was the day the entire k-12, community colleges, state colleges, universities, faculty and staff marched from their schools to Civic center downtown. We spray painted banners and made t-shirts. My banner said "Bail out Schools, NOT Banks" and my T-shirt said "What would Jesus do? He's fight for education!". I still have both items hanging in my bedroom. We marched around campus dancing and chanting "No cuts, No fees, Education should be free!" and "You say Furlough, we say Hell no!" There were about 15 days throughout my freshmen year that were declared Furlough days where the school made ends meet by canceling classes. So we had less time to complete the same amount of work and the teachers didn't get compensated for these days. It was a mess, so we marched downtown holding our signs and letting our voices be heard. The student organizations passed out free bus tickets and we gathered at civic center with 20,000 people affected by the state's inability to fund our basic right to education. It was powerful, there were speeches, art, musical performers, spoken word, news cameras, and such a heavy presence of young children marching. The unity I felt that day, all of us joining together in support of one cause was astonishing.

Academics

I have taken many mind blowing, eye opening classes here. I have, at the same time struggled to crash (show up one the first day when your not enrolled in a desperate attempt to add a class to your roster) numerous pre-requisite and general ed courses that only have 20 seats when hundreds of students need to take them to graduate. My favorite classes have been: Science and Spirituality of Africa, which taught me that the BLACK Egyptians invented and perfected astronomy, algebra, geometry, medicine, literature and poetry thousands of years before the Greeks and Romans were even reading. English 214 emphasis on Erotic literature. Part of our curriculum was to read the Craig's List "Casual Encounters" ads (if you've never heard of them, you should go look some up, they're hilarious!) and we read numerous twisted, exciting, excerpts from books such as The Piano Teacher by Michael Haneke. We learned about power struggles in relationships and how often roll reversing will make people go nuts. And lastly I deeply loved my Drawing 1 class. I'm a fashion design major, so the school requires me to take this class before I can take my normal Design courses, BUT SAN FRANCISCO STATE ONLY OFFERS ONE DRAWING CLASS PER SEMESTER (if that) and I know that Interior Design, Fine Arts, Print making and Graphic design students all need this course too. I showed up and there was no space for me, so I continued coming to every class until someone finally dropped and there was an open spot. Also this class accepts Fine Arts students before anyone else, so it's full of first time freshmen when seniors still need to take it to graduate. The school expects us to have taken drawing 1 at a community college in addition to going to school at State. This is ridiculous and I'm the only person I know who didn't have to take Drawing 1 at another school. Anyways, my art class was very labor intensive, but extremely fulfilling. Our final project was to create an interactive, political art piece and display it on campus somewhere. I made a dress out of my sketches from that class and placed in onto a life sized Barbie Doll. She was suspended from a rope attached to two windows on opposite sides of this walkway. I left scissors on the floor and placed a message across all the windows on a giant wall of our campus housing. The message read "You dare cut our education short!" and with chalk on the ground I wrote explaining the situation with the school's 1 drawing class and how absurdly our money is spent (for example on our prize winning lawn and gardens). I got huge school wide press coverage and everyone came up and talked to me about their hardships in getting into classes. It was amazing.

College Life

Pretty great, it's a huge campus so we consist of dozens of smaller communities. Music: The Depot at State is a small room underground, below the student center. They would have student DJ's play every first Friday of the month and these people are truly talented. They also have battle of the bands, spoken word, Indie and other live performances. Our school also hosts dance parties, which ARE NOT LAME like a skeptical mind might first think. They choose amazing Electro DJ's and admission is free for students plus one guest. We definitely got down at the dances when we lived on campus. Sports: The only complaint I hear from people is that there is no football team, thus no football games to gather people. However, the baseball, basketball, soccer and wrestling matches are very entertaining. There is also a great inter mural sports league on campus were people create their own teams, pick a skill level to compete in and play once a week. The games are so much fun and even if you just show up to watch, it's a good way to find people who are into the same sports as you. Frats: The best Fraternity I know about on campus is the Jewish frat..I forgot their name. They are sponsored by Rock star so they always have unlimited cans for free and their parties are close to campus and normally have a theme. I love dressing up, and these people aren't the typical "douche bag/bro" frats that only let girls in and act like fools. This Fraternity and most of the Frats and Sororities at SFSU are made up of sweethearts and their events are a lot of fun!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 1990

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

SFSU was the perfect school for me. I met some great professors during my years, one of which (Dr. John Barsotti) became a mentor for many years after graduation. SFSU's Radio and Television program is one of the best in the country. My experience at SFSU was a successful blend of my thirst for an independent educational experience with school resources and guidance to support me as needed. In the end, SFSU prepared me quite well for post graduation reality.

Academics

I graduated in 1990. At the time, SFSU had about 25,000 students but it never seemed crowded. That was particularly true in Radio and Television where class sizes were never greater than about 30 to 1. If I recall, some of the general education courses had larger student to teacher ratios but it seemed appropriate for the course work. I had more talented professors than not. Workload was manageable and also seemed appropriate.

College Life

SFSU is located in a quieter part of San Francisco so the neighborhood is somewhat remote of downtown and it's surrounding neighborhoods. It's also located in an area of San Francisco more affected by fog. That never bothered me. San Francisco is one of the best cities in the world to be a college student. It provides for an excellent play ground, culturally diverse and international yet manageable with good public transportation. The campus always felt safe. Club sports were fun yet competitive. The entire Bay Area is at your disposal when you live in San Francisco, whether you're on campus or off.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2007

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

In the cinema department, it was very important to push hard to get the education needed to make yourself successful upon graduation. Continually talk to the teachers and use the resources that are available. Find the campus life, it is there even though on the surface it seems only like a commuter school.

Academics

Class sizes were great, very manageable and made it very easy to approach teachers. Professors were very knowledgeable. There were not as many optional extra lectures, special guests that a student could go to after his/her classes. (I think that has changed in the few years since I've graduated)

College Life

Due to budget constraints, athletics were being cut while I was there. The football team had been cut years ago so there was not a tangible team or something to rally around. Weekend activities were almost nonexistent. Clubs were pretty good and provided a lot of outlets for activities. Campus safety was good.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

It was the perfect school for me. I needed a large (many and diverse offerings) university to satisfy my varied interests. The diversity was not something I sought, but I found it to be a tremendous positive. This is not a college town type school. It is a place for people who love learning and want to live in one the most stimulating and positive places on earth.

Academics

The professors were fantastic. I love learning. You do not receive the kind of personal attention offered by small colleges, but the quality of the courses is bar none. If you aren't trying, they don't reach out to you. You have to be motivated and engaged to get the most of the opportunity. If you are ready to bring it, they give you what you need and more.

College Life

This is not a school for people who want to tailgate before the big game and attend rallies. The only reason I ever attended a sporting event was because my cousin was playing in it. School pride is about being part of a dynamic community of young people in one of the coolest cities in the world.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1992

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 1974

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Former Student - Last Attended 2012

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

San Francisco State University is an outstanding school with proficient professors, classes, clubs and talented students. My favorite part of this school is how you truly feel part of a community. Students at this school love what they do and want to get other students interested. The campus is beautiful; decorated with greenery, intricate artwork, and sculptures. The center of the school is the Caesar Chavez Center; this is where most students go to get food, play pool, buy a book at the bookstore, or talk to a club personnel. If I was to give a tip to a prospective student it would be use the library! It is a wonderful quiet place to study by yourself or to get a study group together and utilizing the study rooms. In addition, if you are having trouble in a certain class meet up with your teacher during his or her office hours. Office hours are available for a reason so use them if you would like some one on one additional help.

Academics

I just about finished all of my general education classes and prerequisites for nursing. I was enrolled in an abundant amount of science classes that required taking a lab course. I enjoyed these classes, especially the lab courses, because they are visual and hands on which makes learning more desirable. Every professor I had taught in a manor that kept my attention and helped me absorb the information. I advise freshman and sophomore students to take up to 15 credits a semester to get your general education done, so you can go on to achieving your degree as fast as you can.

College Life

This college has a vast social atmosphere with clubs and organizations. There are so many to choose from and all provide great benefits. Being a part of a club gets you involved, you meet new people and is great for your resume. This campus has ample safety including a police office in the back of the school if needed. I went to a couple of the activities the school held on the weekends for instance, the San Francisco State Powwow. students work hard to put on these activities so it is fun to show up and show your support.


Former Student - Last Attended 1989

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

San Francisco State University (SFSU) is a an excellent school with top of the line facilities and academic and given the price, is also an exceptional deal for an education. This is exactly the type of school and student body you would expect to find in the city of San Francisco filled with diverse and international students.

Academics

Most of my professors were great. The facilities and labs were all in decent shape. Many of my classes were general so had a fair amount of students in them and they were sometimes taught by TA's. I took a fair amount of art classes to support my fine arts major and I found the teachers to be skilled and knowledgeable.

College Life

When I attended San Francisco State University, some of the dorms were a little run down, but I believe they all have been renovated. The food was about average for a college, but most of my meals were off-campus and given all the diverse and great inexpensive food around, it was great eating even on a limited budget. And of course being in San Francisco, there was so much too do when I was out of class. In fact, wayyyy too much going on that it sometimes was a little too distracting.


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