San Francisco State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,742

4.93% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$13,551

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

5.35%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

70.5%

34,524 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

29,758

81.4% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

53.2%

1,920 Graduates

About

San Francisco State University is a higher education institution located in San Francisco County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at San Francisco State University were General Business Administration & Management (1,410 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (330 degrees), and General Psychology (315 degrees).

In 2017, 7,364 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at San Francisco State University. 57.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were asian (1,985 degrees), 1.06 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1878 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at San Francisco State University is $5,742, which is $-20,758 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at San Francisco State University is $5,742, which is $-20,758 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,551.

In 2017, 59% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 34% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,742

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at San Francisco State University was $5,742. The cost of tuition at San Francisco State University is $-20,758 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$13,551

2017 Value

2.27%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 San Francisco State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,551. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of San Francisco State University grew by 2.27%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,882

Room and Board

$1,900

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at San Francisco State University was of $13,882 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,900. The cost of room and board increased by 3.33% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.15% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

34%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at San Francisco State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 1.67% with respect to 2016, when 60% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

5.35%

2016 Default Rate

289

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at San Francisco State University was 5.35%, which represents 289 out of the 5406 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

San Francisco State University received 34,524 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 4.69% annual decline. Out of those 34,524 applicants, 24,327 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 70.5% acceptance rate.

There were 29,758 students enrolled at San Francisco State University in 2017, and 88% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

San Francisco State University has an overall enrollment yield of 17.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

70.5%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

24,327

Accepted Out of 34,524

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of San Francisco State University was 70.5% (24,327 admissions from 34,524 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 68.2%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -4.69%, while admissions declined by -1.53%.

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SAT Scores

88%

Submission Percentage

3,821

Scores Submitted

88% of enrolled first-time students at San Francisco State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

San Francisco State University has a total enrollment of 29,758 students. The full-time enrollment at San Francisco State University is 24,215 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,543. This means that 81.4% of students enrolled at San Francisco State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at San Francisco State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 31.1% Hispanic or Latino, 25% Asian, 19.9% White, 6.15% Two or More Races, 5.35% Black or African American, 0.403% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.185% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at San Francisco State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (21%), followed by Asian Female (13.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (12.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (24.9%), followed by Asian Female (12.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (12.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at San Francisco State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 29,758 students. The full-time enrollment at San Francisco State University is 24,215 and the part-time enrollment is 5,543. This means that 81.4% of students enrolled at San Francisco State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at San Francisco State University was 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), San Francisco State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    9,261

  2. Asian

    7,435

  3. White

    5,924

The enrolled student population at San Francisco State University is 31.1% Hispanic or Latino, 25% Asian, 19.9% White, 6.15% Two or More Races, 5.35% Black or African American, 0.403% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.185% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,329 students (4.47%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 1140 more women than men received degrees from San Francisco State University. The majority of degree recipients at San Francisco State University are asian (1,985 degrees awarded). There were 1.06 times more asian graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1878 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at San Francisco State University is General Business Administration & Management (1,410 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (330 degrees) and General Psychology (315 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at San Francisco State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (140 degrees awarded), English (279 degrees), and Communications (565 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (249,762 people), Other managers (183,108 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (136,834 people), Postsecondary teachers (125,716 people), and Education administrators (85,363 people).

The most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Cultural & Gender Studies (140 degrees awarded), English (279 degrees), Communications (565 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (68 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (297 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Sales managers, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Cultural & Gender Studies (140 degrees awarded), English (279 degrees), Communications (565 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (68 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (297 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Elementary & secondary schools (457,089 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (306,887 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (159,243 people), Computer Systems Design (141,006 people), and Legal services (126,411 people).

The most specialized majors at San Francisco State University are Cultural & Gender Studies (140 degrees awarded), English (279 degrees), Communications (565 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (68 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (297 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by San Francisco State University.

Most Common

  1. 1410 degrees awarded

  2. 330 degrees awarded

  3. 315 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at San Francisco State University was General Business Administration & Management with 1410 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,112

  2. 4,252

In 2017, 3,112 degrees were awarded to men at San Francisco State University, which is 0.732 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,252).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 807 degrees were awarded to men at San Francisco State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.19 times more than the 679 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 679 degrees were awarded to women at San Francisco State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.841 times less than the 807 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%

100% Completion Time

51%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 18% of students graduating from San Francisco State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 51% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 56% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (63%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at San Francisco State University is Female and Asian (63% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.28% of graduates (63 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    1,985 degrees awarded

  2. White

    1,878 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,690 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at San Francisco State University is asian (1,985 degrees awarded). There were 1.06 times more asian recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1878 degrees).

6.31% of degree recipients (465 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Asian Female

    1,081 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Female

    1,079 degrees awarded

  3. White Female

    1,059 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at San Francisco State University is asian female (1,081 degrees awarded). There were 1 times more asian female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (1,079 degrees).

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Operations

San Francisco State University has an endowment valued at nearly $47.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.36M (2.84%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, San Francisco State University had a total expenditure of $505M. Of that $505M, they spent $211M on salaries and $505M on benefits.

San Francisco State University employs 331 Professors, 207 Associate professors, and 171 Assistant professors. Most academics at San Francisco State University are Male Professors (189), Female Professors(142), and Female Associate professors (121).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Francisco State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 527 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 211 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 172 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$47.8M

2017 Endowment

2.24%

growth from 2016

San Francisco State University has an endowment valued at about $47.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of San Francisco State University grew 2.24% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $239M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $20.7M - Federal

  2. $2.13M - State

  3. $1.78M - Local

As of 2017, San Francisco State University received $20.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.13M from state grants and contracts, and $1.78M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$211M

Salary Expenditure

$505M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, San Francisco State University had a total expenditure of $505M. Of that $505M, they spent $211M on salaries and $505M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at San Francisco State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$211M

2017 Salaries

6.94%

growth from 2016

In 2017, San Francisco State University paid a median of $211M in salaries, which represents 41.7% of their overall expenditure ($505M) and a 6.94% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.15% decline from 2015 and a 2.44% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$80.8M

Instructional Salaries

842

Number of Employees

In 2017, San Francisco State University paid a total of $80.8M to 842 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $25.2M (35.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

331 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

527 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at San Francisco State University were Professor with 331 employees; Associate professor with 207 employees; and Associate professor with 171 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Francisco State University were Business and Financial Operations with 527 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 211 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 172 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at San Francisco State University was Male Professor with 189 employees, Female Professor with 142 employees, and Female Associate professor with 121 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at San Francisco State University.

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