San Francisco State has distinguished itself as a center of academic scholarship, creative innovation and civic involvement. Located in one of the most vibrant and popular cities in the world, a range of ideas, opinions and resources converge at SF State to offer students unparalleled opportunities for learning, exploration, creativity and discovery.
Founded in 1899, SF State typically enrolls more international students than any other master's degree-granting institution in the United States, according to the Institute of International Education. In 2008, SF State enrolled more than 1,600 international students. Overall, SF State enrolls 2,016 international students representing 94 countries; 499 are graduate students. Asian countries account for 74 percent of the University's matriculated international student body, topped by Japan with 425 students, followed by Taiwan (169 students), South Korea (134), China (117) and Mexico (82).
From the arts to science, journalism to public service, business or teaching, many of San Francisco State's alumni, who total more than 140,000 men and women, are now leaders in their fields.
Nearly every student, alum and faculty member represents an accomplishment and source of pride for SF State. Here are some highlights that demonstrate SF State's particular strengths in advancing scholarly and creative work, linking classroom and community, creating a learning environment, and preparing students to be leaders in a global society.