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Rank: 226

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CAwww.sfsu.edu
Community service is a key feature of San Francisco State's programs. The school of about 25,000 undergrads and 5,000 graduate students was one of the first universities in the U.S. to offer academic credit for community work, as well as one of the first to include community service learning hours on students' transcripts. Students can choose among about 500 public service-related courses in a wide variety of areas, including health care fields, urban studies, and public administration. Bachelor's degrees are available in around 80 academic areas, with about 50 areas of concentration; master's degrees range from business to the arts. SFU has two doctorates as well -- an Ed.D. and a Ph.D. in special education, offered jointly with UC-Berkeley. A unique offering at the school is its College of Ethnic Studies, which houses programs in Asian Studies, Africana Studies, Latinoa/Latina studies, and other discplines. The school takes pride in its entertainment-oriented coursework, such as cinema, music, and writing, and counts an impressive number of Oscar, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize nominees among its alumni, including actors Annette Bening and Danny Glover. Two off-campus centers provide on-the-ground opportunities for field work: the Romburg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, which focuses on tidal marshes and estuarine habitat; and SFU's Sierra Nevada Field Campus, a site for classes and research in environmental subjects.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$27,400
% of students who get any grants
60%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,200
Average price for low-income students
$9,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
68%
Median SAT/ACT Score
980/21
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
29,485
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
89%
% of need met
70%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$1,850
student success
Graduation rate
53%
Average time to a degree
4.8 years
Average student debt
$17,300
Average salary within 3 years
$52,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
35%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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