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  • 08/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 out of 36 people found this review useful. 1 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    EVERY TYPE!

    Tips for prospective students

    The city, the school, the people, and the diversity of SF State make it a choice location for any perspective student. Everyone fits into this big school somewhere.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a deal! If you find an apartment in the city instead of paying for the dorms you save a bundle of money, and get away from school once you're done with your classes.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Francisco is one of the best city's on earth, so yes, I am enjoying it here. The dorms at SFState are horrid, and I luckily did not have to live in them my first year. It is difficult to make friends in such a big school, but I'm still enjoying myself.

    Am learning a lot

    I have enjoyed all but one teacher in my first year here at SF State. My teachers are committed to giving me the best education they can and that's a lot to ask for from a state school.

  • 01/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 out of 25 people found this review useful. 2 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student! SF State offers a variety of opportunities for success and you live in one of the greatest cities! Many opportunities to network within the school & outside of SFSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with an organization of your interest! It is the best way to network & advance yourself. Also, utilize the professor's office hours! It may be intimating at first, but once the professors can put a name to a face you will most likely gain a connection with them and learn a lot more. Check for your professor's teaching style & ratings on ratemyprofessor.com. CARP offers FREE tutoring in most subjects! The Cesar Chavez Student Center is awesome & is designed for student's success & their enjoyment. The library is still under reconstruction, but the Annex is one of the best places to get work done. Also, be prepared for the changing weather! It will be sunny one minute then cold and foggy the next.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally do not live in the dorms because I save so much money living in an apartment. I have friends at the dorms & I've been to all of the types of dorms at SF State. The Mary Ward Halls (freshmen dorms) are okay. Not much privacy, but you meet tons of people. The Towers & Village are the way to go if you're looking for apartment style living, But they are more expensive than the MW Halls. Tuition at SF is reasonable & being a student here has many advantages: Melting pot, transportation is cheap, & many opportunities for exposure available academically professionally in the city.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere of SF State. So much diversity. Find an organization that you're interested in & it will be the best move you'll ever make!

    Am learning a lot

    Classes that are offered here at state are interesting. ALL professors here at state are passionate about their discipline and they are very helpful! We have great and supportive departments. I am a Biology major at state with hopes of attending UCSF for med school and they provide a lot of support. The Biology department is one of the best in the CSU system since SFSU has a lot of connections with Biotech companies in the bay area and health care companies. The Biology department is ranked #3 in the public universities when I read reviews about it.

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 3 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I feel that SF State is a very well rounded school that anyone would enjoy attending. The biggest issue I've noticed among students is the weather. A lot of the kids (mostly from SoCal) have had some trouble adjusting to the weather in this area. It's usually foggy in this area however there has been a lot of sun recently. However, should one decide to go to school here one will have to get used to the cold weather. People that enjoy the cold (like me) will get along just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like I said before, tuition is not cheap. It WILL take a lot of work to pay off any potential debts one may accumulate over a few years. That said, if you're still in high school and plan to apply and attend here, go for as many scholarships as possible. It shouldn't have to be said but I didn't go for a single scholarship in my high school senior year and now it's kinda biting me in the rear end. The more free money you can get to pay for college, the better off you'll be in the long run.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive. It will take a lot of pooling resources and work to pay off any student debts one will potentially owe. However food is fairly cheap and you get a lot of it. In addition, there's 99 cent Arizona Iced Teas. No tax. Can't say no to that!

    Am enjoying being here

    I wouldn't still be here if I hated it here. This is a matter of personal taste but I LOVE the cold foggy weather. Although there have been cases of occasional sunlight. There is also a mall right next to the campus where students like to eat, go shopping, and just kick back. The campus is also about fifteen minutes or so away from the city (depending on how long you wait for a bus and train). San Francisco is filled with its fair share of restaurants, clubs, and general entertainment. It's a bit tourist-y but it's still fun nonetheless with all the sights and sounds.

    Am learning a lot

    As I'm still a freshman, it's still a tad bit too early to pass final judgement on whether or not I'm learning a lot. However, I will say that I am so far enjoying all my classes and learning far more than I thought I initially would. Yes, what and how much you learn will vary by professor. I will admit that I'm learning a bit less than I hoped I would in one of my classes (I won't say which one) but most classes aren't like that. The professors are very approachable (except some may require you to make an appointment; my English professor does) and WILL help you in any way they can. Many students are intimidated at the prospect of having to talk to their professors one on one but that intimidation is what causes them to fail or at least do less than they hoped. Long story short, you'll learn a lot just be sure to visit your professors from time to time. Some of them will require you to a set number of times per semester.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded students who love to be included in deciding your own educational process. There are countless activities in the quad, and students definitely have a strong say at SFSU. The ethnic studies college is HUGE here, and was actually the first ethnic studies college to ever be created. San Francisco is beautiful and endless, so those who like to explore AND have options should definitely at least apply here. Come tour the campus and you'll fall in love. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Personally, I wouldn't be nearly as happy living in such small quarters as the Mary's (average two person rooms with shared bathroom on the floor), so I suggest being on time with your housing applications and applying to the Towers or the Village at Centenial Square (which have multiple bedrooms, shared living rooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom), unless you prefer to be in such close quarters with so many people. Also, don't be afraid to apply to a major that is impacted. I applied straight into the journalism major (one of the most if not THE most impacted major at SF State) without any previous experience, just a strong desire to learn journalism, and I got in! Also, pick an early date for your orientation if you do get accepted and choose SF State, because the fun classes fill up really fast! (I also suggest taking RPT 230, Growth Through Adventure. You go on three field trips: Rock climbing, ropes course, and snow camping [if you're in the Fall semester] or white water rafting [if you're in the Spring semester]. It is easily the most fun and exciting 3 units you will ever take!!)

    Bang for the buck

    I haven't had to deal witha single problem that I'd wished my money hadn't been spent on. The only complaint I have is that the DC (dining center) isn't always perfect, but they like to experiment and offer a complaint/suggestions box. They are very stable with their basics though (salad bar, noodle place, stir fry, desserts, late night dining section, and worker-made salads are always available given the hour of the day). Also, if one is not happy with the DC other options such as Burritos in the Park (mexican food) and the Cantina (pizza, pasta, stomboli's) are open weekdays until 8 pm.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is so nice! I haven't ran into a single person that I've just thought, Wow, what a jerk. I live in the Towers at Centenial Square, and although the floors tend not in interact with each other as much as in the Mary Ward or Mary Park halls, the rooms are spacious and dormlife members (RA's) offer many fun events many times a week for us to participate in. San Francisco is an AMAZING city, and there is always something to do for everyone whether they like to go to club events, explore nature, attend meetings, or just take a simple walk to the beach.

    Am learning a lot

    The school offers a wide variety of options in classes and majors, and there is something for literally everybody. The teachers are very committed and always welcome students to visit them during office hours whenever needed and as often as possible for help in their class, on a paper, etc.

  • 01/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 5 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's a pretty varied campus. If you want a unique college experience, you're bound to find a unique niche here. The weather isn't for everyone, though, so be prepared for clouds and rain.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend office hours, attend office hours, attend office hours. Professors stay overtime to answer your questions, and most of them want your money to go to actually learning something. Take advantage. Don't miss class. It's tempting to sleep through your morning classes, yes, but don't forget that you're paying for those. Know your sleeping schedule before registering. If it isn't realistic for you to get up at 8:10 every Monday for a Math class, then don't register for that class. Register early.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, yes, and you'll find yourself frustrated more than a few times at excess costs, like textbooks and housing. But that isn't unique to SF State, you'll find that everywhere. Some courses are impacted, but that shouldn't stop you from at least researching the school. You can usually find thrifty ways of saving a few dollars by buying used books or making friends in the classes.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is located in one of the most diverse and unique cities in the Country. You never forget you're in San Francisco, as every part of the city is just a bus ride away. You will constantly find yourself venturing downtown for either the night life or an exhibit. There is almost always some sort of festival or show going on somewhere. The city has a lot to offer, and the school is pretty good when it comes to advertising those opportunities. Aside from that, you can usually find something fun going on around campus, from student-organized Zombie apocalypses or stand-up comedy nights. There's something here for everyone.

    Am learning a lot

    This school is great when it comes to one on one instruction. Attend office hours! I cannot stress how helpful they are if you miss a class or an important concept during a lecture. The classes offered here are wonderful and there are some enthusiastic instructors that can make a three hour lecture class sound like fun.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 8 people found this review useful. 6 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Bay area commuters, those who love SF, students who want to live in the city environment while going to school.

    Bang for the buck

    I think this school would be great for those who want the basics - an education. The dorms are expensive, so skip out and get a great apartment nearby for a lot less (not Parkmerced though). I just wish the campus had a little more LIFE in it - sports, greek life, and school spirit. And I also have to mention that it's really hard to get classes because of the budget, and I don't see this problem getting any better, but that's a problem every state student is facing.

    Am enjoying being here

    I think this school is great. SF is great to explore, especially while we're young. I wish this school were a little closer to everything but it's also nice that the campus is a piece of peace and quiet amongst a busy city.

    Am learning a lot

    I've only been here a semester, but I'm learning a lot. All the teachers I've had are committed to helping you learn something. But really, your education is what you make of it, so of course... go to class. :)

  • 01/25/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    those who enjoy cold weather, and being surrounded by all types of personalities

    Tips for prospective students

    For the first I recommend staying in the dorms, even though it is a bit expensive it allows you to meet and make a lot of friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Transportation is cheap and gets you around San Francisco with ease.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being in San Francisco, the weather could be a bit cold at times but other than that it is really beautiful, the campus especially.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors that I had during my first semester at SF State were very helpful. I learned new things and got to review things that I have nearly forgotten. If a professor has office hours, use them, during those time your teacher can help you with things in a one on one environment

  • 06/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 8 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Come here if you want to go to a college in a big city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't move here with a car. It's so not worth it, parking fees, street cleaning tickets, gas and all that add up. You can bike or bus it anywhere for cheap, save the environment and your money.

    Bang for the buck

    SFSU is a state school so it's cheaper in comparison to private schools. It's even cheaper than it's UC counterpart. However, cheaper doesn't mean less quality. The professors here are top notch and teach you as well or ever better than ones in other universities.

    Am enjoying being here

    SFSU has the best of both worlds, a college-life experience but in a large bustling city. Lots of parties if you know where to look, plus the school has a monthly rave/club type event held in the student center. There is always something to do in the city and is only a bus ride away. There is amazing food options here, on campus and a close by. Everyone is positive with smiles and carefree and always willing to help.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of dedicated professors here that are passionate about the subject they teach. You can really see that they are here because they want to spread knowledge not just on their tenure for the money.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus has a special hotline available at late hours for people who need an escort to their apartments nearby. they've also been installing several emergency, blue light phones that are easy to access in case you need them. walking across campus doesn't take a long time and its relatively easy to find someplace safe.

    Greek Life

    greek life is not too obvious on campus at sfsu. this is because there's no specific greek row connected with the school, but if you're into greek life, there are a lot of great options. i met a co-ed group that focused on community service that actually changed my mind about greek houses. while i haven't been interested in joining a sorority or fraternity, if you are, be ready to get some serious work done.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many activities and options when it comes to clubs at sfsu. if you live in the residence halls, talking to resident assistants can make finding the right on campus group easy. in the residence halls we have everything great about you (egay, an lgbtqqa group), black residents of university housing (bruh, open to people of all races), and every hall has a student run government that works to make living on campus fun. on the main campus you have every club you'd expect at such a diverse school. here's a full directory: http://www.sfsu.edu/~lead/org/index.html most of these clubs are incredibly active and work incredibly hard to keep their members happy. for students interested in study abroad or learning new languages and cultures, joining the international education exchange council (ieec) is the absolute best thing you can do. they are by far the most active club that i know of and there are tons of international students that just want american friends. they've also won awards for their work.

    Great for these types of students

    every kind! sf state has an open arms approach to its students, and once you get a couple of layers on, you'll be hugging back. while yes it is a liberal arts school, their business and science departments are no joke.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is not the expensive part about attending this school-- it'll cost as much as any other csu or su you go to. the tricky part is living, but you'll save thousands by living off campus, and then it's up to you to not go crazy when you're downtown. public transportation is cheap, easy, and incredibly reliable, so i recommend using it as much as possible.

    What to do for fun

    it's san francisco, what can't you do? it's so easy to get anywhere fast and there are tons of cites, and people, that can let you in on anything going on. sf is small but that just makes finding what you want easier. there's something for everyone in this city, but i do recommend staying away from the tenderloin.

    Food and Dining

    food depends on where you live. if you're stuck on campus with the 19 meal plan that your mom got because she was convinced you'd starve, there are three places you can go. the dining center offers variety but they aren't always that good, cantina always has pizza and pasta, and if you need your burrito, check to see if larry is in cafe in the park. you will love him. however, if you're feeding yourself, the cesar chavez student center has really good restaurants downstairs, and ike's place is supposed to be opening there (get there early as they have a long line type of reputation). eating at school is really easy, and delicious, but if you ever feel the need there's a mall just across the street to the north with a food court, olive garden, and a trader joe's. and of course, eating else where in the city if bound to be an experience you'll enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    i loved residential life, but not the cost. i made so many friends living on campus that i wouldn't have met otherwise. it's easy to find your second family here, so if you do live on campus, i promise you there's a 95% chance you won't regret it.

    Academic Rigor

    i'm a japanese major and my teachers definitely demand the best. there's only one teacher i don't personally like, but most students love that one and can't figure out the rest. i've found all of my classes to be rewarding because i can't just twiddle my fingers, as every teacher, not just in my department, cuts through all the bull you can give like it's butter. of course, the key to doing well is showing up and paying attention, but this school really suits everyone i've met here, so if you choose to attend, you'll probably like the academics as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    they attract most of their freshmen by giving them first priority when signing up for classes, but once you're a sophomore that privilege vanished and it's really hard to get classes. don't use school internet when signing up for classes because it might crash.

    In three sentences

    it's an easy school to love with a lot of options available. i think it's really easy to get around and the teachers really love their subjects. also, it's really cold.

  • 12/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People with open minds. There's tons of different people who live in San Francisco its so diverse. You're always learning new things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of the weather! If you can find housing near campus do it living on campus is a tad bit expensive. Do not bring a car when you first move up there is no parking or it is expensive. Everyone takes public transportation its a lot cheaper and takes you all around town.

    Bang for the buck

    San Francisco State prides itself at being one of the cheaper Cal States. The campus is beautiful and green but classes are kind of hard to get. Housing is a tad bit expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm originally from SoCal and like many people have said it does take some getting use to. The weather is very different up here lots of fog but not too much rain. You learn to layer clothes to keep warm. There's always stuff going on in the city. There's tons of public transportation and pretty cheap. After you get use to the weather its not to bad.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only been at State for a semester so far but i feel that I have learned a great deal of material. The teachers are passionate about their subjects and want to learn. Go to office hours if you don't understand things.

  • 03/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who don't prefer a huge campus but like convenient transportation and don't mind the weather changing very often or even unexpectedly.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need help with any subject, make you sure talk to the professor, go to their office hours, or even get tutoring at school. People are there to help you so make sure you use it when you need it! Also consider joining an organization or program to meet people and be closer to the school community.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition has been increasing, which of course isn't very appealing. Also, it's a lot harder to get classes nowadays so students need to use their early priority registration for classes wisely.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have met a lot of new friends coming to this school. Of course, it is a whole lot easier meeting people in a smaller class than a larger one. It's pretty easy to get from one building to another because there are a lot of paths. It's also easy to take the buses to different parts of the city.

    Am learning a lot

    Almost all my professors are there to make sure I am learning. Some of them stop occasionally during class time to ask if there are any questions and some give students time after class to clarify anything. I got to admit, the classes I took that have to do with studying other cultures are awesome because the professors I have had were really passionate about whatever they talk about.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus, even at night when the fog rolls in. If you're a girl though, it's probably wise to carry a small can of pepper spray with you as a precaution if you find that you walk alone at night often, regardless of where you are on or off campus.

    Great for these types of students

    It is definitely a Liberal campus, and a lot of students are very politically active. If you are looking for a place to discover yourself and express your individuality, or to be a part of a group that is involved on or off campus, this is the place for you. This school is very welcoming to all ethnicities and walks of life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a few hidden areas tucked away, secret gardens if you will. There are quite a few neat little paths that lead to areas where you can read, eat, hang out and listen to your ipod. There are natural benches made out of tree trunks all around campus and a lot of diverse and interesting architecture and sculptures.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, or come to one of the talks done by a professor or other speakers. They can be very influential and informative. Being involved in the campus community can open up a lot of doors for networking and for information for graduate school if that's what you're interested in. There is almost always something going on in the Student Services center, and there are a lot of fun events to join in on. The theater has done some remarkable plays that are definitely worth seeing. Plus, you are only a short bus or train ride from the city which has endless possibilities for activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is excellent, they have a huge variety of different kinds of food from around the world to choose from. They have a large portion of healthier and vegetarian options which is very nice, since I do not eat meat. The pricing is a little high, but nothing so outrageous that it is completely non affordable for a student. You should be able to find something you like.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus with roommates, so I cannot say how the dorm life is. I've heard that the dorms are nice, but can be cramped which is to be expected. They are all very close to campus and make it a lot easier for transportation, especially if you are new to the city and don't know your way around yet. They aren't cheap though, so if you're looking to save money I highly recommend using the school's roommate finder and getting an apartment near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    SFSU has good standing on academic rigor, and I would have to say that I have been challenged mentally in a very good way. Most professors I've had understand that students are human, and life doesn't happen on a semester basis. But they expect you to be interactive with your education, to take initiative in doing the assigned work, and coming to the professors in their office hours if you are having difficulties.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what your major is. Many majors are impacted, and having a major you end up changing is WAY better than being undeclared. Get to know the teachers, they are more than willing to get to know you and to help in any way they can to make your education easier.

    In three sentences

    You can tell that (most) teachers really care about their students, and have been doing their best to be there despite all of the drastic budget cuts. It has impacted the availability of services, which is disappointing; but you can see where the faculty and staff put out the extra effort in still making resources available and allowing the students to be informed. It is a great campus to be politically active or to be in a club and participate in community activities.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's a police department located on campus and patrol in the evenings. If you need a ride somewhere across campus and don't feel safe walking alone in the dark you can call campus security's non-emergency hot line and request that an officer give you a ride to wherever you need to go as long as it is around campus or Park Merced. They're a very genuine police team and are on it when they are called. Always have a friend go with you places, never go anywhere alone when it's dark out or at least always let someone know where you are headed when you go somewhere at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an overwhelming amount of clubs on campus varying from Anime Club to the LGBT Organizations. They have a club for pretty much every major you can study on campus and they have a fantastic student life program that helps you create your own organization step by step. There's always something going on in the Quad (if weather permitting), you'll usually see huge speakers on the stage next to the Student center with performers or an announcer promoting some kind of club or activity for the day. There are even tables that surround the quad with all the many different clubs promoting different events. And although San Francisco State University is known as a commuter school, there's so much involvement from so many students. The campus life is made so much more alive because of all these organizations!

    Great for these types of students

    SFSU is great for you if you are open minded to new ideas of living life. It is also a great community for those who want to express their sexual identity in a free, undiscriminated manner or for those who wish to become multi culturally sensitive. SFSU offers a lot of insight on how to be a more compassionate, a more kind-hearted individual entering the real world. Go to SFSU if you want to cultivate a positively colorful attitude looking at life.

    What to do for fun

    ResLife throws an awesome dance party every month called Noise Complaint. It's completely free and lasts until 1AM. They play a lot of hip electronic music and today's hip hop playlist. They have even featured some well-known DJs such as Crystal Castles, DJ Left Lane and Cut Copy. Not too bad for a college concert in my book. There's also the Cesar Chavez Center that provides an arcade center for students. It also hosts musicians, singers and entertainers for The Depot during some weekdays. There's even a on-campus bar and a billards room. Sounds like the hot spot to me!

    Food and Dining

    The dinning plaza meals contain a lot of sodium. I wouldn't recommend staying on a diet of just SFSU's dinning room foods, they aren't the healthiest servings on Earth. I would recommend eating at the on-campus Subway, SFSU's marketplace sandwiches or purchasing groceries from local Trader Joe's which is not at all far from campus. You would save a lot of money cooking your own meals at home, not to mention a mouthful amount of calories.

    Dorm Life

    Mary Ward Hall and Mary Park Hall are the two loudest dorms. There are a ton of friendly groups of friends who hang out in the hallways and play games taking a break from school work. It has a very lively environment, though probably not the quietest area when trying to study for a final during the final weeks of the semester. The Towers, Science Hall and Village are probably the quieter areas to live in, but a bit more pricey.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what major you're studying. If you're studying Communication Studies, you can expect a lot of writing on your part and a ton of observing. From a Microbiologist standpoint, you'll have to delve deeper into your coursework by learning all the foundations of math and physics. It really depends on how much energy you put into your work and assignments. Make every effort to see your professors during their office hours and schedule monthly appointments to visit with your academic counselor to check and make sure you're on track for graduating on time! Overall, the academic rigor is quite doable, it's the perfect level of difficulty for any aspiring, prospective student who wishes to attend a Cal State like San Francisco State University.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip is to use San Francisco State University to the fullest! Use resources such as ResLife, a program on campus that helps you get situated living on your own, or even the counseling center which provides free listeners who help you deal with life's emotional roller coaster. There's even a Holistic Health Library on campus that offers free massages on Thursday mornings if you're stressed out before a test! There's tutoring, a research study/commons room and a terrific staff that is there to offer you the help whenever you need it! All you have to do is be your biggest motivator and push yourself to get the help you need when you need it and do your best.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is a diverse school full of people who come from all over the globe. The student life can be described by drawing from a pool of contradicting adjectives; wild but conservative, free yet structured, exotic however simple. It's a combination of polar opposites, a great school to gain experience and insight valuable for learning in all aspects of life.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    independent students, young students(as compared to people going back to scool), students looking for more than just a degree.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a good education but classes can be very hard to get due to budget cuts. Its not a good deal. If you want to get out quick go to a private school, but if you want an experience come here.

    Am learning a lot

    Teachers are helpful, LOTS of resources available for students.

  • 01/19/2010

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 5 people found this review useful. 15 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Ensure you are able to live in constant foggy and rainy conditions!

    Did enjoy being here

    I loved it

    Did learn a lot

    The education at SFSU is very thorough and rigorous. I appreciated the input from all my professors. The campus itself is really well taken care of, although sometimes you have to run from class to class if they're across campus from each other.

  • 03/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school is very laid-back; so any students that are looking to study and learn in an easy-going and natural envorinment, this is the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    As bad as the housing provided my be, I would suggest living in the dorms for atleast the first year. I made the decision to live off-campus my first year and I regret it. I know that it would have been a lot easier for me to make friends and be more involved if I lived on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price that students have to pay to attend this school, I'd say it is worth it. Having access to both rural and urban landscapes is definitely a bog plus. The school is extremely close to the beach and the city. Being able to get aroound so easily and having so many opportunities from the placement of this school has been a big reason why paying the price has not been as painful.

    Am enjoying being here

    The main thing I enjoy about this college is the campus. The campus is beautiful. Although it is not very large, the scenery makes up for it. Throughout the whole school a wide variety of trees, plants and flowers are arranged. All of this adds to the natural feeling of the school. It is as though you are walking through a forest rather than a college campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The academic aspect of this school has been very enjoyable. I've been able to take a variety of classes that I've learned so many new things from. The professors that I've come in contact with have been excellent. I had no problems with any of them. The workload was not overwhelming and I was able to gain knowledge while interacting with both the professors and fellow students.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 155

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    Great for these types of students

    For the more liberal minded students, this University will be suitable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure this is the place you want to go to, it doesn't seem to be for everyone, but I like it.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a metropolitan area, or so it seems, so there are bound to be opportunities that would be very attractive.

    Will enjoy being here

    The fame of San Francisco has not escaped my hearing. I have heard plenty of positive feedback on this city.

    Will learn a lot

    It seems to be a healthy, open-minded environment, perfect for learning new things.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 155

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like the city and are outgoing this is a place for you. Being a shy person, I can't say I made plenty of friends and I certainly don't join in with the people walking around drunk in the halls of Mary Park, but still I really enjoy the classes and San Francisco.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before you decide and get a feel for the city to make sure it's right for you. Get a Clipper Card for the Muni and set up automatic loading on-line, it saves you time and you're worry-free!

    Bang for the buck

    Umm, I don't really know. The food seems expensive, and with the tuition hikes... yikes. I try not to think about that.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Francisco is a great city, and it isn't that far away. The campus is nice, although the dining center food could be better and more varied, but I guess you'll get bored of everything, eventually. There are plenty of other food options in Cesar Chavez Center and Stonestown Mall is a few steps away.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the classes are very interesting, I guess it depends on what kind of professor you get. It's my freshman year so I don't have too much experience, but all professors I had so far are super nice and helpful.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police are constantly circling around and inspecting campus for trouble and any types of dangers.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs and fraternities, sororities and such to join.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is filled with a lot of open-minded students who self-express themselves. this school would be great for students who are or want to become more independent and open-minded in the way they think or express themselves.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the campus is full of art pieces and sculptures scattered about in various places. also, every week there is a farmers market held on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    san francisco is an expense place to live but there are many places where you can find good deals. chinatown is one of the places where you can find a lot of good deals on an assortment of things.

    What to do for fun

    san francisco is a metropolitan city so there are many things to do on a daily basis. there's museums, the zoo, downtown, parks, the pier, the wharf, the beach, union square, chinatown, castro, haight st., soma, plays, shows, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    on campus they have a subway and a convenient store that sells pizzas and sandwiches. if you go down 19th, off of irvine st. there are places to eat and there are good eateries on mission st. including a hole in the wall mexican food place and a liquor store that sells these sandwiches featured on an episode of anthony bourdain's show on the food network. there are many delicious hole in the wall places to eat, it just takes awhile to discover them.

    Dorm Life

    you encounter many students living in the dorms in your same classes so it helps a lot to get to make a friend going through common experiences. there are many confusing things to learn your first and to go through it with others in your same position builds a sense of community. also, it makes it easier and more convenient to get help from another classmate outside of class.

    Academic Rigor

    class load and difficulty vary from teacher, class and your interest in learning the material. however, most teacher are friendly and try their best to open up their availability and encourage you to ask questions and visit them after class at their office hours.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 155

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    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded people that can handle wind and rain. Just bring a coat and umbrella and don't complain, everyone else knew!

    Bang for the buck

    This is hard to say. It's effing expensive but i think that's just the way it is because of the times, no matter where you go. I love the school so i just deal with it. Classes are difficult to get sometimes but i think the good experiences outweigh the bad.

    What to do for fun

    I typically just go home at the end of the day but there's a mall right next to campus i go to during breaks. Tip-- short cut to Stonestown, walk along the side next to Thornton Hall past the apartments and just cross the street and enter through the back of Nordstroms. SO much easier than walking to the front of the school and all the way across the school and the streets. Theres also a way through the annex but i have yet to figure out where that is... Theres also pool tables and an arcade at the bottom of the cesar chavez center. They screen movies frequently too, super cool ones that i never get to see but i would love to if i had the chance; like the Pearl Jam doc by Cameron Crowe.

    Food and Dining

    The foods pretty great just expensive. Im a vegetarian and im still yet to go to a place on campus and find that i cant get anything. Its pretty awesome, that doesnt happen often. If youre a vegetarian or vegan this is definetly the right school for you. They even have a Healthy store that sells a whole bunch of things ive never even heard of thats good for you and doesnt tastle like cardboard like you'd expect.

    Dorm Life

    Dont live in the dorms but i have been in friends dorms and i really dont like them. Theyre sooooo tiny. The Towers and the Village are bigger but i still dont like them. My friends have complained a lot about how the price they pay is not worth it. But you get to meet people in the dorms which is why i wanted to live there, and thats apparently worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm only a freshman but im almost done and wow that was hard. You never realize until you leave high school and enter college how easy high school was. Take your biggest essay in hs and times it by 50 and you'll have college hw and the stress it puts on you. There's nothing to it but to do it and the good grade is definetly worth it in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends! Quickly!! Everyone already seems to have their own group and this school is a commuter school, everyone comes, goes to class, and then heads straight home. It's difficult to find people but don't be afraid to talk to them. I've yet to meet a jerk who won't talk to me. Everyone is seriously amazing, i think there's something in the water in Frisco. Also, get to know the campus. There is SO much in that place and most people dont know any of it exists because you end up taking the same route every day. This place is amazing, take advantage of your time here! TRY NOT TO PROCRASTINATE!! Im a hypocrite because thats all i do but god life would be so much easier if i didnt. Seriously, just do your work on time, you DO NOT have as much time to get to it as you initially thought.

    In three sentences

    A place full of accepting people. I stuck out like a sore thimb in my hometown but here i never feel like an outsider. Offers really cool classes taught by intelligent professors that truly care about you and what they teach.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have experienced no problems with security, other than a lost laptop which was promptly returned to me.

    Greek Life

    I know that there are quite a few frats and sororities catered to ethnic students, but I am not a member of any frat.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't say because I am not a member of any clubs or activities, most of the stuff I do is with a group of friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Really laid back students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The science building is weird. It was designed by three different architects who didn't share designs, so there are paths to nowhere, staircases that cut off, and toilets in classrooms. (I can vouch for the staircase, but the other points are from what I've heard)

    Bang for the buck

    I have to give it a two because of recent fee hikes and class cuts.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of extracurricular activities (sports, Greek life, shows, etc.), but for the most fun, just go out into the city and get lost for a little while.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good, so long as your getting food from the student center. The dorm food is mediocre at best.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus, so I cannot speak of the living conditions, but from what i have seen, they are cramped.

    Academic Rigor

    Not the most challenging courses for the most part. A lot of the time, it depends on the professor to determine the difficulty of the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    For anyone intending to attend SFSU, I would say be very proactive in getting classes . Keep your name in the professors head, and good things happen.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is an awesome place with awesome people. The professors here are friendly, for the most part, well meaning. The one objection I have is classes being filled up.

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great if you're looking for the Bay Area attitude in a school. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to attend orientation on the date you signed up! You won't be able to sign up early for 2 classes otherwise.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the tuition is high for out-of-state residents, it seems like it is affordable to residents of CA. I really appreciate that they put comparative prices on the bookstore website from third-party sellers like Amazon. It's useful and it makes the university appear compassionate for the high costs of school.

    Am enjoying being here

    The staff is very friendly and informative. The campus is gorgeous!

    Am learning a lot

    I have not begun my first semester here yet, but from the informational seminars and the advising sessions, I would rate this pretty high. My opinion of this may change as I continue.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 23 of 155

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    In three sentences

    i am still in the process of exploring.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 155

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out at the mall, which is right next to the school

    Food and Dining

    Theres a variety of places to eat. my favorite would be the salad bar at Caesar Chavez student lounge.

    Dorm Life

    i stay with my parent

    Academic Rigor

    So far, all my teacher are knowledgeable and very amusing

    Tips for prospective students

    Be familiar with the whole school, it can be very confusing

    In three sentences

    It is a wide diversity school, very urban like.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 155

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Anything and Everything, its San Francisco, so every night there is either a concert, party, art show, movie, or festival going on in the city!

    Food and Dining

    Great food options, and a lot of health options, as well as a weekly farmers market.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is extrememly laid back and awesome! The food is good, and the atmosphere is really fun.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the teachers I have had are extremmely fair and not too easy and not too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms because it is a great experience, also when you are freshman you should immediately start looking into majors and figure out your four year graduation plan.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State is a very cultured school with many opportunities. There are many different major options to explore with very knowledgeable teachers and interesting students as well.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 155

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is quite affordable, standard to most State U's I think. The housing is pretty expensive, but we are talking about San Francisco. Plus, if you want to study abroad, you still pay tuition to SFSU, not the foreign school, which is really cool.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't get a chance to try the school food, but I saw the food court in the Cesar Chavez center. It seemed nice and vegetarian options (yay!). Dining in the city is phenomenal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were nice but expensive (more than the actual tuition). They also have off-campus apartments. The a woman in the Student Outreach dept. told me that housing is hard to get and that you should apply really early because its first come first serve. I think I would meet some people in the dorms my freshman year and then move out, seems like a good way to save money.

    Academic Rigor

    It seems like they have had some budget cuts, but that it hasn't affected the academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    I want to apply to Apparel D&M, its impacted and you can't apply until sophomore year. Seems like there are a lot of impacted majors, not sure though...

    In three sentences

    I loved the campus and the atmosphere. Being from SoCal, I love the sun but could definitley get used to the weather. At the moment, this is my favorite option for school due to both environmental and academic aspects.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 155

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    What to do for fun

    You can attend one of the many events that go on weekly there from fundraisers to educational events about different cultures or about politics. There is a great pub and a wonderful cafeteria. Plus you are in San Francisco so there is always something fun to do every day.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food and the wide variety of foods. S.F. State is s diverse that we have foods from all across the world. Plus there is a great pub on campus too.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so I cannot rate the dorm life properly, but I hear it is fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but not overly difficult. If you prepare properly for your classes you will do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come out to see the campus and experience what San Francisco State has to offer. You can really get a good feel for the school on the first visit.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State offers a wide variety of classes with day, evening, night time and online classes. The students there are super friendly and there is always some sort of fun event you can attend or watch. I've only gone there for one semester and I love it already.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 155

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    In the school at the Cesar Chavez center there is a lounge with sofas, arcade games, pool tables, bars, and more. It's fun to go there and just hang out with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options for food on campus. If you have a meal plan there is only 3 locations you can eat at and you may get sick of the food. However if your fine with using money, there are coffe shops and all types of meals.

    Dorm Life

    Its good to live on campus your first year in order to meet a lot of people. However, a lot of students aren't courteous to the fact you may be studying for a test and can be very loud. You share the bathroom with the whole floor so you don't have much privacy.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are pretty easy, but this can also mess you up. A class may seem simple and before you know it you have a low grade, so keep up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on top of your classes and don't slack off. Do a lot of research on future classes you are going to take and talk to advisors and professors to get into the classes since they fill up very fast. Try to live on campus your first year to meet more students but make sure you apply early because housing fills up fast.

    In three sentences

    The professors are good and the classes are fun and engaging. The campus is beautiful and has so many ways to help the students. The area is extremely safe and in a great area.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 155

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    Bang for the buck

    For those on a budget it is incredibly easy to look for things to do you just have to be willing to search.

    What to do for fun

    The proximity to the city is perfect for those who are willing to seek adventure. The club life isn't that great for those who are under 21 but that's not to say that there aren't any other fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. There are a lot of hole in the wall restaurants that are perfect for the college budget and many restaurants nearby for those with a little more to spend. Word gets around on the best places to eat and there is always something new to try.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm experience is amazing. If you are in the regular two person dorms theres a ton of commotion so adjustments must be made but you get to meet a ton of people. For the people living in the 2 bedroom apartment style dorms it is less social on the floors but that's why you have to make sure to make tons of friends in the beginning and get over any shyness.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of majors are impacted and the workload is heavy but staying organized is key as well as prioritizing. The teachers are pretty understanding for the most part that their class isn't the only one we're taking and so it all depends on the communication that goes on between the student and professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    The weather affects the students a lot. If a student is coming from a place like Southern California where there is almost always sun and barely any rain it is a big shock and it is a bit depressing. Come prepared with lots ok layers!!

    In three sentences

    I love San Francisco State's proximity to the city because there is always something for students to do on the weekends when homework is completed. The culture is very different from my home town in the San Fernando Valley. I recommend San Francisco State to anyone ready to have an adventure.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Just be smart. Try not to walk long distances alone late at night and you'll be fine. There are cops on campus and escort services they provide as well. Also they are blue lights all along the campus so if you think your in trouble don't hesitate to call.

    Greek Life

    What Greek Life?

    Clubs and Activities

    They have free sports games for the students, (If you go to a lot of them you might get a prize!) sometimes your RA will have group outings and the school will have special dinners and movies and dances so keep an open mind and stay open to meeting new people!

    Great for these types of students

    Kids who want to experience something completely different from where or how they grew up.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the walk back from the Stonestowns mall or the Thorton Hall building behind the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building: The school cat!

    Bang for the buck

    It's not a very expensive school although at some times it seems like tuition wont stop getting higher. Also, take the location of the school into account as well. San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the country. If you look at it that way, then it's a pretty square deal.

    What to do for fun

    Leave Campus! Every once in a while the school will throw a dance or a party but it's up to you to make your own fun. Don't be scared; be creative!

    Food and Dining

    At first the DC's great. They switch up the foods often and it doesn't taste that bad, but after a while it gets old and you feel like if you eat another burrito from the Cafe you'll be sick. I suggest getting 10-15 meals a week for your meal plan and using your leftover money for the city, the Caesar Chavez Center or even the Stonestown Mall's food-court right next to SFSU.

    Dorm Life

    It's fun! In the Mary's people just stop by your place, but in the Towers and The Village it feels more like an Apartment. Those are the places you'll find most of the parties and hangouts too.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors keep it simple. You just show up and take a few notes and you can get pretty much an A in the Class. You'll know when you meet the really difficult professors because those are the ones you'll be speeding through the homework of your easy classes to catch up on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't Procrastinate: If you just get it done then you wont have to worry about it! Be friendly: Just talk to people and I guarentee in the first week you'll have met and made so many friends. Mary's or the Towers?: I'd say the Towers! You get your own bathroom AND kitchen but if you want a more traditional dorm feel, go for the Mary's. Move out early!: It takes FOREVER on the last day.

    In three sentences

    It's extremely diverse and everyone you meet here is chill. Most of the professors that teach GE classes are amazingly gifted in their department, and you'll learn a lot from them. The city is a MUNI ride away and there are COUNTLESS fun and FREE things to do there on the weekends!

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is quite visible throughout the campus. There are also frequent emergency stations that have a button that immediately notifies the nearest patrol or the station itself. One of the most reassuring things is that if anything happens, the school notifies students via emails and places notices on campus for all the students to easily see.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for everything and anything you could possibly think.

    Great for these types of students

    Quirky students or those with what some may deem strange interests. There's a large Asian population, so students who enjoy an Asian culture or Japanese manga and anime will feel right at home with the clubs on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost for transportation around the city is reasonable if you look at the location and plan the trip the night before. Books can be expensive, but there is a large selection of materials for plenty of hobbies inside the bookstore. Fees and tuition aren't too high for instate residents, but if you plan to live there long term, consider applying for residency after the first year.

    What to do for fun

    The student center has a large arcade and bar for the students in the basement. What's one of the best things about the campus is that it is located right next to a train station that takes you directly into downtown San Francisco. It also has a bus stop that reaches the nearest BART station for access all over the entire Bay Area.

    Food and Dining

    The campus offers food and drink choices for pretty much everyone. They have snacks, bars, restaurants, and stores that contain quick and easy foods or natural, whole foods for people who may be vegetarian or vegan. It also provides multiple areas, both inside and out, to eat in several buildings.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not horrible to live in, but for the money that you would pay to share a room with 1-3 other people, you can get an apartment off campus that's within 5 mins on the bus or reachable by bike.

    Academic Rigor

    There are classes in tons and tons of fields, the professors that I have had, have all been knowledgeable and approachable about the material. The Bay Area also makes the people more open minded than other areas in the country that I've studied in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that when you're applying to the school that you have a plan about the future. Don't go into the school and plan on others telling you what you need or should do. It becomes very confusing and a hassle running between the departments. Also make sure that you look into the pre-reqs of the courses beforehand because the professors and school will drop you the first day of classes even if you registered. Lastly, do whatever is possible to ensure that you have the finances to play for everything because the Bursar's office can make it incredibly difficult to get things handled quickly.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus with tons of different students from various areas around the Bay Area, country, and world. The university is in a prime location so that there is always something to do either on campus or easily accessible from the train station across the street. There are numerous fields to study here from medical to business to ancient languages, it has something for everybody.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 155

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    What to do for fun

    Where to begin! For fun you have the option of going downtown into the city, going to the beach, the piers, many different beautiful parks, golden gate, and so much more. San Francisco is comprised of many different districts that are each unique so I enjoy exploring. Also, public transportation is easy and safe so its very easy to get around.

    Food and Dining

    Campus has many different cafes with great food and also the best restaurants, such as Ike's.

    Dorm Life

    I did not get the opportunity of living in the dorms, but from friends and visiting the dorms constantly I do know that the dorms are big, and apartment styled. Everyone I have spoken to loves them!

    Academic Rigor

    I am only a freshmen and do not think classes are that challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip is that when coming to the school, keep an open mind. It is not the typical huge, spirited college, but it is in one of the greatest cities so it makes college more adventurous.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a smaller school, yet there is a lot to do because it is located in the great city, San Francisco. There is so much to explore in the city that you will never be bored, such as festivals, concerts, and different events. Living here you'll have the city and beach near by so its the best of both worlds.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 155

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    What to do for fun

    Lots of night life in San Francisco and the city is easy to get to.

    Food and Dining

    WORST FOOD EVER!

    Dorm Life

    Good dorm life, but very expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to not find classes very easily as a sophomore. It is easy as a freshman, but after that, you have to fend for yourself. The Nursing Program is EXTREMELY impacted.

    In three sentences

    Nice school that is open to adversity.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 155

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we rarely have incidents at our school. however, there have been break ins, attempted rapes, and loiters on campus. but then again, i am sure every college campus has this problem.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not great at our school. There are very few options. Also, the city of San Francisco does not allow a Frat/Sorority Row .

    What to do for fun

    Theres nothing fun to do on campus because it is a commuter school. for fun, people explore the city. public transportation is extremely easy to us and accessible.

    Food and Dining

    .Students call the dining center shitty eats instead of its real name city eats because most days, their food is horrible. they tend to over cook pasta and rice, or under cook the meat, its just never on point. Also i once say them making fried chicken on a Monday night, but they did not serve it until tuesday night.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life at SFSU lacks what other schools have because it is a commuter school. you don't really get the on campus feel that you would at other universities because there is very limited space for students to live on campus. also the normal standard dorms are not as nice as they look in the pictures and the hallways kind of creepy.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic Rigor at SFSU is average. Honestly, the classes i have taken so far have not been hard. It all depends on how serious about a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit during the school year because they tend to make the school look more appealing during freshman orientation.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University has a beautiful small campus. We are a commuter school so campus life is not great, a D2 school for sports, and we do not have a Football team. However, if you don't care too much about school activities and are more interested in exploring the amazing city, then this is the place for you.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 155

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    Bang for the buck

    The school is affordable, but it is the cost of living and housing that is insane. Dorm rooms for two months costs almost as much as tuition for a semester.

    What to do for fun

    The city is extremely diverse and fun, there are events going on in the city every weekend ranging from music festivals to food conventions.

    Food and Dining

    I am a Culinary School Grad and the food is sub-par. Also, it is overpriced for what they give. Upwards of $10.50 a meal.

    Dorm Life

    It is small and expensive, but not the worst I have seen.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a history major and last semester had 27 books to read. I have to stay on top of my work or I get behind really quickly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Factor out pricing for the city of San Francisco before moving because rent is expensive. Make sure you get into the classes you need and communicate that with your major's adviser.

    In three sentences

    Very easy going school with an emphasis on current political events, almost too much of an emphasis. No Athletics or school spirit with the school, but in touch with current fashion and arts. People are very free and express themselves.

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 155

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of thing to do for fun, you can join a club or a fraternity, or you can study abroad! There are a bunch of events throughout the year that you can attend to, and most of them are free! :D

    Food and Dining

    Like I said, the food is excellent; there are three facilities in which you can use your meal plan, the dining center which I said was an all-you-can-eat buffet, The Bricks at Mary Ward (which is another dorm building), Cafe in the Park (which is in Mary Park, next to Mary Ward). You do not have to live either in Mary Ward or Mary Park to be able to go to those eating places. There are a bunch of food vendors throughout the campus, like subway which is open 24/7 :D, but you cannot use your meal plan on those other food places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice, I live in the Towers at Centennial Square which have that college feeling. I live with other 3 roommates, because we live in a 2 bedroom apartment, and they are very nice, we really get along with each other. In the towers you are put in a floor specifically for what you are majoring and I think that is a good idea because you live with students that have the same major as you.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging but if you study and do your work it can also be fun. My classes are difficult but the professors help me when I need it, there are some tutors that can help you with your work too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should not procrastinate ever, it is the worst thing that a student should not do, not only in college but in all your educational career. Students should join as many clubs as they can because they can meet more people and make more friends.

    In three sentences

    The school is very diverse with people from different parts of the world. The people here is very nice, the professors really care about the students, they want to make sure their students pass their class. The food is excellent, we have a dining center, it's an all-you-can-eat buffet and the food is really good and we have a subway open 24/7!

  • 04/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Come in open minded and you will leave with a new culture everyday

    Tips for prospective students

    Listen to your professors! Going here you have the privilege of being surrounded by professors who got their degrees from Harvard, Yale, etc. 3/4th have even written the textbooks you will be using in class, so pay attention.

    Bang for the buck

    Though the atmosphere is great on campus food and housing isn't something to admire. You definitely get tired of eating pizza, burritos and salads when thats all you can use for your meal plan. Educational wise it is more than bang for your buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Francisco in general is a great place to live. The fact that you are literally in a melting pot of people everyday in and out of the classroom makes attending a definite A+ in my book.

    Am learning a lot

    Each one of my teachers seem like the thourougly enjoy their jobs and what they are teaching you. This has made it a lot easier for me to learn in my first year of college

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for ethnic studies students because of the culture and history attatched to the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mix it up newbies. Be really sure of your major and make sure to get the classes you need for grad school out of the way if you plan on going. They may not necessarily be with you major.

    Bang for the buck

    I think its a little too expensive for a commuter school. Honestly, they try to suck you dry with the crazy amount of fees, and barely any parking.

    Am enjoying being here

    My issue about this school is the effect the budget cuts have the amount of classes available. Classes have become scarce especially for upper classmen.

    Am learning a lot

    I like the information given within the ethnic studies department and for my major the classes are definitely interesting. Being a Kinesiology major is difficult, but rewarding

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    My kind of people: Artists

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for the dorms before January of the year you are planning on attending.

    Bang for the buck

    It is certainly less expensive than the universities.

    Will enjoy being here

    I know I will because I love the city and am anxious to move out of my home.

    Will learn a lot

    I just signed up for my classes for the Fall so I certainly hope to learn a lot.

  • 08/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like tons of people, very diverse people. You will love SFSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take every chance you have to talk with your counselor. Make sure you have everything in order at all times.

    Bang for the buck

    I think how much we pay is ridiculous. Its also hard to say so because I have learned so much.

    Am enjoying being here

    SFSU is soooooo much fun! There is always different things going on in the quad in between classes. My friends and I have even spent break jumping in jump house!

    Am learning a lot

    Even when I have had a teacher that I did not like they are all fully knowledgeable on the subjects that they teach.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    adults

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the new student orientation, it will help a lot plus you register for classes at the end of it!

    Bang for the buck

    Not sure about this yet but it is much more expensive than City College!

    Will enjoy being here

    It is a beautiful campus with a lot of outdoor seating amidst a lush mature forest and is not far from the beach!

    Will learn a lot

    The environment is much more academic and adult than City College San Francisco, which I am transferring from after taking 2 years of nursing prerequisites

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    yes your in san francisco so it gets a little expensive

    Am enjoying being here

    i love attending this school because there is so much to see

    Am learning a lot

    Some of the teachers are amazing and make hard concepts very easy to understand

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Social, interactive, shy, smart and fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    San Francisco State is a great school, very friendly staff and a lot of places to study. You will learn new things everyday and learn more about the school.

    Bang for the buck

    It may be expensive but worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    It does get cold here but it is a fun place. A lot of eateries and the bookstore has everything you can think of.

    Am learning a lot

    The classroom enviroment will help you learn more everyday. The faculty is very helpful.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    to be honest so far, i haven't heard any horrible stories but i usually leave school mid- day.

    Greek Life

    it seems interesting, i am actually thinking of joining on myself this spring semester.

    Clubs and Activities

    their are so many different clubs, you just have to go out and look for them. they usually have booths set up the first few weeks of every semester.

    Great for these types of students

    campus life is very liberal and rich in culture.

    Bang for the buck

    san francisco state is not only a great school but the city is beautiful itself.

    What to do for fun

    go to plays, get involved, venture out to the city and go to the free shows on campus!

    Food and Dining

    campus food is good and cheap!! their are quite a few of different vendors but my favorite are the ones in the cesar chavez building!

    Dorm Life

    i didn't dorm so i do not know what it's like but i have heard complete horror stories to people having a great time dorming. i guess it is what you make out of it and if you luck out with a good room mate :)

    Academic Rigor

    it really depends what classes and instructor you get. luckily all my professors my first year were great! i learned so much in such a short amount of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    go out and explore different clubs and join join join! don't be afraid to venture out your first year, it will make your first year a lot more fun. also talk to your professors!!!!! everyone in high school make them out to be scary teachers that don't care if you fail or not but in my opinion they are more caring and understanding then high school teachers.

    In three sentences

    san francisco state is a great school ! i love how the campus is environmentally friendly and passionate about social issues that are going around. the people and staff there are very friendly and not to mention diverse, which is a major plus

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is pretty safe. great staff of sfpd on site and always patrolling.

    Clubs and Activities

    wide variety of clubs and many are always having events and the like.

    Bang for the buck

    its a good school with great professors and most everyone is willing to help when you need it. student body is diverse and you get a good variety of classes. the only problem is that there are too much politics going around, especially in the administration and classes are always getting cut. its really hard to get classes to graduate here!

    What to do for fun

    the recreation level of the cesar chavez student center is always great. they have video games and pool tables! there are also always events in malcolm x plaza.

    Food and Dining

    great places to eat in or on the go all around campus!

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in the dorms but know some people who do and they say its ok but its not all that. overpriced ultimately.

    Academic Rigor

    my mind always gets a great workout every semester! the classes that you would think are super easy may surprise you!

    Tips for prospective students

    utilize your advisors and never be afraid to ask questions! it helps so much when going through college!

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety is pretty good. for people who take night classes, they can escort you to your car.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to do work, but also like to have some culture in their lives as well.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition and books are really expensive, but that would be the same at any other csu. the parking is what sucks. it's $6/day and if you don't live on campus you can't buy a semester parking permit. it is so stupid!!!

    What to do for fun

    there is always something going on in or outside the student center.

    Food and Dining

    lots of options for food. not too expensive. lines can be long though.

    Dorm Life

    people seem to like the dorms. not many people drink.

    Academic Rigor

    not too strict.

    In three sentences

    san francisco state is a diverse school that is very welcoming. though it is overcrowded and the parking sucks, i recommend it especially if you are majoring in an impacted program.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we receive texts, e-mails, phone calls of any alerts as part of the safety program. also, the campus police is always around.

    Greek Life

    i am not too familiar with this area.

    Clubs and Activities

    the many clubs and activities provided are extensive and of many different aspects of life and cultures. so, there are many opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    ethnic studies' students and the asi students are very active and create a very inviting atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the farmer's market on thursdays is a very attended place and a great place to buy much needed organic variety.

    Bang for the buck

    students and staff can be very friendly and welcoming. there is a multicultural student and professors body.

    What to do for fun

    i like the many events that the university have for students and also sport's events and gym availability.

    Food and Dining

    i believe that sfsu has a very multicultural cuisine on campus. also, you can find that buying your food can be very fast. many of the places have very good food.

    Dorm Life

    i do not have experience on this, because i live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    i think that professors do expect you do study and be consistent in your work to earn a high grade. however, it is always helpful when yopu can find out about the class and professor before you take it.

    Tips for prospective students

    always find out about people you can talk to on campus and specially opportunities for involvement. a tour of the campus is always helpful, too. oh! wear layers, the weather can be very deceiving at times.

    In three sentences

    san francisco state university is a great place to study. it has many places to use computers and study on quite spaces. also, we will be having a brand new library!

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    many options on campus especially student goverment activities

    Food and Dining

    food and dining is pretty good

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is exciting

    Academic Rigor

    depends on the major you choose. if is in the field of biology then the academic rigor is 4 stars.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to meet with an advisor to formulate a 4 year degree plan your first semester so that you dont end up staying in college for 6 years like many students are, due to the lack of direction

    In three sentences

    san francisco state is a good school for students looking for a cheaper education. they have a variety of classes to offer in many different areas of study. lots of great student government involvement is available on campus.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are campus safety alarms all around campus. there are multiple police vehicles and bicycle officers that patrol the campus.

    Greek Life

    the greek chapters here are in full swing. there are dozens of fraternities and sororities to choose from at sfsu. many of the greek chapters here pride themselves on their philanthropy and community involvement.

    Clubs and Activities

    over 3 million dollars goes into our student government and much of that money goes to support our clubs and student activities. students can choose to participate in clubs that range from kayaking to tae kwon do.

    Great for these types of students

    ethnic minorities. art students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the pub. come in for a beer, some sake or just to take a load off with some friends.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is reasonable and much of that money is used to provide free services for students. discounted prescription medication, laptop computer rentals and scholarships are just some of the methods that sfsu utilizes to provide students the most 'bang for their buck.'

    What to do for fun

    there is a an up to date video arcade on campus as well as several billiard tables. students can sign up for community events, student organizations or spend some time at the pub in the student center.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria on campus offers several different styles of cuisine including: a salad bar, mexican food, bagels and more.

    Dorm Life

    there are brand new, state of the art dorms located right on campus.. within only steps of your front door, a student can find pizza, subway, sushi and a mini grocery store.

    Academic Rigor

    upper division science classes do require a lot of work but the lower division courses offer an efficient ramp up so that students can become accustomed to the work load.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for scholarships. there are hundreds of university scholarships and many go unclaimed each year.

    In three sentences

    sfsu is a liberal school located on a beautiful, sprawling campus in southwest san francisco. sfsu is known for its art program and home to the only college of ethnic studies in the country. the atmosphere is friendly, the teachers committed and the education is top tier.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safety measures can always be improved but i feel safe when i am at the school.

    Greek Life

    many greek clubs to choose from. including cultural and cinema ones.

    Great for these types of students

    anyone motivated to learn and meet a wide range of people from different backgrounds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the on site pub is odd, however many people go and i heard it was fun.

    Bang for the buck

    i am enjoying my time at sfsu, and it is definitely worth looking into if you consider attending! the clubs, fraternities and sororities you can find something that interests you!

    What to do for fun

    downstairs of the caesar chavez building there is an arcade area with affordable pool tables. there are a lot of fun clubs and events always going on at the school or sponsored by the school.

    Food and Dining

    i enjoy most of the food here, they also provide healthy options along with vegetarian and vegan foods.

    Dorm Life

    i have not dormed here but i haven't heard great things. however there is tons of other student housing right around the school.

    Academic Rigor

    the courses at the school are fun yet challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    make you sign up for classes when your priority date is because classes fill up very fast. always look for scholarships and work opportunities at the school because they are out there. make sure you network because at sfsu you can find lifelong friends, business partners, and connections.

    In three sentences

    has a great cinema department. with new election of the student body could receive a better budget for the cinema department. the schools system of adding classes is a little difficult.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. There are campus police always driving around on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of great clubs here!

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities happening on campus, and there are tons of things to do in San Francisco, just a short bus ride away! Night life, museums, tourist spots, shopping, the beach, exploring the city, and more!

    Food and Dining

    The dining places on campus are reasonably priced for the most part, and they are pretty good. The dining center for the students living on campus does not seem too healthy though, and there aren't a ton of choices.

    Dorm Life

    It's not bad too considering that you'll only be living here for a short time and that it's convenient. However, some of the dorms are not the newest or cleanest buildings you'll ever see.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging, but overall it's not difficult to do well. Just study and don't let yourself become too distracted, too often, with non-academic things such as partying, social activities, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs to get involved and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school, with a lot of cultural diversity in terms of the students that attend here, as well as the staff. The campus is beautiful and very green. It's also quite exciting living in the city where there is so much to do, so nearby!

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus lighting and security could be better, but it also could be worse.

    Greek Life

    Didn't notice much of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and organizations were seldom well-organized, and that's putting it kindly.

    Great for these types of students

    Whoever can't afford anything better.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sometimes the protests and demonstrations interfere with classroom learning or post-lecture studying.

    Bang for the buck

    SFSU is the best choice for education considering the cost, but that's really only because every other 4-year college costs thousands more.

    What to do for fun

    You can do almost anything for fun in San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    San Francisco is known for having some of the world's best dining across multiple cuisines. The dining are at SFSU was quite terrible, especially considering how great food is throughout San Francisco.

    Dorm Life

    Typical dorm life, in between serious and party.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes for Cell and molecular Biology were quite rigorous, but do-able, if one is focussed. It is highly recommended to study in groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose a major that's relevant towards the job market. Study as though your life depended on it. Associate with others who are mature and focussed.

    In three sentences

    The majority of the Science instructors are very knowledgeable and provide good instruction. The campus is extremely diverse, which exposes the students to nearly every aspect of every community on Earth. Yearly-increasing tuition and a 3-story library that to took 7 years to retrofit show that California does not place education among its list of priorities.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good campus safety.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many Greek organizations and ethnic groups.

    Great for these types of students

    The independent thinkers and hard workers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an underground pun.

    Bang for the buck

    It has a pretty good bang for the buck, considering that UCs are much more expensive. However, be prepared to be seen as anonymous unless you go to office hours to get to know your professors. Otherwise it might not seem like it's worth it. You need to put in time to study on your own.

    What to do for fun

    Down town San Francisco is very close to the school. You can get there by muni. The school also has an underground pub which is also nice.

    Food and Dining

    The university has some cheap food in the Ceazar Chavez center. They don't accept credit cards a lot of the time, so bring cash.

    Academic Rigor

    San Francisco State can be very competitive at times. As long as you study earnestly and effectively, you will get good grades. The professors definitely set high standards for the upper division courses. For the general education courses, however, such as critical thinking and communication, they have lower standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put in a lot of time and effort into your studies because that's when you will get the most out of your education and actually profit from the experience. Get good grades and apply for scholarships, because that will help you get into graduate school and get internships over the summer. If you are a science major, try to join a lab as well with a good advisor.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State has excellent professors and you will get a good education based on what you put into it. However, be aware of the over crowding and the budget cuts. The school is a good training ground before you go into the work force.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I think it's pretty safe. There are always campus police cars driving around and they stay on campus late at night.

    Greek Life

    It's not really too big on campus. We don't have houses or whatever they are called, but we do have some frats and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, chill, friendly, carefree

    Bang for the buck

    I think the campus housing is a bit expensive, but maybe that's just because I don't have a lot of money. Tuition is high but I think it's like that for every college.

    What to do for fun

    It's San Francisco so there is a lot to do for fun! The muni stop is right next to the school and it is about a 20 minute muni ride into the city. We are also not too far from the beach, but it's pretty cold.

    Food and Dining

    Well, it was good for the first few weeks but it gets old FAST! There is the dining center, burrito place and pizza place. It seems like a wide variety, but it definitely isn't when you are forced to eat it everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great experience! I would recommend that every freshman gives living on campus a try. You meet so many new people and it's easier to get involved on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are great for the most part, but this isn't really a competitive school to get into. You don't need the best grades in order to get accepted.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely say a new freshman student should live in the basic dorms because that's how you meet the most people. Apply for housing EARLY!

    In three sentences

    I think I made a great choice when i decided to attend San Francisco State. I'm from southern California and it is such a different atmosphere than what I am used to. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming!

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Be careful with your cell phones.

    Greek Life

    There's a small Greek Community. But no Greek housing.

    Bang for the buck

    There is no customer service. Every office sends you to another office and no one helps you.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown, to the beach, or to Golden Gate Park.

    Food and Dining

    In the Cesar Chavez building, most restaurants require a minimum purchase for cards or only accept cash. Market Pizza is good and cheap and has no minimum. There's a Subway.

    In three sentences

    Campus is beautiful and a 45 minute muni ride to downtown SF. The Financial aid, housing, advising, and bursar offices are all extremely unhelpful. There's not a strong campus community feel.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I enjoyed the greek life here. It was certainly worth my time and I met so many incredible people through it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs - community service, culturally centered, gaming, health, etc. There are also quite a few greek organizations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    As long as you plan your time there wisely, you'll graduate on time with a pretty inexpensive but well-worth it education.

    What to do for fun

    There's not a whole lot to do unless you've joined an organization. The greek community is small but fun. Public transportation gets you anywhere for pretty cheap. Giants games are a must!

    Tips for prospective students

    As long as you apply yourself and stay organized and on top of your work, you'll graduate in 4 years. Classes can be hard to come by, but teachers are willing to take more than their allowed to, just don't give up!

    In three sentences

    Good university with great professors. Very easy to get around. It offers many opportunities to join clubs and organizations to get to know people.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe and there are a lot of campus police around.

    Greek Life

    Very diverse and always have a lot of events put on by all the greek organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many sororities and fraternities, organizations, sport clubs and dance clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded, fun, and studious. Work hard and play hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Pub is a great place to meet people if you are over age. There is a farmers maket by the Hummanities building every Thursday with great produce and snacks. There are events in the Malcom X plaza almost every week.

    Bang for the buck

    I am really happy here! They also have a great study abroad program so if you are thinking about that this is a great place to go. All my classes had a very diverse group and gave me more insight on other cultures. Worth every penny!

    What to do for fun

    Attend the campus events, hang out in the student center, go to the pub on campus. Also it is located in a big city with a lot of public transportation, there are many things to do in the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good on campus, my favorite is Caffe Rosso, the Mexican food and salad bar in the student center.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending of the major and the professors there are always more difficult classes. You get what you put into it, if you want a good grade then work for it. Easy or hard, work for what you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus, join organizations, and make the best of your college experience. You will be surrounded by such a diverse group that will give you an insight on other points of view, always be open minded.

    In three sentences

    Very diverse university that has a lot to offer. Has some of the best programs with diverse professor as well. Offers a wide variety of majors that allows students to study a relatable and enjoyable topic.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    great campus safety

    Greek Life

    not involved

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ikes Place: best sandwiches!

    Bang for the buck

    As with all CSU's, tuition is going up.

    What to do for fun

    Go out in the beautiful city of SF

    Food and Dining

    They have great food at SFSU.

    Dorm Life

    did not live in dorms but do not live in them. horrible, waste of money

    Academic Rigor

    It is not hard if you apply yourself

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy it

    In three sentences

    Awesome school. Has a very diverse student population. Great instructors.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Have not been a part of it but there are plenty of opportunities.

    In three sentences

    It is a very awesome and cool campus where everyone is very friendly and close. Most class sizes are small which make it easy to be close to professors. It is allot of fun.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have not heard anything major going on throughout the campus in regards to safety. There are big blue buttons available throughout the campus where you can push in case of an emergency and a campus police officer will be able to locate you if you were in any type of danger. Campus police are there everyday and circle to campus at night to make sure everything is okay. It is always smart to use the buddy system at night though just to be extra safe.

    Greek Life

    Two of my roommates were involved in Greek Life and according to what I have seen and heard, Greek life is not very big here compared to a lot of other schools. There is not Greek housing so that may be the reason why it isn't as big at SFSU. The sororities and fraternities do try to get people involved in Greek life but organizing events and activities for people to participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    I personally was not a part of any clubs, however I know there a variety of clubs available. This school attempts to get their students interacting with activities, but many people commute to this school so there is not much school spirit involved. One activity that I did really enjoy are the basketball games and the baseball games for sure. Sadly we do not have a football team which is why I believe there is not a lot of school spirit along with the fact that it is a commuter school for many people.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who are open minded and don't mind people's liberal perspective on certain things. If you are into any type of art, you will fit right in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A really cool place on campus is the Cesar Chavez building. You can go to the top of the building and sit on these benches that over looks the whole campus which is very beautiful. Some people go there to eat lunch or pass time before their classes. You will see a lot of people up there on sunny days soaking up the sun. Another cool thing about this building is that there is a lot of food inside and even a Irish pub underground! If you go up to the top floors of this building there are really cool study spaces that are available to all students.

    Bang for the buck

    San Francisco is definitely an expensive city to live in. I would recommend this school for people to get a college experience compared to the other Cal States however it does become very costly after food, transportation, and other personal expenses. The dorms are very expensive in my opinion and I would suggest renting a house with a few roommates after your first year.

    What to do for fun

    Every month or so the school sets up an event where students can go and dance with their friends (kind of like a club). There is a mall 10 minutes walking distance from the school which is great for last minute shopping. However, downtown is only about 35 minutes away which has tons of things you can do from tourist attractions to great food. There are many districts that have cute little shops you can visit or big parks you can hang out and soak up the sun if you are lucky. The beach is also near by as well as places to go hiking near the golden gate bridge.

    Food and Dining

    In my personal experience I did not enjoy the dining center, the food wasn't always too healthy and I did not like their meat. The only good thing about the dining center was that there was a salad/sandwich bar where you could create your own sandwich. Overall, the food wasn't cooked well and not too healthy. If you do not mind spending money outside of your meal swipes there is a 24 hour subway which is great and there are more restaurants and cafes in the Cesar Chavez building.

    Dorm Life

    My favorite part of going away to college is the dorm life. I would highly recommend the dorms for incoming freshmen because it truly provides a college experience where you learn to be on your own. At SFSU there are a variety of 4 different types of dorms that you can choose from as well as how many roommates you would prefer.

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part I have been lucky with getting good teachers. Depending on your major some classes will be harder than others, however, teachers are always available during their office hours and the library is a great place to study. The key to college is definitely studying and interacting with your teachers so that you fully understand the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students it is a good idea to visit the campus and the city because it is a smaller school and there is not a whole lot of school spirit. A big thing to think about when looking at San Francisco State University is the weather. It is usually cloudy, cold, and rainy at times so make sure that you will be able to be in this type of environment.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is a great place for students to come and experience a different environment they may not be used to as well as a diverse group of people. There is a lot to do in this city which is nice when you need a little break from studying. This school has a variety of majors and a lot of resources to help assist you in any way.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join Clubs! it makes a difference! If you like sports then make your own team with the intramural sports club we have at SF STATE!

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good all over campus! There are random food places in campus, so you wont get tired of eating the same things!!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms but i have seen the inside of some of them and they are pretty nice. My friends enjoy them.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class has its obstacles but it depends on whether or not you are willing to commit to it and willing to ask for help if you don't understand some things. Its good to communicate with your professor when your unsure about some things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go up to someone for help, especially when it comes to finding your classes. Everyone is always willing to help!

    In three sentences

    SF State is so diverse and fun!! the school always has new events going on everyday and the the professor and other student are so nice,helpful and welcoming, especially when it comes to new students!!

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of musical events that happen throughout the year. There are also market vendors that come onto campus every so often. There are lots of little neat things you can always check out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on track. It's easily to get distracted and fall behind. There will be lots of fun things to do at SFSU but makes sure to get your priorities done first.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is very culturally diverse. It is welcoming and not too overwhelming like most universities. You will be very happy if you go to this university.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe for the most part. I haven't felt threatened in any way so far especially because there's usually always people around, even at night. The nice thing, too, is that the campus is relatively small in comparison to UC campuses and other State schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a ton of activities from clubs to fraternities to sororities to intramural sports and more! Personally, I'm from a club known as Circle K International and it's an amazing community service club, connected to Kiwanis and Key Club, that does hundreds of service hours a year! It's an amazing experience because as you help the community you get to explore the city!

    Great for these types of students

    Definitely students who want a urban environment for college. SFSU is a perfect match for the creative, more liberal student - someone who is accepting to different styles, alternatives, changes, perspectives, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this weird tree thing in the middle of the campus that has probably been there for over 100 years or something crazy like that?

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely get to know people because knowing people really helps you in the long run. Join clubs, go to events, talk to people in class. It really helps.

    What to do for fun

    SFSU always has things to do no matter what time of the year. The campus always has something going on in the Student Center, plus there are a variety of clubs that participate in cultural events, community service and fun socials! On top of that, the wonderful city of San Francisco is close by!

    Food and Dining

    There are places on campus that have absolutely delicious food, especially for a school! Typically, I would've expected to have some cafeteria food that was okay, but SFSU has great sandwiches, cafes, etc.

    Dorm Life

    As a commuter, I wouldn't really know. But, from what most of my friends say, dorms are okay. Not exactly the best, unless you try to stay involved and continue to participate in dorm activities.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are all typically between high rigor regular classes and honor classes (such as AP and IB).

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan and prepare ahead as much as possible! Be ready to quickly adapt to change! And, just have fun!

    In three sentences

    So far, in my time at San Francisco State University, I've had a rather decent and solid quality education in terms of the many courses I have taken. Moreover, the environment is absolutely wonderful from having the San Francisco chill vibe to always having something going on. However, if there was one thing that I felt SFSU somewhat lacked, it would be stronger guidance for students taking classes, choosing their majors and figuring out their career/major paths because I know for me, I struggle even today with figuring out what classes to take and what road would be best for me to follow.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super safe. You can come back at anytime as long as you don't talk to strangers. The only assault on campus that I know about is when the victim follows the suspect to the suspect's room. We have a police crew that hangs around 24/7. However, things get stolen once in a while so keep an eye on your things.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty. There is a few national but there are many small, tight and local group.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I mentioned above. We have all kind of clubs: Korean club, Chinese club, Japanese club, theater club, fashion club, party loving club, sport, dance, mostly everything. and we do have a lot of festival on campus. There's even a farmer market every Thursday where you can by great pop corn.

    Great for these types of students

    It will be great for students who are open minded. People who love to explore other culture around the world because we have the most diverse community with many international students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On top of the Student center (the tallest building on campus) is the best place to observe the night sky.

    Bang for the buck

    The budget cut is a real pain. Classes are limited., teachers are exhausted, but it can still manage certain qualities.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do on campus. We have a museum that is randomly open for public, we have a pub, an arcade where the Depot (a little stage where you can perform anything,) a lot of performances and gigs on campus (both by students and famous guests,) students gathering, events, all kind of festivals (musics,, foods,etc), an dance night calls noise complain once every month, theaters once in a while and free theater work every week in Brown Bag theater for free... However, the fun doesn't end there, the campus is half an hour away from downtown and San Francisco is an amazing city. The neighborhoods, festivals, bars, clubs, museums, natures, theaters, architectures will definitely blow your mind regardless of your taste. Moreover, there are so many cheap fun and even free event. Take time to explore the city and you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    There's a 5 star restaurant on campus, which is run by the students. The Rosa's cafe and Ike's place are quite good. Pizza of the village market is the most popular among students for its yummy taste and cheap price. Cafe 101 is not bad but the Asian food is not the best. We have many different food on campus and you can always walk to the mall right next to campus. Food in the Dining Hall (for students in the dorm) is actually not bad. It's buffet style and the chef really try to change the menu frequently. People complain still because they get tired of eating it everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Not that everyone is living in the dorm. It's mostly for freshman, sophomore, and transfers. Still, the dorm is so convenient, fun and quite random. You mostly will find tons of drama with your roommate and random things int he hall way, such as people in costume in the middle of March or people dancing, singing or playing guitar on the small quad. Not a good place for quiet and clean freak people.

    Academic Rigor

    Depend on each professor. Most of them are not very up tight. But, they won't let you pass without trying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register all your classes as soon as possible. Rate my professor is a great website but it is not always true. And, it's always an advantage to make your professors remember your name in a good way. go to student health center when you have a flu or need an eyes exam but don't go there if you are seriously injured. MUNI and BART are great ways to get around. The MUNI can be late during weekends or nights or random days so if be careful of that if you need to be somewhere on time. Always pay MUNI ticket. It's only $2.

    In three sentences

    It has great dynamic with diverse students. The number of classes and other resources are limited due to the budget cut. The school offers plenty of opportunities to experience interviewing, writing resume, engaging in networking and internships.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    San Francisco is a great city there are many great locations to explore especially golden gate park. As for the campus itself they occasionally have interesting events but nothing that really wowed me.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining halls are not very good, its edible but the food is not up to par with a lot of other schools. On many occasions i found the food i was given to be either old or extremely dry. For how much you pay it seems very unfair, but when living in the dorms you don't have much of an option because it's required.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty interesting, depends on where you are situated. I was put in freshman dorms and I didn't like the experience too much, it was very cramped and the bathrooms almost always had vomit somewhere. Great way to meet people though, i understand they cramp us like this so we have to be social. They also have plenty of smoking areas for you to be social if you're into that type of thing.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on the teachers and classes. I think they have a great biology/science department but for basic GE's i didn't particularly like the professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to sign up for housing early and make sure to have your classes figured out prior to orientation because they don't provide you with much help and information.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus filled with great students. Good luck trying to get the classes you need, that's why i left this university. Sports facilities and gym are amazing.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Very social. Southern Californian. Weed-smoking.

    Bang for the buck

    Slowly becoming more overpriced!

    What to do for fun

    There is virtually nothing fun to do on this campus.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of the places around campus are affordable and are very diet-conscious (vegan, alternative options, etc), but there are few places to sit down and dine.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are fairly overcrowded.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are a student with any patience for academic institutions, most freshmen-level classes should be a breeze. 500-level classes, however, are a whole different difficulty setting entirely, although this too can be a mixed bag.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take night classes; beware reading requirements; buy used or online textbooks; go to Cesar Chavez if you need a nap; keep a datebook/calendar.

    In three sentences

    SFSU appears to be dull and uninspired; however, when finals roll around, a closer look at the 30,000+ students buckling down and producing superior work yields that this is indeed a hard-working university. It is liberal and affordable, although the latter is changing semester by semester. There is a balance of incredible and lackluster professors.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Plenty of different food chains, local food, and a dining hall. Restaurants are a short walk or bus ride away.

    Dorm Life

    I have never resided in the dorms. I moved straight into an apartment with roommates. But I hear from friends that dorming at SFSU is essential in the college experience. This is where you meet the people you will befriend for the rest of your time on campus. If you have the opportunity, you should go for it.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any 4-year university, classes aren't easy to pass. Holding a full time job and being a full time student doesn't work to your benefit in college like it did back in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like most students I know who have applied to SFSU, one major reason for applying was the location of the campus. San Francisco is a beautiful city filled with college students who either attend CCSF, UCSF, or any of the many art institutes. It is easy for a student to get a part time or full time job and balance school and work. Problem that I'm sure many students face is the fact that the importance of work and making rent becomes more important than sitting in a classroom. With the cost of living in this city, it becomes virtually impossible to devote most of your day to school. This is when the statistic of SFSU's low graduation rate comes to play. It becomes easy to choose work as a priority than school. All I could tell any prospective students is that education is very important. So is knowing the right people and making the right connections in order to further your career in San Francisco. Somehow finding a balance between the two will help you succeed in obtaining a degree in this school that you have chosen to attend and starting a career in the city you have chosen to live in.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a very small campus and is a commuter school. There isn't many social activities, though this past year there have been several good concerts and events. Funding for an education in this city is very expensive.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I haven't had the cafeteria food, but the food around the school is really good and from the menu, they do offer a lot in the cafeteria (i.e. vegan food). There are a lot of random snack shops for a quick bit to eat or coffee.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms and won't for at least this semester since I am living in an apartment near the school called Parkmerced, which is actually saving me a lot of money because I am rooming with 3 other people, as opposed to only 1.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't taken any classes yet, but from the large variety and the fact that they have mandatory online classes that you can actually take even before school starts, it seems like the classes challenge you, as all college classes should.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are accepted and seriously consider attending, make sure to submit all the necessary material for housing because they do fill up quickly and finding another place to live near the school can be difficult, even though if you can, it can save you a lot of money if living with roommates.

    In three sentences

    An open-minded school with a lot of opportunities to offer. It is in a unique city with a lot of culture and history. It's a college that opens doors for individuals willing to take the first step.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there's emergency buttons everywhere. the biggest crime is simple petty theft. The campus is pretty small so the police can be there in 10 minutes maximum.

    Greek Life

    It's there, but it's mainly for the people who live on campus. They mostly go to clubs in the city.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities all around, some you have to search for, but most of them are advertised all around campus. The best event is the Depot events where they have open mic, band performances, etc for free!

    Great for these types of students

    hipsters, misfits, people who live locally, or people who want a different experience from their life through high school.

    Bang for the buck

    You get an adequate education, it's tough to get into classes though because of the recent economic downfall, so it may take a couple extra semesters to graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Go into the city of course! You're in San Francisco, the whole city is something to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Subway and Ike's place are the best dining spots on campus. They recently opened a Peet's coffee which is nice, but other than that you'll find private businesses. Check out Cafe 101, they have the best smoothies and bagel sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    No frat / sorority houses allowed because of city policy, but the dorms are still a fun place to meet those best friends in college. It's hard to make friends at a commuter school, so dorm life is prime, but it can be expensive. Meet some cool people and move off campus, you can find a place off campus for half the price of the dorms and still be close to school!

    Academic Rigor

    Not too intense, most teachers are chill, but like every school there's always that teacher who takes their job too seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to meet new people, some may actually surprise you. Some teachers you'll absolutely love because they teach in such nontraditional ways, but others you may hate for that same reason. It's good to keep an open mind with this school. You may not make best friends because it is a commuter school, but it's good to have a friend or acquaintance in class.

    In three sentences

    It's a very diverse school with many different types of teachers. You'll be sure to find a club, group or organization that you will feel very comfortable with. Top rated school for Ethnics Studies department.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It looks like a good program to jumpstart my career in the health professions. The advisers seem nice and very supportive. The environment is great.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe and very well lit. The campus police are definitely on their job! I feel safe day or night on this campus. Absolutely no complaints.

    Greek Life

    I can't speak on this topic.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs...sometimes, I think there are too many clubs. I don't really have time for many activities, but check in when they are highlighting various clubs and events, you will be full of information.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to make a serious change in society. This is the school for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many political protests on campus, this is one of the reasons I decided to attend SFSU. Occupy SFSU was great! Students set up tents in the quad and were there for weeks protesting the continual rise in tuition fees. SFSU will protest about anything they feel is unfair. I love it. Very liberal!

    Bang for the buck

    You may have to go to the mission district if you want a bang for your buck or go to websites that offer deals like livingsocial.com or groupon.com. Otherwise, SF is not known for having inexpensive things.....Just sites may be as inexpensive as you may get.

    What to do for fun

    In San Francisco, the sky's the limit! Just jump on a train and stop where you may. San Francisco is a beautiful and robust city. There's always something to do from the fillmore district to the Mission district, Chinatown, downtown (great for shopping), the beach (Ocean Beach), free concerts, festivals, Castro district. Embarcadero, Piers 1-39, or you can just sit outside anywhere, especially downtown or around pier 39 and just people watch. It's like watching a reality show, it's hilarious!

    Food and Dining

    The food at the college leaves alot to be desired. However, there are many types of foods to choose from...from extremely healthy to extremely fattening. The cafeteria is always full and robust. Get there before 11:50 am. That's when the large crowd begins to fall into the cafeteria and if you have a class at 12:20, you may be pushing it. If all else fails, there are a few cafe type establishments at the head of the school and in the HSS building on the first floor. Plenty of vending machines if you're pressed for time or pack a lunch the night before and bring it with you. Lunch on campus is a little expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I live alone, so I cannot speak on dorm life. But what I will say is if it is possible, interview people who are of like minds with you and your goals. You can become each others allies or enemies so be careful who you allow into your world. Everyone does not deserve to be there. If it's a bad situation, get out of it as fast as you can so that not too much time is devoted to dorm drama as opposed to academic success.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be challenging, especially if some classes are cross-listed. It's all relevant. Just be a sponge and don't fall into the trap of procrastination. You're grade can turn out to be a C when you are clearly A material. There are lots of group projects in upper division and just like any place of employment, there will always be one or two that are 'slackers' or give the bare minimum. Do not let that stop YOUR progress and grade. If you see something needs to be done by another person, just do it yourself or get assistance from others within your group. I had a 'group' that started out with four people and ended up a 'me' project. Everyone had excuses on why they couldn't or didn't do their part. I didn't let that stop me. I did everyone's section and I received an A+. Believe in yourself and your abilities. If you are not sure, seek out a tutor. Remember, this is your life at stake because when it's all said and done, many of these students you may never see again, and it will be only you holding the torch. March to victory, NEVER settle for defeat from merely not trying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Though one may change their major within their collegiate career one or two times, it's best to have a strong career objective before entering and obtain a mentor to assist in transition, be it from junior college or high school. It's easy, if you're young, to get caught up in parties and procrastination. Even if the curriculum is not up to what you believe the 'standards' are, make the best of it as you would your source of employment. Education is of significant value, just as much as your life is. Look as education as your window of opportunity to advance to any level you desire. The choice is yours. You can stay on the ground and look at the glass ceiling or you can climb the ladder and break the ceiling. The choice is yours! Be all you can be...not for the accolades, but for self-fulfillment. Be passionate about WHATEVER you do. If you do what you love, the rest will follow.

    In three sentences

    On curriculum, I rate SFSU 3 out of 5. On instructor support from SFSU, I rate 3 out of 5, and on accessibility of classes, I rate SFSU 3 out of 5. Overall, SFSU has a reputation of being an innovative and politically charged institution of higher learning. There are many programs one could access in order to become successful in one's career objective.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe. Generally there's guaranteed to be at least 10 people around you because the campus is small. There have been reports of cars being broken into and people getting robbed however.

    Greek Life

    Typical stereotypical high school student life that includes drinking alcohol.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too little clubs, too little knowledge about them.

    Great for these types of students

    Cinema, Japanese, Sexuality, Health, Biology

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't anything special that happens. To be honest, this campus is pretty dull and nothing strange or special occurs.

    Bang for the buck

    As an engineering major, I hardly get for what I pay for. Classes are ridiculous because they're hard to get in due to lack of sections or they have really terrible teachers. Some classes also conflict with those required for the major, making it even more restricting in having a working schedule. Most people end up having the exact same schedules. Pre-requisite courses that lead to many other courses also lack extra sections, making some major extremely impacted or having students take years to even get anywhere in their major.

    What to do for fun

    They have an arcade where the cafeteria is. They also have an indoor gym and an exercising gym with a payment plan. There are also tennis courts and basketball courts nearby. A mall is immediately next to the campus.

    Food and Dining

    Average food. Edible, but can do better. They have a nice $5 pizza deal which is perhaps the best deal on campus and maybe the only reasonable deal. Food is pretty mediocre.

    Dorm Life

    Guys are more relaxed than girls. A lot of conflict over doing chores and cleaning.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of unnecessary classes are needed for majors. Some also only have one section, making it difficult to even get into the class if your registration date is late.

    Tips for prospective students

    Not a good choice for engineering. The math department here is ridiculous and anything revolving around solving equations will most likely result in an unclear understanding. Getting a C in engineering is the equivalent of an A.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is a small and easy-to-navigate school. The teachers however, need to step it up in terms of teaching. There also need to be a better management of finances in order to fund more classes or more teachers.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    San Francisco State tuition fee is reasonable in its price, although I heard tuition fee will increase in the next fall 2013.

    Food and Dining

    I like the dinning center and the foods. There are also places on campus that sells food and drink and they are pretty much scattered around the campus so you can get food pretty much everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty decent I would say. If you are living in the residential halls, the space is manageable in the room, however, there is a communal bathrooms which is shared by other people in your floor. Overall, dorm life is decent and fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very helpful most of the time. Just remember to take notes a lot and pay close attention

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I would give in transportation is to arrive early or at least give 30 minutes extra if you're commuting because its very crowded, so you're gonna wait in the line for 30 minutes or so. Otherwise always plan and try to arrive early, especially if you are commuting.

    In three sentences

    SF State is very diverse and crowded. Its a very nice campus! Buildings are walking distance, there's coffee everywhere, a lot of interesting people you walk by.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Everyone is friendly here and are willing to talk and help. In order to get into the apartments and dorms building, you will need a key. There are also school police on campus.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of sororities here compared to fraternities, about three to one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lot of events happen in downtown just about every two-four weeks. Just search it up online.

    What to do for fun

    You can join clubs to meet all types of people. There are all sort of weird events happening at downtown every few weeks.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the campus housing require you to get a meal plan. The meal plans are expensive. If you get housing without meal plans, you can save a lot buying groceries. The food in the cafeteria and restaurants are decently priced. Try buying groceries in downtown area like Chinatown; it is much cheaper than most places across California.

    Dorm Life

    Coming here as a transfer student, you don't really feel like making much friends anymore because you are almost done with school. You do not see much of the students in the dorm/apartments depending on where you house.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try not to loan too much. Just loan what you need. If you do loan, get subsidized loan because you do not have to pay interest 6 month after you finish college. Do not get meal plan if possible, just buy groceries.

    In three sentences

    Everything that you need is close by walking: gym, mall, groceries, bank, cafeteria, and public transportation. The weather is not as great here, it gets cloudy and cold often. All types of people live in San Francisco.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Because SF State doesn't really have an enclosed campus with Campus PD, it can be unsafe at times, especially since it's in a big city like San Francisco. But as long as you act like you know where you're going, and don't go to bad parts of the city late at night, you should be safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student can find their own niche at SF State.

    What to do for fun

    San Francisco has a lot of different fun things to do which makes going to school in SF really fun. If you're into sports, the Bay Area has 2 baseball teams, 2 football teams, & a hockey team & every game is easy to get to by taking BART or CalTrain.

    In three sentences

    SF State is great for all types of people because it's located in such a diverse city and so many different types of people go there.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus and very friendly staff.

    Greek Life

    Amazing! Come and find for yourself...

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of students clubs and organizations, if they don't have one of your own interest, you can create your own.

    Bang for the buck

    There are options for saving money.

    What to do for fun

    The school itself offer some student events (dances, concerts, social events) and post them on facebook. Also you can take the muni or bart (the bus or trolley) and it will take you anywhere in the city. I have been to Union Square like for 5 times already and its amazing. AMC theaters!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good, we count with the dinning center (a buffet style), The Cafe (coffee, bagels sandwiches, yogurt, etc.), and the bricks (Italian food). We also count with subway, the village market, and many other restaurants that only accepts cash.

    Dorm Life

    Like any other college, it depends on the people on your floor. I like the dorms in here because everyone is very social and nice. There are parties every weekend. But remember, focus on your classes and homework.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are like any other college class. There will be some professors that will make the class easy, but there will be others that will challenge you with homework and classwork. We have iLearn, where majority of professors will post homework, forums, test reviews, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Apply with time, so you can have time to double check your application. -Apply to housing right away after you get accepted, its competitive. -Visit the campus -Learn about campus resources -Visit the Book Store

    In three sentences

    Is a wonderful and green campus that we current students love. Professors are amazing and classes can become a challenge. However, the student life and the school itself it's worth it.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who love the city and cold weather.

    What to do for fun

    I often take the MUNI to Union Square and hang out around there.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! There is a 24-hour Subway which is nice and little cafes for a quick snack. There is also so many options of food!

    Dorm Life

    I'm not living at the dorms, but about 5 minutes away from school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes will get filled fast! It would be best to come into SFSU having a declared major.

    In three sentences

    Its in a great area, but its cold. Some classes are big and some are small. So far, the professors are really helpful.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a top priority at SFSU. You feel welcomed and safe even before you are on campus. Police officers are constantly on the lookout for strange behavior to ensure your safety. I appreciate and thank them for such a strong presence that takes away the worry and puts the focus on my studies and my life as a student.

    Greek Life

    Live and present, yet respectful and controlled. With such a diverse student community, clubs and fraternities as well as sororities are great ways of knowing people and connecting academically as well as socially. Students here are aware of the hard work needed to maintain a student standing status and will not jeopardize it by partying.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have to say that I am most impressed by the availability of clubs and their corresponding activities. There are always events going on pertaining to a club and or a major. Everyone is encouraged to partake in most of the clubs and to make their college experience great one.

    Great for these types of students

    Multicultural and polyglots. SFSU is a melting pot in it's own. There are people from all over the country and the world who are attracted by the feeling of laisser faire that city is known for. It's a school and a city all at once.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a celebration for the Chinese New Year. for international students, there are always gatherings around the city to get to know each other better and create friendships and or connections. there are also language clubs that offer language exchange experiences at no cost to you.

    Bang for the buck

    SFSU can be pricey if you do not have your finances under control. There are always events going on, fairs and farmer's markets as well as a Belgium waffle truck that can be tempting if you are around, however, all that is provided are simple necessities that can be found on the Mall with is right across the street from campus.so, even if it can be expensive, it does not have to be so.

    What to do for fun

    There are classes offered of almost every sportive activity. If music and dancing are your thing, those classes are also offered. SFSU is located on Lake Merced and it's a beautiful stroll to take at any time of day.

    Food and Dining

    There is a food court that offer everything from coffee and pastries, to Mexican food and Middle Eastern dishes. I personally enjoy eating at the food court, there's a variety of food and the quality is great. I have never had any complaints.

    Dorm Life

    There are about 3 different cafeterias for dorm residents only (not counting the food court for every other student.) There are rules that have to be followed and they will be enforced. Most students are on the same wavelength and from different backgrounds and economical status, they are fun and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, SFSU is highly competitive. There are students from all over the world trying to better themselves by attending college. Faculty focuses on guidelines and encourage them to be followed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get in contact with the financial aid office before you move to or start attending SFSU. I was able to talk to the director of the program and explained my current financial situation and he made sure I applied to every scholarship to ensure that I attended school without as much of a financial burden.

    In three sentences

    I will give San Francisco State University a rating of 8/10. They have successfully and amicably sent me abroad to Paris France through one of their many partner universities in the city. My experience at State has been a great one with staff and teachers who are willing to give you their time and guide on the right path towards a successful career.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    fully safe, campus police is available

    Clubs and Activities

    great

    Great for these types of students

    who like enjoyment

    What to do for fun

    can join various clubs and associations.

    Food and Dining

    very good and cheap

    Dorm Life

    good

    Academic Rigor

    not too much

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes as ear,ly as possible otherwise you will not get a class.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is best for study and other curricular activities.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's San Francisco! Walk outside your door and you can find something new and exciting! Hop on that M train and ride down to Powell and experience the hustle and bustle of the city life. San Francisco is a foodie heaven so finding a great place to eat (no matter where you are) will be simple. I love that SF has such distinct neighborhoods in which you can discover a great new thrift shop, bakery or piece of art within a matter of seconds. The nightlife is great. Everyone in this city is friendly and open which makes exploring that much better. Check out the SF Museum of Modern Art at least once and don't forget to take a blanket and soak in some rays at Dolores Park when the fog permits.

    Food and Dining

    As far as your food options go, SFSU does have a few decent ones. I'm a huge fan of the smoothies on campus and there is a 24-hour Subway that makes life a little bit easier when you're roaming along campus at odds hours of the night starving. Also, there's a weekly farmer's market that sells myriad of veggies, tamales and kettle corn that always pleases my cravings.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed in the dorms but I had so many friends living in them that I practically did. I would say that the Towers were the most suitable dorm options in comparison to Mary Ward or Mary Park. The dorms were alright. The bathrooms were decent and the people living on the floors were always friendly and open to new people. I recommend all entering freshmen to stay on campus in order to build new friendships with people from all walks of life.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a Cal State not Harvard. Depending on your major, teacher and capabilities, the academic rigor will vary per person. I was able to manage a 3.0 overall because I stayed committed to my courses and made sure to keep a balance between my personal and academic lives.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the best tips I can give ton prospective students is to take 15 units each semester if you want to graduate in four years! I made the mistake of not doing that and ended up piling on 18 units during my final semesters. Another tip would be to stay informed about what's happening within your major. Keeping in contact with advisors and making sure that you are on the right track is essential to graduating in a reasonable amount of time.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is what you would expect from your average Cal State University. Competitive courses, thousands of pupils and a conducive learning environment are three key essential factors to this University. Although the budget cuts have increased the cost of tuition over the last few years, obtaining a degree from this university will allow you to better yourself and your upcoming career endeavors.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency lamps everywhere. You just have to press the button and the campus police is on their way!

    Great for these types of students

    If you love to express yourself through clothing this is the place for you. There are so many diverse people with different styles that give ideas and enlighten people to do the same.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a designated smoking area that most students call, DSA for short. It is of course made for students above the age of 18 and is watched by campus police.

    What to do for fun

    For fun most people go out into the city. There are many places to see, like Pier 39 and Coit Tower. There is a movie theater very close as well as a mall where people do most of their shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Their are multiple places to eat on campus, for example, the dinning center, a pizzeria, and a bagel place. At the dinning center the breakfast and lunch are very good, however their dinner isn't too great. Most of the time people decide to go to the pizzeria instead.

    Dorm Life

    It is an AWESOME experience! The people are friendly and everyone interacts with each other. The dorms are big enough to feel comfortable, with enough space to call it your own. There are cork boards in every room in order for you to pin things up ( i.e. pictures, notes, drawings) and express yourself without damaging the walls.

    Academic Rigor

    At first it will be hard to adjust to how fast paced professors' lessons are and it will take a great deal of concentration, however if you try and keep up and go to their office hours you will be able to get the help you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for cold and wet weather. Bring lots of warm clothing such as rain boots, coats and sweaters. Flannels are widely used for the cold weather here.

    In three sentences

    It has done well in promoting a diverse and accepting community. The staff has made their best efforts so far to have multiple office hours in order to help their students achieve a higher grade. It is a very clean and safe campus to live on.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In reality campus safety is great. This is also due to the how bad the weather gets over here so they have blue boxes all over campus.These boxes which automatically calls the police when needed in less than 5 seconds.

    Greek Life

    Wow the Greek Life is also amazing.In reality the sorority girls and fraternity guys make you feel like a family and are always lending a hand. They seem to do more for the community also than many think they do.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Clubs and Activities at SFSU are amazing.They really get involved, diverse and are relatively flexible for all students.They really know how to have fun,but also work hard.

    Bang for the buck

    In reality SFSU is worth the bang for the buck and is quit inexpensive for a good education. It is better though if you want a cheaper living situation to live outside or you will be spending an enormous amount on housing in the dorms. The only problem is that it is a little expensive compared to the other CSU.

    What to do for fun

    Their in reality are a lot of things to do for fun near SFSU. Things like going to the bridge, the piers and Alcatraz .It's not a small city so their is quit a big variety of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining inside SFSU is okay and is fast and convenient. However the better food would be outside of campus,due to the fact of the repetitive food they serve on campus.So if anything the campus food is okay not that great.

    Dorm Life

    I recently live outside of campus so with this i cant give much opinion about the dorms.However what I have witnessed from going to check out my friends dorms have been that their not so great for all the money you pay to get them.Some of the dorms are nice but its highly competitive to get them and quite expensive.So if anything it would be recommended to live outside campus.

    Academic Rigor

    In reality though I would Give SFSU three stars do to the fact that they decrease the number of classes and well their teachers aren't that great.The good thing about SFSU though is their ability to still keep a vast majority of programs with budget cuts and all. Even if they seem to accept less and less students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips I would highly give to incoming students would be to take as many AP classes as you can. Because in reality its harder for a freshman to get classes due to fact that their the last priority. So in reality you end up with a few classes your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    well a few things about San Francisco state included they accept a vast diversity of people.Yes it is highly competitive at some points but quite easy to get it with hard work.The only thin they lack though is their ability to keep classes open and available for many.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SFSU keeps police around constantly. At night they have escort services back to dorm rooms from class if you're concerned at all. In addition phones are located around campus that can connect you to police in the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school has a list of over 40 clubs and organizations all specializing in particular topics, ideas, and whatnot. And they're all very strong and willing to take in members!

    Great for these types of students

    I find that this school appeals to anyone, as long as you're willing to come out of your shell to meet people than this is the school for you. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful, its a great atmosphere for any student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Caesar Chavez Center has some awesome murals throughout, as does the entire campus. Also there is an art gallery on the top floor of the Caesar Chavez building.

    Bang for the buck

    It's San Francisco, so it can be pricey. However there are plenty of great deals around campus. Check out the Village Market Place for some cheap and good pizza and also just keep an eye out for lunch specials and student discounts at any other restaurants or other attractions.

    What to do for fun

    You're in San Francisco.... Let your imagination run wild. Sports games, shopping, tourist destinations... the list is endless!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall options are typical for college cafeterias. They can be good on some nights. At the Caesar Chavez center, they have some amazing food places! Be sure to check out Ike's!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are sweet! Mine is apartment style so I have a kitchen, and my own bathroom! It really helps you to mature quickly since you're forced to act like an adult.

    Academic Rigor

    Yes, courses can be tough! It's college! But as long as you study hard, no course is too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming here, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! It's the best way to meet people! Also don't be afraid of professors! They're some of the nicest people I've met here and they are ALWAYS willing to help out.

    In three sentences

    The students are amazing! The teachers are amazing! The city is amazing!

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's intercollegiate sports, intramural sports, and many clubs and organizations.

    What to do for fun

    Get with a group of people and hangout, go to the gym, have movie nights, explore the city, meet new people, and find things that entertain you.

    Food and Dining

    Great food!!!! I get to cook for myself on a daily basis but the campus food and dining is great!

    Dorm Life

    I currently live off campus but I still have roommates and its still good. The dorm life is good, you get to meet your roommates, new people,and have a new experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Focus as much as you can in all your classes. Make sure your passing each class with a good grade average. Classes are great and teachers are here to help you if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best in high school and keep those grades up. Don`t be scared to apply to different colleges. Enjoy your years and be ready to go to the next level. College!!!!

    In three sentences

    SFSU is the greatest university. You get to experience the new college life,meet new people, be amongst a diverse community, interact in different activities with people, have fun, and overall have a fun experience.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    not much to do, unless you join a club or greek. students usually come and go as they please, not much of school spirit, just a commuters school

    Food and Dining

    may be the highlight of the school, the food here is great and they are open late!

    Dorm Life

    never lived in the dorms before, but they are on campus which makes it very easy to get to class.

    Academic Rigor

    not too much work, but you learn a lot from your professors

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you join a club because this school doesnt have much of a community for students, even frats and sororities disappear after the first couple weeks of school, they stay low-key

    In three sentences

    Dining may be the highlight of the school, great food at all times. Great Professors that want to help achieve your goals

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel really safe on this campus. Mainly because everyone there wants to be there to learn and study, and not fool around.

    Greek Life

    I don't do Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I do jiu jitsu, and has joined the club. It is really fun and you get to meet a lot of new and cool people that share your interests.

    Bang for the buck

    Seeing as I'm a college freshman, I really need the money for next year. My parents money just meet barely above the minimum for financial aid so my schooling has hit them really hard financially. I have recently found a seasonal job, but that is just temporary until I find another one. This money would help me a lot and would not take it for granted.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun on campus! There is always something going on in the quad, and plenty of concerts and promotions of events that go on at the school. There are concerts, parties, sport games, games, clubs, and societies.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and have lots of varieties (chinese, japanese, sandwiches, pizza, pasta). All coming with a great price and quality, the school also provides a card service for easy transfers of money.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life from what I hear isn't that great. You have constant annoyances from neighbors down the halls. People blasting music and running by banging on your doors. I live off campus and find it really peaceful and less expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    My professors truly push me the hardest to do my best. If I do something incorrect, the dock me points for that and constructively show me what I did wrong and how to improve on it.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school has so many opportunities for you. They really promote involvement in activities and societies. The professors ad advisors lead you on the right track and show you the best work ethics you should have. After I have completed my degree here, I feel that I will come out with greater work ethic and skills than before.

    In three sentences

    This school is has lots of activities and promotes involvement. San Francisco State also has excellent teachers with free and helpful tutoring after hours. A 24-hour open library for any cramming sessions and group studies is a big help.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    It is what you want it to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend being sure to plan out your studies; classes are hard to attain but if you are aware of what you need, it's a cinch to graduate on schedule. Make sure to take time to go to your professor's office hours. Make connections and build lasting relationships; it's what the university experience is all about.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is an amazing school, on an peaceful campus, in an inspiring city. The Psychology Department is filled with personable, creative, highly intelligent professors who truly invest themselves in each individual student. I am proud to say that I am gaining a high quality education, and that I have been challenged in more ways than restricted to academia.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    San Francisco State has police walking around making sure every student is safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    One club that I attend is Project Connect. Project Connect is a organization where each intern is able to learn leadership skills,. Each intern does numerous public speaking experience, working with the youth and make a difference at the school. Another place is the E.O.P. EOP stands for Equal Opportunity Program for students of low income or first generation students to get extra help with academics, advising and support.

    Bang for the buck

    San Francisco State has one of the best Health Departments I ever came in contact with. Not only am I able to see a doctor who cares, but I am able to get blood work done, attend nutrition classes and get medication for a cheap price.

    What to do for fun

    In the Cesar Chavez building, there is a arcade area where students can relax and have fun. There is also movies shown on campus. There is once-a-month party called Loud Noise. The Film Department is always putting on plays and short movie films. There is exercise classes to reduce stress.

    Food and Dining

    There is many diversities when it comes to food and dining. There is one particular place on campus where it is a five-star restaurant. It is in the Burk Hall building and it only cost 15.00 per meal. There is Mexican, Italian, Filipino, Latino and fresh fruit and vegetables to eat on Campus. If a person likes to drink, there is a pub on campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    San Francisco State has dorms which is very close to campus. The freshman students has the best advantage because each Freshman student who has a Dorm lives right on the campus. Transfer students have the dorms walking distance but a bit further away. Each Dorm area is close to a eating establishment and the gym. When a person lives on campus,he or she is able to use the library 24 hours a day.

    Academic Rigor

    San Francisco State wants each and every student to succeed. There is numerous opportunities for tutoring and advising. There are many different places to use a computer and have study groups. San Francisco State gives every opportunity to students to graduate and ready for the working world

    Tips for prospective students

    San Francisco State excepts any race, color, gender orientation, culture, and makes each person feel welcome. San Francisco State has many opportunity for diversity. Organizations of different cultures: La Raza, Asian American, Gay Alliance, Student Government, and much more. There is also a brand new library which has five stories of different opportunities for a student to succeed in. The Campus is surrounded by beautiful landscape and on a sunny day to sit and just watch how beautiful the scenery is. San Francisco State has many opportunities for volunteer work, clubs , tutoring , and places to eat.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State is a excellent school for a person who love diversity and culture. There are so many clubs and organization to help each student of any cultural background to succeed. San Francisco State has many opportunities for a student to explore; which includes Study Abroad, Student Government, Volunteering, employment, internships and group activities.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's safe in my experiences, although I've heard stories as well. Particularly in the science building after dark. and Iphones being snatched.

    Greek Life

    Not that I'm aware of

    Clubs and Activities

    Anthropological student association is great, i made my own shirt there with SFSU on it and anthro student as well. I wen to a traditional flag burning on the beach bonfire night.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love free stuff, stay updated on campus news. Students who love human rights stuff, spring time there is a human rights summit and there are many opportunities for internships

    What to do for fun

    Hang with club members at local bars. Go to the beach and go for a run. Go to live performances off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is alright, I wish there were more fresh food places, but they have a great amount already.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, they have many events set up for students to get to know each other, although most students just want to do the exploring on their own, explore the downtown, uptown and china town areas are fun too.

    Academic Rigor

    Students are really into their studies, ,but when one person is disengaged its easy for that to spread, at least in my personal experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take advantage of the financial aid. Go to advising whenever you have questions. Ask all you questions and get your answers through the resources and info desk at Cesar Chavez. There are places I didn't realize until I started investigating. Please take advantage of these resources and scholarships.

    In three sentences

    It's a highly diverse school with lots of programs. The campus is small with a lot of students but the library is fine and there is lots of opportunities such as Study Abroad program which I recommend. The campus is overall great but with not many sports teams.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, nothing really dangerous goes on here, except if your drunk

    Greek Life

    Its aite.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Depot is a personal favorite, theres a socialism club thats really thought provoking.

    Great for these types of students

    Very Social Students, diversed, open-minded, activists.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On top of Ceasar Chavez theres a flight of stairs that allows you to gaze around the whole campus, most people hang out there. There used to be 1$ cold sliced pizza that wasnt on the menu. Theres a place called the depot which is in the Cesar Chavez building and they have open mics for bands, poets, MC's, and artists.

    Bang for the buck

    Personally, i dont like it because since its a really big school, its all about the individual and there capacity to seek out help and maintain through classes. Theres a lack of support in a community based scale

    What to do for fun

    You can organize, stroll around the mall, go city scaping, you can check out the free telescope of the sciences building.

    Food and Dining

    They have alot of options here at SF State, personal favorite has to be Ike's Sandwiches. Theres also a mall right next to the school called Stones-town which is pretty convenient.

    Dorm Life

    I dont live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on what class you take, for example the critical thinking courses are great to inspire curiosity and its curriculum is relevant.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like big schools and big class sizes then its perfect for you. Network as much as you can and you'll find resources that you never thought would be there. Class Registration is competitive so apply for your classes early.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State is a very impacted diverse school, with resources available and programs. The networking of SF State is poorly advertised though because of the lack of promotion. The plus side is that what des get promoted, gets promoted in the center of Campus which the Ceasar Chavez Building.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its very safe, even though its an open campus. There are cop cars and cops on dirt bikes patrolling the campus every night and they don't harass you.

    Greek Life

    Not involved. But they constantly throw parties, like every weekend.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't joined any but they have a variety of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    students interested in the arts, literature, engineering and becoming a nurse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every October a group of people dressed as zombies attack people.

    Bang for the buck

    Not compared to where I could be. Critical classes can be hard to get sometimes,so be sure you plan you schedule for future classes as well. Be sure to try your hardest and pass your classes because everything counts in the end and it could penalize you too.

    What to do for fun

    Explore San Francisco! It has so much to offer on a daily basis and its very community oriented. Also, their transit system is always reliable.

    Food and Dining

    The dining center doesn't have much of a selection, but their foods pretty great.

    Dorm Life

    Personally I didn't like living on campus because I don't like living with a bunch of people. It's great when you don't want to wake up early and the campus food market is super close.

    Academic Rigor

    Sometimes professors try to push you too hard it ends up back firing but other than that just do your reading and you'll do great here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your studies and school will be a piece of cake here. Just be sure to check out your professors on ratemyprofessor.com and you'll be fine. And don't be scared to speak up.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University offers you a unique learning experience in a unique and diverse city. The teachers really take pride in teaching and strive to make you think in a whole new way.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are phone boxes and 911 emergency call boxes to ensure safety.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who wants to get away to the city life. People who love LOVE LOVE the cold.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The malcom x plaza is where everything happens. There are tons of activities going on in the middle of the quad and always music playing.

    What to do for fun

    Play sports, open gym, join clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is delicious. There are tons of places to eat at wherever you go on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am not currently dorming, but the dorms are very nice and clean.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT PROCRASTINATE.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a good school because it is very diverse. The campus is clean and well-managed. Administration and the staff are all very helpful with your education.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of protocol and overzealous campus police and security who work round the clock.

    Greek Life

    It exists, and I've known lots of folks who really enjoy themselves. There is no specific housing set aside for Greek Life however.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is San Francisco after all! The amount of nearby things to do is outstanding. There are clubs for all ages, and concerts galore.

    Great for these types of students

    Carefree, relaxed, driven, with a good sense of humor and willingness to be odd and be yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    San Francisco is a very liberal campus, there are all kinds of groups and clubs that you can join. There are often small (and peaceful) protests every week or so that you can join to get your voice heard on religion, location, political issues, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is rising as with all CSUs but financial aid is quite good here. You can take a lot of really great classes for very little compared to most universities.

    What to do for fun

    Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Warf, Chinatown, explore, go to concerts, go to parties, ride your bike, attend festivals and eat at the best restaurants!

    Food and Dining

    On Campus food and dining is terrible on campus. We have two sandwich places, and a nearby Olive Garden. To eat anywhere good you have to take public transportation downtown or walk to Trader Joe's.

    Dorm Life

    Really fun community and lots of options. The freshman dorms aren't great, but once you're a sophomore you can move into fabulous housing which is literally steps from all of your classes. Full kitchens, clean and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    You decide. Everything from Basketweaving to Human Osteology Practicum is offered here. You really have the chance to decide how hard you want to push yourself by picking the more strict classes and professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends as much as you can in all of your classes and in the dorms. They can last you all four years. Since it is a commuter school mostly, it can feel lonely at times. Living in the dorms your first year is a great way to build community.

    In three sentences

    This is a wonderful school to go to, it attracts all kinds of professors and students and has some of the most outstanding programs recognized across the country. It is small, and community based. Take a tour! You'll be happy you did if it's a fit for you.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Introverts. Not a strong sense of community on campus so no pressure to get involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are lots of great places to sit and relax between classes or just for people watching.

    What to do for fun

    The Depot in the student center has some cool, laid-back and intimate events.

    Food and Dining

    There are some great little places on campus to get food at affordable pricing. I don't recommend getting a meal plan, they are overpriced and you'd end up spending more than you would just getting your meals at places on and around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms but they seem safe but loud and rowdy.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally I don't feel all that challenged in my courses and I think some professors dumb down the material too much.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city, eat different places, volunteer, exercise, recreational section in the gym.

    Food and Dining

    Buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    RA suck. Do not get caught.

    Academic Rigor

    Biology is very competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you explore the campus in depth, and maybe join organizations. Library is awesome.

    In three sentences

    Very amicable school. Biology professor are very professional and efficient. Campus is very diverse

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I can say that the school is definetely worth every penny you spend, and you will not be dissapointed with what you find on this campus with every humanitarian and crazy activity located on campus.

    What to do for fun

    For fun my friends and I go to campus events such as some parties, or some dances hosted by students of the school. We go shopping or to the arcade-like-place located inside of the school in the student center. Or play a few rounds of pool or go to open mic nights in the student center.

    Food and Dining

    The food at this school is pretty great and diverse. And being in San Francisco, which is known for it's diversity, you can always be sure to find something good that you will enjoy eating.

    Dorm Life

    I have friends who live in the dorm who love it, especially the parties at night, and the roommates who end up turning into your best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are great. You have your good and bad professors, but there are amazing peers to help you with your studies and classes. The classes they offer are amazing here, and you learn things you never would have thought of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your game, just because someone else is slacking, does not mean that you should. Be ready for challenges, and never say you can not face them because being challenged makes you stronger.

    In three sentences

    The school is beautiful, diverse, and full of surprises. It opens your eyes to things you may not ever have known at home. It if full of amazing educational opportunities, and fun, great experiences around the corner.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hipsters and extremely studious people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pretty normal school.

    Bang for the buck

    Free events in San Francisco are amazing and people are extremely friendly.

    What to do for fun

    Hangout in the city as much as you can! Free events are always fun!

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty decent!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your field of study, it depends, but in the sciences, it is hard core!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ready to work to get to where you want to be!

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a great school with outstanding faculty members who want to see you succeed. What is great about SFSU is that the curriculum is right on to you field of study and they prepare you to be competitive against your counterparts in other big name schools!

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons, and even places for 18+ Wednesday - Saturday nights!

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody, really. Especially: Democrats, those interested in fashion, people who like diversity and adventuring.

    What to do for fun

    GO IN THE CITY there is an endless supply of fun and free and really unique things going on all the time! Just subscribe to Do 415 or Johnny Funcheap emails and you'll know what's going on all the time :)

    Food and Dining

    If not for Cafe in the Park, the amazing breakfast and lunch option on the meal plan, I would have rated lower. Brunch in the DC is reliably delicious, and the Bricks has fast and yummy (but not always too healthy) dinner options.

    Dorm Life

    Residential halls are very social and living in one of the apartment-style dorms is a toss-up, but I got lucky on my side of the hall and am friends with everyone! RAs are pretty strict and will very likely catch you breaking rules, unless you're smart about it.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, none of my classes have challenged me much, but there is definitely a varied work load depending on the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus your first year, it is tons of fun and you'll meet friends to live off-campus with next year! Explore the city but make studying a priority!

    In three sentences

    SFSU is full of diverse, open-minded students. It is located in the best city in the United States. It is a commuter school, which means living on campus your first year to make friends is essential.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is on point, especially in the past year. There is always a cop or campus security posted on campus after 10pm. And the school always notifies all its students on any awareness or news happening nearby.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't as huge as many other universities but do exist! No greek houses allowed though. Many greek life are well connected and are always doing philanthropy work or meeting up on campus after 4pm to do frat/sorority activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs!!! and activities usually present rallies representing a cause or a celebration of an important day. Clubs are usually seen fundraising in the quad for their activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Most popular majors are kinesiology, business, communications, and pre-nursing. Don't be surprised if more than 3 people at once tell you they're a business major, economics, or maybe even international relations. The Ethnic Studies department is huge on campus. Huge in history and campus activism. Great professors that know their stuff! Fashion students, welcome. The fashion department is pretty competitive, without already being in the major, you have to apply to get into the program. But once in, take advantage. The professors are well connected with great internships and networks in the city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bench in front of the Business Building is great for a quiet sit to enjoy the view of the student center. Behind the student center, sits all the cherry blossom trees, beautiful during spring time. This is close to the 'pond' and art structures.

    Bang for the buck

    Diversity is huge on campus and so is the fashion sense. If you are a prospective student looking to come here, take the time to visit and trend spot, the fashion sense is so 'San Francisco', which is pretty cool. Get to know as many people as possible, word gets around and the more people you know, the better your social life!

    What to do for fun

    GET INVOLVED!!! The school has a lot of student clubs and organizations to get involved with. If other SFSU students tell you they are unsatisfied, it's because they haven't gotten involved with campus life.

    Food and Dining

    The CC Student Center is filled with many food varieties including Thai, Mexican, and an amazing salad bar that is quite cheap for the amount you can get. Also has Ike's Sandwiches (very popular) and Cafes for coffee and pastries. The housing area has the DC, Dining Center. You have to be living on campus to have access to this dining center. Weekends include omelets in the mornings!

    Dorm Life

    Although I didn't stay in the dorms my first year, I stayed in the Village On Campus Apartments my second year. The dorms are more intimate, each floor coed, which means great mingling! RA's are helpful as well in connecting students. The Village Apartments are the biggest apartments on campus, located near a Subway, a sushi joint, and Taza (burritos!) A little quieter than the dorms but all the more motivation for you to focus on getting your work done.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, you will be taking different classes compared to other students and that means the academic rigor is different. I can definitely agree that most professors are very helpful during their office hours if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of student housing! I wasn't able to get into housing my first year, so make sure you consider it. Life long memories! Don't feel lost, the student 'GatorAiders' are of great help to incoming freshmen. Seek them for advice! Although SFSU doesn't have an open gym with equipment, our gym has open fitness classes (yoga, etc) and sports to join. Ike's Sandwiches and Peet's Coffee are the most popular joints on campus, besides the Pub. Because it is a commuter school, you'll see campus empty by 3pm. But on amazing sunny days, you'll see students lounging in front of the Business building or in front of the CC Chavez Center.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is a school that can take you by surprise. It is complete with great professors and student services willing to help you in any way possible. Great historic school located in an epic city.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun in San Francisco? One of the best things about this city is there is always something to do. You can take the subway and visit some other friends that attend surrounding colleges or travel downtown and shop to you drop. If you're in the mood for sightseeing the Golden Gate Bridge is always a great place to go. You will never be bored in a city that never sleeps.

    Food and Dining

    My dorm luckily comes with a kitchen . On the downside I cannot cook to save my life. Having a kitchen though has challenged me to learn or else I starve. I have picked up plenty more cooking tips and can survive without my mother's amazing home-cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    I lucked out and a received a dorm with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. I did not have to suffer through the typical Freshman problems such as sharing a bathroom with 20 other girls. The dorm life really is amazing and it is such a change from being home. You meet these amazing people and San Francisco has to have the most alive people that live here.

    Academic Rigor

    College classes are no joke. They are nothing compared to the little high school classes you may have taken. Professors have higher expectations and won't accept anything below what is able to be achieved.

    Tips for prospective students

    For expecting students I would advise to never have too much fun. College is about exploring and having fun and I cannot stress how much better your college experience will be if you just remember to have fun. When you wake up at 7:59 A.M. for your 8 o'clock morning class, instead of dwelling about it, make the best of it. You only get one real college experience so you might as well make the best of it.

    In three sentences

    I am originally from Southern California and the atmosphere that comes with attending San Francisco State University is like no other. You have so many opportunities to excel here and you still get a chance to be adventurous. You not only get the college life experience but you also get the chance to explore the surrounding areas easily.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    always feeling safe at school

    Greek Life

    not worth it, trust me we are NOT a greek school.

    Clubs and Activities

    None i find appealing

    Great for these types of students

    artsy, hipsters, fashion killas, willing to explore the city, adventurer's, hippies; but EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the top of Cesar Chavez blgd is nice on sunny days; dolores park on sunny days is also a must and you will find almost everyone there lounging on a blanket.

    What to do for fun

    definitely take advantage of the city you are currently living and studying in, because once you're done and leave you will miss the convenience of being able to head downtown or visit the beautiful parks on sunny days.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining center isn't too bad, but it is college not a five star restaurant so suck it up everyone.

    Dorm Life

    i loved my dorm last year, lived in the towers ( recommend the towers over ALL the others,, trust me) i had amazing roomies and my whole floor instantly become close friends. Truly an experience i miss and hope everyone partakes in dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    its great!

    Tips for prospective students

    look into the school to make sure you are making the right decision for yourself, many people become disappointed in the weather and party scene.

    In three sentences

    the campus is beautiful and the city we live in is great with many opportunities surrounding us but the party scene does not exist here at state, although that was not a problem for me coming into it.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Note that this campus is in a city and cities are always dangerous. Seriously, look after yourselves and your friends. Never go out alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love the city, are open minded, green, and love being part of a community.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. Make use of your time to do well in school.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy going out to the city. Hang out in Dolores park in the Mission, or take a walk on the beach on Ocean Beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is actually very good. Lots of options for vegetarians and vegans.

    Dorm Life

    I live downtown and not in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what major you decide one, but the math and sciences have great professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school to go to if you want to live near a diverse and active city. I love San Francisco there are so many things to do here. My real advice to students is to pick a major fast and to pick a major that they will enjoy and get a JOB. Yes college is great but it is also very expensive no matter how you go about attending school. Whether through scholarships, financial aid, grants, loans, or working part time, it will cost you money, time and resources. I advise you to be smart from the get go and take your classes seriously so you can graduate free from debt. You want to graduate AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!

    In three sentences

    Nice, small campus. Great faculty. Great student body.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    burritos!!!

    Dorm Life

    didn't live in them don't know

    Academic Rigor

    good expectations and a well-round perspective

    Tips for prospective students

    Read everything the teachers assign! I did not succeed myself so no judgement but doing all the work is what is necessary to truly get your money's worth in education

    In three sentences

    I love the culture and studies at San Francisco State University! The college is unified by the power of free thinking and discussion. As a liberal studies major I happily recommend the program. My advisers and professors were supportive and challenge simultaneously, providing in my opinion the most valued qualities of academia.

  • 02/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe.

    Greek Life

    Th sororities and fraternities are always out on campus looking for new members. They are very diverse with an exception of few.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless amounts of clubs and activities. The more clubs you join, the more friends you make. There is a club for just about anything, so finding a club that fits you will not be hard.

    Great for these types of students

    SFSU is great for every type of student. We welcome anyone from anywhere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our students organize random events where students come dressed up wild and crazy and just interact with everyone and have fun. There is access to the top of the buildings at SFSU where you can study or enjoy the view from above.

    Bang for the buck

    San Francisco State University is a very accepting school, not to mention it is located in the best city, San Francisco. The students attending are nothing but nice, helpful, and bubbly. The instructors stress on using their office hours and emails if students need anything. The President of SFSU interacts with many students on campus and very cool! There are freshmen who tour the campus and fall in love. The campus is very beautiful with a lot of great views from every direction.

    What to do for fun

    SFSU has student centers with food courts and arcades. Many clubs host countless events to attend. The residencies plan events for students to attend and interact with fellow students.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of organic foods. The variety of food is extensive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing and the resident assistants are friendly and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    Slightly hard to get into certain classes but that is only if you do not plan ahead.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized, focused, and manage your time.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is very diverse and accepting. Everyone is very friendly and the instructors here are excellent. There are plenty of resources for whatever it is you are looking for.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We always see police on campus especially late at night. Never felt safer!

    Greek Life

    Our fraternities and sororities may not be very big, but they are very fun. Lots of community services, but they also know how to let loose.

    Clubs and Activities

    Whatever it is that interests you we have it! From politics to anime, there is a club designed just for you.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are at all religious you should join many of the groups on campus! They do many fun activities that we all enjoy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You will definitely enjoy the music out on the quad every week and the constant tabling!

    What to do for fun

    You can go into the city and enjoy some really good Thai food at Basil Thai, enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Alcatraz or Twin Peaks. There is never a dull moment in San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    Cafe Rosso is the place to be! But don't neglect Taza and Cafe 101! All great places to dine and at a great price.

    Dorm Life

    The Towers is the place to be and if you don't find dorm life suitable there is always Park Merced. Nice rooms at a great price!

    Academic Rigor

    It is not to hard, but it does require you to take the time to study and do your homework. You won't get by by sleeping in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work and enjoy the sun when it comes around.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school! You can't find a better school that fulfills all your needs. Amazing faculty, definitely worth it.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is really good but very pricy. Yet if you want cheap food you can go to McDonald near the mall.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I usually don't feel too cautious at night when I have to walk back from class.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are more than active and you see alot of things happening.

    What to do for fun

    There's the arcade downstairs. There's always something in the Malcolm X plaza. There's the mall five minutes walking time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good and it hits the spot.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard it's actually pleasant to live there.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging enough, you just need to know time management.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is the school to go to if you're focused on what you want to do. Plenty of resources to make you what you need.

    In three sentences

    Its campus is always thriving with something to do. It's very diverse. All teachers have been very friendly.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Exploring the city and it's many different cultures.

    In three sentences

    This is a very diverse school. The teachers here really do care about their students. The new president is making big improvements to improve the school.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore SF!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on top of your classes, know your road map, speak to teachers and advisors.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco is beautiful and diverse. The classes are challenging and unique. The atmosphere is laid back but there is still plenty of friendly competition.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, I like to read both fictional and non fictional books.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the food on campus is pretty good. Sometimes its a hit or miss but that's the fun of living on campus is finding all the good food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Although I dont live in the dorms, I have many friends who do and have been inside them many times. There are some dorms that are very nice (towers./village) to live and some dorms (the mary's) that are pretty grimy.

    Academic Rigor

    SFSU is a school that is very focused on academics and is very serious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to have the classes you want in mind and make sure to sign up early. Classes fill up very fast at SFSU and most of them are impacted. I would say the same for dorms.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco is a very beautiful campus, walking through everyday is amazing. The professors and people at this school are all very open and friendly. It is a very diverse school.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone here. We have many types from Improv Nation to Women Club to various academic clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year the club Improv Nation has an Annual Zombie Apocalypse. It's fun to dress up as a zombie and chase people around campus.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go to the rec center and playing arcade games and pool. On sunny days people like to lay out in the quad on the grass. Also, the mall is nearby is students want to go shopping.

    Food and Dining

    There are pretty good places to eat here. We have Subway, Chinese food, pizza, sandwich shops, snack lobbies, etc. Also, Stonestown mall is pretty close so you can easily walk there to eat from their food court.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Sometimes it is quite hard to get the classes that you need. In most cases the classes that you need are full by the time it's your time to register for classes so you will need to crash those classes during the first week of school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should really know what major they want and stick to it because changing your major a couple times will definitely set you back and prolong graduation.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is a very diverse school. There are many interesting characters here who become life long friends. Great place for opportunities.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Sports are phenomenal

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown

    Tips for prospective students

    none

    In three sentences

    Very diverse. Small Inner City school. Very Urban.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is good!

    Greek Life

    No comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is a very diverse campus, lots of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A new library was constructed, very beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    No comment.

    What to do for fun

    Like I said before, San Francisco is just a beautiful city so outside the campus there is a lot of fun stuff to do. Right across of the school there is a lake and the Golden State Bridge isn't far from the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining shouldn't really matter, just eat when you can and make sure you eat right.

    Dorm Life

    I wish the housing application was a little different, but the dorms provide incoming freshman an opportunity to interact with others.

    Academic Rigor

    The school provides a lot of majors/minors. The activities or projects for each class seem educational.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to always keep an open mind. The campus is small but its full of life and just keep your eyes out for many opportunities.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco itself is such a beautiful city, being able to attend a school far from home is very exciting. The campus is very extraordinary, and there are beautiful trees everywhere and I felt safe. I give it a 9.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is taken very seriously here which is a very nice benefit! You can call the campus police officer to escort you somewhere near off campus and back if needed. They have multiple areas on campus that have an emergency button that flashes a light and directs the police to you in case you feel unsafe. They do a great job making us feel safe.

    What to do for fun

    Like I said, there is always something to do on campus and locally as well. On campus you can go to the gym or the pool to relax. They have a five-story library that gets quieter the higher you go, along with a basement floor. They have a nice astronomical room that has a lot of telescopes that you can use to gaze at the stars. They also have a nice variety of clubs and groups you can get involved with.

    Food and Dining

    The food is honestly delicious on campus. They also offer very competitive prices for what you get. They have there own coffee shop in the library which is so convient as well. They have an all-you-can-eat buffet that uses one token out of a students meal plan which is more than fair. They also are notorious for an student-ran, four and a half star restaurant on campus. It is very high quality and fine dining; you must make a reservation and they do not accept cash. It is nice to feel rich when in reality you are in a lot of debt from college, so it is a nice escape.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is really nice. I love how it is designed regarding the location because it is a very nice walk to classes. There are a lot of different dorm options, but they are all fairly close to each other which is nice too. The inside is very cozy and comfortable which helps you not feel homesick.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics here are amazing. There are so many options to start with, you can combine your classes to make yourself an individual in so many ways. There is a class at almost any time of the day/night on any day so the classes fit the schedules for mostly anybody. You learn a lot from your classes, that you can take with yourself in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to plan to take the orientation early in order for you to get more class options. Always be prepared to everywhere that you go in case some things aren't on file. Enjoy your time as well, do not take it too serious to the point that you aren't happy.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is a beautiful place. It is in one of the most known and diverse cities in the United States. What I personally love is how there is always something to do on your day of from work or class at this campus. They offer so many things and this excludes all the possibilities outside of the campus. This campus is full of great students and staff members as well.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is awesome! It's really cheap too. The cafe in front of the school by the shuttles is amazing. Also, the Cesar Chavez had really great food too.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were always interesting, but they had a lot of information that you had to pay attention to. If you didn't pay attention or take notes, you probably will not do well during midterms and finals. Overall, the professors that I encountered did their best to make sure we learned new things.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can, try to join Metro Academies. It is the best program to help you survive your first year of college. The program chooses the right classes for you with the best professors who are willing to help you out. I also realized they choose classes that count towards your GE requirements. Another thing you should do is always ask your professors for help because they are more than willing.

    In three sentences

    I did not make a mistake going to San Francisco State. I have met so many great people and professors. I can't wait for it to be fall so I can start going back again since it's where I feel at home.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never felt scared for my safety once!

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city! Because the campus is located 10 minutes from downtown Union Square there is really endless opportunities to find things to do as long as your willing to get out and find it! (Prepared to get lost a couple times haha)

    Food and Dining

    Although a lot of kids got sick of it fast, I found the meal plan to be delicious and so much fun!

    Dorm Life

    So much fun!!

    Academic Rigor

    So far, my classes have been stimulating and enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend as much time as you can exploring the campus, so many fun things to do!

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The campus is breathtaking to wander around, instantly brightens anyones day. With beautiful views, helpful teachers, interesting classes, and the most friendly students I've ever come across, it's a great decision for anyone!

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If your looking to work during school, there is a mall right by campus. And on the other side of campus, about a ten minute walk away is a whole outside shopping center with great places to apply that will be close to your place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The top of the Cesar Chavez center is a great place to go to get an amazing view of the city. Even better at night with all your friends. Lots of people go there whether to study and read or to hangout and have some drinks. On another note, every thursday there is Farmers Market that's on campus! Great way to get good food for cheap and easy!

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone knows that Village Market pizza is the best. And the best sandwiches are at Ike's Place down in Cesar Chavez. Those are must tries for your first week there.

    What to do for fun

    The Depot in Cesar Chavez has great events whether it be concerts, movie nights,comedy acts, whatever. The whole Cesar Chavez center has great places to eat, an arcade, a bar, air hockey, pool. And during the day I always saw some event or festival or something going on outside to entice you. They're are a lot of great opportunities to get involved on campus, you just have to take the initiative to grab them.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Center has it's ups and downs. Their is a lot to choose from, always a salad and sandwich bar to make some food and best of all they have lots of alternative options for vegans and vegetarians. Unfortunately, some of their cooked meals are pretty bland, and they never cut off the fat from the meat. Otherwise, their desserts are dangerously delicious and once again, they give you lots of options.

    Dorm Life

    LOVED IT. Yes community bathrooms are weird at first and its not the best when your trying to study and their are people outside playing soccer in the hall. But everyone gets used to the bathrooms and you can either plug in your headphones or head to the library. But understand this, THERE ARE PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR HALL PLAYING SOCCER. Just open your door and you get to meet so many people and create this awesome little community in your hall. I know for myself my roomate and I would just leave our door open all the time while we were in there talking or working, and people would stop by all the time to say hello and invite us to events. By the first month I had made some of my closest friends already. Your going to hear this from a lot of people, the dorms are a once and a lifetime experience and it's well worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my professors have been brilliant. They treat you and teach you like an adult. Best of all, their ideas and teachings are all well thought out and so far have really stayed with me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms your first year. The Towers and Village may seem nice because of the space and kitchens and all that, but you will make the greatest memories in your life building that family in the dorms. Nothing will bring you closer. Push yourself. Take classes that are in your interest, but also take something new and fun that you have never thought of before. Those usually end up giving you the best experience. Take advantage of all the activities on campus. I know San Francisco is a very exciting place to live, but SF State has a lot of clubs and events happening everyday on campus that allow you to still have fun, and also make some friends.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful small campus that allows you to get to class quickly but also attracts your eye with its pristine modern buildings and beautiful landscape filled with large blossoming trees, plants flowers and large grassy fields. Interesting teachers and study opportunities that broaden your mind and challenge you to think outside your comfort zone. A warm welcoming campus life just outside one of the most beautiful, exciting cities in the world.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore the city and get involved with any school clubs and events.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't live in the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    All the teachers I had were great, helpful, and willing to teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't past up the chance to go to a beautiful college in a beautiful city.

    In three sentences

    I loved the campus and city adds to the campus's beauty. Great students adds to the learning aspect of it. Teachers and staff love to help out in anyway they can.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I see security guards walking around often, and there are these safety poles that you can push if you feel like you are unsafe. There used to be an option to call and have a security guard walk or drive you(in a golf cart) to your car, for those night classes, but no one used it so they stopped offering it.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are an open-minded student wanting to live in a big city, this is the place for you. Not everyone may be open-minded, but most people will at least respect your opinions, and if not you will at least have a stimulating discussion.

    Bang for the buck

    The new library is great! There are many computer labs with printers. Some of the computer labs even offer photoshop, final cut, and other editing software. They have many whiteboards that you can drag to where you are sitting, for your study group. There is a peet's coffee inside the library, for those early mornings or long nights. And the chairs/couches are very comfy!

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, join intramural, explore the city, go to the mall next door, run around the lake merced.

    Food and Dining

    There are some good choices for a decent price, just the quality of some of the choices aren't the best. The chinese food is disgusting. The pizza is really greasy, not too good, but cheap.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but I have been there multiple times. And the towers are cool because everyone leaves their doors open, so you will always meet a new person. The guys live on one end, and the girls on the other end.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers that I had demanded a lot of reading from the textbook, and studying everyday. Some teachers were more lenient, it just depends on the expectations of the course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really plan out your four years ahead of time, and try to stick with it. Also, take summer school at a local community college, so that you will graduate within four years.

    In three sentences

    The school is very diverse and open-minded. You will meet an interesting person at least once a week. But, the class sizes are too large.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are things off-campus to do, but I don't really know of what to do on-campus. But the Golden Gate Park is nearby, and many museums and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    They have a good amount of food, and coffee shops on campus. Although wishes that some of the coffee shops and food places would stay open later especially when working on projects in the library, and the campus is open overnight.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms so I can't comment.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough academically, but enjoyable. It's stressful especially during finals, when projects are due at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, get ahead of teachers lessons, and learn to work well with other students as there are many group projects. I would avoid taking more than five classes as it is extremely hard to balance when you have multiple group projects outside of the class.

    In three sentences

    I feel San Francisco State University is a great school to go to because the learning is tough. The school has some really great teachers that make it more interesting to learn the subject. The teachers test you and push you so you're better, competing more in a business environment than schooling.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    When applying for housing, make sure you apply ASAP! Or else you will risk being wait listed. Although for some reason they didn't accommodate every ones needs when it comes to living in certain buildings and themed floors. But none the less depending how much you want to spend housing ranges from traditional dorms to apartment single rooms.

    In three sentences

    Although this school is a commuter school you will find yourself making friends easily. There's a group of friends for every one on this big clean campus. With the school being in the city there are lots of places students can go to after classes.

  • 08/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I enjoy staying active, if it's going to the gym, swimming, hiking, basketball, or just hanging out with friends. I enjoy listening to new music, movies, and staying up on the newest trends.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and drinks, they even have a pub on campus, so whenever you need a break from your studies just stop by the pub to enjoy a nice cold one. Reasonable prices and not many long lines

    Dorm Life

    Haven't experienced the dorm life at this school, but i heard it was average. Small dorms and food is ok. Loud and noisy at times, but tolerable.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors can be tough, but that's what you have to expect in college. Professors love to teach here and want students to get a grasp on the material. Great professors!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay on top of your priority registration date because many classes fill up fast due to the limited classes. Make sure you find different means of transportation, but the school is very easy to get to

    In three sentences

    Very diverse college with friendly professors and students. Easily accessible and great food. Signing up for classes can be a nuisance, however there are many alternative ways to get the classes you want

  • 09/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    SF is a lot of fun. There is always something to do around SF. Bars, clubs, concerts, football games...etc

    Tips for prospective students

    Always take the initiative to ask questions to professors. They will always be there for you.

    In three sentences

    SFSU has a good program in International Relations. Professors here are good. SFSU is a good start if you wanna be an influential actor in the International arena.

  • 09/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Such a variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fantastic, live on campus to get a better feel of the college life

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers and staff is amazing and very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself. Reach out. Don't stop until you get what you've been looking for.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a great school. It has a lot of diversity and anyone can come here and be themselves. Everyone has equal and unlimited opportunities, its all about how you use it.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's not much to do unless you occupy your time with something. For fun, hang out with your friends in the facilities provided within the campus, such as the gymnasium or the arcade below the Cesar Chavez Student Center. You can also join extracurricular activities such as clubs, maybe join a student organization or even a sport. Possibly even a fraternity/sorority, just depending on your preference on what kind you want to join. It's not that there isn't anything fun to do on campus, you just have to make the effort to find it!

    Food and Dining

    The food in SFSU is actually pretty good. There is a variety of food that people of other cultures would be willing to try out.

    Dorm Life

    Although I don't live in the dorms, I have met some friends who do. Because there are people from different cities, states and even countries, it is very diverse. Meeting someone new won't be hard because of a new roommate or even neighbors in the dorm, so you certainly will get to be socializing a lot more with people you live with.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be hard if you don't do your work or pay attention in any of your classes. I also recommend that you don't procrastinate, because it can seriously bite you in the butt if you do. So do your work in an efficient manner so you won't get overloaded with a lot of things.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would have to say that if you would like to meet many students with different personalities, cultures and backgrounds, come to SFSU. There are many students that come here who are different, so it tends for you to be more open about people and who they are, which makes you open for more tolerance towards others. The teachers also aren't bad at all, so just be prepared to do your work, because there will be a lot of it. Though, college isn't all about work, there's also the social aspect. Just as long as you are balance what you have to do, school work, social life and possibly extracurricular or sports, you can get by with less stress than you intended to have. The basic thing is balance and tolerance, so keep and open mind, and be sure that you're able to take what you can handle.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a very diverse school with students of different cultures coming into it. You wouldn't know it, but most of the students are actually pretty friendly when you meet them, so go on and make friends. This college basically makes you feel very welcome.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Luckily, thanks to mass transportation, the city is very accessible, and there is something for everyone! Do you like shopping? Head downtown to the six story mall and loads of designer stores near Union Square. Maybe you are a little more hipster, the Haight and Dolores Park are the places for you. The park is filled with peace and love while the Haight stores are overflowing with thrifty clothes and old records. Thankfully, there are many Bay Area teams for the sports buff. Hit up AT&T Park for a Giants game, or, if you are willing to hop on BART or Caltrain, you can catch a San Jose Sharks game or sit in the nosebleeds at a Warriors game. For the not-so-broke college students, go big and catch a 49ers or Raiders game if you can!

    Food and Dining

    It is dining hall food, not the Palms Resort. In the beginning you will be overwhelmed by what seems to be gourmet food and an unlimited supply of ice cream, but after the second week, recipes are recycled and you will most likely find the food to be bland or far too over-seasoned, there is no in between, and you will begin to really appreciate the food your parents were always so kind to provide for you every night.

    Dorm Life

    Like I mentioned before, try to apply for housing as soon as possible. You will have some fun experiences and make lifelong friends. Though you will most likely be spending your days in a 20 by 20 room with another student who brought way too much stuff, it is an experience you will not want to miss.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on your class, teacher, and field of study. It's not Harvard, so do not expect to be up until 5AM every school night, but depending on the amount of test and/or essays your professor assigns, there will be some nights where you are going to need an extra cup of coffee.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students, hopefully you won't miss out on the opportunity to experience on campus housing, so apply early. There you will make some very close friends and maybe have a roommate that will become your new best friend. Not everyone can experience it though, so luckily, there are loads of on campus clubs and organizations for every interest and hobby.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State is inviting for students of all ages, belief systems, and ethnic backgrounds. Though there are no big sporting events, the school is decked with artwork created by its own students. Just a few stops away from the heart of San Francisco, these students gain an urban experience that is different from many other state colleges.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since the school is located in Daly CIty you can take the muni or bart and head on to the city. There are many fun activities you can do there! also the school has many dances throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    Although I do not live on campus I have tasted the food all around campus and it is very good. Try Quicklys! it is a very good place to eat the only thing is that there are very large lines and you can only pay in cash.

    Dorm Life

    I would not be able to rate the dorm life because I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Since it is only my third week being at this school the academic rigor has not been so bad. I took my first college test just last week and did not think it was so hard, we had the chance to use a study guide for the test. Yet, it also depends on your classes because so far I have had an essay due every week for my english class.

    Tips for prospective students

    A major tip would be to dorm on campus. I am commuting and it takes about an hour to get there, commuting makes it harder to make friends and also by the time you get home your tired to even do work. Therefore a tip would be to live on campus and interact with people. You will make great connections and also your grades will be higher.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco is very diverse school, there are many types of different people which makes it easy for anyone to fit in. The campus is very green which I love, there are trees every where and it makes the campus look beautiful. Also, it is very easy to get to the city which many love, you can go explore the city whenever you want.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Vey good, we have campus police and they will escort you at night if you don't want to walk alone.

    Greek Life

    Seems cool

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports teams are pretty unpopular, but the teams themselves are good! The sororiteis/frats don't have houses, but it still seems like a good way to meet people. We have every type of club imaginable.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent! Open minded! Didn't get straight A's in HS but wants to give their best effort in college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We TRULY do not have a campus life, because so many kids commute to school. So no, unfortunaly, no traditions or sense of pride.... at all.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition costs can't be beat, so that's pretty awesome. And they're really trying to make campus more beautiful.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy SF! First and foremost, make friends. Then go out and explore the city.

    Food and Dining

    The dining center is okay when I don't feel like cooking, but in Towers I have a kitchen so I make all my own food. Food here is REALLY GOOD.

    Dorm Life

    I live in towers, and there is no dorm life. I found meeting people was really difficult and making friends is nearly impossible. That's why you have to join club/groups to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    I went to an extremely rigorous high school, so I feel like college is almost easier. The teachers just expect you to read, show up, take the test.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind in San Francisco. There is very little campus life/greek life, but the city of SF can offer you all the nightlife you want.

    In three sentences

    - It's greatest asset in the City of San Francisco - No campus life - You will meet people from all over the world here.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There's many places to get food and the food is very diverse to suit everyone's different tastes.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms so I can't really say how the dorms are like.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors and lecturers have office hours and it's great to go to them when you need help. They will help you try to understand the topic if you're unsure.

    In three sentences

    Clubs are very active during midday because they're either trying to recruit people or sell things. Campus is easy to navigate through and everyone is just enjoying themselves. It's a nice school if you want to be close to home and have a lively school atmosphere.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    A couple different places to eat but more places to eat outside of school.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is so nice plus the apartment is really cool.

    Academic Rigor

    Seems kind of like high school level so far but it is a little harder.

    In three sentences

    I honestly love everything about this school and city. Everyone is so welcoming and there is a huge diversity compared to where I come from. I can't wait to continue attending this school.

  • 10/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The Kinesiology department is filled with passionate, knowledgable faculty that are interested in helping the student exceed. Most are still conducting research in the field, allowing students first hand knowledge of research. The campus itself is the definition of a commuter campus and lacks a central quad area where the social aspect of a college could happen.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    EXPLORE THE CITY! There's an endless amount of activities, sights, and experiences that you will never have again.

    Food and Dining

    Prices and variety of foods are low and expansive! I always get coffee at the same place and you get to who works there and your regular order! I either eat at subway, get a wrap at Taza, or head to Cafe Rosso for sandwiches, snacks, and coffee between classes. There is also a great health store in the Cesar Chavez Center.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms! I transferred. I have, however, spent some time in a friend of mines, in the towers. The dorm was fully functional, complete with kitchen, and bathroom inside. You did share an actual bedroom with a roommate but it was comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, as college is and is expected. Although I have learned from experience that my major classes were very hard, but so very interesting that it made the challenging times worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid! And apply for scholarships. Get a job on campus. But don't live near campus, unless you're in the dorms. There is nothing to do around where the school is located.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is so unique and diverse. I love meeting different people in my classes and learning and growing from the academic courses and the non-academic experiences too. The school values who you are.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved! There's something out there for you, no matter if you're a Chess fan or a music buff.

    Great for these types of students

    The LGBT community is marvelous, unbeatable, in fact.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The children's area is a little strange and oddly located next to Mary Ward hall, but not dangerous.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth every cent, point blank.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the city! Explore Haight Ashbury with open eyes and an open heart, boat to Alcatraz and let the tales of woe spark your imagination.

    Food and Dining

    As I said before - you're going to gain the Freshman 15. Sorry.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't a bad place to live - all centrally located and clean, you'll be fine wherever you are.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not an easy school in any way, but who wants to get a degree for nothing? It's a fight, which bespeaks its prowess above many other CSU schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Smile - don't be afraid to say hello! Everyone is extremely nice, and you get the feeling that you're all in it together. Make sure to get the Matcha latte from Cesar Chavez center and make sure to sit in the quad and do your homework on the grass and smile - you're in a beautiful place.

    In three sentences

    It's the friendliest and cleanest campus you're going to find. In the center of the artistic legend that San Francisco is, you wouldn't expect to find somewhere with an almost forested feel, but there it is. Plus, if you're a fan of food like I am, the dining is unbeatable with all of the small eateries on campus and nearby.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not too involved with the Greek life, mostly because there are no Frat/Sorority houses. I feel the greek life would be better if we did.

    What to do for fun

    You're in San Francisco! There's many art shows, events, and beautiful sites to look at and go to. Tons to explore in San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are great from what I've heard.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, however most of the people I talk to do, and they love it!

    Academic Rigor

    Since I am taking my GE courses at the moment, the classes aren't that rigorous if you pay attention, study, and do your work. However, when I start taking my major courses, I feel the classes will be more rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and meet your deadlines.

    In three sentences

    I love San Francisco State University because of the location of it. The school, city, and people are beautiful. I wish to stay and live in San Francisco.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's San Francisco, and there is always something going on. Whether parties in Park Merced or on campus, getting to know people is your best ticket. Also, if you don't feel like partying, there is always the option of going and exploring the city on the muni, with just two dollars.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good for the dorms and for the school. The Bricks is a place to chill while eating pizza and enjoying a soda. The cafe is a place for a nice sandwich and a refreshing smoothy, and the village is always open till 3am for your wishes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good, but expensive. Remember though that San Francisco is an expensive living place so its not so bad. Also there are many activities always going on in the dorms for its students.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but professors are friendly and are always there for any questions you have, along with office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the campus and get accustomed to the Cesar Chavez Student Center. There are many resources in that building that will make your life much simpler.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco is a great school. It has a good overall student atmosphere. Also it allows students freedom, while letting them know its safe.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food here is really healthy so you wont get the feared freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    They are cozy and look like ordinary dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't done any work here since i'm and incoming freshman.

    In three sentences

    Since it's San Francisco it's extremely cold and foggy. It is small. It looks amazing.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are laid-back but still care about their grades. Students who want to meet different people and live in one of the coolest cities in America.

    What to do for fun

    It's San Francisco! go out and explore the city. Get a little lost. You'll never be bored, i promise. There's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food options in the student center are good. There are cafes, and a lot of healthy options. There is also a subway and Peets coffee.

    Dorm Life

    It's definitely a commuter campus, but a lot of freshman do live in the dorms. After freshman year, people typically move off campus to the nearby housing. Just hope for a cool roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the professor you take, so i recommend using ratemyprofessor.com. Some of them can be very challenging which is a good thing, but it's obvious that a lot of professors don't really care that much. If you're looking for an easy way out, take those ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    There isn't very much school spirit on campus, so if that's what you're looking for, this may not be the school for you. But aside from that, there are clubs to join for pretty much every interest, and people are generally nice and welcoming so it shouldn't be too hard to make friends. Also, learn how to register for classes very quickly because you will be blind-sided by how fast they can fill up!

    In three sentences

    SF State wins in terms of diversity. You come into contact with so many different people from so many different backgrounds. It doesn't hurt that there's always something interesting happening in the city, either.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    My best tip would be to take more than 12 units per semester and multiple summer sessions if one wants to graduate on time. It is also important to focus and constantly ask questions or speak with your major advisor or take advantage of the other advisors available.

    In three sentences

    If I were to rate SFSU from a 1-10 scale, I would rate SFSU a 10 being the best. SFSU has provided me a very wide perspective within my curriculum, offerings and open-minded helpful professors. Campus life was entertaining and definitely a great public college to attend.

  • 01/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe campus, in a safe and quiet location in San Francisco. Make sure to always lock your dorm and when in the library especially, carry your belongings with you where ever you go, even if you are going to the restroom. That stranger you just asked to watch your stuff is hardly reliable.

    Greek Life

    Have not been involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous diverse clubs/activities available. Get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who don't mind foggy 50-70 degree weather, and the great variety of characters San Francisco fosters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On sunny days in the Quad you may be able to find exotic hula hoopers, poi dancers, slack-liners, and even nappers about getting their dose of vitamin D. There is also an on-campus LQBTQ formal. and not to mention, it is good fun to go out to Baker Beach in the evening to enjoy bonfire bonding time.

    What to do for fun

    -There are many music shows at the Caesar Chavez student center all throughout the semester (for free with a student ID). For those of you that are over 21, there is a small bar in there as well. -Lots of on-campus activities/events are usually dispersed throughout the semester as well. -When in doubt, walk around campus and peep at every corner...there are large to small sculpture/happenings cleverly placed, cute chill-out spots, and interesting people everywhere.

    Food and Dining

    Meal-plan food (at the Dining Center, Cafe in the Park, & The Bricks) is provided by Chartwells. Decent food, with an adequate variety at the Dining Center especially, and vegetarian options are available. Near the top of campus around Caesar Chavez student center are many take out style restaurants. A few popular places on campus to eat is Quickly's, Ike's, and Cafe Rosso.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is nice, easy to make friends through free on-campus activities and events. -The Mary's dorms are the typical freshman one room/one roommate type deal with communal showers and bathrooms...sort of dingy. -Science and Technology Theme Community is a smaller building neighboring the Towers. A double occupancy room usually for freshman/sophomores. Includes a restroom, but no kitchen. -The Towers and Village dorms are both apartment-style spaces: --Almost all of the Towers rooms have 2 double rooms, one restroom, a living room, and a kitchen (electric stoves, no oven or dishwasher). Dorms are all in one big building --The Village rooms may vary; some may have 2 double occupancy rooms, whereas others may have one double occupancy room and two single rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say the workload I have experienced is average. Depending on how many classes you register for, it is definitely possible to be a full-time student & have a part-time job or internship.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Do establish effective note taking methods, as they will be extremely helpful in those lecture heavy courses. -Participate in class and make good use of the professor's office hours every now and then, as it may help you develop a healthy relationship with the professor and class in general. -Make some friends or at least class buddies. Swap contact info so that if either of you miss class for instance, you have someone to ask what you missed, or to ask someone to study with you before an exam. (Professors are not a fan of being asked what did I miss by a bajillion students throughout the semester)

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is in a great location. There is a shopping center right next door to the university which is very convenient. If you need some groceries for example, head over to Trader Joe's, or to H & M if you need to grab a coat for the cold foggy weather. Campus landscape is beautiful with a variety of plants, and all the professors I've taken so far are extremely knowledgeable.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I go to the gym 5 times a day, play soccer with friends, play guitar and cruise around San Francisco city when I have extra time to spare.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to eat around campus like taco trucks or food stands, but the Cesar Chavez building has the best food a student can enjoy at San Francisco State. The most delicious places to eat is Mary ward's the Bricks, Mary park's Park dinner and the Dinner City, which are close to the Dorms. The food made in the DC is healthy and there is a variety of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life in San Francisco is not what I expected. Sharing a bathroom with the floor that I dorm in was not the best idea for me, although it was a good opportunity for me to have conversations and get to know people around. There are a variety of activities done at nights that take students out of their comfort zone.

    Academic Rigor

    Having over 12 units is a little bit too challenging if you are trying to balance a job, gym time and academics, but with hard work and dedication having more than five classes would be worth the pain suffered throughout the semester at the end. Classes are fast pasted and time management is what a student needs if they want to achieve success at the end of the courses.

    In three sentences

    Being a student in SFSU is a life changing experience, not only are the teachers critically strict with student's success, but they also show leadership characteristics that a student needs in order to be successful. With San Francisco's diversity, one feels free and welcomed to work with anyone at anytime around campus on homework assignments or important projects. Eventually, the classes in general are challenging, interesting and quickly obtained.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus has safety rules but doesn't practice for a student wide fire drill or earthquake.

    Clubs and Activities

    In my case the clubs are great but the activities such as sport are very good.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that have a plan of what career they want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dorms holds many events to get first time student to meet and greet other people.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything here is great however since the gym is really fully equipped with much of anything I fell like I am some what being cheated out because of this.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs here and the one that I like to hang out from time to time where I find myself learning about different video games to play while meeting new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great and depending on where a person it the food can be very health. I mostly like the food here compared to my mother home cooking.

    Dorm Life

    I stay at home but I would hear some talk about the dorms saying that it gave people a new experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The work here is not difficult however if a person is looking for a class where they do not have to do anything it just about impossible to find.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking for class make sure that the class follows the general education guide because it is easy to take different classes that cover the same GE requirement.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a good school for student that have some sort of idea on what major they get. However, student shouldn't attend this school if they do not have a course plan.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We put on club-likeÂ?Â? events on campus so students can have a fun and safe environment to enjoy themselves.

    Greek Life

    We do have Greek Life on campus. We have many organizations that have formed a strong bond within the group. I know our Greek Life members are very close to one another, and remain friends for a very long time.

    Clubs and Activities

    My school has numerous clubs and organizations available. ANything from educational club to cultural clubs. There are a lot of great events sponsored by these clubs that allows students to get involved with other students that they might be compatible with.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for all types of students because there are so many ways they can get involved and make their experience one to remember.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Student Center offers many ethic options for dining, which speaks to the diversity of our students and the city we live in. We have an on campus swimming pool, that all students can use.

    What to do for fun

    I like to workout at the Residential Life gym and explore the city when I can.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of dining options, with healthy choices for residents.

    Dorm Life

    Builds a great community and allows you to make friends very quickly. Makes homesickness easier to deal with.

    Academic Rigor

    Great classes, with tons of majors and certificates to chose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you can live responsibly in the city and be able to make your time in San Francisco worth while.

    In three sentences

    Excellent class sizes with a decent teacher to student ratio. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and allows the students to engage with the SF city. This campus provides lots of opportunities due to its prime location, making it easy for students from the Bay Area and Marin and Sonoma County to attend.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus is situated closer to Daly City than San Francisco to be honest, but its only a short ride to the downtown area on muni. There are plenty of shops, places to eat, etc there so being close is a plus. There is also the SF zoo and some nearby beaches to hang out at.

    Food and Dining

    If you live on campus, you have to purchase a meal plan which only works at three places on campus. The dining commons, the cafe in the park, and the bricks. The bricks is only open for dinner on weeknights and serves pizza, pasta, and salad. The cafe in the park is open at varied times, and serves sandwiches, but mostly does small desserts or drinks. The dining commons is more buffet style and their menu changes daily, and depending on time of day. The food is only okay to be honest, but you really don't have much choice. If you are willing to pay or use gator dollars (or don't have a meal plan), there are several other places that serve food on campus. For example, there is a subway and quickly on campus amongst others. Meal plans have to be used up every week and don't transfer over to the next week, so be careful.

    Dorm Life

    There are several dorm situations depending on how much money you are willing to shell out for housing and what grade you are in. The Marys are the cheapest dorms and are for freshmen. They are fairly old, so expect pretty small rooms and only one bathroom per floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor really depends on what class you are taking, and what professor you end up with. It is too variable to write something about the academic rigor of the entire university, because it honestly just depends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that it is a commuter school, so most people do not live on campus. This means that there is not usually a ton of school activities on campus, and almost nothing goes on after about 6 pm usually. There is also no football team, so sports are not usually huge here. Most people are not very school spirited.

    In three sentences

    It is a very tolerating community of people. Not too hard to get into undergraduate classes, at least for GEs. It is a commuter school.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never ever felt in danger while being on campus. Precautions are always taken and we have a lot of security that is constantly managing the campus so I've personally never had a problem or felt like my life was being threatened.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everyone that goes to this school is really passionate about their interests. That is especially reflected in the clubs people are involved in because they definitely want their voices to be head. Our ASI club seems very active, along with all of the sororities and fraternities as well.

    What to do for fun

    Just taking a walk around or going into the city can easily be fun. I feel that it's impossible to actually be bored in San Francisco. There is always so much to do and there is always something you can find that is going on any time of day! There are free concerts, fun open mic nights, days where there are free movies or free food in the city and they are such great opportunities that must never be taken for granted.

    Food and Dining

    I have different options so varying on where I go, I'm either going to hate it or love it. I adore Cafe In The Park, and I like having such healthy food options here that rarely ever have soda! As a vegetarian, I am definitely content with all of the food I am able to eat here.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely adore living here. I live in the two bedroom apartment so I have more than enough room, and my entire floor are art majors who are really passionate about what they do. I'm in such a friendly environment and I wouldn't want it any other way.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not much of a science or math person so those classes tend to be the most challenging for me. As long as I'm on top of my game, show up to class and get tutoring I'm willing to overcome all the obstacles that are thrown in my path.

    Tips for prospective students

    It doesn't matter where you get degree, it only matters how much you are willing to focus in school. If you put your heart into it, you will be able to accomplish great things. A lot of dedication is required to do well, and this isn't some school where you can easily get by. Always remember to be on top of your work, stay responsible, and have fun with what you're surrounded with. Never stay cooped up on campus and just take note that you can easily take a walk around or hop on a bus and end up in the heart of the city, where you can fall in love!

    In three sentences

    I think it's amazing to know that I live in one of the greatest cities in the world and I get to go to a school where I can explore the city right after I'm done with classes. I love the environment, and I love how much I am able to learn. I'm grateful that this school has my major and that I can actually pursue my passion.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun i hang out in the towers at my friends dorm. Also since the mall is close by I can walk there and do some window shopping. Most importably there is a movie theater near by where we can go watch movies.

    Food and Dining

    The bad part is that Bricks and the Cafe are closed on the weekend and the DC is only open. But the DC have really good breakfast.

    Dorm Life

    It is really fun living on campus. They send emails to everyone for the new events they have during the month or the week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never forget to read your SFSU email because professors will reach you by emails if they will cancel class and to give out information. Do not turn in homework late because it is really easy to fail and to get off track.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a great school because it is not as big as other school and the classrooms are near by. Also they have lots of ways we can get help if we need it. Lastly, the bookstore is the best way to buy materials that we need for our college courses.

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Here on campus there are many things to do for fun. There are sporting events all the times, and if you are in a sorority of fraternity you always are busy spending time with your sisters or brothers. there are no restrictions on where you can go and what time. you can play soccer, football whenever you what.

    Food and Dining

    i really think food here is pretty good. they give such a variety to the students the the dining center is very nice as well. the dining workers are very friendly and welcoming. Each place you can eat provides a plethora of options although you can get tired of eating the same things all the time for sometimes you have no choice.

    Dorm Life

    Here on campus there are four places to dorm. There are the two Mary's, the Village and the Towers. All are great to dorm in where Mary's are great for you first year as it is more social and you will make more friends. The towers are like apartments and the village is more modern and has an oven.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are simple here at state. Most teachers are straight forward and only want the best for their students meaning they are always open to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a student everything is just like high school. Stay on top of your school work, study for tests and don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely am in love with school. You meet so many new people, you are introduced to many new ways of life, and you get to just be yourself which is always a plus. i recommend applying to SFSU because it provides such a great experience.

  • 03/06/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs and activities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Open, looking for diversity, probably too much to take for conservatives.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not going to sugar coat it. As much as I love the city, it is freaking expensive. But you can always minimize expenses by adjusting your lifestyle. Having fun is free. Visit Golden Gate Park, go hiking, walk around the city.

    What to do for fun

    The city is a play ground. Practically anything you want to do you can do in San Francisco. Surf, ski (mountains of course), parks, bikes, hiking, drinks, food, fun!

    Food and Dining

    With diversity comes with great food.

    Dorm Life

    did not dorm

    Academic Rigor

    I studied International Relations in one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. with some of the smartest professors you can come across. The courses were challenging but well worth it because of the structure, professors, and interest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into the program. Not all are equal as would be for any university but I selected the college based on reviews.

    In three sentences

    In a beautiful city with diversity, it's hard to beat.

  • 04/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There many things to do for fun at SFSU. You can go downtown and look at the beautiful sighting or shopping. The many activities held by the school as well. Many events were they helps others to meet people and bond. Theres also activities that consist of people being active such as zipping, yoga, boxing, just to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    The food at SFSU is awesome. There's the cafe open in the early mornings for coffee and breakfast and open at night for really delicious sandwiches. There is also Bricks which offers all kinds of pizza, you name it. Then there is the City Eats known as SFSU dining area. The food there are great. They have many different type of variety similar to home cook meals. They also offer certain bar station like making your own waffle or sandwich. Not to mention, SFSU has a nearby subway and village wear they sell ice cream, milk, egg, and other grocery stuff.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at SFSU is good. Everything is clean and the furniture are not old. The rooms are pretty decent sizes as well. The only down side is that everyone kind of does their own thing. In other words, usually each floor have a special bond with each other, but it's different here. Everyone just goes there room and not everyone knows each other even though they live on the same floor. Not everyone talks to each other either, its more of sharing a hi when people pass by. Otherwise, everything good and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The teacher at SFSU are amazing and beyond helpful. They truly care about your education and make sure you understand everything. Some teacher go the extra extent to dedicate time and have extra office hours in order to help students who are struggling. The classes here are somewhat hard, but it's only hard if you don't show up to class and learn the material. If you stay on top of your school work and show up to class, you should do fine in all your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a few tips I have for prospective students. One is to not be afraid and be open to meeting everyone. Don't block yourself from making new friends because most likely those are the people that will be there with you your whole life. Another is to have fun but keep up with your studies. You shouldn't just work on school work and not give yourself a break. It's ok. One more is to be involve with the school. Join clubs and go to all the activities you can. It will make your college experience a whole lot better.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco State University is a very diverse school that consist of people who are completely accepting of others. This city has so much to do and a lot of sight seeing. Everything is so convenient and the location of the school is perfect.

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police officers and security guards on campus at all times, so you will never feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Sororities are the life of this school. They are always very spirited.

    Clubs and Activities

    Heading out to the beach to be stress free Going to the home games and supporting gators.

    Great for these types of students

    This is place is great for honestly any type of student. if you don't like the sun its good because there are many areas with shade. and if you prefer the sun, then the quad is probably the best place to be, and pros about a school in the city is that the beach is a walk away, and also downtown for a little exploring.

    What to do for fun

    Cesar Chavez is the entertainment zone on campus. Various amounts of different activities to do such as; pooling, air hockey, and a bunch of arcade games (dance revolution, etc.) Many different shows in the Jack Adams Hall (karoke) Also there is a Malcolm X Stage.

    Food and Dining

    Food is what SFSU is known for. They have different food options. One can never be sisapponted with the food here.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is once in a life time experience. The food is probably better than most other colleges. Café is open till late night, and pizza for dinner, doesn't sound so bad!?

    Academic Rigor

    Academically this place is really good. it has great programs and workshops. You can always explore around different classes, till you are fully interested in one.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip to future students would be that enjoy each and every bit here, this place has many fun and interesting clubs. Secondly, to take advantage of the numerous tutoring options.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a great place to be. You get to be in a place with people of different ethnicities and backgrounds. I find myself blending with people.

  • 04/16/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is beautiful and patrolled regularly by campus police. You are safe! But on the flipside, hide your cigarettes and skateboards because you will be caught with them.

    Bang for the buck

    Not an entirely useful degree, but it was cheap and I am starting grad school with much less debt than my co-students.

    What to do for fun

    Campus clubs and organizations are a great source for fun. If you are 21+, head over to the basement bar for some good beer. The arcade and billiards tables down there can also provide some fun between classes. There's tons of fairs and live music outside of the Cesar Chavez Center, so make sure to pop in and see what's going on that day. I also enjoyed heading over to the holistic center for tea ceremony.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is great! I lived off of salad buffets everyday. Keep that brain going with veggies and meat, not carbs and sugar (but if you want the delicious delicious carbs, Ike's sandwiches is in the basement. sshhhhh).

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I think this depends on the professor and the program. Some courses challenged me to the peak of my intellectual capacity and others required my minimal efforts. With this college, though, just do the work and you will get the As.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join campus organizations! They were so helpful in helping me form my sense of community in a commuter campus where such interpersonal cohesiveness can be difficult to find. Make friends with the people in your major! They will help you out when you need it, and the sense of loyalty within your program can keep you motivated. There really is no need for competition, so relax.

    In three sentences

    San Francisco has its pros and cons as a university. The thing I appreciated the most about SFSU was the professors, who were the most supportive and intelligent people I have ever met. The downside is that the college is a commuter campus, and so it can be difficult to foster a sense of community during your time there as a student.

  • 04/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Greek Life

    Average.

    Clubs and Activities

    Free yoga classes

    Great for these types of students

    Pre-med post-bacs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Farmers market on-campus every Thursday!

    Bang for the buck

    Healthy food at Cesar Chavez center

    What to do for fun

    San Francisco night life.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of affordable good food.

    Dorm Life

    Average.

    Academic Rigor

    The science lectures and labs are rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    The mall is next to campus, do not waste your time there :)

    In three sentences

    This is a very multicultural/multi-ethnic school. The campus is beautifully modern, with lots of wild life, and it is also pet-friendly. Most students and staff members are always kind and sociable.

  • 06/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is an arcade as well as a pool hall on campus. There are also clubs just a few stops on bart that hold events for 18 years old and up. There is also a pub on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a large variety of food too eat and there is a mall nearby which has good food as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your ready to work instead of party. Do not be afraid to ask for help because the people are there to help you succeed.

    In three sentences

    SFSU is a great school for students who want to focus on academics. There are a variety of programs that are offered to the students so that they can succeed. There are a lot of on campus opportunities that allows the students to meet with one another.

  • 07/08/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Pride Parade every year...if thats a tradition?

    What to do for fun

    This school is right next to a HUGE mall. Go to the theaters. Go drive to the heart of San Francisco. There is PLENTY to do if you are attending here!

    Food and Dining

    There are dining places here and there, and the best thing is that in the caesar chavez building food court area, theres the game center! (yay!) Their food is not too good but not too bad either - just right?

    Dorm Life

    I am unsure because I am not dorming. But, I can say that the dorms in the Villages are the best if you ever get one!

    Academic Rigor

    To be honest, I am not too sure about this because I am also an incoming freshmen. However, I believe it isn't as hard as the UC's or the privates, but it will not be as easy as it seems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to know how to get around the campus and the town of San Francisco (if you are driving). If you are using the public transportation, definitely make sure you have everything planned out before hand. Additionally, fogs do come everyday, and even if the weather looks nice, it WILL be cold so never forget the jacket.

    In three sentences

    A public urban university, located in the heart of SANFRAN. The campus itself is filled with greenery and isn't the best place if you are looking for hot weather; however, if you do like the cold, it is the best place to be.

  • 08/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Arcade and pool tables close to public transportation into the city

    Dorm Life

    Idk didnt live o campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and register early

    In three sentences

    There is really good teachers, Administraton makes it hard for people to get classes

  • 08/15/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are student police there but be safe no matter what.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many and if there isn't you make one!

    Great for these types of students

    Any kind it is diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pride parade for LGBTQ students!

    Bang for the buck

    Dorming is expensive!

    What to do for fun

    Well there is mall walking distance that holds many stores like forever 21 and victoria secret.

    Food and Dining

    There is literally food everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Getting roommates is easy but getting a single is super hard. APPLY EARLY ASAP.

    Academic Rigor

    Online is a good way to do early start.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have questions it is better to call then email.

    In three sentences

    Based on photos it looks really nice. Near the city and transportation is available. I am truly excited to go here.