If you are considering submitting an application to SF State, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is November 30 and the fee for the application is $70.
Students who submit their applications to SF State for fall should anticipate a decision by December 20.
Here is an overiew of some of SF State's admissions stats.
|SF State 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.3|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are not considered|
These are the application deadlines for San Francisco State University.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
|Regular Decision||Yes||November 30||December 20|
SF State does not offer early decision or early action.
➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
Getting into SF State is moderately difficult. SF State evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.
In 2021, SF State accepted 84% of all applicants, around 26,431 from 31,430 applicants.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like SF State, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.
For more information on transferring to San Francisco State University, contact the school directly.
SF State has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.
Wondering what factors are considered by SF State during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
Make sure to check with SF State for more information on admission factors.
To apply to SF State, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with SF State's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to SF State have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
SF State does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
SF State does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by April 1.
Transfer students can enroll in SF State during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to SF State?
❌ Students who are admitted to SF State must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.
Does SF State accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ SF State accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to SF State?
✅ SF State is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.
What is SF State's acceptance rate?
✅ SF State has an acceptance rate of 84%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at SF State?
❌ SF State does not offer early decision.
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How hard is it to get into SF State? SF State is a somewhat selective institution. The SF State acceptance rate is 84%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SF State is Nov 30.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SF State is Nov 30.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At SF State, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.31. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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