San Francisco State University (SFSU)

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SFSU can be found in San Francisco, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. SFSU enrolls approximately 30,000 students annually.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 940 (25th percentile) - 1150 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and in the range of 17 (25th percentile) - 23 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants admitted to this school. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the SFSU average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.80 - 3.18. An estimated 70 percent of all students which applied were admitted at SFSU, and from those that were granted acceptance nearly 16 percent continued on to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected SFSU acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 65%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SFSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for San Francisco State University was reported as 67.3% in Fall 2020 with over 34,600 college applications submitted to SFSU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SFSU ACT Scores: 17 - 23
  • SFSU Average GPA: 2.80 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into San Francisco State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of San Francisco State University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for San Francisco State University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 68.2%
  • 2017-2018: 70.5%
  • 2018-2019: 71.8%
  • 2019-2020: 67.3%
  • Projected SFSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 64.5%

How Does SFSU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for San Francisco State University is nineteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of San Francisco64.4%
University of California-Berkeley16.3%
California State University-East Bay76.2%
Stanford University4.3%
San Jose State University63.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SFSU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 580
Math470 - 570
Total Score940 - 1150
ACT®Score Range
English16 - 23
Math16 - 22
Composite Score17 - 23
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