San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA 94132
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San Francisco State University is a public university in San Francisco and part of the California State University system that includes 23-campuses. Founded in 1899 as a school for training teachers, the college has expanded over the years and now offers 118 different bachelor’s degrees and 94 master’s degrees. The school has a large student body, with over 24,000 admissions for the 2016 school year. The current student to teacher ratio is 23:1. However, about 25% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The university is accredited by several organizations, including the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

The San Francisco State University School of Nursing at the College of Health & Social Sciences offers a BSN and ADN to BSN nursing program for undergraduates. The graduate programs include an entry-level MSN and an accelerated entry level MSN. Both grad programs allow students to earn a BSN and MSN degree. The school also offers a traditional MSN degree with specialty tracks that include Administration, Adult Acute Care, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Community Health, and Family Nurse Practitioner. For those who are already California registered nurses with a master’s or doctoral degree, the school offers a program to obtain a Family Nurse Practitioner certificate.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students29,758
Student to Faculty Ratio23:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs

The San Francisco State University Nursing program is intended to provide baccalaureate and graduate education in nursing. The School of Nursing is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

It is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the California Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing Research.

Admissions Processes

  1. Periodic information sessions are held to provide necessary details about the program and applications procedures (dates for information sessions are posted on the official website)
  2. Be California residents.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all college coursework.
  4. A minimum of a ‘C’ grade for all pre-requisites to the nursing program.
  5. Complete all general education requirements.
  6. TEAS V Exams

The application period is between October and November for admission the next fall.

Students are required to meet health requirements including immunization requirements at the beginning of each Semester. Students are required to have personal health insurance.

The Nursing program expects all students to submit to criminal background checks for all pre-licensure students before the start of clinical practice. Students will also need to maintain current Basic Cardiac life Support certification for health care providers issued by the American Heart Association.

Students will need to have an automobile for nursing practice in the community as some healthcare facilities may not be served by public transportation.


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 32 84
Master's degree 0 0
Post-master's certificate 0 5
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 82%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
02/28/1949 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT950 to 1150
ACT18 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $55

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students$396/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students$396/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 -- -- $17,820
ADN 70 -- -- $27,720
BSN 125 -- -- $49,500
FNP 50 -- -- $19,800
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 77% of San Francisco State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 46% $4,660
Other Federal Grant 25% $441
State Grant & Scholarships 56% $2,314
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 43% $5,392
Federal Student Loans 39% $5,095
Private Loans 2% $12,144


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$9,593
$30,001 to $48,000$11,296
$48,001 to $75,000$15,086
$75,001 to $110,000$19,610
Over $110,000$21,794

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

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