San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA 94132

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.


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio23:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate80%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Accelerated MSN
  2. RN to BSN
  3. Masters degrees (MSN)
  4. Accelerated BSN
  5. Family Nurse Practitioner
  6. BSN

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 152
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 71
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 6

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from San Francisco State University

Bay Area College of Nursing, Inc. Daly City
1.67 miles away
California Nurses And Vocational Institute
2.34 miles away
University of California-San Francisco
3.06 miles away
Oxman College
4.32 miles away
NCP College - South San Francisco
4.65 miles away
Oikos University
15.11 miles away
Institute of Medical Education - Oakland
15.26 miles away
Nightingale School of Nursing
17.55 miles away
NCP College - Hayward
20.22 miles away
Advanced Pro Nursing Institute
22.48 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading430 to 540
SAT: Math430 to 550
ACT Composite18 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$9,598
30k to 48k$11,085
48k to 75k$15,294
75k to 110k$19,531
Over 110k$21,936
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $0.00 $372.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $0.00 $372.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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

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