Applying for Admissions

Applicants to undergraduate and graduate programs should apply electronically through Cal State Apply.  Cal State Apply provides information about majors, filing deadlines, impacted programs and more.

Complete veterans requirements for undergraduate and graduate admission to the California State University can be found on the California State University veterans education website.

San Francisco State University bans the practice of providing commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including Tuition Assistance funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

San Francisco State University does not use high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, or engage in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.

Undergraduate Admission

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will take undergraduate applications from students who are:

  • First-time freshmen - Student's college credit is limited to units granted based on active duty service or for service training.
  • Upper division transfers - Student has completed at least 60 transferable semester units or 90 transferable quarter units. Credit earned for military experience and training counts toward upper division status.

Undergraduate Admissions

(415) 338-6486

Graduate Admission

The Office of Graduate Studies accepts applications for masters or doctoral degrees and teaching credential programs. For more information, call (415) 338-2234.

Graduate Admissions

(415) 338-2234
Please visit the SF State Future Students website for more  information about becoming a Gator at SF State.

Planning for Admission

Staff members in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can help active duty military and veterans plan for admission to San Francisco State. The Admissions Office can prepare a pre-admission review of your academic record, assess your level of preparation for admission, and develop a plan to help you complete any unfulfilled admission requirements.

Current and former members of the United States Armed Forces may apply for a College Application Fee Waiver code by contacting our office and providing proof of service and their application number (found on the top right of their Cal State Apply application).

Admissions Requirements

Complete veterans requirements for undergraduate and graduate admission to the California State University can be found on the California State University veterans education website.

Credit for Military Training in Noncollegiate Settings

SF State grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of noncollegiate instruction, military or civilian, as recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The number of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Six semester units of credit are awarded for being on active duty for at least one year in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard. Three of these units can be used to complete Area E, Lifelong Learning and Self-Development, of the CSU General Education Program.

Documents that should be submitted to assess credit for military education are:

SF State also awards credit for College Level Education Program (CLEP) subject examinations in Statistics and Calculus. Credit may also be awarded for Defense Activities in Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) up to a maximum of 24 semester units.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will assist you with questions you may have about transfer credits to determine your student level and admission eligibility.