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San Francisco State University

Located in one of the world's most vibrant and beautiful cities, San Francisco State University is a recognized leader in addressing issues both global and close to home. In the global arena, SF State enrolls the largest number of international students at any comprehensive university in the U.S., and ranks second among U.S. universities for the number of students who study abroad for an academic year. With a diverse range of students from almost every state and nearly 100 countries, the University community is a perfect setting for learning to succeed in a pluralistic society and global economy. Our highly diverse campus consistently ranks in the top 20 nationwide in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities.

SF State's pioneering commitment to community and civic engagement is prevalent throughout the curriculum. Nearly 300 courses combine academic study with community involvement, and our location in a center of business, technology and culture provides a laboratory for community-service projects, work-study opportunities and internships. The University has been named by Princeton Review one of 81 "Colleges with a Conscience," and is classified as one of the Carnegie Foundation's "Community Engagement" institutions.

Academic Life

Ever since it was established in 1899 as a teacher-training school, SF State has been known for its commitment to excellent teaching. Students work closely with senior professors and other instructors from freshman year through graduation. Trained in some of the finest institutions in the world, faculty members include winners of prestigious teaching awards, cutting-edge researchers, and professionals devoted to solving community problems.

Doug Bailey, Chair of Anthropology, has this to offer,” Anthropology is at the center of engagement with our community, both on campus and in the local region. The research and teaching that our students, faculty, lecturers and staff collaborate on sits at the very core of what it means to be an anthropologist today, at the beginning of the 21st century”.


Doug Bailey, left, Chair of Anthropology and Kelsey Smith