San Francisco State University
|San Francisco State Normal School (1899–1921)|
San Francisco State Teachers College (1921–35)
San Francisco State College (1935–72)
California State University, San Francisco (1972-74)
|Motto||Experientia Docet (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Endowment||$67.7 million (2015)|
|President||Leslie E. Wong|
|1,620 (Fall, 2013)|
|Students||30,256 (Fall 2015)|
|Undergraduates||26,815 (Fall 2015)|
|Postgraduates||3,441 (Fall 2015)|
|Location||San Francisco, California,United States|
|Campus||Urban, 141.1 acres (57.1 ha)|
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – CCAA|
|Affiliations||California State University|
- 1899 – Founded as San Francisco State Normal School.
- 1901 – First graduating class
- 1906 – The 1906 earthquake and fire forces the school to relocate from Nob Hill to a new campus at Buchanan and Haight Streets.
- 1921 – Renamed San Francisco State Teachers College
- 1923 – First bachelor of arts degree awarded
- 1935 – Renamed San Francisco State College
- 1953 – Current campus near Lake Merced opens; it is formally dedicated in October, 1954.
- 1966 – Beginning of the era of campus protests led by student organizations including the Black Students Union, Third World Liberation Front, and Students for a Democratic Society. The protests against college policies and off-campus issues such as the Vietnam War included sit-ins, rallies, marches, teach-ins, and on several occasions violent conflicts with police. The protests were marked by counter-protests and widespread charges of corruption and election fraud in the student newspaper.
- 1968 – A lengthy student strike erupted that developed into an important event in the history of the U.S. in the late 1960s. The strike was led by the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front, and it demanded an Ethnic Studies program as well as an end to the Vietnam War. This became a major news event for weeks in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. At one point, University president S.I. Hayakawa famously pulled the wires out of the speakers on top of a van at a student rally. During the course of the strike, large numbers of police drawn from many jurisdictions occupied the campus and over 700 people were arrested on various protest-related charges.
- 1969 – On March 20, an agreement was reached, and the strike officially comes to an end with the administration retaining control of hiring and admissions and the creation of the School (now College) of Ethnic Studies.
- 1972 – Received university status as California State University, San Francisco
- 1974 – Renamed San Francisco State University
- 1975 - Cesar Chavez Student Center opened its doors to students
- 1993 – Downtown campus opened
- 1999 – Celebrated 100th birthday
- 2007 – New Downtown Campus opened at 835 Market Street
- Liberal & Creative Arts
- Ethnic Studies
- Health and Social Sciences
- Science and Engineering
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||1.5%|
|Two or More Races||6.9%|
Residence buildings, communities, and services
- City Eats Dining Center (DC)
- Mary Park Hall (MPH)
- Mary Ward Hall (MWH)
- Science and Technology Theme Community (STTC)
- The Towers at Centennial Square (TCS)
- The Village at Centennial Square (VCS)
- University Park North (UPN)
- University Park South (UPS)
- Humanities building (HM)
- Student protests of military recruiters on campus (in which the administration defended its actions), and confrontations between students with differing views on the Iraq War (in which the administration defended its actions again.)
- A near-riot occurred on May 7, 2002, when a pro-Palestinian group attended a pro-Israel demonstration on campus. The pro-Israel students say that the Palestinian supporters chanted anti-semitic epithets at them, such as "Hitler should have finished the job." The pro-Palestinian group say the pro-Israelis started the conflict by calling them terrorists and using epithets such as "camel jockey." No violence occurred, but campus and city police were called in to defuse the situation.
- In 1994 a mural depicting Malcolm X was painted on the student union building, commissioned by the Pan-African Student Union and African Student Alliance. The mural's border contained yellow Stars of David and dollar signs mingled with skulls and crossbones and near the words "African Blood." The next week, after demonstrations on both sides, the school administration had the mural painted over, and subsequently sand blasted. Two years later a new Malcolm X mural was painted, without the controversial symbols.
- On March 28, 2016, an African American student accosted a Caucasian student on the basis that he styled his hair in dreadlocks and accused him of cultural appropriation. The event, captured by cell phone video, spread on social media and news agencies. The university stated they were aware of the incident and is conducting a full investigation.