Innovation. Challenging the status quo. Creativity. Making waves. All words that define the culture of San Francisco State University. Just one year after SF State was founded in 1899, as the San Francisco State Normal School, the school’s teaching methods were defined as “radical.” We’ve been shaking things up ever since. Through a process of continuous improvement and evolution, SF State has become a university like no other. Firmly connected with its innovative home city. Strongly committed to creating opportunities for each student to discover his or her unique path in life. Deeply engaged with the world’s economies, cultures and politics. Uniquely focused on excellence in teaching and research that can be actively applied toward improving the world we live in. Attending SF State is more than an education -- it’s an experience, and true preparation for living a life of principle and value. Our alumni are known worldwide as agents of change, creative artists, activists, inventors and company founders. Once a student at SF State, always a leader who is engaged and innovative. At SF State, students learn how to make things happen.