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San Francisco State Admission Requirements

San Francisco, California

Chances of getting into San Francisco State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
71.8%
Admission Difficulty for San Francisco State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into San Francisco State and can I get accepted? The school has a 72% acceptance rate ranking it #77 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 25,550 out of 35,606 applicants were admitted making San Francisco State a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 69 percent. San Francisco State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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San Francisco State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
950-1160
Applicants Submitting SAT
90%
SAT Scores for San Francisco State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 950
SAT Scores for San Francisco State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1160
Average SAT Score 1060

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to San Francisco State University?

San Francisco State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 69 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 950 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 840. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1060 out of 1600. The school ranks #58 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 90 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

San Francisco State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1160 and Above Good >81%
1055 to 1160 Avg + 72%-81%
950 to 1055 Avg - 60%-72%
845 to 950 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 845 Low <47%
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San Francisco State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
17-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT
25%
ACT Scores for San Francisco State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for San Francisco State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into San Francisco State?

Admission data indicates that San Francisco State regularly accepts students with ACT's of 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #63 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to San Francisco State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

San Francisco State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >81%
20 to 23 Avg + 72%-81%
17 to 20 Avg - 60%-72%
14 to 17 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 14 Low <47%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.2
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into San Francisco State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at San Francisco State University was 3.2 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #71 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as San Francisco State accepts 72% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted San Francisco State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 7% Good
3.50 to 3.75 16% Good
3.25 to 3.50 22% Good
3.00 to 3.25 26% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 26% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 3% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

San Francisco State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 21,792 13,814 35,606
Accepted 15,854 9,696 25,550
Acceptance Rate 73% 70% 72%
Enrolled 2,561 1,726 4,287
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 18% 17%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to San Francisco State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

San Francisco State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at San Francisco State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122597 IPEDS survey data for San Francisco State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

90% of students submit their SAT scores to San Francisco State. 25% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

72% of those who apply are granted admission to San Francisco State. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 950 and 1160. 90% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 23. 25% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.