Founnded in 1899 as San Francisco
State Normal School, a two-year teacher-training college, it was the first normal school in the nation to require a high school diploma for admission.
SFSU awards Bachelor's degrees in 116 areas of specialization and Master's in 95. It offers a Ph.D. and Ed.D. in education with a concentration in special education, jointly with UC Berkeley. In addition, SFSU offers a joint Master of Science in Physical Therapy with UC San Francisco, as well as 27 credential programs and 34 certificate programs.
Among the various undergraduate majors offered are: Biochemistry; Cell and Molecular Biology; Kinesiology; Raza Studies and Technical and Professional Writing.
The Masters degree programs have titles such as: American Indian Studies; Astrophysics; Museum Studies and Russian.
The University has an enrollment of about 27,000 and student housing is available for 2227.