Success Stories at SF State

Two new SF State students carry luggage across campus toward the residence halls.

SF State welcomes more than 8,000 new students for fall semester »

Academic year kicks off with Welcome Days, an annual series of events designed to welcome new students and their families into the Gator community. 



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Hana Shirriel

SF State public health graduate student Hana Shirriel was recently selected by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to its 2016-2017 class of Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows.


Campus News

Jason Bell

Project Rebound, a program that provides college access to formerly incarcerated individuals and dramatically reduces the likelihood they will return to prison, will expand to seven additional CSU campuses.



Jillian Sobol

Recent SF State graduate has come full circle since her birth in an SF State dormitory.


Campus News

Photo of Toni Weingarten

Bequest to SF State's School of Theatre and Dance will establish scholarships for first-generation, educationally and economically disadvantaged students.



"Everyone has the first immediate reaction, but if you watch a second later, they then remember I’m on stage, I’m on TV, I’ve got to be a good winner, a good loser, and everyone modulates their expressions in a certain way."

— Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto, on Olympic athletes' emotions

Read more in the Washington Post



Chery Dunye

SF State Professor Cheryl Dunye, who describes herself as a "queer, black cinema artist," was recently awarded a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship.


Student Success

Students in Guardian Scholars Program

Since its launch 10 years ago, SF State’s Guardian Scholars Program has helped 151 young people transition from foster care into college.



Luz Calvo (left) and Catriona Esquibel stand in their backyard

"Decolonize Your Diet," co-authored by an SF State faculty member, suggests adopting a traditional diet based on indigenous plants.



Professors Okada and Zhang

An interdisciplinary project from computer scientist Kazunori Okada and engineer Xiaorong Zhang is the first recipient of the SF State's Ken Fong Translational Research award.


Student Success

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SF State graduate student Christine D. Gonzalez is one of the winners of a 2015 CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement.



Woman shopping in store

Two SF State business professors publish article on a newly identified type of consumer for whom shopping is akin to athletic competition.


What a week! It was so great to see all of our Gators back on campus. Check out more photos from Welcome Days at #SFSU #SFStateWelcome