Celebration of Achievement Reception - SF State History

SF State History

SF State was founded in 1899 and named "San Francisco State Normal School," a two-year teacher-training college

The first class graduated in 1899 and was comprised of 36 women

The first man was admitted in 1904

The first bachelor's degree was awarded in 1923


SF State has had five names throughout history:

  1. San Francisco State Normal School (1899-1921)
  2. California State Teachers College (1921-1935)
  3. San Francisco State College (1935-1972)
  4. CSU, San Francisco (1972-1974)
  5. San Francisco State University (1974-present)


As part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU), SF State is part of the largest system of higher education in the United States

Our school motto is "Experientia Docet" (Experiences Teaches) because of our origins as a teacher-training college

Our school colors are purple and gold

Our school mascot is the alligator