New Student & Family Programs

Welcome to San Francisco State and the Gator Family!

We are very excited to welcome you to San Francisco State University! Your acceptance to San Francisco State is an important step in your college career. New Student & Family Programs is here to support your orientation and transition to the University. Explore this site to make sure you take advantage of our step-by-step guides from accepting your admissions offer, signing-up for New Student Orientation, and starting your first semester with success!

Important Announcements

Below you will find regular updates to key announcements and important information essential for all new students and their families. We encourage you to bookmark our homepage as we try to bring together important resources for all new students!





  • The New Student Orientation Fee is waived this year! Summer Orientation 2021 will be at no cost to all new students! We encourage you to sign-up for Orientation!



  • First-Year Students: Monday, April 19, 2021
  • Transfer Students: Monday, May 3, 2021

News & Info

Modified Campus Operations Continue

We encourage all new students to carefully read the updates regarding COVID-19 and the SF State Campus Plan from the University's main webpage linked below. 

The 2021 New Student Checklist is Coming Soon! Check back before signing up for orientation!

Note: If you happened to miss New Student Orientation and would like to learn more or find support regarding your transition to SF State, please email us at

As a new admitted student here are some important dates and deadlines. Please feel free to contact our office if you need any support navigating your transition to San Francisco State! 

We are here to help and pride ourselves on helping students and their families! Go Gators! 

All summer 2021 Orientation Sessions have concluded.  If you have missed your Orientation or were not able to attend please visit our Missed Orientation Page for next steps. 


If you have any questions please feel free to email us at

If you missed your New Student Orientation Session, we have compiled useful videos, resources, and links for you to get all your questions answered. You will find information from your peers, from academic advisors, and opportunities to speak with our campus departments on ways to get involved and support they provide to students.

Helpful Links

You can check your application status online. After you submit your online application, you will receive an email from the University with your San Francisco State University Identification Number.

Check your application status on the SF State Gateway. Log in with your SF State ID and password and navigate to the Student Center to see the most up-to-date information.

The To Do List will show the required documents needed for your admission application. Click “more” and then the individual To Do Items to see additional details about each item.

You can also check the status of your application by clicking on the link to “Check Admission Status” in the “New Students” box of your Student Center.

We recommend all new students and their families to review the cost to attend SF State early and determine various factors to cost of living, tuition and fees, and what potential aid, scholarships, and resources will be needed to attend the University.

Below you will find a variety of links and resources to understand various financial aid resources.

Prospective and new students can check their financial aid application status, view and accept their financial aid award offer through the SF State Gateway.

  1. Login to your Student Center on the SF State Gateway:
  2. In the center of the next page in the "Finances" section, choose on "View Financial Aid"
  3. Check your "To Do" List for any required documents.

Make sure to carefully read through the Fall 2021 schedule of tuition and fees.

Housing at San Francisco State is limited! It's important to plan for various options if living on-campus is not possible. It is important to note that Housing applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Applying for housing on campus is a separate process from the University admission process. Because obtaining housing on campus is not guaranteed, it’s important to apply early.

Navigating a University website as a new student can be a lot of work! Don't stress. We're here to help. Below you'll find an advanced search tool that can help find specific offices or staff across campus. If you would like to speak with someone from our office, please visit our Help Desk. 

Welcome to the Gator Way!

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First-Year Experience

In the first-year, students forge and further develop personal, academic, and community identities and literacies in dialogue with San Francisco State University’s history of social justice, equity, and inclusion.

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Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors will reach out to all new students during the first academic semester and provide opportunities for one-on-one check-ins, ways to connect and get involved and learn more about the University. 

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The City that Knows How

San Francisco is an incredible home for a University. San Francisco State University students will be able to explore the city and learn why you can leave your heart in San Francisco! See what there is to explore!

One University, Many Stories -- San Francisco State University is Leading the Way to the Future!
We believe every SF State student should belong and matter, has the capacity to live a purposeful life, and can positively impact the world.

New Student Orientation

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Orientation 101

It All Starts Here! Learn more about New Student Orientation at San Francisco State and what it means to be a Gator! 

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Orientation Dates

Summer Orientation occurs in June, July, and August for a Fall start. Winter Orientation, for a Spring term, occurs in January.

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Sign-Up for Orientation

Students apply, accept their admissions offer, and pay their enrollment deposit before they can sign-up for orientation.

Parent & Family Programs

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Future Students

Is your student considering SF State as an option? Fantastic! We have great resources to help understand how to navigate the admissions process, financial aid, and more. See the "LEARN MORE" button below for more information. 

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Family Newsletter

Coming Soon!

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Family Forum

Coming Soon!