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!



New Student & Family Programs will be operating on-campus and remotely through Summer 2022. Our office can be reached Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm on campus in the Student Service Building (SSB) 301, or via email at and by phone at (415) 338-3060.

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!



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 new student checklist is here to help guide you through important reminders and task you should be aware of with dates and deadlines.

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! 

Students who are admitted for the Fall 2022 semester will reserve a spot for a Summer orientation session. Summer Orientation dates will be June and July of 2022. We are offering both in person and remote sessions for all of our students. You can begin signing up for an orientation session beginning Monday April 11th.


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

All SF State students will need to set up their Two-Factor Authentication (or 2FA). 2FA is required for the SF State community for the protection of you and your information. You will need to set up your 2FA to access SF State resources and to sign up for New Student Orientation. 

To get started, follow the link below!

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 Spring 2022 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!