Supporting Your Student

San Francisco State University is a big campus with various layers of services, resources, and offices available to support students and their families. However, it can be confusing, and that's OK! Keep this in mind: "It's ok to ask for help." We strive to have information and staff available to answer questions. Whenever you're not sure, you can reach out to New Student and Family Programs to answer questions and if necessary we will connect you to the best resource.

Below you will find links to resources that will assist in your student's experience at SF State. 

graphic showing the relationship between the university and family

Together We Move Students Forward

San Francisco State believes in partnering with students' support systems to proactively engage in their college career, get in engaged, and successfully graduate. It is common for students to assume they have to navigate college alone -- that couldn't be any further from the truth! 

At San Francisco State, there is a wide array of student peer-to-peer mentoring, staff and faculty advising, programs, departments, and services available to help students academically, socially, and professionally. 

We understand that you are an essential support system for your student too! We hope to provide you with a better understanding of the University and all it has to offer so you too can refer and encourage your student to take advantage of all the services, resources, and programs available. We can also use your support in reminding your student it is OK to ask for help inside and outside the classroom. 

Academic Support

Drop-In Undergraduate Advising (UAC)

The (UAC) is the home base for first-year students during their first year and undeclared students at SF State. 

Tutoring & Academic Support

A university-wide center that supports the academic success of all San Francisco State students

Metro College Success Program

Eligible undergraduate students receive personalized attention through in-class academic support and tutoring.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

EOP has improved access and retention of historically underserved (low income, first-generation college) students by facilitating their matriculation into SF State and by providing a support system for their success.

Social & Engagement Support

Peer Mentoring

A diverse network of current SF State students who are dedicating their time and energy to welcome and support students across the University. Peer Mentors are always available!

Associated Students (AS)

AS provides and supports services and programs, maintains fiduciary responsibility, and engages in campus-wide collaborations and external advocacy efforts for all students. 


Students who are involved in clubs, organizations, or university-wide programming tend to do well in and out of class. Help your student get connected via the GatorXperience portal. 


Professional Support

Career Services & Leadership Development (CSLD)

Career Services & Leadership Development’s (CSLD) mission is to equip our diverse student and alumni population with modern resources that assist, guide, and foster their leadership, professional, and career advancement.


Handshake is SF State's online career management platform for students, alumni, and employers. Handshake is an excellent platform for students to formally look for jobs on and off-campus.  

Alumni Association

SF State alumni network is vast. As a graduate of SF State, students are part of a community of 300,000+ innovators, activists, and leaders. 

Care & Support

Dean-on-Call Program

The Dean-On-Call Program provides real-time support to students who may be experiencing difficulties in navigating the university environment or being successful as a student.

HOPE Crisis Fund

HOPE Crisis Fund (Help, Opportunity & Pathway to Empowerment), a fund that assists students with financial help when they need it most to keep them on track to graduation.

Action Care Team (ACT)

The ACT focus is to assist students in reducing distress levels and addressing concerning behaviors to provide support and reduce barriers to student success. 

College is Challenging & Support is Important

During a college career, students demonstrate a significant amount of growth and development. The college environment presents a variety of challenges students experience, and they need a diversity of support that can help navigate the stress of college academics, career development, and social networking. 

At SF State, students have a diverse range of support on and off-campus. We believe you are an essential partner in supporting your student. 

The diagram to the right "Challenge & Support" attempts to illustrate what various behaviors might look like when considering a spectrum of challenge and support. Can you identify moments your student has presented stagnation, disengagement, retreat, and/or maximum growth?

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diagram explaining how a family can support students in the first six weeks

San Francisco State was ranked in the top 25 for U.S. universities on Payscale and CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index. That means we’re among the best at making it affordable for our students to graduate and obtain good-paying jobs. Our graduates are now leaders in fields from journalism, creative writing and film to technology, science, business, government and education.

Disability Programs and Resource Center works with students and employees with disabilities to ensure all aspects of life on campus including academics, events and employment are accessible.

Find important dates for both academic and non-academic events and listings. 

Have a question about finances related to your student at San Francisco State? 

On-campus housing at San Francisco State University is limited and in high demand. While living on campus is not required, it is also not guaranteed and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Housing Office highly recommends students submit their housing application as soon as the housing portal opens in order to increase their chances of obtaining a space. 

It is easy for your student to get involved and have an impact on your own student life experience at SF State. Simply check out the many options highlighted on this site. We are happy that you are part of the SF State community and excited to help you get more connected with Student Life at SF State! See below for our options for student involvement.

Student Health Services provides basic care for acute and chronic problems, promotes health awareness, educates students about preventive care, disease management and therapeutic choices, and helps students develop the skills to manage their own health.


Information Technology Services advances the mission of SF State by ensuring reliable systems and network infrastructure, excellent technology support, and promoting and assisting technology enablement to support SF State's long standing commitments to teaching, learning, and social justice.

Academic Technology (AT) supports Academic Affairs units, colleges, departments, instructors and students wherever teaching, learning and research happens, and serves as the central information technology (IT) unit for Academic Affairs at SF State.

SF State is a transit-first campus, committed to lowering our drive-alone auto trips to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through accessible mass transportation options.  There are a number of transit options for getting to and from SF State. 

SF State offers parking for students, faculty and staff, and visitors. Learn more about parking costs, where to park on campus, and parking restrictions by visiting the campus parking page.

The University Police Department is a full service Police Department providing a range of services and programs to make SFSU a safe place to work, learn and live. 

Health Promotion & Wellness is a unit within Student Affairs & Enrollment Management that provides health education and actively promotes a culture of wellness. We create opportunities for students to enact healthy behaviors through advocacy, campaigns, programming, events, workshops, and peer health leadership programs.

Our focus areas include alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, basic needs, men's health, mental health, nutrition, sexual health, and sexual violence prevention.

We work to achieve health equity and enhance academic, personal, and professional success for all members of the campus community.