Parents & Families

Hello Gator Family Members!

Congratulations and welcome to the Gator Family! By supporting your student through their college story, you are just as an essential part of the Gator Family as your student. We hope you embrace San Francisco State University's excitement and spirit and reach out to our office and take advantage of all we have to offer. Over the next several years, your students will be navigating a diverse array of opportunities, challenges, and experiences as the University strives to empower all students to make a positive difference as global citizens in an ever-changing world. Where better to practice these values other than in San Francisco?

We welcome you to review the information and resources through this website and the San Francisco State University homepage. Look out for a variety of resources that will introduce you to the engaging environment provided by SF State. Two of these resources, the New Student & Family Programs website, and the Division of Student Life website, are informative platforms where you can learn about student events, getting involved, family programming, and the Dean of Students services.

Welcome to the Gator Family!

Picture of the outside of the Cesar Chavez Student Center at night

SF State Departments & Resources

We welcome you to review the information and resources throughout this website and the San Francisco State University homepage. Look out for a variety of resources that will introduce you to the engaging environment provided by SF State.

We are here to provide support and helpful information where you can learn about student events, getting involved, family programming, and what it takes to help your student be successful! 

Our Parent and Families team is comprised of professional staff who have a long history of working in higher education and have made a career in supporting and developing students to be engaged and critical thinkers.

One of our newest streams of connections will be through the SF State "Gator Family Forums." These are remote (via Zoom and social media platforms) monthly webinars where families can discuss their experiences and ask any questions or address concerns they may have with University staff, faculty, and administrators. We invite you to sign-up for our Gator Family Newsletter and join the next Gator Family Forum [more information coming soon!]. 

The forums are a terrific opportunity to learn more about the University and strategies to support your student. 

To build an all-encompassing Gator experience within Student Affairs, SF State New Student & Family Programs, and the Office of Alumni Relations partner with various University departments. We strive to make the time between accepting the formal admissions offer, attending New Student Orientation, GatorFest! (our welcome week programming), the first day of classes and graduation day overflow with purpose, support, care, meaning, and compassion. Our Parent and Families team is comprised of professional staff who have a long history of working in higher education and have made a career in supporting and developing students to be engaged and critical thinkers. We have dedicated student staff and soon-to-be Gator parents, grandparents, guardians, and supporters of current SF State students to be the family supporters in helping everyone embark on and enjoy their journey at SF State. We view you, the student supporter, as part of our team and invite you to join us in the process of college student success!

We are so excited to continue witnessing the growth and experiences of our SF State Gators. As we close, we encourage you to stay active on our various pages to find more information about supporting your student, yourself, and staying connected with the University. And don't forget to follow us on social media!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me directly or send us an email at nsp@sfsu.edu or visit our open Help Desk!

As always, Go Gators!