San Francisco State University is located in San Francisco, California and is part of the California State University system. San Francisco State University was founded in 1899 as a normal school, became a 4-year school in 1930, and received university status in 1972. The University now awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees and participates in several joint doctoral programs with the University of California. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
San Francisco State University defines its mission in part as “to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area.”
Throughout the next fifty years the University was instrumental in increasing the size and offerings of the California State University system, to which it belongs. In the 50s, the University founded the Poetry Center, which drew the likes of Dylan Thomas, Langston Hughes, and William Carlos Williams. The campus saw some turbulent years through the 60s and 70s as a center for student protests.