Campus Map Tour

Our campus is located on more than 141 acres in a beautiful corner of San Francisco, just one mile from the Pacific Ocean and 15 minutes from downtown. This photo tour stops by all major buildings and facilities, starting at the Cesar Chavez Student Center in the middle of campus and going clockwise.

The campus is constantly changing and improving, so even if you've visited us before, you'll want to take a look at our new facilities, such as the Towers at Centennial Square and our renovated Ethnic Studies and Psychology building. After you finish this photo tour, we encourage you to check us out in person. Campus tours, led by one of our knowledgeable student guides, are scheduled throughout the year. Getting here is easy; we're easily accessible by car, BART, Muni and SamTrans.

For contact information for departments, colleges and programs listed in this tour, please see the A-Z Index.

Cesar Chavez Student Center

The Cesar Chavez Student Center is our campus hub and it teems with activity from morning to night. The main entrance is through the Malcolm X Plaza, a popular venue for live music, ethnic celebrations and political soapboxing. Before you go inside, check out the dramatic portraits of the late labor leader Cesar Chavez, after whom the center is named, and Malcolm X, on the right wall as you face the entrance.

Entering at the Plaza Level, you will find the SF State Bookstore, as well as a variety of restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. Look here for an ATM and stamp machine. The Information Desk sells Muni, BART, and other transit tickets

Our Associated Students office, as well as offices for many other student organizations, is located upstairs on the Mezzanine Level. One more flight up, on the Terrace Level, is the beautiful Rigoberta Menchu Hall. This new space has leather-upholstered armchairs, beautiful artwork on the walls, and a quiet atmosphere, so it's ideal for reading and relaxing. Nearby, spend a few minutes in the Art Gallery, a student-run space that showcases an eclectic array of visual and interdisciplinary art.

Three floors down, on the Conference Level (one floor down from the Plaza level), you'll find the The Depot, where students and friends get together to listen to live music or DJ spinning and watch feature films and popular documentaries. Another floor down, on the Recreation and Dining Level, is the Rack-n-Cue, a fun environment with pool tables, arcade games, air hockey, lively music and more dining. This building is famous for its architectural whimsy, so you can have fun arguing with your friends whether those things sticking out of the roof are tilted pyramids or the bows of sinking ships.

J. Paul Leonard Library

In 2008, the University embarked on a major expansion, seismic strengthening and renovation of the J. Paul Leonard Library building. Scheduled to be completed Fall 2011, it will create a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center, and improved home of the J. Paul Leonard Library and its special collections, the Sutro Library, Academic Technology and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. The fully accessible, renovated facility will provide expanded study and computing space for users, growth space for collections, access to new technologies, and an improved environment for work and study. The Library offers access to about four million items, including 665,000 books and bound periodicals. Users also have virtual access to one of the largest collections of electronic resources in the CSU system; research databases alone exceed 125. During construction, collections and services are available in alternative locations.

Fine Arts Building

Home to what many consider the best College of Creative Arts in the California State University system, the Fine Arts building features a five-story new wing with state-of-the-art facilities, and an older wing with studios and shops for ceramics, wood, metal and plastic sculpture.

The new wing is where you'll find offices for our Art, Cinema, and Design & Industry departments. Classes and screenings of major motion pictures are held at the 150-seat August Coppola Theatre. The building boasts a huge film sound stage, as well as an animation studio, recording and mixing rooms, and film- and sound-editing labs. The Fine Arts Gallery on the second floor is open noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Creative Arts Building

This is home to one of the largest radio and television production facilities in Northern California with three color television studios, a music recording studio, a radio station, video and audio post-production labs, an on-line lab, and equipped with state-of-the-art digital cameras.

The Creative Arts building houses the School of Music and Dance and the Theatre Arts department. It also contains numerous dance studios, practice rooms, and performance spaces--including McKenna Theatre and Knuth Hall--for concerts, recitals, and stage productions. Actors Annette Bening and Danny Glover, singer Johnny Mathis, and many other artists once practiced and performed in these rooms.

Humanities Building

The home of our College of Humanities is one of our newest buildings, with more classrooms than of any other building on campus. This is where you'll find administrative offices for our many humanities departments and programs, from Journalism to Museum Studies.

Our renowned Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives also makes its home here. This collection features more than 2,000 original recordings of poets and writers reading from their own works. The Sutro Egyptian Collection, located on the fifth floor, includes artifacts from pre-dynastic times through the Graeco-Roman period.

Student Services Building

We put our vital student services into this centrally located building, so you won't have to wear out shoe leather running around campus. One Stop Student Services--One Stop, as we call it--is where you'll go to get answers to admissions- or College of Extened Learning-related questions, visit the registrar, apply for financial aid, order your student ID card, and take care of lots of other business.

Offices located in this building include Career Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Dean of Students, Disability Programs and Resource Center, Educational Opportunity Program, Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Outreach Services. This building is part of our Village at Centennial Square.

Village at Centennial Square

Located across from the Towers at Centennial Square and a short walk from the center of campus, the Village offers on-campus housing to more than 750 second-year and upper-division students in two and three-bedroom apartments. Within the Village complex, residents have access to a convenience store, a Subway sandwich shop, a Taza Smoothies & Wrap store, and the SF State Fitness Center, which is open to all students and free of charge to on-campus residents. Proximity to the One Stop Student Services building makes enrollment, registration, financial aid and counseling services convenient for Village residents.

Towers at Centennial Square

After extensive renovations, the Towers at Centennial Square Apartments opened to SF State students in fall 2004. These one- and two-bedroom furnished apartments provide living space for 600 full-time freshmen under the age of 22, participating in a Residential Learning Community (e.g. FASTrack). The Science and Technology Theme Community (STTC), part of the Towers, provides 100 spaces for full-time freshmen students majoring in science and technology fields. All apartments are double occupancy.

Priority is given to students majoring in computer science, biology, mathematics, geosciences, chemistry, engineering, industrial arts, information systems, and broadcast and electronic communication arts. Undeclared students, who would like to explore any of these majors, are also encouraged to apply for the STTC.

All apartments are furnished with couches, dining room table and chairs, beds, desks, armoires, dressers, and closets. Cable television and broadband internet access are provided free of charge in each room. Each room is wired with two separate telephone lines so each roommate has a personal telephone number.

Mary Park and Mary Ward Residence Halls

Mary Park Hall was named after a beloved custodial employee who retired many years ago. Its sister residence hall honors Mary Ward, a former dean of women, revered in the 1920s as the "first woman of San Francisco State." Together, these two residence halls provide safe, convenient housing for more than 800 freshmen and sophomores.

Meals are served in the Dining Center, across from Mary Ward Hall. Residents may also grab a quick bite in Mary Park's snack bar, Cafe in the Park, or choose among various restaurants in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Each room comes with free cable TV and high-speed Internet hook-ups, and a personal phone line for each roommate. To view a model room, stop by the Housing Office in Mary Ward Hall.

Seven Hills Conference Center

Our conference center is named for San Francisco's famous seven peaks. Rooms are suitable for small gatherings or large conferences, and may be used by educational organizations, faculty, staff and students.

All meeting rooms are wired with telephone and Ethernet lines, but for evening events, the oak paneling and subdued lighting lends a touch of elegance to the setting. Contact Conference Services if you are planning a campus meeting or conference. Lodging and full catering services are available.

Associated Students Children's Center

The Associated Students Children's Center provides daycare and early childhood development for children of SF State students, faculty and staff. Children must be between the ages of six months and five years. Because of the center's popularity and size, there usually is a waiting list. For information, call 415/338-2403.

Student Health Center

Built around a sunny atrium, this building houses a medical clinic operated by our Student Health Service.

The clinic offers outpatient services, including primary care for illness and injury, lab tests and X-rays, personal counseling, family planning, and nutrition and smoking-cessation clinics.

Primary care is supported by the student health fee. A current student ID or proof of enrollment is required to receive services.

Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building

True to its name, the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building houses the College of Ethnic Studies (located on the first floor).

The College of Ethnic Studies, established in 1969, is the first and only one of its kind in the United States. It includes four departments: Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies and Raza Studies. The college offers more than 175 courses a semester to meet the needs of 6,000 students.

The psychology major is the second most popular program behind business administration at the University.

Burk Hall

Named after San Francisco State's founding president, Frederic Lister Burk, this building is the home of our renowned College of Education. SF State began life in 1899 as a teacher-training college, and under Burk's leadership, it became one of the most prestigious in the nation.

Burk Hall also houses Liberal Studies, the Teacher Preparation Center and the Credential Program Admissions Office, all on the second floor, as well as the School of Nursing and the departments of Counseling, Consumer Family Studies/Dietetics and Special Education.

On the top floor, you can enjoy fine dining with a view. The Vista Room is run by students in the hotel/restaurant management program and reservations are a must.

Gym Complex

The main feature of this sprawling athletic area is Cox Stadium, the 6,500-seat stadium where our soccer and track & field athletes vie in NCAA Division II competition. In front of the stadium are two gyms, a pool, weight room and dance studios, where students may sign up for open recreation, intramural or club sports. The Physical Therapy program and the Department of Kinesiology are also located here.

SF State's athletics program consists of 11 Division II teams -- six for women and five for men. Students may attend athletic events free of charge with an ID card.

Thornton Hall

This is home to our College of Science and Engineering, and its departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy.

The building honors Robert A. Thornton, the first dean of SF State's School of Science, and the University's first African American dean. A theoretical physicist, Thornton worked with Albert Einstein before joining the SF State faculty in 1956.

Our observatory, located on the roof, is open Monday and Wednesday evenings. The Charles Hagar Planetarium is on the fourth floor.

Hensil Hall

Hensill Hall features a number of facilities that set San Francisco State apart from the rest, such as our Conservation Genetics Laboratory on the fourth floor, which is equaled in the United States only by the Smithsonian Institution. We have an Electron Microscope Facility on the first floor, and our Harry Thiers Herbarium is located on the fourth floor. Our Entomology Museum on the second floor is a favorite with schoolchildren.

Science Building

This is home to departments and programs from a range of disciplines, including the School of Engineering and Computer Science and the departments of Accounting, International Business, Finance, Marketing, Anthropology, Child and Adolescent Development and History. The Science building also houses the California Studies Program, the Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science and the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families.

Business Building

This is the home of our College of Business, among the 20 largest accredited business schools in the country. More students attend this college than any other on campus, and they have access to a variety of services, such as a student lounge, computer lab and advising center

Also located here are department offices for Decision Sciences, Information Systems, Management, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. The remainder of the faculty offices and the department offices for Finance, Accounting, International Business and Marketing are located in the Science building.

HSS Building

This is where you'll find most offices for the many areas of study in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. They include Economics, Geography, International Relations, Labor Studies, Public Administration, Social Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, Political Science and Environmental Studies.

Also located here are administrative offices for the College of Health and Human Services and its departments of Gerontology, Health Education, and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. The Learning Assistance Center, Intensive Learning Program, Community Action and Retention Program, and the School of Social Work are also housed here

Administration Building

Located near 19th and Holloway avenues, the Administration Building houses most of our administrative offices, as well as some academic and student services.

Administration BuildingOn the side of the building closest to 19th Avenue, you'll find our Bursar (cashier), Graduate Admissions, Human Resources, International Programs, Faculty Affairs, and Undergraduate and Liberal Studies. The Office of the President, the Vice President for Advancement, the Vice President of Business and Finance, the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Academic Senate are located here, as well.

The west side is known as the "Old Administration Building." This is where you'll find the New Student Academic Advising Center, which provides academic counseling for undeclared majors, and the Division of Information Technology, which offers free computer training courses, e-mail and other services.