FAQ

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I go for advising?

First-year freshmen

Contact your assigned counselor in the UAC.

Undeclared students

Contact your assigned counselor in the UAC.

Changing your major or Special Major

Call the UAC’s Virtual Front Desk to schedule an appointment.

Sophomores, juniors, seniors

Contact the college resource center associated with your major for general advising and/or your faculty advisor for major advising (refer to your department website for contact information). 

Returning students

If you plan to return to SF State as an undeclared student, call the UAC’s Virtual Front Desk to schedule a Readmission appointment. All others returning to SF State should schedule a Readmission appointment with the college resource center associated with the major you intend to pursue.

 

How do first-year freshman and undeclared students find out who their assigned advisor is in the in the UAC?

Refer to your SF State email account to find messages from your assigned counselor in the UAC with instructions on how to connect with them throughout the year.

 

How many units should I take?

Full-time status is 12 units but if your goal is to graduate in 4 years, plan to complete at least 30 units each year. For example, some students take 15 units in the fall semester and 15 units in the spring semester so they earn 30 units by the end of their first year at SF State.

 

How do I balance college with the rest of my priorities?

Prioritize the things that are important and be realistic about your time. A full-time schedule (12 units) requires you to set aside at least 40 hours per week for class and study time. Students with part-time jobs generally do not work more than 20 hours per week if they are attending college full-time.

 

Where can I find more information about SF State majors?

The 1st Semester Recommendations by Major on the Advising Hub is a good starting place for your research about majors at SF State. Each page includes FAQs and links to degree requirements/roadmaps in the University Bulletin and the major department website.

 

What is an impacted major and how do I know if a major is impacted?
When a major is impacted, it means that more students than can be accommodated want to declare the major. Students have to apply and be accepted into impacted majors so if you are interested, you should connect with the major department for information about how to declare (refer to the department website for contact information). For a list of impacted majors, refer to future.sfsu.edu/impaction.

 

When should I declare my major?

Once you decide on a major, it is best to declare as soon as possible. For non-impacted majors, you can declare at any time. Impacted majors may have deadlines so you should connect with the major department for information about their declaration process (refer to the department website for contact information).

 

Where can I find information about careers that are associated with my major of interest?

The Career Services and Leadership Development office and their team of career counselors offer individualized career counseling, workshops, events, and more. This is an excellent campus resource for all undeclared students to connect with during their first semester and beyond.

 

What courses should I take if I am undeclared and have no majors in mind?

During your first year, taking lower division (courses numbered 100-299) General Education courses are a great way to explore potential majors and choosing courses from a variety of different GE areas can help create a more balanced schedule.  Try to identify GE courses from departments you might be interested in.

 

What do I take if I have a major in mind?

To explore a major, it may be possible to take introductory major courses or prerequisites for the major.  Refer to the 1st Semester Recommendations by Major on the Advising Hub for course recommendations from the major department.  You can take an introductory major class for a few majors if you have more than one in mind as long as you meet prerequisites.

 

Can I use GE requirements to satisfy major/minor requirements?

You can use courses to meet multiple requirements (i.e. GE and major), however, units for the course will only be counted once.

 

What is a minor and how can I add one? 

A minor is a focused area of study that does not require as many units as a major and is generally between 12-24 units. To add a minor, connect with the minor department to learn about their declaration process and timeline (refer to the department website for contact information).

 

Can I double major?

It may be possible for students to complete two majors if they can complete both degrees without exceeding 120 units. You will need to connect with the departments of both majors for approval (refer to the department website for contact information).