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San Francisco State University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueB- University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB+ Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsB+
SafetyB+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Female
Quite Bright
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Individual Value
B-
Highest Rating
Surrounding City
A+
She rated most things higher than other students did.
Date: Dec 20 2007
Major: Music - Performance (This Major's Salary over time)
I applied to a number of major music schools in jazz performance and got in to all. I decided to attend San Francisco for a few reasons. I took the time to get to know the faculty and what their accomplishments were. Luckily I had worked with a few at the Stanford Jazz Workshop which I highly recommend also. They were people that I WANTED to study with. I wasn't looking at just the prestige or "branding " of the school I would attend. I liked that the department was small and intimate like a conservatory but within a bigger, more diversified environment. All of the music students work together with very little competition. The ensembles are terrific with lots of room and encouragement to try new things. If you are in the music department you will have no trouble meeting many great, new friends. Although many people complain about SF being a commuter campus, the upside is that for a large school it never feels very crowded. And let's face it, after second year on any campus you are more likely to move off campus, so what's the big deal? I've met people that live on and off campus that have become good friends.

As for the city, come on, it's SF. Voted #1 city from a few sources. Great outdoor ops. Right across the street from lake Merced. A mile from the beach. Great nightlife, food and clubs. When I looked at all that with a price tag of almost nothing compared to the private tuitions it was a no brainer. Now I'll have money to buy a home or start a business!

 
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questionHi,

Do you know how is the BA in music degree with concentration in classical piano?

Thank you!

questionWould you honestly rather attend San Francisco State rather than a high powered jazz school like North Texas? Or what if you'd gotten into Manhattan School of Music's jazz program? Or did you when you stated you were accepted everywhere you applied? Outside of being in SF, what could a place like SF State offer that a jazz powerhouse couldn't?
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