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Planning Context
The last comprehensive master planning study of the campus was completed in 1989—almost two decades ago. Since that time, fundamental changes have occurred that alter the planning context, presenting opportunities to rethink the campus in ways that were not possible previously.

Expansion of the campus footprint – Since 1989, the campus has grown from 95 to 134 acres—more than a 40 percent increase—with the acquisition of Lakeview Center, Lots 41 and 42, and University Park North, formerly the Stonestown apartments. In addition, the San Francisco State University Foundation now owns three blocks of University Park South (formerly Parkmerced) east of 19th Avenue and the block known as the Tapia Triangle. Negotiations are underway with the San Francisco Unified School District to purchase the now-vacant site that formerly housed the School of the Arts (SOTA).

Increased campus housing – In 1989, SFSU was predominantly a commuter campus, housing only 6 percent of its students. With the addition of the Towers and the Village at Centennial Square, SFSU now provides 2,242 beds in a cohesive residential zone within the former campus boundary. University Park North and South have added 959 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units, greatly expanding the University's capacity to house not only students, but faculty and staff, as well. With a total of 5,391 beds, SFSU potentially could house 19 percent of its fall 2005 enrollment (28,950 students, headcount)—three times its capacity in 1989.

Enrollment growth to 25,000 FTE – The 1989 plan anticipated growth to 20,000 FTE (full-time equivalent) students over a 20- to 30-year period. The enrollment for academic year 2005-06 is nearing the 20,000 FTE ceiling. The current master plan study assumes an enrollment of 25,000 FTE within the next decade.

Strategic Plan – Since completion of the 1989 plan, SFSU has adopted an ambitious strategic plan that calls for SFSU "to become the nation's preeminent public urban university." Creating the physical framework to support the University's strategic vision is the charge of the current master plan. Building a sense of campus community, fostering collaboration, improving accessibility, strengthening the University's visibility and image, and forging stronger connections to the surrounding city are among the strategic themes that the master plan will address.

Aerial image showing land acquisition since 1989


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