Overview

Applicants
56,921
Acceptance Rate
34%
Average HS GPA
3.69

GPA Breakdown

47%
Over 3.75
30%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 600
SAT Math
510 - 620
SAT Writing
490 - 590
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
28:1
Total Faculty
1,714
with Terminal Degree
1,045

861
Women
853
Men
436
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
30%
Graduate in 5 years
56%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Real Estate

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Health Communication
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Writing, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Atomic/Molecular Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • International Relations and National Security Studies
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Kathleen Kennedy
Academy Award winning producer

Tony Gwynn
Major League Baseball Hall of Fame

Sandra McBrayer
National Teacher of the Year

Jim Sinegal
Costco Founder and Retired CEO

Marshall Faulk
National Football League Hall of Fame

Ellen Ochoa
NASA Astronaut

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Mar 2
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,500

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,900

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,100

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,400

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,700

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,472
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,632
Required Fees
$1,394
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,762

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,464

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
28,362
Out of State
7%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
119

Demographics

55% female
45% male
7% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
14%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
69%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
86

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Mary Shojai

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-IV; WJ-IV

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Diagnosis and evidence to support functional limitations related to ADD.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
300
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
22
Number of Religious Organizations
19

9% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Aztecs)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Aztecs)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

You might expect a school located in a city like San Diego in a state like California to be on the more enlightened side of green. But San Diego State University isn’t just “green by association”—it puts serious muscle into its commitment to sustainability. At last count, the university diverts 49 percent of its waste from landfills, thanks to a comprehensive single-stream recycling program. As a member of the California State University system, SDSU is committed to both local and national green building standards. Two major construction projects on campus are scheduled to be completed in the next few years with a goal of LEED Silver certification, and a third project, SDSU’s new Aztec Student Union will seek LEED Platinum certification. Even two off-campus student housing facilities recently achieved LEED Gold certification: Sterling Alvarado and Fifty Twenty-five. In the fall 2012 semester SDSU launched its sustainability major, which explores the cultural values that shape resource use, consumption and governance. Students and faculty in the major will work hand-in-hand with San Diego State’s Center for Regional Sustainability (CRS), which supports academic engagement, faculty training, research and programming to further sustainability on campus. The CRS also coordinates green internships and research with community partners. One example in the community is the Sage Project, which is a partnership between SDSU and a city in the region. Through course work students, tackle real-world projects that focus on the city’s smart growth, quality of life, and sustainability goals. Green research opportunities are plentiful through the annual Student Research Symposium. The Faculty-Student Mentoring Program also provides opportunities for students to work with individual faculty on research projects, and the Service Learning Program offers hands-on sustainability research opportunities. A student fee to support sustainability on campus keeps student-led green groups active, including the Associated Students Green Love campaign; E3, the environmental business society, Greeks Gone Green; and PowerSave. In addition, SDSU signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which committed campus to developing a plan to achieve climate neutrality.

Green Rating
87
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
80

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell HP Samsung Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7455

Phone
619-594-6336

Email
admissions@sdsu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Aztec Student Union
Aztec Recreation Center & Aquaplex
SDSU Library
Open Air Theatre and Viejas Arena
Starbucks

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Beaches at La Jolla, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach
Balboa Park
Coronado Island
Downtown San Diego
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld, Cabrillo National Monument, Old Town

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
619-594-6336

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus, shuttle and trolley. Lindbergh Field in downtown San Diego is 15 miles west of campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
If you are coming from: Los Angeles I-5 South Merge onto I-8 East Riverside I-15 South Merge onto I-8 East Yuma I-8 West Mexico 805 North Merge onto I-8 East San Diego International Airport Turn left onto N. Harbor Dr. Turn left onto W. Grape St. Merge onto I-5 South Merge onto CA-163 North Merge onto I-8 East From I-8, take College Avenue exit and go south. San Diego State University will be on your right. Proceed past Canyon Crest Drive through (the first stoplight) then make an immediate right turn to the green Information Booth for parking information. Ask the parking guard for directions as to where you may park. Paid visitor parking is available in designated campus lots. Please refer to the campus map for specific visitor locations
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Key Stats

56,921
Applicants
28,362
Size
34%
Acceptance Rate
1110
SAT Scores

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