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San Diego State University is a major public research institution providing transformative experiences and a rich campus life, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 36,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

SDSU is committed to student success and life-changing opportunities for students, such as study abroad, undergraduate research, internships and entrepreneurial experiences. SDSU is the oldest higher education institution in the San Diego region, and these deep community roots provide access to internships, mentoring relationships, and volunteer opportunities that complement and enhance the classroom experience.

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Overview

Applicants
60,697
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

52%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — November 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
27:1
Total Faculty
1,794
with Terminal Degree
1,108

902
Women
892
Men
508
Minority
26
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American Indian/Native American Studies.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian 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.

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

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

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

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • 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/Fitness, 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 and Social Service Professions, Other.
  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • International Relations and National Security Studies, Other.
  • 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.


Students Say

Students lucky enough to attend San Diego State University receive a “quality, affordable education,” all while they soak up that brilliant “San Diego sun!” And with a “wide array [of] majors and minors” along with a good deal of “flexibility in course choices,” it’s understandable why individuals are drawn to this institution. Speaking of majors (and minors), undergrads at SDSU rush to underscore a handful of really stellar academic departments. For starters, the “science programs have vigorous requirements that [truly] prepare you for grad school or medical school.” Additionally, the “music program strives to create the best educators and performers.” The nursing school is also “amazing” and really works to “accommodate…each individual.” And the international business program is considered “one of the top…in the nation.”

When it comes to professors, while there’s the occasional bad or “boring” apple, the vast majority at SDSU are “dedicated and eager to teach.” Moreover, they typically approach their time in the classroom with “enthusiasm” and manage to “bring life to every lecture.” Indeed, they “make learning the material easy and fun.” It’s also quite apparent that they “care about their students” taking the time to “check in with them” and making themselves “accessible outside of the classroom.” And, as a grateful religious studies major explains, they often “inspire [you] to become a more intellectual person and involved student.”


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Kathleen Kennedy
Academy Award winning producer

Tony Gwynn
Major League Baseball Hall of Fame

Kawhi Leonard
NBA Defensive Player of the Year 2015

Jim Sinegal
Costco founder and retired CEO

Marshall Faulk
National Football League Hall of Fame

Ellen Ochoa
NASA's Johnson Space Center director

David Hasemyer
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$51,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$100,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$51,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$101,800

Percent High Job Meaning
53%

Percent STEM
17%


Students Say

San Diego State does a wonderful job of “ensuring students have local and abroad opportunities during college, as well as job offers waiting at graduation.” One in seven adults in San Diego with a college degree attended SDSU, which, needless to say, makes for excellent alumni networking and internship opportunities. The popular Aztec Mentor Program connects alumni and professional mentors with juniors, seniors and graduate students to help them prepare for a career, and even alumni can use the online Aztec Career Connection (also available as an app) to find jobs and internships. The school partners with thousands of alumni and organizations to provide as many opportunities as possible, and the school recently hosted its first two-day career and internship fair to accommodate them all. Of all of the San Diego State alumni visiting PayScale.com, 53 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 2
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,500

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,500

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,100

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,633

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,700

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,742
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,622
Required Fees
$1,746
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,915

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,593

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,735
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
30,165
Foreign Countries Represented
114

Demographics

13.29%
Asian
3.96%
African-American
30.80%
Hispanic
33.34%
Caucasian
4.32%
Unknown
7.06%
International

54% female
46% male
10% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Students Say

San Diego State is comprised of a “diverse community of students who are as laidback as they are hard-working.” Indeed, the university does a great job of attracting undergrads “from all over the world and all walks of life.” Students happily report that their peers are both “social” and “academically driven.” As one mechanical engineering major explains, “They are people that know how to party Friday and Saturday but know to stay in when they need to write a paper.” Even better, “they are supportive and seem to always be open to help others who are struggling.” Undergrads also appreciate that there are “endless opportunities to meet new people because the campus is swarming with students.” And, for the most part, San Diego undergrads are “very accepting of one another and open minded.” Of course, all of this goodwill can partially be attributed to the lovely surroundings. As one business students sums up, “It’s hard not to be happy when living in beautiful San Diego.”

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
62%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Simply put, life at San Diego State is “wonderful.” And, no matter whether you opt to participate in “Greek life, a student organization or a sport, everyone [finds] something to do.” Additionally, SDSU’s Associated Students is great about sponsoring a number of “fun” events such as Aztec Nights, which in past years have included “Distress Fest, Haunted Montezuma and the Polar Plunge.” A thrilled speech pathology major rushes to brag, “Every Thursday, there is a farmer’s market on campus where students can enjoy a wide array of international cuisines prepared by local restaurants. SDSU also has “amazing athletics” and undergrads love “attending football [games], basketball [games] and other sporting events.” Of course, given that San Diego has “[beautiful] weather year round,” you won’t catch SDSU students…spend[ing] much time indoors.” It’s quite common to see students riding “bikes or skateboards across campus.” And a business administration major pipes in, “The beach is a huge draw for people whether you like surfing, paddle boarding, or just swimming.” Additionally, the “campus is located 10 minutes from Fashion Valley or Balboa Park and there are tons of good restaurants around. It is also very close to the Mexican border for easy day trips.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Ability Success Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Pamela J. Starr

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Typically successful documentation includes a recent psycho-educational evaluation, history of accommodations and evidence of functional impact/limitations.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Typically successful documentation includes a recent psycho-educational evaluation, history of accommodations and evidence of functional impact/limitations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
310
Number of Honor Societies
26

Number of Social Sororities
22
Number of Religious Organizations
17

11% join a fraternity
13% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

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
Womens Center
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.

83/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell HP Sony Adobe Samsung Microsoft Lenovo

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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