See what students say:

Academics

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.”

Student Body

San Diego State is comprised of a “diverse community of students who are as laid-back 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

Campus Life

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.”

Overview

Applicants
69,043
Acceptance Rate
34%
Average HS GPA
3.73

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 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
25:1
Total Faculty
1,888
with Terminal Degree
1,162

962
Women
926
Men
530
Minority
35
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
37%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
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.
  • 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.
  • Nutrition Sciences.

  • 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.


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
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
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
37%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$53,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$102,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$54,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$104,900

Percent High Job Meaning
52%

Percent STEM
16%


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 hosts a two-day career and internship fair to accommodate them. 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.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 2
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,300

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,800

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,100

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
45%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,327

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,900

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,742
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,622
Required Fees
$1,768
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,969

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,639

On-Campus Room and Board
$17,752
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

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
30,393
Foreign Countries Represented
115

Demographics

13.29%
Asian
3.94%
African-American
31.13%
Hispanic
33.18%
Caucasian
4.06%
Unknown
7.33%
International

55% female
45% male
11% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
19%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
72%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

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

Typically successful documentation includes a recent psycho-educational evaluation, history of accommodations and evidence of functional impact/limitations.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Evaluation from appropriately trained licensed professional documenting diagnosis..

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
385
Number of Honor Societies
27

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
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of San Diego
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

"At San Diego State University, “Sustainability Starts Here.” With a vibrant sustainability community, campus is dedicated to enacting positive change for the environment and society. The Sustainability Major and Minor program prepares students for careers in the field, while hundreds of classes are either focused on or related to sustainability. At least one hundred researchers on campus are working to further our understanding of sustainability issues. Student groups are particularly engaged in sustainability through groups such as GreenLove, E3, GreenFest, Voice for Veg, Engineers Without Borders, and the Sage Club. The Center for Regional Sustainability supports several programs that connect the campus with the greater community, including the Sage Project, BrightSide Produce, and the Social and Economic Vulnerabilities Initiative. Sustainable SDSU is the official campus sustainability effort, which employs staff and a team of student interns to improve campus operations, engage in outreach, shift culture, and coordinate events. SDSU has a Climate Action Plan that commits campus to achieving operational carbon neutrality by 2040 and full carbon neutrality by 2050. The campus has a dedication to green buildings, reducing its impact on the environment and providing optimal space for learning, teaching, researching, and working. SDSU has nine buildings with LEED certification and all future buildings must achieve LEED Silver certification. The flagship green building is the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, which has received the highest certification level – LEED Platinum – twice; first for its design and construction and then for its operation and maintenance. In recent years, the campus has expanded its waste diversion program, including hundreds of new recycling and composting bins, participation in the RecycleMania competition, and a system that weighs each dumpster – allowing campus to pinpoint recycling rates by building areas. The Campus Grown program produces fresh and local food that is used in eateries. The program includes over 35 raised beds and forty aeroponic towers. These towers at The Garden eatery produce over 500 heads of leafy greens every week while reducing water consumption by upwards of 90%."

85/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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
No

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

Local Accommodations
San Diego's Hotel Circle located off of Interstate 8 and Hotel Circle Drive provides numerous hotel options ranging in price and accommodation types.


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