San Diego State University

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5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-7455

Phone: (619) 594-6336
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. National Universities

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San Diego State University is a public institution that was founded in 1897. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,624, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 283 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. San Diego State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 152. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,578 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,738 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1897, San Diego State University has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with a well-balanced, high quality education. With an enrollment of approximately 31,000 students, SDSU is the largest institution of higher education in the San Diego region and one of the largest in California. It has also become one of the most popular among new undergraduates, receiving more than 69,000 applications for the fall 2012 academic year.
Renowned for its academic excellence, the university is home to top-ranking programs in education, international business, social work, biology and many more. SDSU students can choose from 85 undergraduate majors, 76 master's and 21 doctoral degree programs in areas ranging from construction engineering to microbiology to journalism and media studies.
Located just miles from the Pacific Ocean and less than an hour from the U.S.-Mexico border, SDSU students are extending their educational experiences well beyond the borders of the campus. In fact, SDSU ranks No. 1 in California and No. 2 in the nation (among universities of its type) for sending students abroad as part of their college experience. More than 1,800 students studied abroad last year, traveling to places like China, India and Japan. SDSU is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. A record 11 students and recent alumni were selected as Fulbright Scholars in 2011, which ties the university with UCLA for 3rd in California.
Increasingly recognized for innovative research, SDSU has achieved the prestigious designation of Research University with high research activity granted by the Carnegie Foundation. Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.5 billion in grants and contracts for research and program administration.
Private giving to SDSU has also risen sharply in recent years, $70 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year. SDSU is currently conducting its first university-wide fundraising campaign and has raised more than $300 million toward its $500 goal to attract and retain top faculty, support innovation and research and provide more student scholarships.
SDSU faculty are committed to the teacher-scholar model, contributing unique and model research that benefits the world-at-large while giving students the opportunity to have hands-on research experience. Students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.
SDSU is among the most diverse public universities in the country, with more than half of its student body coming from traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups. And SDSU currently ranks No. 13 in the nation for bachelor's degrees conferred to ethnic minorities.
SDSU students and alumni serve as a key engine for the San Diego regional economy, producing thousands of graduates each year, 60 percent of whom stay in San Diego to pursue their careers. More community leaders within the San Diego region received their education at SDSU than at any other institution.
A strong community partner, SDSU is committed to serving the richly diverse San Diego region. The university leads programs focused on advancing urban education, improving local water quality and enriching cross-border relationships with Mexico.
SDSU's beautiful and historic campus serves to enrich the student experience, providing leading-edge laboratories and high-tech classrooms within its Spanish-style architecture. Thousands of students live on campus and many more participate in campus life through the hundreds of academic, athletic and Greek organizations. The Division I Athletics program is among the strongest in Southern California with major sports consistently achieving national rankings and post-season play, including men's basketball which has been to the NCAA Tournament for three consecutive seasons.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1897
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $145,874,574


When applying to San Diego State University, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30, and the early action deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due November 30. The application fee at San Diego State University is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 31.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 31.3%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by November 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at San Diego State University is 23:1, and the school has 26.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at San Diego State University include: Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 23:1
4-year graduation rate 32%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 7%

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Student Life

San Diego State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,624, with a gender distribution of 44.3 percent male students and 55.7 percent female students. At this school, 14 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 86 percent of students live off campus. San Diego State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 31,597
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

San Diego State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. San Diego State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at San Diego State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At San Diego State University, 58.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,100.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,578 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,738 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,812 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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