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San Diego State University

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Provided by San Diego State University

SDSU offers 81 bachelor's degrees, 74 master's degrees and 14 joint-doctoral degrees. With a degree from SDSU, the possibilities for a successful career are endless. SDSU alumni from all fields of study not only make a difference in the San Diego area, but around the world.

Academics, the Arts and Community Involvement

  • SDSU ranks second nationwide, and first in California, for students studying abroad as part of their college experience.
  • SDSU ranks eighth in the nation for the most bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics and 11th in the nation for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities.
  • The Cultural Arts and Special Events program offers a coffeehouse talent series, multi-cultural noon-time concerts, films screenings, and many special events.
  • SDSU students volunteer more than three million hours in the community each year.

Unique to SDSU

  • SDSU is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California.
  • The San Diego Trolley is an affordable way to get from SDSU to all of the hot spots around San Diego, including Qualcomm Stadium, Fashion Valley mall, Old Town San Diego, and Tijuana.
  • Cox Arena is one of the premiere collegiate arenas in the nation: home to Aztec Basketball and host to entertainers like Gwen Stefani, Van Halen, Maroon 5 and Jennifer Lopez.
  • One in seven adults in San Diego who holds a college degree attended SDSU. This alumni connection provides students with internships and career opportunities after graduation.
  • KPBS, San Diego's public television and radio station, is owned and operated by SDSU. The station is rated among the top 10 public broadcasting stations in the country.

Student Life and Activities

  • Number of student organizations: 200+
  • Greek life: 50+ fraternities and sororities
  • Athletic Division: NCAA Division I
  • Number of study abroad programs: 190
  • ROTC: Army, Navy, and Air Force programs

San Diego State University

San Diego State University (SDSU),

founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area (generally the City and County of San Diego), and is part of the California State University system. It is the third-oldest university in the California State University system, and one of the oldest universities in California. SDSU has a student body of approximately 34,500 (as of the beginning of the Fall 2006 academic year) and an alumni base of more than 200,000.

The Carnegie Foundation has designated San Diego State University a "Research University with high research activity." SDSU is the only California State University campus with this classification, which places it among the top 200 higher education institutions in the country conducting research. Notably, pursuant to the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index) released by the Academic Analytics organization of Stony Brook, NY, SDSU is the number one small research university in the United States as of the last two academic years, for both 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.

San Diego State University awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Ed.D, and Au.D) in a total of 151 fields. SDSU offers the most doctoral degrees of any campus of the California State University system, currently in sixteen academic and research disciplines.

San Diego State University is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the Southwest Border Security Consortium, and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a national organization of universities that promotes science and technology education and research.

Quick Facts

Chance of Admission : Calculate
Location : Southwest
Setting :Large City Setting
Type : Public
Size : Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Aztecs
Nickname : SDSU

Students & Campus Life

Undergraduate Enrollment : 26,850
On Campus Housing :  Available
Full Time Students :  80%
Athletic Programs :  Available


Average Tuition:   $ 13,598
Students Receiving Aid :  49%


Application Fee:  $ 55
Selectivity:  Highly Selective

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