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San Diego State University (SDSU)

5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA

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  • Phone: (619) 594-5384

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  • Phone: (619) 594-6323

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Aside from being among the oldest members of the California State University system, SDSU is also the first and largest college in San Diego, California. It is now a highly-regarded research university, having come a long way from starting as an institute for teacher training under the name San Diego Normal College in 1897. There are currently almost 200 fields of study being taken up by students throughout all undergraduate and graduate levels in all of its seven colleges, namely: Arts and Letters, Sciences, Engineering, Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Health and Human Services, Business Administration, and Education.

Enrollees at both the main and the Imperial Valley campuses are entitled to apply for opportunities to be part in any of over 300 educational programs in more than 50 countries all over the world. Possessing at least $1 billion worth of study grants, SDSU students are directed by its Division of Research Affairs in pursuing research activities in numerous fields such as public health, transportation safety, and computational science.

Recreation and athletics also play a great part of college life at SDSU. The San Diego State Aztecs have teams representing the school in basketball, baseball, football, soccer, among others. Celebrations on campus grounds are highlighted by Homecoming Week during the fall term. Spring term is marked by Green Fest, another week-long event that promotes environmental sustainability.

San Diego State maintains a huge role in emphasizing the importance of higher education among younger students in the surrounding communities. As a partner in the Compact for Success program, it assists the Sweetwater Union High School District in implementing courses that will prepare qualified students for admission to the university after graduation.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the students San Diego State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting into SDSU.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Recommended

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English20 - 26
ACT ® Math22 - 27
ACT ® Composite Score21 - 26

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into SDSU

The chances of getting into San Diego State University can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions13,447 (30%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled3,339 (25%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at San Diego State University is around 29,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 82% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,500. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $55 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$20,560

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid60%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships42%$9,418
Receiving Student Loans36%$5,494

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 3%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, San Diego State University may offer services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

San Diego State University has an overall graduation rate which is around 66%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years29%
Graduating in 5 Years28%
Graduating in 6 Years8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Nurse Midwifery Education Program
  • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Theatre Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

SDSU is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Mountain West Conference)
  • Basketball (Mountain West Conference)
  • Track and Field (Mountain West Conference)
  • Football (Mountain West Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies


English Language and Literature

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (B, M)
  • Drama (B, M)
  • Music Performance (B, M)
  • Dance (B)
  • Fine Studio Arts (M)
  • Music (M)


Security and Protective Services

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Social Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Nursing (B, M)
  • Health Services (B)
  • Public Health (D, M)
  • Dietetics (B, M)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling (M)
  • Communication Disorders (B, D, M)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (D)
  • Health Physics (M)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Computer and Information Sciences



Communications and Journalism

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B, M)
  • Gerontology (B, M)
  • Mathematics and Computer Science (D)

Mathematics and Statistics

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, M)
  • Linguistics (B, M)
  • Comparative Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B, M)
  • German Language and Literature (B)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (B)

Physical Sciences

Engineering Technology

  • Construction Engineering Technology (B)
  • Quality Control and Safety Technologies (M)


Philosophy and Religious Studies

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Womens Studies (B, M)
  • Chicano Studies (B, M)
  • African-American Studies (B)
  • Latin American Studies (B, M)
  • European Civilization Studies (B)
  • Asian Civilization Studies (B, M)
  • Native American Studies (B)

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