San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182

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San Diego State University is a four-year, public research institution of higher education, located in the city of San Diego, California.


San Diego Normal School opened in 1897, in order to prepare students for elementary school teaching careers. By the 1920s, the school added four-year programs, in addition to a junior college campus. The college continued to expand academic programs, and constructed a new campus to meet these needs. The school was renamed San Diego State College. Then, in 1960 the college became part of what is now recognized as the California State University system, and by 1970, the school transitioned into San Diego State University. With more than a century of development, San Diego State University is the largest higher education institution in San Diego, and currently enrolls more than 30,000 students. San Diego State University, with 22 other schools, remains a member of the California State University System.

San Diego begins their mission statement and goals with: “The mission of San Diego State University shall be to provide well-balanced, high quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and to contribute to knowledge and the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service.”

SDSU provides a wide range of extracurricular activities. Hundreds of student organizations include focuses on leadership, religion, cultural heritage, professionalism, civic responsibility, and more. Greek life is highly visible on campus with more than 40 recognized sororities and fraternities. The Aztec Student Union hosts a variety of events and concerts, such as GreenFest and Homecoming, and the Aztec Recreation Center & Aquaplex promotes fitness and team activities. Students can also compete in intramural and sports clubs. There are 18 NCAA Division I varsity athletic teams at San Diego State University, some of which include basketball, men’s football, golf, tennis, women’s rowing, and women’s water polo.


San Diego State University offers students more than 80 bachelor’s fields of study, over 75 master’s, and 20 doctoral areas of study. Academic programs are divided among the following Colleges: the College of Arts & Letters, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health & Human Services, College of Sciences, and the College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts. Over 15 preprofessional programs range from areas in nursing and physical therapy to education and law. Graduate programs are renowned for fields in business, engineering, public health, psychology, fine arts, biological sciences, public affairs, education, along with speech, language, and hearing sciences.

San Diego State University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. A large number of programs also retain specialized accreditation from individual agencies, some of which include but are not limited to: the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, American Psychological Association, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


Students can pursue online programs through the College of Extended Studies (CES Online). More than 20 online certificate options include studies in nutrition, environmental fields, construction, education, management, plus more. Students can also pursue the Master of Arts in Education Leadership degree online. Programs, such as the Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, offer hybrid learning opportunities, with a majority of online learning combined with intensive on-campus sessions.


Female students make up about 55 percent of the student population. White students represent about 38 percent of undergraduate students, followed by 29 percent Hispanic, 14 percent Asian, and four percent African American students. Approximately 88 percent of students are California residents. About 16 percent of undergraduate students are classified as adult students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 29:1.


Tuition is based on state residency. The estimated cost of tuition for undergraduates is $6,866 for in-state students, and $18,026 for out-of-state students. Estimated graduate tuition is $8,132 for in-state, and $14,828 for out-of-state students. To be considered for aid assistance, students will need to complete the FAFSA. Students may be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, federal student loans, and Federal Work-Study. Scholarships are also available and students will need to complete a separate application for SDSU scholarships. SDSU supports direct admission for qualifying veterans via the SDSU President’s Military Admission program and the California State University Special Admission (Leadership Scholar) program.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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