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San Diego State University Overview

Located in San Diego, California, San Diego State University is a public institution. The city atmosphere of San Diego makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is San Diego State University Known For?

8,159 Undergraduate Awards
$34,931 Avg Cost After Aid
35% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at SDSU is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at SDSU is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 52% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from SDSU with a bachelor's degree make about $51,000 a year. That's 25% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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San Diego State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

SDSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#32 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#130 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#159 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SDSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Value Astronomy & Astrophysics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Physical Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Physics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Environmental Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Geological & Earth Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Chemistry Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Value Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SDSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#38 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#38 Best Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#61 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#70 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#74 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#89 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is San Diego State University?

Location of San Diego State University

Contact details for SDSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182-0001
Phone: 619-594-5200
Website: www.sdsu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoState
Twitter: http://twitter.com/sdsu

How Do I Get Into SDSU?

You can apply to SDSU online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for SDSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into SDSU?

35% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
79% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of San Diego State University is 35%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 35%, and the acceptance rate for women is 36%.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to SDSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for San Diego State University  ( 550 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for San Diego State University  ( 540 to 650 )
200
800
SDSU received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 28.

ACT English Scores for San Diego State University  ( 22 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for San Diego State University  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for San Diego State University  ( 23 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford San Diego State University?

$34,931 Net Price
31% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SDSU is $34,931. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SDSU, approximately 31% of students took out student loans averaging $6,527 a year. That adds up to $26,108 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SDSU is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

San Diego State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

27,638 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,848 undergraduate students at SDSU, with 27,638 being full-time and 3,210 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SDSU

There are also 4,696 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 27,638 full-time undergraduates at SDSU, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SDSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of San Diego State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SDSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,655
Black or African American 1,135
Hispanic or Latino 8,594
White 9,483
International Students 1,934
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,837

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at San Diego State University. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 98 countries are represented at SDSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Kuwait.

Online Learning at San Diego State University

646 Took All Classes Online
16,434 Took At Least One Class Online
102.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at SDSU. In 2017-2018, 16,434 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SDSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 5th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SDSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at San Diego State University was 102.0%. This is the #339 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SDSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SDSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 6%
Business, Management & Marketing 6%
Computer Engineering 20%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 3%
Engineering 4%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 3%
Other Business, Management & Marketing 17%
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 62%
Public Health 29%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 33%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SDSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SDSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Administration #3
Public Health #5
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #5
Other Education #6
Other Business, Management & Marketing #7
Public Administration & Social Service #12
Teacher Education Grade Specific #15
General Education #17
Education #56
Business Administration & Management #75
Health Professions #86
Business, Management & Marketing #98

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

San Diego State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 1,623 0 179 0 1,802
General Psychology 541 0 35 0 576
Criminal Justice & Corrections 386 0 0 0 386
Health & Physical Education 374 0 7 0 381
General Biology 277 0 24 4 305
Communication & Media Studies 247 0 42 0 289
Teacher Education Grade Specific 167 23 94 0 284
Mechanical Engineering 268 0 16 0 284
Computer Science 193 0 80 0 273
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 262 0 1 0 263
Liberal Arts General Studies 231 3 10 0 244
Economics 205 0 12 0 217
General Education 0 0 198 14 212
Social Work 99 4 97 0 200
Fine & Studio Arts 193 0 7 0 200
Public Health 69 0 118 9 196
Nursing 177 0 12 0 189
Communication Sciences 117 4 38 13 172
Civil Engineering 137 0 31 0 168
Sociology 148 0 6 0 154
Electrical Engineering 106 0 30 0 136
International Relations & National Security 95 0 41 0 136
Political Science & Government 127 0 5 0 132
Nutrition Science 119 0 5 0 124
Public Administration 98 0 21 0 119
Journalism 118 0 0 0 118
General English Literature 101 0 13 0 114
Romance Languages 85 0 17 0 102
Natural Resources Conservation 101 0 0 0 101
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 14 45 39 98
International Business 97 0 0 0 97
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 87 0 6 0 93
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 92 0 0 0 92
Hospitality Management 80 0 9 0 89
Computer Engineering 70 17 0 0 87
Chemistry 70 0 11 5 86
History 75 0 6 0 81
General Social Sciences 80 0 0 0 80
Health Sciences & Services 77 0 0 0 77
Music 56 0 9 0 65
Anthropology 47 0 16 0 63
Ethnic Studies 53 1 8 0 62
Drama & Theater Arts 52 0 10 0 62
Accounting 0 0 56 0 56
Statistics 31 0 21 0 52
Student Counseling 0 0 51 0 51
Environmental Engineering 50 0 0 0 50
Geography & Cartography 34 0 8 3 45
Applied Mathematics 31 0 13 0 44
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 43 0 0 0 43
Geological & Earth Sciences 32 0 10 0 42
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 28 2 8 0 38
Mathematics 30 0 7 0 37
Public Relations & Advertising 36 0 0 0 36
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 33 0 2 0 35
Philosophy 34 0 0 0 34
Physics 26 0 6 0 32
Writing Studies 8 0 23 0 31
Allied Health Professions 27 0 0 0 27
Construction Engineering Technology 22 0 0 0 22
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 12 10 22
East Asian Languages 20 0 0 0 20
Mental & Social Health Services 0 20 0 0 20
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 18 0 18
Educational Administration 0 0 0 18 18
Criminology 0 0 17 0 17
Gerontology 14 0 0 0 14
International Studies 14 0 0 0 14
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 11 2 13
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 13 0 0 13
Urban Studies 13 0 0 0 13
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 12 0 12
Area Studies 11 0 0 0 11
Astronomy & Astrophysics 2 0 8 0 10
Finance & Financial Management 0 9 0 0 9
Special Education 0 8 0 0 8
Teaching English or French 0 8 0 0 8
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 7 0 7
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 7 7
Religious Studies 6 0 0 0 6
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 5 0 5
Dance 5 0 0 0 5
Classical Languages & Literature 4 0 0 0 4
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 0 4 4
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 4 0 4
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 3 0 3
Germanic Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 2 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Multilingual Education 0 1 0 0 1
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0
Building Management & Inspection 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Quality Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Housing 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 8,159 127 1,561 130 9,977

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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