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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?

27,060 Full-Time Undergraduates
$15,287 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 doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at SDSU.
  • 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.

San Diego State University Rankings

SDSU landed the #391 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. Out of the 116 colleges in California, it is ranked at #39.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that SDSU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for SDSU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 32
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 66
Best Colleges for Diversity 107
Best Colleges for International Students 216
Best Colleges 391
Best Colleges for the Money 776

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 )
1
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?

$15,287 Net Price
31% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SDSU is $15,287. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SDSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,456 $10,883 $15,335 $19,056 $22,144

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

27,060 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,272 undergraduate students at SDSU, with 27,060 being full-time and 3,212 being part-time.

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

There are also 4,886 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 27,060 full-time undergraduates at SDSU, 46% are male and 54% 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 3,636
Black or African American 1,074
Hispanic or Latino 8,164
White 9,200
International Students 1,956
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,030

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, San Diego State University awarded 16,318 undergraduate degrees and 3,382 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 56 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 87 6 0
Allied Health Professions 0 27 0 0
Anthropology 0 47 16 0
Applied Mathematics 0 31 13 0
Area Studies 0 11 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 2 8 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 7 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 11 2
Business Administration & Management 0 1,623 179 0
Chemistry 0 70 11 5
Civil Engineering 0 137 31 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 4 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 12 10
Communication & Media Studies 0 247 42 0
Communication Sciences 0 117 38 13
Computer Engineering 0 70 0 0
Computer Science 0 193 80 0
Construction Engineering Technology 0 22 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 386 0 0
Criminology 0 0 17 0
Dance 0 5 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 52 10 0
East Asian Languages 0 20 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 7
Economics 0 205 12 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 18
Electrical Engineering 0 106 30 0
Environmental Engineering 0 50 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 53 8 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 4 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 193 7 0
General Biology 0 277 24 4
General Education 0 0 198 14
General English Literature 0 101 13 0
General Psychology 0 541 35 0
General Social Sciences 0 80 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 34 8 3
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 32 10 0
Germanic Languages 0 3 0 0
Gerontology 0 14 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 374 7 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 77 0 0
History 0 75 6 0
Hospitality Management 0 80 9 0
International Business 0 97 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 95 41 0
International Studies 0 14 0 0
Journalism 0 118 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 231 10 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 28 8 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 3 0
Mathematics 0 30 7 0
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 0 4
Mechanical Engineering 0 268 16 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 33 2 0
Music 0 56 9 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 101 0 0
Nursing 0 177 12 0
Nutrition Science 0 119 5 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 18 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 262 1 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 43 0 0
Philosophy 0 34 0 0
Physics 0 26 6 0
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 5 0
Political Science & Government 0 127 5 0
Public Administration 0 98 21 0
Public Health 0 69 118 9
Public Relations & Advertising 0 36 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 92 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 45 39
Religious Studies 0 6 0 0
Romance Languages 0 85 17 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 2 0 0
Social Work 0 99 97 0
Sociology 0 148 6 0
Statistics 0 31 21 0
Student Counseling 0 0 51 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 167 94 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 2
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 12 0
Urban Studies 0 13 0 0
Writing Studies 0 8 23 0
Total 0 16,318 3,122 260

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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