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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SDSU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards SDSU has earned from around the web.
|#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?
Contact details for SDSU are given below.
|Address:||5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182-0001|
How Do I Get Into SDSU?
You can apply to SDSU online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply
Admission Requirements for SDSU
|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?
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.
Can I Afford San Diego State University?
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
There are also 4,696 graduate students at the school.
Of the 27,638 full-time undergraduates at SDSU, 44% are male and 56% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of San Diego State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,135|
|Hispanic or Latino||8,594|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at SDSU has changed over the last few years.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By Wikipedia User:Geographer under License
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