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San Diego State University Overview

San Diego State University is a public institution situated in San Diego, California. 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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$34,380 Avg Cost After Aid
38% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at SDSU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at SDSU.
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  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from SDSU makes roughly $61,522 a year. This is 51% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into SDSU?

You can apply to SDSU online at:

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 Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into SDSU?

38% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to SDSU. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 38%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 35%, and the acceptance rate for women is 40%.

Can I Afford San Diego State University?

$34,380 Net Price
19% Take Out Loans
1.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SDSU is $34,380. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SDSU, approximately 19% of students took out student loans averaging $6,608 a year. That adds up to $26,432 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SDSU is 1.1%. 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

27,810 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 31,321 undergraduate students at SDSU, with 27,810 being full-time and 3,511 being part-time.


There are also 5,163 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 27,810 full-time undergraduates at SDSU, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,729
Black or African American 1,155
Hispanic or Latino 9,158
White 9,607
International Students 1,376
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,785

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

1,785 Took All Classes Online
23,442 Took At Least One Class Online
964.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 23,442 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.


This school is the 89th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of SDSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at San Diego State University was 964.4%. This is the #111 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at SDSU regardless of major.

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%.


*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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