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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C
San Diego State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182
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San Diego State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
35%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1000-1220
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,344/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,654/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,735/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,896/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,468/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,424/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
29:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.290 responses
37%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.324 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.324 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
26,790Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 206 responses
Report
  • Fun but studious -
    44%
  • Good mix of fun and studious
    26%
  • Fun
    9%
  • GREAT VIBES
    7%
  • Dedicated
    5%
  • Great crowd
    2%
  • Delinquent criminal party people
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.384 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.424 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 226 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet fun
    31%
  • Work hard, play hard
    25%
  • Very balanced
    13%
  • Hard but crazy fun
    9%
  • Laid back
    8%
  • Sociable
    4%
  • Just transferred
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.197 responses
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San Diego State University Reviews

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San Diego State University offers a unique experience to its students. There are numerous students organizations, clubs, and sports provided for students to get involved on campus. Also, within each college, internships and job opportunities are available for students to take advantage and gain knowledge. San Diego State provides meaningful opportunities for myself and the student body. The campus is incredibly diverse which allows for a truly meaningful experience. As a college community, we welcome students from various backgrounds to contribute to our intellectually diverse population. This school offers a unique and and valuable experience to all students. Each person who belongs to San Diego State is involved in creating success for its students. I am proud to be apart of such a rewarding community. Go SDSU!
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SDSU's motto is "Leadership Starts Here." And it really does. Our campus embodies the meaning of diversity, leadership and school pride. I love being an Aztec because there is an opportunity for every student. Whether it is joining a club, becoming a Greek Life member, or presenting at our annual student research symposium, SDSU enables every student to find their center and graduate as teachable, honorable members of society. Our football and basketball teams have made history at championships. Students at SDSU stand for what they believe in. Importantly, SDSU academia has increased over the years, making it now one of the top research schools and California State universities applied to. Fight on, Aztecs!
I came to San Diego State Univeristy (SDSU, San Diego State, or simply "State") after growing up in suburban Los Angeles. It was not my first choice in school as I was trying to go to private universities, but I write this and can easily say I am blessed to call myself an alumni of SDSU. My time there was truly the most fun, inspiring, challenging, and rewarding experience in my life. I met friends for life, took on leadership positions that helped me grow, and immersed myself in a campus and environment that was dedicated to making sure students had the best experience possible. Despite SDSU's reputation for partying, it's a GREAT academic school and I felt challenged and enlightened by the coursework I took. It's also one of the few research CSUs! All-in-all, San Diego State was, and still, amazing. Like other college campuses, it does have its imperfections, but I would easily recommend it for those looking to attend a 4-year institution of higher learning.