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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 is a highly rated public university located in San Diego, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 27,060 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the San Diego State acceptance rate is 35%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 74% of students, San Diego State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,700.
About San Diego State University...
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
1090-1290
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,363/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,549/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
59%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
28:1
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.339 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.339 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
27,060Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,212
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 221 responses
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  • Fun but studious -
    43%
  • Good mix of fun and studious
    27%
  • Fun
    9%
  • GREAT VIBES
    7%
  • Dedicated
    5%
  • Great crowd
    2%
  • Delinquent criminal party people
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.399 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.439 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 241 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet fun
    29%
  • Work hard, play hard
    27%
  • Very balanced
    14%
  • Hard but crazy fun
    9%
  • Laid back
    8%
  • Sociable
    5%
  • Just transferred
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
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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I have loved my experience at San Diego State University both educationally and socially! I have been able to get involved within multiple organizations that include but not limited to the SDSU Ambassadors, SDSU Rotaract, Dance Marathon at SDSU, Student Nutrition Organization! This university has allowed me to find my passion and really guide my plans that I have for myself as I moved forward in my educational journey. These plans could not have been fully executed without the help of the faculty and staff, as well as my mentors that I have had the opportunity to meet and have at SDSU.
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San Diego State University is a great school to attend. Coming from rainy Seattle Washington, this university has given me an incredible education and a great three years. The majority of professors are experts in their fields and are up to date on all current industry trends. One highlight that I did not expect was the wonderful opportunities to study abroad and meet students from all over the globe. Attending classes I am able to meet students from all over the world and build new relationships and become a better global citizen. San Diego State takes advantage of this mesmerizing location by utilizing their very own aquatic center with classes for surfing, paddle boarding, and more. Attending this university has allowed me to work towards obtaining two majors and a minor which will allow me to find unique and exciting opportunities in the workforce and I could not ask for a better school. Go Aztecs!
San Diego State University is great because there is a place for everyone. Whether you are into rock climbing, writing, athletics, or even cabbage; there is a club for you. If you are looking to live out the classic "California dream," this school is for you! The professors here want you to succeed, you just have to put in as much work as they do. On the other hand, housing at SDSU can be quite a let down. Sophomores are required to live on campus and freshman are not encouraged to bring a car to school. Although there are many reasonably priced houses around the area, you will almost always find neighbors who are not found of college students living nearby. The food has gotten better in the last couple years, food for everyone ranging from vegetarian to vegan to meat lovers. The best thing about SDSU is that no matter how many students attend, there are so many ways to make this big school feel small.