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
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C
San Diego State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182
Website

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
34%
SAT Scores Range
1000-1220
ACT Scores Range
22-27
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for San Diego State University

Cost

Net Price
$10,085/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,980/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,349/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,230/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,142/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,268/ year

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
36%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.301 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.301 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
25,096Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 183 responses
Report
  • Fun but studious -
    48%
  • Good mix of fun and studious
    21%
  • Fun
    10%
  • GREAT VIBES
    7%
  • Dedicated
    6%
  • Great crowd
    2%
  • Delinquent criminal party people
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.361 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.401 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 203 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet fun
    32%
  • Work hard, play hard
    23%
  • Very balanced
    13%
  • Hard but crazy fun
    9%
  • Laid back
    8%
  • Just transferred
    4%
  • Sociable
    4%

After San Diego State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.197 responses

San Diego State University Reviews

4,359 reviews
All Categories
I love SDSU! I live on campus at the SVO House on Fraternity Row. It's really nice living with fellow veterans. They just get you. I love having the ARC near me so I can work out without driving anywhere. All of my teachers last semester were super nice and very qualified. Some of them were very effective in their methods and I'll never forget them. I already love my professors this semester. Everyone wants you to succeed. If you want to, you will. We have our own police department. They keep us informed on potential threats and their work to neutralize them. There's always a party going on. Student government makes sure there are activities throughout each semester. The basketball and football games are off the hook. Most of the dorms are pretty great, but they tend to be a bit pricey. But hey, what school has cheap dorms? There’s plenty of food choices on campus. And being that our campus is in San Diego, we have one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation!
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I love that San Diego State University has a lot of diversity, professional and highly recommended professors, and great school pride! This school is also one of the best for research and innovative thinking. There are many ways to get involved and most of the professors here have PhD's in their field! I love the weather and environment, and I wouldn't have chosen a different school. The only downside is the tuition continues to increase (about a thousand since last year), but if you take advantage of all the things that the tuition pays for, it is somewhat worth it!
I have had an amazing experience with SDSU. From the quality of my education in my major, to the availability of faculty for support, and for the wide array of programs and research labs to be a part of! It really has been a unique experience. The GE experience is not always the best at SDSU as most of the professors modified their curriculum to their students, who most were just there because they were forced to, which brought down the class. I would love to see an improvement overall in that area to bring UP those individuals instead of bringing down those invested.