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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 Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 74% of students, San Diego State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,700.
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182
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About San Diego State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference

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
1110-1310
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,568/ 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
$8,006/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
60%

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.292 responses
37%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.348 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.348 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 229 responses
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  • Fun but studious -
    41%
  • Good mix of fun and studious
    29%
  • Fun
    9%
  • GREAT VIBES
    7%
  • Dedicated
    5%
  • 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.408 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.449 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 250 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet fun
    28%
  • Work hard, play hard
    27%
  • Very balanced
    14%
  • Hard but crazy fun
    8%
  • Laid back
    8%
  • Sociable
    4%
  • 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.200 responses
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San Diego State University Reviews

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SDSU honestly is a very fun university. It is very inviting and a fun place to be around and to experience. I highly recommend that you get involved in something, whether it be a club or job, you will find people with similar interest and career path desires who will help you. Professors can be hit or miss. In my experience, I have had excellent professors, however, like any university, there may be some not so good ones depending on you like to learn. Getting used to university life may feel overwhelming at first, especially if you are not native to the county. However, SDSU honestly has PLENTY of resources for students, so be sure to look into them and get involved!
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Love the atmosphere, the energy, the professors and the facilities! All around a great school and campus to be a part of. It's a huge school, but theres plenty of opportunities to engage and make friends through clubs, club sports, frats and sororities, athletics, and much more. The professors truly take their time to help you succeed and understand the material. In addition, the campus is beautiful and there are many spots on campus to enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, or crank out some homework. San Diego State has become a home to me, I've made life long friends and experienced so many great things. I'm extremely happy that I chose to continue my education at San Diego State University.
I am currently a second year International Business major at SDSU and I love it! This is not a very big school like a UC but it is a very social school that always has something going on which is awesome! If you are an incoming freshman I recommend to dorm, I unfortunately did not dorm and it really did affect my social life and I am a very social person. Also this school is heavily involved in greek life, so if that is an interest I highly recommend. There are a lot of opportunities for school involvement and clubs which is awesome. Also many non school related resources if in need of them. If you are a social person I highly recommend you attend SDSU! You will love it! Go Aztecs!