A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  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-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182
Website
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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
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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

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.311 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.311 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
26,010Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 193 responses
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  • Fun but studious -
    46%
  • Good mix of fun and studious
    24%
  • 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.371 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.411 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 213 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet fun
    32%
  • Work hard, play hard
    24%
  • Very balanced
    13%
  • Hard but crazy fun
    9%
  • Laid back
    8%
  • Just transferred
    4%
  • Sociable
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
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
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Hi! A little bit about myself...My name is Hoang Linh Nguyen, I'm a Vietnamese who was born and raised in Russia, and now I'm embarking my educational journey in sunny San Diego. Currently I'm an Electrical Engineer (senior), at San Diego State University, and so far...I LOVE IT.
The school life, the educational opportunities, and the resources that school provides are top notch, but it's up to the students to take the given opportunities and use them to aid in their goals . Probably the most amazing thing about the SDSU, is their mentality about the equality in opportunities for EVERYONE, since I'm an international student who was influenced by both cultures, this school mentality was really close to my heart.
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San Diego State University is a great school, the Diversity is very high, I've known the students that are from Asia, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, etc. They all have the same goal even though their background can be different. It is a party school but its also really known for Business, Medical and also Engineering. Outside of school there are places where you can visit in San Diego and enjoy what the city can offer and if you ever want to explore somewhere new you have Tijuana, Mexico. SDSU is great, the students are awesome, the professors are amazing!
San Diego State University is a great school. The faculty and staff really care about their students and there are always improvements being made around the school to give a better experience. The campus is centrally located just northeast of Downtown San Diego and is close to freeways, making it convenient to attend even if you don't live on campus. The school hosts concerts on a regular basis, both in the outdoor open air theatre and in the Aztec Arena, where other sports take place as well. SDSU has proud students who love their school and love living in San Diego. The weather is hard to beat!