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

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

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for San Diego State University

Cost

Net Price
$14,048/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,430/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,406/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,827/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,950/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,360/ 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.308 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.308 responses

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 190 responses
Report
  • Fun but studious -
    46%
  • Good mix of fun and studious
    23%
  • 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.368 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.408 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 210 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet fun
    32%
  • Work hard, play hard
    24%
  • Very balanced
    13%
  • Hard but crazy fun
    10%
  • Laid back
    8%
  • Just transferred
    4%
  • Sociable
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
48%
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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San Diego State University Reviews

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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 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!
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!