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
29:1
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.318 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.318 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
26,790Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 200 responses
Report
  • Fun but studious -
    45%
  • Good mix of fun and studious
    26%
  • Fun
    10%
  • GREAT VIBES
    8%
  • 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.378 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.418 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 220 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet fun
    31%
  • Work hard, play hard
    25%
  • Very balanced
    14%
  • Hard but crazy fun
    9%
  • Laid back
    8%
  • Just transferred
    4%
  • Sociable
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
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 offers a unique experience to its students. There are numerous students organizations, clubs, and sports provided for students to get involved on campus. Also, within each college, internships and job opportunities are available for students to take advantage and gain knowledge. San Diego State provides meaningful opportunities for myself and the student body. The campus is incredibly diverse which allows for a truly meaningful experience. As a college community, we welcome students from various backgrounds to contribute to our intellectually diverse population. This school offers a unique and and valuable experience to all students. Each person who belongs to San Diego State is involved in creating success for its students. I am proud to be apart of such a rewarding community. Go SDSU!
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SDSU's motto is "Leadership Starts Here." And it really does. Our campus embodies the meaning of diversity, leadership and school pride. I love being an Aztec because there is an opportunity for every student. Whether it is joining a club, becoming a Greek Life member, or presenting at our annual student research symposium, SDSU enables every student to find their center and graduate as teachable, honorable members of society. Our football and basketball teams have made history at championships. Students at SDSU stand for what they believe in. Importantly, SDSU academia has increased over the years, making it now one of the top research schools and California State universities applied to. Fight on, Aztecs!
San Diego is an incredibly diverse college to attend! The campus and weather are beautiful, and there are always events going on in school ranging from academic to athletic. The Associated Student body does their best to put on functions that would be inclusive and interesting to the various student factions. The clubs on campus will cater to any and all of your interests, and the professors are dedicated to helping their students succeed. While some costs for tuition are rather high, San Diego State is known as the best research campus. There is always something for everyone here at SDSU!