SDSU

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, United States
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  • Total Documents
    3,861
  • Class Notes
    2,434
  • Textbook Notes
    797
  • Study Guides
    620
  • Currently Enrolled
    3,302
  • Previously Enrolled
    1,638

Overview of San Diego State University (SDSU)

About this school

San Diego State, founded in 1897, is a public, multipurpose university. It is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego area and is among the top 20 largest universities in the nation. Since its 1897 founding as the San Diego Normal School, the institution evolved from a teachers' college, to a liberal arts college and finally to a major comprehensive university. The first doctoral degree was awarded in 1966. San Diego St U currently offers bachelor's degrees in 76 majors, 58 master's degrees and 11 doctorates. 1997 marked SDSU's centennial year, and its national reputation for excellence continues to grow. Yet it still remains one of the most affordable comprehensive universities. Students from all levels benefit from working alongside faculty as they conduct scholarly and cutting-edge research and community service in their disciplines. A variety of special programs help new freshmen and transfer students achieve both academic and personal success. The school's main quadrangle of the 300-acre campus, located in San Diego, is still surrounded by the original seven mission-styled buildings.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:30,165
    • Men:13,824 Men (45.8%)
    • Women:16,341 Women (54.2%)

Location

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Admission Information (SDSU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to San Diego State University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
2
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
1
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
November 30
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
5500 Campanile Drive
City, State, Zip
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone
(619) 594-6336
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$55
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
35% of 60,697 applicants were admitted
Women
36% of 35,126 applicants were admitted
Men
35% of 25,571 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
Not reported
Women
Not reported
Men
Not reported

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.70
375 And Above
46%
3.50 - 3.74
28%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
593 average |540-650 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
8%
• Score 600 - 700
41%
• Score 500 - 600
44%
• Score 400 - 500
7%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
5%
• Score 600 - 700
45%
• Score 500 - 600
43%
• Score 400 - 500
7%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
25 average |23-28 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
15%
• Score 24 - 29
54%
• Score 18 - 23
29%
• Score 12 - 17
3%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (SDSU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $7,460|Out-of-state: $19,340 (26.43%)
  • Room & Board: - $15,966 (56.57%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,854 (6.57%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,944 (10.43%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


San Diego State University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
March 2
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001151
Free
State Aid Form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
3,800 (74.7%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,500 (65.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,400 (96.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
200 (8.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$9,700
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,500 (62.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,500
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,300 (95.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,100
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,200 (50.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
150 (3.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,300

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
18,000 (66.6%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
14,600 (81.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
14,100 (96.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,800 (19.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
67%
Average Award
$9,700
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 10,500 (74.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,500
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 13,700 (97.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,100
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 5,000 (35.5%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,500 (5.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,000

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
47%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$19,633
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
9.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
22.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Hobbies/Interests, Leadership, Memberships
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children of Workers in Trades, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, Local/State Students, Previous College Experience, Veterans, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,200

Academics & Instruction (SDSU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


876

Part-Time Faculty


918

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


43%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 10% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 17% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 24% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 18% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 7% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 16% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 9% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 15% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 32% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 34% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 13% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 2% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,408,080
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
2000
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


San Diego State University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


89.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


36.2%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


67.4%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


75.0%

Programs & Majors (SDSU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (111)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Atomic/Molecular Physics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dance, General
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Communication
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Interior Design
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and National Security Studies, Other
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Operations Research
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Real Estate
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Women's Studies
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Social sciences, Health professions and related sciences, Psychology

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Master's Programs of Study (109)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Arts and Design--General
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biometry
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Finance and Banking
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Physics/Radiological Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Psychology
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interior Design
  • International Health
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Media Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmaceutical Administration
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Reading Education
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Rhetoric
  • Romance Languages
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Telecommunications Management
  • Theater
  • Toxicology
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Western European Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing

Campus Life (SDSU)

Location & Geography

Population


1,338,348

Nearest Metropolitan Area


San Diego

Campus Size


288 acres

Weather


Temperature
48.8 average low in January, 77.1 average high in September
Rain
42 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
10 mile(s) from campus in San Diego
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in San Diego

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


14% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


86%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Not available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
-
School Colors
Scarlet and black

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, softball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


San Diego State University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, ab samahan, asian pacific student alliance, enviro-business society, m.e.ch.a de sdsu, social fraternities and sororities, including both general and culturally based organizations

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


27,028

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
30,165
Women
16,341
Men
13,824

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 14.3% Asian
  • 4.3% Black/African-American
  • 33.1% Hispanic/Latino
  • 7.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 35.9% White
  • 4.7% Unknown

International Students


7.1% from 114 countries

Average Age


22

Number of Graduate Students


4,663

Student Resources (SDSU)