San Diego State University

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School Overview

San Diego State University (SDSU), locally referred to as San Diego State, is one of the oldest and largest universities in San Diego, California. The institution was founded over one hundred and seventeen years ago as San Diego Normal School. Approximately 31,000 students attend San Diego State each year, and the school has over 260,000 alumni. SDSU offers over 180 bachelor’s degrees, 70 master’s degrees, and 16 doctorate programs including Ed.D., Au.D, and Ph.D. programs in cooperation with University of California, San Diego and University of California, Santa Barbara. San Diego State offers more doctoral degree programs than any other campus in the California State University system.

General Information

Admission Office

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-7455

(619) 594-6336

Contact: Beverly Arata

Director of Admissions
Main Address

5500 Campanile Drive, MC-8010

San Diego, CA 92182-7455

(619) 594-5200

Total undergrads: 29,481

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,386

Degree-seeking undergrads: 29,481

Graduate enrollment: 6,351


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 31%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 81%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,428 $3,754 $4,902 $5,206 +6.20%
Books and Supplies $1,332 $1,566 $1,638 $1,638 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,904 $11,266 $11,485 $11,485 0.00%
Other $3,330 $3,802 $3,977 $3,977 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,707 $9,930 $10,388 $11,485 +10.56%
Other $3,673 $4,266 $4,462 $3,977 -10.87%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $18,994 $20,388 $22,002 $22,306 +1.38%
In-state Off Campus $18,140 $19,516 $21,390 $22,306 +4.28%
In-state with Family $4,760 $5,320 $6,540 $6,844 +4.65%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,889 81%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,343 38% $9,990,620 $7,439
• Federal grants 829 23% $3,670,777 $4,428
• Pell grants 827 23% $3,077,177 $3,721
• Other federal grants 764 21% $593,600 $777
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,103 31% $2,764,151 $2,506
Institutional grants or scholarships 816 23% $3,555,692 $4,357
Student loan financial aid 1,010 28% $5,338,752 $5,286
• Federal student loans 1,004 28% $4,897,758 $4,878
• Other student loans 46 1% $440,994 $9,587

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 7014 1846 75
Architecture and Related Services 16
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 16
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 64 26
African-American/Black Studies 7
American Indian/Native American Studies 2
Asian Studies/Civilization 8 3
European Studies/Civilization 3
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 13 2
Latin American Studies 7 5
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 1
Women’s Studies 23 16
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 217 31 9
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 205 30 9
Microbiology 12 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1526 471
Accounting 1 99
Business Administration and Management 1282 364
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 8
Hospitality Administration/Management 93
International Business/Trade/Commerce 150
Communication and Journalism Programs 230 49
Journalism 59
Radio and Television 69 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 102 40
Computing and Information Sciences 44 71
Computer Science 44 71
Education 158 396 25
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 76
Curriculum and Instruction 2
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 134
Education 295 9
Education, Other 24
Educational Leadership and Administration 12
Music Teacher Education 8
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 2
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 16
Engineering 285 111
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 27 6
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 3
Civil Engineering 82 23
Computer Engineering 31
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 69 58
Manufacturing Engineering 7
Mechanical Engineering 76 14
Engineering Technology 16 2
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 16
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other 2
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 518 47
Creative Writing 13
English Language and Literature 166 23
Rhetoric and Composition 352
Writing 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 145 29
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8
Comparative Literature 17
French Language and Literature 10
German Language and Literature 4
Japanese Language and Literature 8
Linguistics 17 5
Russian Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 80 24
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 424 192 26
Audiology/Audiologist 13
Communication Sciences and Disorders 65 37 1
Dietetics/Dietitian 62 6
Health/Medical Physics 2
Public Health 92 12
Public Health, Other 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 297 30
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 24
History 93 21
History 93 21
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 298
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 298
Human Services 242 128
Public Administration 162 24
Social Work 80 104
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 272 1
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 262 1
Mathematics and Statistics 65 33
Applied Mathematics 12
Mathematics 50 6
Statistics 15 15
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 71 4 7
Gerontology 13 1
Mathematics and Computer Science 7
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 58 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 426 28
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 377 13
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 6
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 9
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 49
Physical Sciences 61 23 1
Astronomy 2 4
Chemistry 38 8 1
Geology and Earth Science 11 7
Physics 10 4
Psychology 600 27 2
Clinical Psychology 2
Psychology 600 27
Social Sciences 883 83 5
Anthropology 56 10
Criminology 4
Economics 178 20
Geography 41 14 5
International Relations and Affairs 93 9
Political Science and Government 257 15
Social Sciences 96
Sociology 150 11
Urban Studies/Affairs 12
Visual and Performing Arts 376 57
Art/Art Studies 270 1
Dance 15
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 61 28
Fine/Studio Arts 9
Music Performance 30 16
Music 3
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Central/Eastern European Studies B
European Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Modern Jewish studies B
Native American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biological Science B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Financial Planning B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B
Telecommunications and Film B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B
Information Technology B


Early Childhood Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Environmental Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B
Dietetics/Food Admin/Nutrition B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Communication Disorders B
Health Services – General B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Gerontology B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Atomic/Molecular Physics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B
Theoretical/Mathematical Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

San Diego State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(619) 594-5200
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address:5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:34,688
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):66%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:29 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:22,627 (65% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,084
Out-of-state Tuition:$18,244
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:62%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,436

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

San Diego State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at San Diego State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies184
Biological and Biomedical Sciences233
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services345
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs142
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services22
Construction Trades1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields11
English Language and Literature/Letters133
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics183
Health Professions and Related Programs5694
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities121
Mathematics and Statistics33
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies331
Natural Resources and Conservation12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies23
Philosophy and Religious Studies31
Physical Sciences642
Public Administration and Social Service Professions23
Social Sciences971
Visual and Performing Arts255
Grand total29897819

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at San Diego State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total5

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at San Diego State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,818

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,06662%
Grant or scholarship aid2,59952%$7,436
Student loan aid1,63733%$6,495

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid15,81554%$8,038
Federal student loans9,30132%$6,451

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for San Diego State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled San Diego State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants60,83425,78035,054
Percent admitted100%34%35%
Percent admitted who enrolled8%9%8%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

San Diego State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment34,688
Undergraduate enrollment29,860
Graduate enrollment4,828

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

San Diego State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology (Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Science)
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs (College of Health and Human Sciences)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health (PHB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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