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San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182 | (619) 594-5200

San Diego, CA | (619) 594-5200

#143 in National Universities (tie)

Overview of San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a public institution that was founded in 1897. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 30,612, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 288 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. San Diego State University's ranking in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #143. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,720; out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,600.

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General Information

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San Diego State University's 2021 Rankings

San Diego State University is ranked #143 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

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San Diego State University Alumni Starting Salaries

Below are the median starting salaries by major for alumni of San Diego State University.

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Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Business Administration and Management, General

Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General

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San Diego State University Admissions

San Diego State University admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 34%. Half the applicants admitted to San Diego State University have an SAT score between 1110 and 1320 or an ACT score of 22 and 29. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline is Nov. 30 and the application fee at San Diego State University is $70.

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Academic Life at San Diego State University

The student-faculty ratio at San Diego State University is 25:1, and the school has 28.5% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at San Diego State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89%.

Class Sizes:

Classes with fewer than 20 students28.5%
50 or more24.8%

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Student Life at San Diego State University

San Diego State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 30,612, with a gender distribution of 45% male students and 55% female students. At this school, 23% of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 77% of students live off campus. In sports, San Diego State University is part of the NCAA I.

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San Diego State University Tuition & Financial Aid

At San Diego State University, 50% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,100.

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Campus Safety

Campus safety data were reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education and have not been independently verified. The numbers for criminal offenses reflect reports of alleged offenses to campus security and/or law enforcement authorities, not necessarily prosecutions or convictions. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

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San Diego State University Campus

San Diego State University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance. San Diego State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at San Diego State University.

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