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San Diego State University

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Overview

Established in 1897, the San Diego State University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the metropolis of San Diego (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), California. This institution also has a branch campus in Calexico. Officially accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, San Diego State University (SDSU) is a very large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. San Diego State University (SDSU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 126-year-old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 30-39% making this US higher education organization a very selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. SDSU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot

Control

San Diego State University's Control Typepublic

Entity

San Diego State University's Entity Typenon-profit

Size

San Diego State University' Size by Total Enrollmentvery large-sized

Selectivity

San Diego State University's Selectivity by Acceptance Ratevery selective

University Identity

Name
Acronym SDSU
Founded 1897
Motto Minds that move the world
Colours Black and scarlet red
Mascot Aztec warrior
Video Presentation

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University Location

Address 5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego
92182-8000 California
United States
San Diego State University's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
San Diego State University Phone Number +1 (619) 594 5200
San Diego State University Fax Number +1 (619) 594 1973
Other locations Calexico

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels

Introduction

What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.


Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following San Diego State University's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify San Diego State University's academic range and degree level offering.




Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees

Introduction

Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.


Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This San Diego State University's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at San Diego State University.

San Diego State University: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local
students
7,500-9,999 US$
(6,830-9,110 Euro)
7,500-9,999 US$
(6,830-9,110 Euro)
International
students
20,000-24,999 US$
(18,225-22,780 Euro)
17,500-19,999 US$
(15,950-18,225 Euro)

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Admissions

Introduction

Applying for admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer. Read our "Introduction to University Admissions" article to learn more.


Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic San Diego State University's admission information.

San Diego State University's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).


Minority Serving Minority Serving

This institution is a Asian American, Native American or Pacific Islander-serving Institution and, historically, has a special focus on promoting education and research among this specific ethnic group(s).


San Diego State University's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has San Diego State University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.


Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

San Diego State University's acceptance rate range is 30-39% making this institution a very selective higher education institution.


Admission Requirements Admission Requirements

  • Secondary school GPA is required
  • Secondary school rank is neither required nor recommended
  • Secondary school record is required
  • Completion of college-preparatory program is required
  • Recommendations are neither required nor recommended
  • Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
  • Admission test scores are required
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is neither required nor recommended
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) is neither required nor recommended

Source: IPDES


San Diego State University's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

San Diego State University has more than 2100 international students.

San Diego State University's Admission Office Admission Office

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego 92182-7455
(619) 5946336


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Size and Profile

Introduction

University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university. Here are some potential reasons why University size and profile can affect students when choosing a university.


Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for San Diego State University.

San Diego State University's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

San Diego State University has an enrollment range of 30,000-34,999 students making it a very large-sized institution.


San Diego State University's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 1,000-1,499 academic employees (Faculty).


San Diego State University's Control Type Control Type

San Diego State University is a public higher education institution.


San Diego State University's Entity Type Entity Type

San Diego State University is a non-profit higher education institution.


San Diego State University's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.


San Diego State University's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.


Minority Serving Minority Serving

This institution is a Asian American, Native American or Pacific Islander-serving Institution and, historically, has a special focus on promoting education and research among the above specific ethnic group(s).


Religious Affiliation

San Diego State University does not have any religious affiliation.


Carnegie Classification

Introduction

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for categorizing colleges and universities in the United States...


The classification was first created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1970, and it has been updated periodically since then. The Carnegie Classification is based on a set of criteria, such as the level and types of degrees offered, research activity and enrollment size. Institutions are classified into one of several categories based on these criteria, ranging from "doctoral universities" with very high research activity to "special focus institutions" that primarily award degrees in a specific field, such as the arts or health professions. The classification allows for quick comparisons between institutions within and across categories.

Carnegie Classification

uniRank provides below the official San Diego State University's Carnegie classification.

Basic Classification Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
Size & Setting Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential institution
Enrollment Profile High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Research Doctoral: Professional-dominant

Facilities and Services

Introduction

What are the most common University facilities and services? Read our two guide articles about University Facilities and University Services to learn more.


University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of San Diego State University's main facilities:


San Diego State University's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit San Diego State University's Library

San Diego State University's library has 1 branch. The library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium, etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2021 the library reported 1,200,643 physical volumes, 175,196 physical media, 31,812 digital/electronic media and 414 licensed digital/electronic databases. The library is managed by a total number of 88 full-time employees, including 30 librarians. San Diego State University's library has a total library expenditure greater than $100,000 per year. Source: IPDES.

San Diego State University's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

In particular, the San Diego State University provides on-campus housing and the total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 6,514 students in the 2021 academic year. Source: IPDES.

San Diego State University's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.



University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of San Diego State University's main services:


San Diego State University's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

San Diego State University's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

San Diego State University's Distance Learning Distance Learning

This institution provides a distance learning mode for certain programs or courses.

In particular, this institution offers some programs fully via distance education at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level. Source: IPDES.

San Diego State University's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution offers students academic guidance and support to assist them in their academic pursuits.

San Diego State University's Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.


Recognition and Accreditation

Introduction

There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.


San Diego State University's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

San Diego State University is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: WASC Senior College and University Commission

Year of first Recognition or Accreditation

1949


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important San Diego State University's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
  • American Association for Leisure and Recreation, Council on Accreditation
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc.
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Council on Social Work Education, Board of Accreditation
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation


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Memberships and Affiliations

Introduction

University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons... read our article about university affiliations and memberships to learn more.


Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important San Diego State University's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • California State University System (CSU)
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure

Introduction

Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.


Academic Structure

uniRank shows a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the San Diego State University 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.


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Social Media

Introduction

Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Read our article about the importance of Social Media for universities and prospective students to learn more.


Social Media

uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some San Diego State University's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.


Facebook Facebook

San Diego State University's Facebook page San Diego State University's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

San Diego State University's X (formerly Twitter) page San Diego State University's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

San Diego State University's YouTube channel San Diego State University's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

San Diego State University's Instagram page San Diego State University's official Instagram channel

LinkedIn LinkedIn

San Diego State University's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok

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