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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.

Website: www.sdsu.edu/

(55.0%) 16,849 Women
(45.0%) 13,763 Men


Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
34% of 69,842 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Early Decision Offered
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
SAT Math
608 average
550-670 range of middle 50%
601 average
560-650 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
25 average
22-29 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $30,522
Out-of-state: $42,402
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,510
Out-of-state: $19,390
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met
Average Freshman Award
Average Indebtedness of 2019 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
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
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Campus Life

San Diego Population
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Diego
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
23% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Not reported
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
14.0% Asian
4.3% Black/African-American
34.0% Hispanic/Latino
6.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
36.1% White
3.9% Unknown
International Students
6.7% from 117 countries
First-Year Students Returning
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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