San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

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/

Public
Co-ed
30,165
Undergraduate
Students
(54.2%) 16,341 Women
(45.8%) 13,824 Men
4,663
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
35% of 60,697 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.70
SAT Math
593 average
540-650 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
592 average
550-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
25 average
23-28 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $28,224
Out-of-state: $40,104
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,460
Out-of-state: $19,340
Room and Board
$15,966
Average Percent of Need Met
65%
Average Freshman Award
$9,700
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$19,633
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
876
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
1,338,348
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Diego
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
14% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

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
First-Year Students Returning
89.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
36.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
42%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
16.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

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

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 1  
History 1  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required November 30
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
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

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
5500 Campanile Drive
City, State, Zip
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone
(619) 594-6336
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions@sdsu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson 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
Available

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


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


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
Not reported
Women
Not reported
Men
Not reported
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
3,279
Students Accepting Wait List Position
1,630
Students Admitted From Wait List
9

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.70
3.75 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 Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
593 average
540-650 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
8%
Score of 600 - 700
41%
Score of 500 - 600
44%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
592 average
550-640 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
45%
Score of 500 - 600
43%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

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

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 31%
Top quarter: 70%
Top half: 95%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $28,224
Out-of-state: $40,104
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,460
Out-of-state: $19,340
Room and Board
$15,966
Books and Supplies
$1,854
Other Expenses
$2,944
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
March 2
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001151
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

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 Who Took Out 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


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships 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 Award Areas
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
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Hobbies/Interests, Leadership, Memberships
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
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
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,200
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • 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
Business/marketing, Social sciences, Health professions and related sciences, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
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
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and 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
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

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


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 Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work, Master of City Planning, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health

Master's Programs of Study

  • 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

Doctoral Degrees Offered

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

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computational Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Geography
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Psychology
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • International Health
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Health--General
  • Science Education
  • Toxicology

Location and Setting


Boston 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

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
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 in College Housing
14% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
86%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

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
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
 
School Colors
Scarlet and black

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x    
Cross-Country Running x x    
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Lacrosse x      
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x    
Volleyball x x    
Water Polo x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Water Polo x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Crew    
Cross-Country Running    
Football x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse    
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis x x
Track And Field    
Volleyball    
Water Polo    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, softball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
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


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
30,165
Women
16,341 (54.2%)
Men
13,824 (45.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
27,028
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
All Graduate Students
4,663

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
89.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
36.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
67.4%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
75.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
42%
Average Starting Salary
42%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
16.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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