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Study at San Diego State University

San Diego State University, or SDSU, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area. Originally founded in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School, SDSU is the third-oldest university in the California State University system, and one of the oldest universities in California.

SDSU awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 fields of study. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Extended Studies
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
  • College of Sciences
SDSU's sports teams are known as the Aztecs and the official mascot is the Aztec Warrior.

Profile of San Diego State University

San Diego State is located in San Diego, California (a large city). The school is a public institution. The highest degree level offered by San Diego State is the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in art studies and liberal arts.

San Diego State Selectivity

San Diego State does not offer open admission. The school admitted just 44% of applicants in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 460. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 480 and 590.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at San Diego State is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

The school had 35, 695 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

A lot of students at San Diego State attend part-time. The school offers students meal plans. San Diego State values student athletics, and belongs to the Western Athletic Conference.

San Diego State Tuition and Affordability

The school is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

San Diego State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts1, 969liberal arts and sciences, political science, speech and rhetoric, economics, English, sociology, history, social services, . . .
Business and Management1, 667business management, international business, accounting, business and related services
Therapy and Counselling708psychology, communication disorders, school psychology, clinical psychology
Education and Teaching505education, early childhood education, school Counselling, science teaching, music teaching, trade and industrial teaching, curriculum and instruction
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy464health and physical education, dietitian, parks and recreation studies, vocational Counselling, exercise science, health and fitness
Family and Social Work399public administration, social work
Security and Law Enforcement379criminal justice and safety, criminology
Science349biology, chemistry, geology, physics, microbiology, astronomy, atomic physics
Engineering333electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, engineering science, biomedical engineering
Media331communication studies, journalism, radio and television
Art Studies279art studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine190registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering172computer science, computer engineering
Medicine119public health, gerontology, public health courses, medical physics
Mathematics99mathematics, statistics, applied mathematics
Hospitality83hospitality management
Drama and Performing Arts59drama, dance
Religion and Philosophy51philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Music41music performance, music
Medical Support and Technology33health service and sciences
Architecture and Planning14urban planning
Fine Arts8fine arts

Contact: San Diego State

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr

San Diego, California 92182

General Phone: (619) 594-5000


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