Fast Facts

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution of higher education located in southern California. SDSU is the oldest and largest university in San Diego and the third largest in the state.


Programs offered:

Noteworthy items:

  • Research: SDSU researchers continue to be among the most productive in the nation, securing 799 research grants and contracts worth nearly $145.2 million during the last fiscal year.
  • Study abroad: SDSU ranks in the top 25 universities nationwide, and third in California, for students studying abroad as part of their college experience.
  • Diversity: SDSU ranks seventh in the nation and second in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.
  • Fulbright scholars: SDSU has more student Fulbright recipients than any other California State University and is tied with UCLA for third in California behind Stanford and UC Berkeley.

Student Population

  • Total enrollment: about 30,000
  • Undergraduate enrollment: about 25,000
  • Graduate enrollment: about 5,000
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: about 20:1
  • 100+ countries represented

Admitted Student Profile Fall 2014

Average high school GPA: 3.82
Average SAT score: 1159
Average ACT score: 25

Student Life and Activities

Unique to SDSU

  • The San Diego Trolley is an affordable way to get from SDSU to all of the hot spots around San Diego, including Qualcomm Stadium, Fashion Valley mall, and Old Town San Diego.
  • Viejas Arena is one of the premiere collegiate arenas in the nation: home to Aztec Basketball and host to entertainers like Gwen Stefani, Van Halen, Maroon 5 and Jennifer Lopez.
  • One in seven adults in San Diego who holds a college degree attended SDSU. This alumni connection provides students with internships and career opportunities after graduation.
  • KPBS, San Diego's public television and radio station, is owned and operated by SDSU. The station is rated among the top 10 public broadcasting stations in the country.
  • The Cultural Arts and Special Events program offers a coffeehouse talent series, multi-cultural noon-time concerts, films screenings, and many special events.