Enrollment Management

2014/15 Enrollment Management Update

Here is an overview of SDSU's 2014/15 enrollment to date beginning with summer 2014.

Summer 2014 Enrollment

SDSU's summer 2014 full-time equivalent student (FTES) enrollment was 2,604 compared to 2,693 in summer 2013. The summer 2014 resident FTES was 2,340 compared to the budgeted FTES target of 2,476. Thus, we were 136 semester FTES, or 68 annualized FTES, below the summer budgeted resident FTES target.

Fall 2014 Undergraduate Applications and Enrollment

For fall 2014, SDSU received 79,137 undergraduate applications for the San Diego campus. This by far and away is the highest number of undergraduate applications received for the San Diego campus and represents a 4.7% increase (3,580 applications) above fall 2013's 75,557 applications. The total number of undergraduate applications received, including the Imperial Valley Campus, was 79,716.

Fall 2014 FTES and Headcount

The fall 2014 total FTES is 29,815 with 29,136 FTES on the San Diego campus and 679 FTES on the Imperial Valley Calexico and Brawley campuses. The fall 2014 total resident FTES is 26,726 or 180 annualized FTES above our budgeted resident fall FTES target of 26,366. For the entire 2014/15 year, we currently project that we will be 167 FTES or 0.6 percent above our 2014/15 budgeted resident FTES target.

The total fall 2014 headcount is 33,483 with 32,576 enrolled on the San Diego campus, 951 enrolled on the Imperial Valley Campus and 44 enrolled on both campuses.

This fall, the San Diego campus enrolled 4,976 first-time freshmen and 3,069 new transfer students for a total of 8,045 new undergraduate enrollees. In fall 2013, SDSU enrolled 4,671 first-time freshmen and 3,542 new transfers for a total of 8,213 new undergraduate enrollees.

Fall 2014 San Diego Campus New Students

First-time freshmen of color comprised 58.8 percent of resident first-time freshmen. Local first-time freshmen comprised 38.7 percent of all resident first-time freshmen.

The academic preparation level of fall 2014 first-time freshmen increased to the highest level in SDSU history with the average high school grade point average on UC "a-g" college preparatory courses at 3.69 and the average SAT score on the critical reading and mathematics sections of the SAT at 1115.

Local area new transfer students, including readmits, comprise 76.6 percent of resident transfers. New transfer students of color comprised 57.1 percent of resident transfer students compared to 55.4 percent in fall 2013.

The number of new post-baccalaureate students increased from past years' levels with a 20.7 percent increase to 391 from 324 in fall 2013. New post-baccalaureate students of color comprise 47.8 percent of new post-baccalaureate students compared to 50.9 percent in fall 2013. The number of new degree-seeking graduate students increased to 1,856 from 1,841 in fall 2013. New graduate students of color comprised 35.0 percent of new graduate students, slightly higher than fall 2013.

Undergraduate Diversity

Our overall undergraduate percentage of students of color increased this fall to 54 percent from 53.3 percent in fall 2012.

Average Unit Load

The undergraduate average unit load continued with remarkably high levels at all undergraduate levels. The fall 2014 average unit loads are as follows: first-time freshman (15.0), sophomore (14.6), junior (13.7) and senior (13.2) and overall undergraduate (13.7). In fall 1999, the first year of enrollment management (impaction), the average unit loads were as follows: first-time freshman (13.6), sophomore (12.8), junior (12.3) senior (12.1) and overall undergraduate (12.4).

One-year Continuation Rates

The first-time freshman one-year continuation rate increased to 87.5 percent this fall from last year's one-year continuation rate of 87.1 percent. The one-year continuation rate for students of color increased to an all-time high of 87.6 percent compared with 86.9 percent last year and 87.4 percent for the fall 2011 cohort.

Graduation Rates


Additional enrollment management information is available at the Office of Analytic Studies and Institutional Research website: