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About SDSU

San Diego State University is a public, state school in an urban setting in San Diego, California. SDSU was founded in 1897 and now enrolls around 35,578 students a year, including 31,086 undergrads. SDSU offers housing for up to 3,200 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at SDSU! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of SDSU's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? SDSU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? SDSU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? SDSU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at SDSU on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at SDSU on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is November 30. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from SDSU by March 1.

2021 SDSU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 37%
Average GPA 3.8
In-State Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State $17,622
Percent of Need Met 65%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $6,810

Is SDSU a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a better idea of what SDSU offers and if it sounds like the right college for you.

SDSU Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into SDSU. The acceptance rate at SDSU is 37%. Out of 64,784 applications received in 2021, 23,778 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SDSU

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at SDSU, around 89% are still enrolled their sophomore year. SDSU's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 78%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook SDSU Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

SDSU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $353.2 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, SDSU spends about $12,279 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SDSU

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. SDSU meets 65% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $6,810 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $20,300 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at SDSU. Based on this information, how does SDSU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is SDSU a good school for you?

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Where is SDSU?

SDSU is located in the urban setting of San Diego, California.

If you want to see SDSU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 8 to San Diego, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Lindbergh Field.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what SDSU and San Diego are like without leaving home.

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College Info

5500 Campanile Drive San Diego, CA 92182

Campus Setting: Urban

SDSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SDSU is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SDSU is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wondering what life at SDSU is like? There are approximately 35,578 students enrolled at SDSU, including 31,086 undergraduate students and 4,492 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from CA and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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