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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA 4-Year Public

About SDSU

San Diego State University is a public, state school located in the urban setting of San Diego, CA, less than an hour from San Diego.

Founded in 1897, SDSU currently enrolls around 35,578 students a year, including 31,086 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $353,237,246. The school spends $12,279 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About SDSU

Acceptance rate: 37%

Average GPA: 3.81

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: November 30

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 1

What's the acceptance rate at San Diego State University in 2021?

SDSU is a very difficult school to get accepted to. SDSU accepts around 37 percent of applicants each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.81 on a 4.0 scale.

In 2021, 5,012 applicants were waitlisted and 801 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is SDSU a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 4,779 students who started at SDSU as first-time freshman, 2,274 graduate within four years.

SDSU's six-year graduation for undergrads is 78 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $20,300 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does SDSU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is SDSU a good school for YOU?

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November 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All applicants will be notified by March 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about SDSU and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

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



ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


22 to 29


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SDSU is 25. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into SDSU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.



Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1310


Math SAT Range

550 - 670


Reading SAT Range

560 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1310 and Above


1120 to 1310


1120 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for SDSU students is 1209. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to SDSU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1120 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1120 have a low chance of being offered a spot at SDSU.

SDSU Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at SDSU is like? There are approximately 35,081 students enrolled at SDSU, including 30,612 undergraduate students and 4,469 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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Part Time


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Application Deadline

Nov 30
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