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SDSU Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to SDSU, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is November 30 and the application fee costs $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 1.

Applying Early to SDSU?

San Diego State University does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is SDSU Hard To Get Into?

SDSU is avery difficult school to get into. SDSU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, SDSU **accepted 37% of students, around 23,778 of the 64,784 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like SDSU, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. In 2021, SDSU waitlisted 5,012 students. Of those, 2127 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important to Get In to SDSU?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at SDSU

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Important
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Not Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

SDSU 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to SDSU must submit the following items. Double check with SDSU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SDSU?

Students admitted to SDSU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 40% submitted a class rank. At SDSU 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 72% were in the top 25% and 95% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At San Diego State University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 40%
3.75 and 3.99 32%
3.50 and 3.74 19.8%
3.25 and 3.49 9.5%
3.00 and 3.24 4.6%
2.50 and 2.9 1.2%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%
SDSU doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

SDSU does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to San Diego State University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to SDSU.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in SDSU during the following terms: Fall Term

SDSU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SDSU?

Students who are admitted to SDSU must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does SDSU accept transfer credits?

SDSU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. SDSU accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit Excelsior College Examinations

Does SDSU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

SDSU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to SDSU?

SDSU. is not test optional. Test scores are will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

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SDSU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

37%

How hard is it to get into SDSU? SDSU is a very selective institution. The SDSU acceptance rate is 37%. This means that the institution accepts 36 out of every 100 applicants.

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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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SDSU GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.81

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SDSU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.81. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

35,578

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

37%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$8,136

Out-of-State

$20,016

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Application Deadline

Nov 30
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