San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
San Diego State University

Brief Description

Situated just miles from the Pacific Ocean and less than an hour from the Mexican border, San Diego State University is standing proudly on a 283-acre urban campus in the heart of the second largest city in California and one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. As a member of the prestigious American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), SDSU is a public research institution with high research activity. Ranking among the top ten universities nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity, SDSU is home to more than 32,000 students, which makes it the largest higher learning institution in San Diego County.

As the oldest higher education facility within San Diego County, the university was initially founded in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School to educate local women as elementary school teachers. Quickly being renamed the San Diego State Teachers College, the institution outgrew its original campus and moved to its current location on a mesa in 1931. When the school expanded its offerings beyond teacher education, it became San Diego State College in 1935 and was welcomed as part of the California State University system.

With an outstanding reputation for academic excellence, San Diego State University is ranked as the 152nd best college, 81st top public school, and 14th best up-and-coming college in the entire nation by the U.S. News and World Report. Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), SDSU awards 189 bachelor's degree, 91 master's degree, and 25 doctoral degree programs. Enrolling the largest student body of doctoral students in the entire university system, the highest ranked programs at the selective university are in business, education, engineering, clinical psychology, healthcare management, nursing, and public health.

Since thousands of students live on the residential campus, San Diego State University welcomes students to participate in over 100 student organizations, along with a total of 52 social and professional fraternities and sororities. With a NCAA Division I Athletics program among the strongest in southern California that consistently achieves national rankings and post-season play, the SDSU Aztecs compete in 18 intercollegiate varsity teams. Some of the most notable alumni include actress Julie Kavner, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, actor Gregory Peck, former mayor Jerry Sanders, actress Marion Ross, news anchor Courtney Friel, and MLB star Tony Gwynn Jr.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 25658

Total institution enrollment: 31609

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Intensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award at least ten doctoral degrees/1 per year across three or more disciplines,2 or at least 20 doctoral degrees per year overall.

Campus Location

Main Address

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182


(619) 594-5000


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 43%

Female undergraduate population: 57%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's

Acting And Directing
Aerospace Aeronautical And Astronautica
Afro American / Black Studies
American Studies / Civilization
Applied Mathematics General
Arts And Design
Asian Studies
Astronomy General
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Chemical And Atomic / Molecular Physics
Chemistry General
City / Urban Community And Regional Planning
Civil Engineering General
Classics And Classical Languages And Literature
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders General
Communications General
Comparative Literature
Computer And Information Sciences General
Computer Engineering
Conservation And Renewable Natural Resources
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Education General
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Engineering Science
English Creative Writing
English Language And Literature General
Environmental Health
European Studies
Exercise Sciences / Physiology And Movement
Fine / Studio Arts
Foods And Nutrition Studies General
French Language And Literature
German Language And Literature
Health Professions And Related Sciences
Hispanic American Studies
History General
Home Economics General
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
International Business
International Relations And Affairs
Japanese Language And Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / General Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Mathematical Statistics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Microbiology / Bacteriology
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Music General Performance
Nursing Other
Parks Recreation And Leisure Studies
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Public Health General
Public Health Other
Radio And Television Broadcasting
Rehabilitation / Therapeutic Services Operations
Religion / Religious Studies
Russian Language And Literature
Science Teacher Education General
Social Sciences And History Other
Social Sciences General
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Trade And Industrial Teacher Education
Urban Affairs / Studies