San Diego State University

San Diego State University

San Diego State University, or SDSU, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area. Originally founded in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School, SDSU is the third-oldest university in the California State University system, and one of the oldest universities in California.

SDSU awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 fields of study. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Extended Studies
  • College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts
  • College of Sciences

SDSU's sports teams are known as the Aztecs and the official mascot is the Aztec Warrior.

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Contacting San Diego State

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego , CA 92182
General Phone: (619) 594-5200

San Diego State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts2,034Asian studies, Latin American studies, African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, Japanese language, French language, ...
Business and Management1,804business management, accounting, international business, business and related services
Therapy and Counseling739psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, communication disorders
Education and Teaching521education, curriculum and instruction, school counseling, early childhood education, music teaching, science teaching, trade and industrial teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy451parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, exercise science, health and fitness, vocational counseling, dietitian
Family and Social Work343public administration, social work
Science337biology, microbiology, physical sciences, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics, atomic physics
Security and Law Enforcement319criminal justice and safety, criminology
Engineering314aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering
Media314communication studies, journalism, radio and television
Art Studies294art studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine208registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering156computer science, computer engineering
Medicine144gerontology, public health
Mathematics85mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, mathematics and computer science
Hospitality80hospitality management
Medical Support and Technology77health service and sciences, audiology
Drama and Performing Arts73dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy64philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Music49music, music performance
Architecture and Planning18urban planning
Fine Arts9fine arts
Engineering Technician4quality and safety tech, construction engineering tech

Number of programs and degrees for San Diego State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,88664
Bachelor's degree6,48769
Doctor's degree6411

San Diego State Student Body

In 2007-2008, San Diego State had a total enrollment of 35,695 students (30,994 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 80%
Part-Time 20%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 45%
Black 4%
Hispanic 21%
Asian 15%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 25%
20-21 24%
22-24 27%
25-29 14%
30-34 5%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

San Diego State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 67 %

San Diego State Room and Board (2007)

San Diego State offers campus housing for 2,876 of its 30,994 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of San Diego, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 10 meals per week.

San Diego State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460570
SAT Math480590
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT37%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

San Diego State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,754
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,924
Room and board $ 11,266
Room charge $ 5,688
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,000
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 3,802

Financial Aid:
San Diego State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 115100)

San Diego State Faculty

San Diego State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track10785
Non-tenured and not on tenure track73106

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year33$125,41216$124,816
Associate professorcalendar year3$95,4726$103,620
Lecturercalendar year2*9$83,019
No academic rankcalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year40$125,05132$108,924

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year196$98,599109$94,696
Associate professoracademic year129$78,864100$78,690
Assistant professoracademic year102$73,70081$70,266
Lectureracademic year69$62,49497$58,761
No academic rankacademic year7$131,5754$131,148
All faculty totalacademic year503$83,995391$77,000

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

San Diego State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Western Athletic Conference
Basketball Western Athletic Conference
Baseball Western Athletic Conference
Track Western Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports42141183

San Diego State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Atomic/Molecular Physics
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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