Fast Facts

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution of higher education located in southern California. SDSU is the oldest and largest university in San Diego and the third largest in the state. SDSU continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education. It is currently ranked No. 60 among public universities and No. 127 overall among national universities in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of America's Best Colleges.


Programs offered:

Noteworthy items:

  • Research: SDSU researchers continue to be among the most productive in the nation, securing contracts worth over $134 million.
  • Study abroad: SDSU ranks No. 8 in the nation for the number of students studying abroad, in the latest Institute for International Education's Open Doors report, with over 3,000 SDSU students studying abroad each year.
  • Diversity: SDSU ranks in the top 25 nationwide for ethnic diversity, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • Fulbright scholars: SDSU has had 90 students receive Fulbright awards, making SDSU a top producer in Fulbright winners.

Student Population

  • Total enrollment: 34,828
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 30,165
  • Graduate enrollment: 4,663

Admitted Student Profile (Fall 2018)

Average high school GPA: 3.93
Average SAT score: 1264
Average ACT score: 27

Student Life and Activities

Unique to SDSU

  • The San Diego Trolley is an affordable way to get from SDSU to all of the hot spots around San Diego, including SDCCU Stadium, Fashion Valley mall, and Old Town San Diego.
  • Viejas Arena is one of the premiere collegiate arenas in the nation: home to Aztec Basketball and host to entertainers such as Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Jennifer Lopez.
  • KPBS, San Diego's public television and radio station, is owned and operated by SDSU.