Students on graduation day.

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.

Number 68 among public universities according to U.S. News & World Report
Number 30 in Forbes America's Best Value Colleges
Number 1 nationally in Graduation Rate Performance.
Number 1 in California and Number 5 in the nation for study abroad
197 Degree Programs - 96 Bachelors, 80 Master's, 21 Doctoral
33,870 Total Enrollment - 29,513 Undergraduate and 4,375 Graduate

Academic Strength

  • International business program: No. 11 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Entrepreneurship program: No. 37 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Research: Grant funding rose 10 percent in 2018–19, reaching $148.5 million—the second-highest amount in university history.
  • Diversity: Top 30 nationwide for ethnic diversity, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • Fulbright scholars: More than 90 students have received Fulbright awards, making SDSU a top producer in Fulbright winners.
  • Gilman scholars: Eight San Diego State University students were selected to receive a Gilman scholarship, which provides them with the opportunity to study abroad, this year. SDSU has had 33 Gilman scholars to date, ranking in the top 20 nationwide.
  • Lifelong learning classes, seminars, and certificate programs through SDSU Global Campus
Science Class
Group of Associate Students

Student Life and Activities

Viejas Arena


Viejas Arena is one of the premiere collegiate arenas in the nation: home to Aztec Basketball and host to entertainers such as Rihanna and Bon Jovi. The Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre is in the heart of campus and was constructed in a natural canyon. Artists such as Anderson .Paak and Adele have performed for sold out crowds.



The arts are alive on campus with multiple theatres hosting plays, musicals, films, music ensembles and dance. For more information visit the School of Theatre, Television, and Film or the School of Music and Dance websites.

San Diego Trolley

San Diego Trolley

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.