Facts & Figures

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution of higher education located in southern California. SDSU is the oldest higher education institution in San Diego. SDSU continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education.

By the Numbers

Forbes' Top 25 U.S. Public Colleges
Best Value by Wall Street Journal and College Pulse
Princeton Review's Best Schools for Making an Impact

Academic Strength

Learn What Sets Us Apart

  • International business program: No. 17 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Entrepreneurship program: No. 27 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Research: Grant funding rose 17 percent in 2023, reaching $192.2 million—the highest amount in university history.
  • Diversity: Named a Diversity Champion and awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award by INSIGHT Into Diversity, the only California school to earn both awards.
  • Fulbright scholars: More than 100 students have received Fulbright awards, making SDSU a top producer in Fulbright winners.
  • Graduation: No. 49 in highest four-year graduation rates, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Social Mobility: No. 38 in social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Lifelong learning classes, seminars, and certificate programs through SDSU Global Campus.
Cal Coast OAT during Anderson Paak concert


Find entertainment in the heart of campus at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air TheatreViejas Arena and Snapdragon Stadium are home to Aztec sports, live music, and more!
Dance performance on campus.


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.
View of trolley station on campus


The San Diego Trolley is an affordable way to get from SDSU to all of the hot spots around San Diego, including Snapdragon Stadium, Fashion Valley mall, and Old Town San Diego.