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

in Forbes' America's Best Value Colleges
Top 3
in the nation for study abroad
Total Enrollment (undergrad & grad, fall 2022)

Academic Strength

Learn What Sets Us Apart

  • International business program: No. 13 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Entrepreneurship program: No. 30 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Research: Grant funding rose 17 percent in 2022, reaching $164.5 million—the highest amount in university history.
  • Diversity: Top 57 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: 16 San Diego State University students were selected to receive a Gilman scholarship, which provided them with the opportunity to study abroad in 2021. SDSU is among the top 20 producers of Gilman scholars nationwide.
  • 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.