Welcome, Future Aztec Parents

Congratulations—the time has come to send your student to college! But with so many schools competing for your attention, how can your family make the best choice? This page will help you discover how San Diego State fits your family's needs and goals. Browse around and please contact us if you have any questions. See you on campus soon!


San Diego State University is an academically rich urban university that provides endless possibilities for students. Part of the 23-campus California State University system, SDSU is the third-largest university in the state with an enrollment of nearly 34,000 students. We offer nearly 200 different academic degree choices, including 96 undergraduate majors leading to a bachelor's degree. With award-winning professors, top-notch research facilities, and a sunny location at the gateway to Latin America and the Pacific Rim, SDSU gives students the tools to expand their knowledge and their potential.

Admission Information

Next steps to becoming an SDSU Aztec

Use the links above to find admission requirements, application information and deadlines that apply to your student.

College planning tips

Whether your student is starting middle school, finishing high school or looking to transfer to SDSU, the information on Cal State Apply will help you plan ahead.

Parent Resources

Aztec Parent Programs

At SDSU, we value parents as partners. The better informed you are about SDSU, the better resource and coach you can be for your student. Once your student enrolls we encourage you to stay involved through Aztec Parent Programs and events like Parent Orientation, New Student and Family Convocation, and Family Weekend. If you have questions, feel free to call the Parent Hotline at (619) 594-1653.

Campus Safety

With more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff, the SDSU campus is essentially a city in itself! So our safety and security is coordinated by our own University Police, a force of sworn police officers and civilian support employees. SDSU police officers are armed and have full arrest powers throughout the state. But they don't just offer law enforcement. The SDSU community can use their escort service from dusk to dawn, take courses in self-defense and defensive driving, and much more.

Paying for Your Student's Education

We want you to understand what your student's costs will be so that your family can make informed choices about the next step in education. With advanced planning and a little bit of creativity, you can make this investment affordable for your family. Learn about Financial Aid and Scholarships to prepare for paying your student's cost of attendance at SDSU.