San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182-0001
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San Diego State University Summary

What makes San Diego State University unique?

San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public research university founded in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School. Located just south of Lake Murray in the San Diego metro, SDSU now has over 14 colleges including the Fowler College of Business and the School of Theatre, Television, and Film. The graduation rate at SDSU is 83%, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 25:1, meaning the 33,000 students can anticipate large lecture-format classes.

SDSU has an endowment of about $300 million and a philanthropic partner in The Campanile Foundation that oversees funding for internal and affiliated university interest groups. The school has cultivated corporate partnerships with companies like Intel, Microsoft, and KPMG for funding and post-graduation job placement options for qualifying students. Those interested in studying abroad should note that SDSU has partner programs in Brazil, Mexico, India, and China.  

Students at SDSU have many options for activities outside of the classroom and can support their Aztec athletic teams that compete in Division 1 football, baseball, and soccer. In town, students can visit the San Diego Zoo, tour the USS Midway Museum, and explore the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Notable alumni include actor Gregory Peck, basketball player Kawhi Leonard, and the face of Apollo Creed, Carl Weathers.

San Diego State University Review

A Excellent
4.386375 Based on 11 Reviews
Career Preparation
A-
Students and Culture
A
Facilities
A
Activities and Groups
A+

Degree Overview

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at San Diego State University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

2294 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
 
0
56
0
 
Business Administration and Management, General
 
1623
179
 
 
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
 
 
18
 
 
Economics, General
 
205
12
 
 
Financial Planning and Services
 
 
 
9
 
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
 
 
 
0
 
International Business/Trade/Commerce
 
97
0
 
 
International Relations and National Security Studies, Other
 
95
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

2225 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
 
 
 
3
 
Applied Behavior Analysis
 
 
 
0
 
Applied Mathematics, General
 
31
13
 
 
Art/Art Studies, General
 
193
0
 
 
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
 
 
 
0
 
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
 
0
0
 
2
Community College Education
 
 
 
0
6
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
 
 
51
 
 
Creative Writing
 
 
34
0
 
Curriculum and Instruction
 
 
 
 
0
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
 
167
30
20
 
Education, General
 
 
198
 
14
Education, Other
 
 
0
 
 
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries
 
 
 
8
 
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
 
 
 
 
12
Educational/Instructional Technology
 
 
 
0
 
English Language and Literature, General
 
101
13
 
 
French Language and Literature
 
9
4
 
 
General Studies
 
 
 
3
 
German Language and Literature
 
3
 
 
 
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
 
374
5
 
 
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
 
 
0
 
 
Japanese Language and Literature
 
20
 
 
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
 
224
10
 
 
Music Teacher Education
 
0
 
 
 
Rhetoric and Composition
 
0
 
 
 
Russian Language and Literature
 
2
 
 
 
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
 
 
0
 
2
Spanish Language and Literature
 
76
13
 
 
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
 
247
42
 
 
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
 
117
38
4
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
 
 
128
 
 
Teaching English As a Second or Foreign Language/Esl Language Instructor
 
 
 
8
 
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
 
0
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1920 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/Black Studies
 
11
 
 
 
American Indian/Native American Studies
 
8
 
 
 
Anthropology
 
47
16
 
 
Asian Studies/Civilization
 
6
0
 
 
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
4
 
 
 
Clinical Psychology
 
 
 
 
10
Comparative Literature
 
4
 
 
 
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
 
7
 
 
 
European Studies/Civilization
 
2
 
 
 
Gay/Lesbian Studies
 
 
 
1
 
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
 
7
1
 
 
History, General
 
75
6
 
 
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
 
 
 
0
 
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
 
7
 
 
 
International and Intercultural Communication
 
 
 
0
 
International Relations and Affairs
 
0
 
 
 
International/Global Studies
 
28
 
 
 
Jewish/Judaic Studies
 
0
 
 
 
Latin American Studies
 
3
0
 
 
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other
 
 
 
2
 
Linguistics
 
24
8
 
 
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
 
 
 
20
 
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
 
262
1
 
 
Multicultural Education
 
 
 
1
 
Philosophy
 
34
0
 
 
Political Science and Government, General
 
127
5
 
 
Psychology, General
 
541
35
 
 
Public Administration
 
98
21
 
 
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
 
 
0
 
 
Religion/Religious Studies
 
12
 
 
 
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
 
0
 
 
 
School Psychology
 
 
12
 
 
Social Sciences, General
 
80
 
 
 
Social Work
 
99
97
4
 
Sociology
 
148
6
 
 
Urban Studies/Affairs
 
13
 
 
 
Women's Studies
 
20
7
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

982 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
 
87
6
 
 
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
0
22
 
4
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector
 
 
 
0
 
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
 
 
12
 
 
Civil Engineering, General
 
137
31
 
 
Computer Engineering, General
 
70
 
 
0
Computer Software Engineering
 
 
 
17
 
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
 
22
 
 
 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
106
30
 
 
Engineering, Other
 
 
 
 
0
Environmental Science
 
33
 
 
 
Environmental Studies
 
68
 
0
 
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
 
50
0
 
 
Manufacturing Engineering
 
 
3
 
 
Mechanical Engineering
 
268
16
 
 
Structural Engineering
 
 
 
 
0

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

914 Healthcare Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/Trainer
 
27
 
 
 
Audiology/Audiologist
 
 
 
 
22
Dietetics/Dietitian
 
0
0
 
 
Gerontology
 
14
0
 
 
Health Communication
 
36
 
0
 
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
 
154
 
 
 
Health/Medical Physics
 
 
7
 
 
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences
 
 
 
13
 
International Public Health/International Health
 
 
0
 
 
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
 
 
2
 
 
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
 
 
 
0
 
Nutrition Sciences
 
119
5
 
 
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
 
 
 
12
 
Physical Therapy/Therapist
 
 
 
 
78
Public Health, General
 
69
108
 
9
Public Health, Other
 
 
3
0
 
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
 
177
12
 
 
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
 
 
 
0
 
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
 
 
45
2
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

664 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Astronomy
 
2
8
 
 
Atomic/Molecular Physics
 
4
 
 
 
Bioinformatics
 
 
7
 
 
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
277
24
 
4
Chemistry, General
 
70
11
 
5
Evolutionary Biology
 
 
 
 
2
Geography
 
34
8
 
3
Geology/Earth Science, General
 
32
10
 
 
Geophysics and Seismology
 
 
 
 
0
Mathematics and Computer Science
 
 
0
 
4
Mathematics, General
 
30
7
 
 
Microbiology, General
 
33
2
 
 
Physical Sciences
 
0
 
 
 
Physics, General
 
24
6
 
 
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other
 
 
5
 
 
Statistics, General
 
31
21
 
 

273 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
 
193
80
 
 
Information Science/Studies
 
0
 
 
 
Information Technology
 
 
0
 
 

210 Communication and Media Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Journalism
 
118
 
 
 
Radio and Television
 
92
0
 
 

157 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
 
 
 
0
 
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
 
 
4
 
 
Dance, General
 
5
 
 
 
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
 
52
10
 
 
Fine/Studio Arts, General
 
 
7
 
 
Music Performance, General
 
49
8
0
 
Music, General
 
7
1
 
 
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
 
 
 
0
 
Writing, General
 
8
6
 
 

132 Hospitality Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Facilities Planning and Management
 
 
 
0
 
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
 
80
9
 
 
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
 
43
 
 
 

41 Trades and Careers Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
National Security Policy Studies
 
 
41
 
 
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other
 
 
0
 
 

5 Agriculture Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Ecology
 
 
 
 
5

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Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at San Diego State University.

Program
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management, General
 
 
 
 
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
 
 
 
 
Computer Software Engineering
 
 
 
 
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
 
 
 
 
Education, General
 
 
 
 
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences
 
 
 
 
Public Administration
 
 
 
 
Public Health, General
 
 
 
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
 
 
 
 
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
 
 
 
 

Accreditation Information

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission
Specialized Institution Accreditations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship (San Diego WIC within SDSU)
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs (College of Health and Human Sciences)
  • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology (Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Science)
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
  • Health Management and Policy (HMP) - Graduate Program in Health Management and Policy
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
Council on Education for Public Health
  • Public Health (PHBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

* Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

Alumni & Student Reviews

A- Excellent
Career Preparation

What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?

3.9090909090909 Based on 11 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Linguistics, Class of 1988

    The curriculm I took was very beneficial to me.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    fine arts and humanities, Class of 1974

    A sheet of paper with a list of places that require my major.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business marketing , Class of 2004

    None! College was good at teaching how to self motivate

    1 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English, Class of 1975

    As an adult, I have worked in the computer field. What I have done as a career was not invented yet when I was in university. What I learned studying English gave me skills in analysis, skills in writing, skills in communication that have been valuable in my career.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 2010

    Career services center, alumni network, alumni networking/mentoring, internship is programs within majors.

    5 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

4.2727272727273 Based on 11 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Linguistics, Class of 1988

    The student culture at SDSU was very mixed

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, History Minor, Class of 2007

    SDSU is a large university but there is still a vibrant campus life where you have a chance to get to know your classmates.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business marketing , Class of 2004

    Party school and hot chicks

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English, Class of 1975

    SDSU promotes diversity and during my time there, I enjoyed a range of activities and was exposed to speakers, music, films, etc. of a broad range at affordable (or free) prices.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 2010

    Diverse. Hardworking. Lot of partying

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    nutrition, Class of 1997

    Many people are older and have jobs and work outside of their fields until they finish their degree. Not a stay-at-school kind of university

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Physics, Class of 1993

    Gigantic didn't busy, known as a party school.

    3 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

4.6363636363636 Based on 11 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Political Science, History Minor, Class of 2007

    When I was there some of the dorm rooms were older but they have since all been remodeled. They have slowly been updating all of the facilities on campus and it gets nicer every year.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    fine arts and humanities, Class of 1974

    No computers in 1974. 3 school dorms and 1 private dorm. I lived in the private dorm for 2 years and had a good experience both years. The dorm food was okay - not a lot of whole frsh fruit and vegetables to choose from.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 2010

    Great and constantly getting upgraded if not new.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Liberal Studies, Class of 2001

    It's been 15 years. Last I saw, they were acceptable

    4 Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

4.7272727272727 Based on 11 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Political Science, History Minor, Class of 2007

    "The Show" is what the student section is called at basketball games. It's a really fun way to get involved with the school and show off school spirit. There are also always various events and activities going on hosted by different groups or the Greek system.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    fine arts and humanities, Class of 1974

    Outdoor campus movie theatre is wonderful.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English, Class of 1975

    I was involved in the peace movement. I think SDSU encourages students to get involved in things that matter to them.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 2010

    Sororities and fraternities. Student organizations for many cultures, religions, ethnicities, etc.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    bus mgmt, Class of 2009

    football and basketball games. Greek life.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Physics, Class of 1993

    Beach activities, close to the ocean

    4 Rated January 2016

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