San Diego State University.

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public research university in San Diego, California. Founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, it is the third-oldest university in the 23-member California State University (CSU) system. SDSU has a Fall 2019 student body of 35,081 and an alumni base of more than 300,000.It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". In the 2015–16 fiscal year, the university obtained $130 million in public and private funding—a total of 707 awards—up from $120.6 million the previous fiscal year. As reported by the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index released by the Academic Analytics organization of Stony Brook, New York, SDSU had the highest research output of any small research university in the United States in 2006 and 2007. SDSU sponsors the second-highest number of Fulbright Scholars in the State of California, just behind UC Berkeley. Since 2005, the university has produced over 65 Fulbright student scholars.The university generates over $2.4 billion annually for the San Diego economy, while 60 percent of SDSU graduates remain in San Diego, making SDSU a primary educator of the region's work force. Committed to serving the diverse San Diego region, SDSU has one of the ten most ethnically and racially diverse student bodies among universities nationwide, and is also one of the top ten for number of bachelor's degrees conferred upon minority students.San Diego State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 29,781 students
  • 0.12 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at San Diego State University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Microbiology, Accounting, Human Resources Management, and International Business.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

21,574 students out of 60,910 applicants were accepted into San Diego State University. They had an average SAT score of 1206. 79% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 52% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at San Diego State University was $19,340, while for in-state students it was $7,460. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $33,083.

The average financial aid at San Diego State University is $7,021. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $12,319 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at San Diego State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

52% of undergraduate students at San Diego State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at San Diego State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at San Diego State University was of $15,966 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,854.

Diversity at San Diego State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017