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San Diego State University

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Introduction

San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public university in San Diego, California. It is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University System and has its own branch campus in the Imperial Valley. The university awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees and participates in a joint doctoral program with the University of California. Its Carnegie classification is as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive institution. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

San Diego State University defines its mission as “to provide a well-balanced, high-quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and to contribute to knowledge in the solution of problems are excellent and distinction in teaching, research, and service.” SDSU is known for its outdoor art, bell tower, and the historical Scripps Colleges on the campus grounds.

Academics

The university is composed of seven distinct colleges: the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering, the College of Education, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and the College of Sciences.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in over 80 disciplines, including such diverse options as Chicano and Chicana studies, history, international security and conflict resolution, accounting, hospitality and tourism management, marketing, vocational education, engineering, nursing, art, dance, urban studies, astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and interdisciplinary studies.

Master’s degrees are awarded in over 75 fields and doctorates in nearly 20, including several dual degree programs, and credential programs in education.

Library Resources

The SDSU library system offers a wide range electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to an appreciable print collection. Special collections include an Asian collection, government publications, the university archives, San Diego history, and photographs, postcards, oral histories, and other materials.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Chicana and Chicano Studies

Reflecting San Diego’s proximity to the Mexico border and the large number of Mexican American immigrants in the area, the College of Arts and Letters is home to the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, dedicated to the study of the Chicano/Latino culture, politics, economics, and society. Chicana and Chicano Studies is provided as a minor and the Department also offers a Border Studies Minor and Certificate program.

Nurses Now

SDSU is known for their community engagement through SDSU Nurses Now, a program which partners nearly a dozen local health organizations and hospitals with student nurses—both providing a wealth and diversity of practicum experiences for student nurses and going far to address a nursing shortage in the San Diego area. Hundreds of student nurses have participated in this program, to the mutual benefit of all involved.

Admissions

Admissions to SDSU are competitive. SDSU uses an eligibility index to determine if applicants meet admissions requirements. This index is a combination of high school GPA and either the SAT or the ACT test score. The admissions website offers an electronic Eligibility Calculator to assist in determining the eligibility index. The average high school GPA of incoming first year students is 3.63, the average SAT score is 1144, and the average ACT score is 24.

Applications to the undergraduate programs for the fall are accepted through October through November of the prior year. In addition to the application form and a modest fee, students must provide high school transcripts and test scores. Applications can be submitted on-line. Students are evaluated for admissions based on where they live; there are three different geographical areas with different criteria.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available at SDSU through a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Subsidized loans are awarded based on financial need, while unsubsidized loans are not. SDSU also accepts the in-state Cal Grant for residents of California. The university also offers a number of scholarship opportunities, including University Scholarships, Future Scholars Awards for underrepresented groups, and the Byrd Honors Scholarship and McNair Scholars Program, both government-administered aid programs.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

SDSU is home to a large number of living learning communities (LLCs). These communities combine students’ academic life with their social life in multiple ways. Students in specific LLCs are enrolled in the same classes as other community members and spend time together engaged in extracurricular field trips, meals, dormitory environments, and recreational events. Specific LLC areas include social justice and multiculturalism, service, and career exploration. Spaces are limited and students are encouraged to apply early.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Aztecs compete in Division I of NCAA intercollegiate athletics, with baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis for men and basketball, cross-country, diving, golf, rowing (crew), soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo for women. Prospective students who are interested in competing can submit their athletic profile on-line.

The Aztecs’ all-black uniforms are one of the most recognized traditions at SDSU. Don Coryell—who is also credited with introducing modern passing to college football—originally devised the outfits. Coryell felt the all-black uniforms would be mysterious and menacing, especially during night games. The Aztecs’ mascot is Montezuma, or “Monty,” and is based upon Montezuma II, the ruler of all Aztecs during the early 16th century.

Local Community

The city of San Diego is located in Southern California and is home to professional sports teams, the famous San Diego Zoo, and numerous other metropolitan attractions. San Diego’s weather has been deemed the finest in the country, and the recreational opportunities reflect that status. The surf and sand of San Diego’s beaches is unparalleled, whether you are a swimmer or a sunbather. The Parks department offers an aquatics program to all visitors as well. The West Coast’s largest aquatic park, Mission Bay Park, is located in San Diego and covers over 4,000 acres. Complimenting Mission Bay is the massive Mission Trails Regional Park that offers 5,800 acres of hiking and camping facilities.

Bibliography

  • Academic Programs. San Diego State University. Web. 19 June 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Nurses Now. San Diego State University. Web. 19 June 2011.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 494th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 11 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 12 0.04
Robbery 6 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 45 0.15
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 41 0.13
Arrest 127 0.42

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,317 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 38 0.00
Forcible Rape 293 0.02
Robbery 1,456 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5,840 0.44
Larceny 17,610 1.34
Vehicle theft 6,259 0.48

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District653

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 855th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,472 $5,472 $16,632
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,294 $1,294 $1,294
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
FT Graduate Tuition $6,738 $6,738 $17,898
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,294 $1,294 $1,294
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,068 $25,068 $36,228
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,728 $22,728 $33,888
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,300 $11,300 $22,460

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,578(N/C) $6,578(N/C) $17,738(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,661 $1,717
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,549 $13,052
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,032 $4,169
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,533 $10,891
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,524 $4,678
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,276 $4,421

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 51,163 (22,140 male / 29,023 female)
Admitted 15,970 (6,317 male / 9,653 female)
Admission rate 31%
First-time Enrollment 4,139 (1,731 male / 2,408 female)
FT Enrollment 3,829 (1,610 male / 2,219 female)
PT Enrollment 310 (121 male / 189 female)
Total Enrollment31,899

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mountain West Conference

ACT Test Admission

451st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 42%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

439th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 980 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,135
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,352
Board Fee$4,680

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 404 261 1,836 964 42 3,142 673 7,658
Accounting 11 2 8 13 37 8 79
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 9 2 6 5 12 35
African-American/Black Studies 4 5
American Indian/Native American Studies 2 2 4
Anthropology 1 16 3 1 23 7 55
Applied Mathematics, General 3 1 1 3 3 11
Art/Art Studies, General 5 3 59 32 1 94 19 217
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1
Astronomy 3 1 4 8
Atomic/Molecular Physics 2 2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 2
Bioinformatics 3 1 1 1 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 7 45 44 3 90 35 240
Business Administration and Management, General 112 26 215 165 5 547 98 1,216
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 1 1 2 4 14 2 24
Chemistry, General 3 9 13 16 5 49
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 1 3 7 3 16
Civil Engineering, General 2 5 44 30 1 64 5 156
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 4 1 6
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 4 18 6 49 4 86
Comparative Literature 2 2 1 1 4 10
Computer Engineering, General 1 2 8 12 5 4 32
Computer Science 84 4 8 23 37 9 165
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 8 1 1 12 23
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 13 28 15 1 14 1 75
Creative Writing 1 1 3 1 14 3 24
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 18 139 35 115 24 342
Criminology 1 1 3 5
Dance, General 1 1 4 6
Dietetics/Dietitian 2 19 6 33 3 66
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 9 1 32 9 55
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 3 50 22 1 46 7 139
Economics, General 13 7 52 27 3 70 18 195
Education, General 2 4 36 11 68 24 202
Education, Other 4 16 2 22
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 28 2 14 17 2 19 9 91
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 36 18 79 22 167
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 1
European Studies/Civilization 1 1 2
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 1 3 3 9
French Language and Literature 4 4 8
Geography 9 4 25 3 41
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 2 22 3 28
German Language and Literature 2 2 4
Gerontology 4 7 5 8 2 26
Health Communication 1 1 7 2 12
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 2 5 18 26 1 19 9 80
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 6 8 51 51 2 140 18 286
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 2 1 2 6
Health/Medical Physics 1 1 4 6
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 7 1 8
History, General 1 2 26 9 60 12 116
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 5 2 13 14 43 5 84
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 1 4 7
International Business/Trade/Commerce 22 5 46 11 35 12 133
International Relations and National Security Studies, Other 2 4 26 8 47 14 103
Japanese Language and Literature 3 4 1 8
Jewish/Judaic Studies 1 1
Journalism 1 2 6 4 16 5 36
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5 5
Latin American Studies 1 7 3 1 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 1 53 20 2 93 10 187
Linguistics 4 2 3 16 5 32
Manufacturing Engineering 1 1 1 3
Mathematics, General 1 14 5 22 8 56
Mechanical Engineering 10 1 23 21 57 17 134
Microbiology, General 4 3 9 1 5 22
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5 2 7 2 13 2 31
Music Performance, General 3 6 5 16 5 39
Music Teacher Education 1 1 2
Music, General 1 1 3 1 6
National Security Policy Studies 2 2 9 5 18 7 45
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 2 11 1 30 6 50
Philosophy 2 10 4 6 4 27
Physical Sciences
Physics, General 3 1 5 3 13
Political Science and Government, General 7 50 6 68 18 159
Psychology, General 9 19 173 52 3 207 43 523
Public Administration 17 47 17 1 48 6 146
Public Health, General 6 2 19 22 2 44 11 107
Public Health, Other 2 2
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1
Radio and Television 4 2 16 5 35 4 73
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 8 33 52 78 20 202
Religion/Religious Studies 1 3 2 5 11
Rhetoric and Composition 9 59 20 101 21 221
Russian Language and Literature 1 1 2
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1 1 3
Social Sciences, General 1 5 30 8 43 7 103
Social Work 1 11 52 15 3 72 20 187
Sociology 3 7 52 13 2 50 6 141
Spanish Language and Literature 2 1 39 1 8 3 54
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 12 9 38 13 74
Statistics, General 6 4 4 16 3 34
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 1 1
Urban Studies/Affairs 7 4 10 1 23
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 6 7 5 2 19 5 47
Women's Studies 1 2 12 1 13 3 33
Writing, General 1 1 3 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 496th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,094 ($90,825 male / $79,715 female)
Number of FT Faculty 806 (445 male / 361 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,491
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $41,336,156
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