San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA

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Majors offered at San Diego State University

Biggest majors
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Psychology, General
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness

Academics at San Diego State University

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
27 to 1
Selective (35% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution

San Diego State University demographics

34% White
30% Hispanic
13% Asian
6% Multiracial
4% Black
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Common careers for San Diego State University students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Software Engineer91k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)70k
Marketing Manager70k
Mechanical Engineer69k
Data Analyst59k
Financial Analyst57k
Account Manager56k
Based on 29,911 student responses
56.1kAvg. Early Career Pay
104.7kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
52%in High-Meaning careers
16%in STEM careers

Net price of attending San Diego State University

San Diego State University financial aid

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Student reviews of San Diego State University

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Access to outdoor activities
Awesome study spaces and libraries
Beautiful campus
Accessible and helpful professors
LGBTQ+ friendly
Keala Hallerberg
Rock Climbing
Global Health
Scuba Diving
Running + 10 others



San Diego State University offered a wide range of extracurricular activities, I loved that there was something for everyone. Allowing students to express individuality.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Unfortunately, I wish there were more opportunities for healthcare students to find hours. More preparation for furthering education was difficult in a large school.



The Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy major prepares you very well to apply to DPT school and there are a lot of opportunities to get involved on campus.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

It is hard to make deep friendships with others because there are so many students. Really have to put in the effort to get involved on campus to make real friendships.

Jennifer Nguyen
Painting and Studio Art
Photography and Photo Editing



From transferring to attending SDSU, it was a pleasant experience without much hassle.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Parking is a little difficult so come early to find a spot or you'll end up being late.



I love my program in International Security and Conflict Resolution. It truly brings interesting perspectives to students interested in addressing the issues threatening humanity. I also like that I have been able to find student centers for women, LGBTQ, Latino, and Black students.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I do not like that it has an overall reputation for partying. I wish there were more educational resources, like archives and research help. Lastly, I do not like that the scholarship portal is only available for a limited time, and does not have a good enough variety.



San Diego State University has one of the most competitive nursing programs in the state of California; this is often overlooked by the general reputation of the school. The nursing program at SDSU is very rigorous but very rewarding. Classes are very fast-paced and challenging but definitely doable. I would recommend SDSU to anyone who craves new experiences while also being serious about their academics.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

San Diego State University has a very interesting dining hall/food situation. Most food on meal plan is restaurants (fast food) and there is one dining hall type food option. This makes it very challenging to eat a variety of food, especially with dietary restrictions. The dining aspect of SDSU is a major downfall, but there are options for everyone and a Trader Joe's on campus!

Jade Barajas
Foreign Languages
Food And Eating
Accounting + 1 other



Very nice, pleasant, and diverse environment for all kinds of people with varying interests.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Subpar parking system, especially for students.

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