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San Diego State University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on San Diego State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors SDSU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is San Diego State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

San Diego State University was awarded 132 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, SDSU is ranked #391 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, SDSU is ranked at #39.

See all of the rankings for San Diego State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SDSU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at San Diego State University is a competitive 35%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to SDSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for San Diego State University  ( 550 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for San Diego State University  ( 540 to 650 )
SDSU received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for San Diego State University  ( 23 to 28 )

Learn more about San Diego State University admissions.

San Diego State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at San Diego State University is 28 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at San Diego State University is 52%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  52 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at San Diego State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

San Diego State University has a freshmen retention rate of 89%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from SDSU have a four-year graduation rate of 30%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at San Diego State University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at SDSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 30,586 undergraduates at SDSU with 27,453 being full-time and 3,133 being part-time.

SDSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 96.98 out of 100, SDSU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.98 out of 100
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How Much Does San Diego State University Cost?

The overall average net price of SDSU is $15,287. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SDSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,456 $10,883 $15,335 $19,056 $22,144

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SDSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SDSU, approximately 31% of students took out student loans averaging $6,527 a year. That adds up to $26,108 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SDSU is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SDSU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SDSU make around $51,000 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for SDSU students since it is 28% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at San Diego State University make the most money.

Location of San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a public institution located in San Diego, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of San Diego State University

Contact details for SDSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182-0001
Phone: 619-594-5200

San Diego State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 93 majors graduated from San Diego State University. Of these students, 8,159 received undergraduate degrees and 1,691 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 1,623 $41,100
General Psychology 541 $23,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 386 $28,000
Health & Physical Education 374 $27,700
General Biology 277 $31,000
Mechanical Engineering 268 $63,300
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 262 $27,400
Communication & Media Studies 247 $33,500
Liberal Arts General Studies 231 $21,600
Economics 205 $38,400

Learn more about the majors offered at San Diego State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SDSU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 16,434 students took at least one online class at San Diego State University. This is an increase from the 14,170 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 16,434 646
2016-2017 14,170 535
2015-2016 12,061 239
2014-2015 9,634 352
2013-2014 5,925 89

Learn more about online learning at San Diego State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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