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Campus & Student Life at San Diego State University

Home to about 31,491 undergraduates in 2020, SDSU is a very large, public university located in San Diego, California. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, SDSU offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by SDSU can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our SDSU Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

SDSU Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 5.0% of the student population at SDSU. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit SDSU Disability Services.

SDSU for the Military

While not a "service academy", SDSU does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information, check out our SDSU for Veterans Guide.

SDSU offers On-Campus Day Care

For students with young families, SDSU does offer some day care. Programs like this are often in very high demand, so be sure to inquire as soon as you can.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at San Diego State University

SDSU offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at San Diego State University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at San Diego State University

SDSU has a comparatively very large, student body. There were 31,491 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 28,084 (89.2%). Part-time attendance was 3,407 (10.8%).


San Diego State University is Ranked #158 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, SDSU receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank SDSU #158 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at San Diego State University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at SDSU by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the SDSU Diversity Guide.

San Diego State University Competes in the NCAA

SDSU has a total of 595 student athletes, 236 men and 359 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$38,503,669
Total Expenses (all teams)$38,503,669

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to San Diego State University Athletics

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