Diversity Makes a Difference
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both college admissions officers and students. For the purposes of producing diversity scores, College Factual defines diversity as the most plurality. Schools that rank high in diversity metrics are those with the greatest variety in ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location of origin.
Get the Facts on Diversity at SDSU, Including how This School Compares to Others in the Country.
This School has Superb Diversity Overall
We combine elements of racial, geographic, gender and age diversity to create a total diversity ranking for every school.
Ranked #99 in the nation, San Diego State University is considered extremely diverse.
Racial Diversity is Very Good
Many young people value the opportunity to meet and learn from different ethnic and racial groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
San Diego State University is ranked #126 in ethnic diversity nationwide which is far above average.
Explore SDSU Racial Diversity
If the data is present, the following chart will show SDSU undergraduate student diversity.
SDSU boasts excellent racial diversity.
Very good racial representation in faculty.
Gender Ratio is Pretty Even
Are you seeking a campus with a fairly balanced mix of males to females?
At San Diego State University, the disparity between men and women on campus is lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at SDSU is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #543 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 13,863 males and 16,409 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at SDSU
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among SDSU's undergraduate students.
The disparity between the counts of men and women at San Diego State University is lower than the national average.
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among SDSU's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at SDSU is excellent.
High Location Diversity
Would you prefer a school that attracts students from all across the U.S.? If so this may be the school for you.
We examined where each of the school's admitted students lived before attending to create the geographic diversity grade.
About 85.3% of the students attending San Diego State University come from within California. SDSU's rating of #481 puts it above the national average.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 46 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at SDSU
There is a medium sized community of about 2,800 international students at San Diego State University representing at least 49 countries. Click on the SDSU International Student Page for more information.
What is the Age of Everyone at This School?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a blend of different ages and generations, or would you opt for a school where most students are the same age as you?
The traditional student is between the ages of 18-21. At San Diego State University, 49.8% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank SDSU #1,826 in the nation for student age diversity.
SDSU Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at SDSU.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we refer to diversity in college?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". Today we use it to describe an amalgamation of peoples, traditions, cultures and ideas. When most students seek diversity on campus, what they are actually looking for are opportunities to express themselves and find community with others who believe the same way, as well as opportunities to learn from those from different backgrounds and cultures.
- How is SDSU doing at supporting and attracting students from all income levels?
Schools with excellent racial and ethnic diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as financial backgrounds. Get a better idea of how SDSU supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to SDSU?
The university years provide a unique opportunity for students to have direct exposure to other cultures and backgrounds. Students should look for a college administration that is not only encouraging diversity institutionally, but also fostering an atmosphere where students can exchange different ideas and perspectives in positive and meaningful ways.