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San Diego, CA
Undergrads
23,036
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It has a trolley running right through the campus for students in need of transortation. This can take you all the way to the closely located malls down the 8 west. The Chargers Stadium is also just a short ride on the trolley. The local area doesnt have to much but with just a little transportation one can travel to numerous beachs and places in san diego that are not to far and have a lot of attractions, events, and activitys to do.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The price is a lot and there is always parking but depends how far you want to walk. During peak hours the parkin glots fill up a lot there is always spots but you might have to walk three floors or quite a distance to get to your car. Also if you do not have a permit the cost of nightly parking is so big. Tickets for not following the rules set by the school is a decent amount a friend of mine got a ticket for simply just having her sticker on the wrong side of her car. The need for a car inst there but they are very convenient allowing you to travel San Diego leave as you wish and enjoy more activities with friends such as beach.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love greek life. IM (intra-murals) are one of the big perks of being in one. We have our own sporting orginizaiton in which we compete between each other. Also we are all really connected. The people who are outside of it may have diferent opinions but it has done nothing but help me with references with alumni as well as the friends a dn social life that it brought into my life.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Love the social atmosphere but the dorm i particular live in is not my first option. It is not as clean and big as the other options. Students should be given the option to live in the suites for my pricing seeing as they are more clean with more bathrooms as well as living rooms. I love the convenience of living on campus but i wouldn't do the dorms again. It was a fun year which i would never trade but i wouldn't do it again. the showers are always taken or dirty as well as the bathrooms. People are loud that doesn't really bother me though i just hear of other people complaining.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The San Diego State University has some of the best sports and fans in the nation. The school spirit is a major factor in my life now. The games are filled always with fans that will cheer till their last breath. The gym and athletic facility's are also very good in the idea of the cleanness and availability. We even have a rock climbing wall in our gym.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The good thing is the technology and the computer labs at our school is greatly increasing but the bad thing is the network on which they run. They are slow and not reliable always crashing and losing connection. The access is good when there is not a lot of class it works well and can be accessed nearly anywhere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: the academics offered at my school are from a large pool of different majors. SDSU has the highest rated cal state curriculam. Study areas are located all over campus from library, study lounges, sofas in the student union with tables. The workload is only as much as you put upon urself.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I personally am part of a fraternity and the nightlife is awesome. We always have events with the beutifull sorietys of our campus and a lot of events with brothers. My social web has greatly expanded and have absorbed numerous new amounts of friends.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food for off campus is very convenient located all around our campus. It does come with negatives though. The food is very unhealthy as well as the price is very high. They purposely jack the prices up because they know they will make more money off of us. Also we even have a Chipotle on campus that isn't even on meal plan. Maybe that's good because this corrupt system increases the amount for every type of food not like they are ripping us off already. I can go to any grocery store and buy a box of cereal for about 2 for 3 dollars on a regular day. Here on campus i pay 6 dollars for a box.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are numerous crime alerts that occur at my school throughout the week. The students receive emails about the reports to heighten awareness for the really life possibility of getting assaulted or robbed. I personally feel safe but that is because i am always with friends and am also pretty big and tall. The area around the school at night does not portray the same image of the area as the daytime.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Very simple and easy to do. Most kids do not understand most of the information it asks for when coming upon the subject of the taxes and income but my mother helped my out a lot and also i looked up info. online. It could be simplified a little to help students who only have themselves for help but the process does not take long as long as you are organized with your personal information. Some tips i would give would be to sit down with your parent if you are going to get a parent plus loan because a lot of information is needed about them that only they would know.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: always fun everywhere. you'll feel like a million bucks

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: some places are way too old

1 College Freshman

Parking: Theyre so strict. the campus police are just out to get you a parking ticket. I know from experience and tickets

4 College Freshman

Diversity: new faces, every color of the rainbow

4 College Freshman

Facilities: beautiful sceneries. One of the biggest Starbucks in the U.S. serving alcohol soon

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: always a pleasure, but they don't take school money ):

2 College Freshman

Majors: Hard to find internships or be "qualified" for it. A LOT OF RESPONIBILITIES AND VERY TIME CONSUMING

2 College Freshman

Majors: the competition is nearly impossible

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Average, but when it's a party night, that's when it's at it's peak I swear

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: you'll feel free but restricted. the end,

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Always an adventure, but traffic sucks A LOT

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Theyre great but can get tiring or expensive. overall, it's good!

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The parties here are so weak now, because they get shut down so early. Or they're thrown in these small apartments that you can barely breathe in. But when those big parties of the year go down they are so much fun. Transportation sucks out here.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: San Diego is a very chill atmosphere and everything here is so spread out. But it is a very beautiful place, with a lot to do. The shopping could be better, the sports are alright, but the people here seem great.

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Brennan Wasan
Hometown
San Diego, CA
Major
Communications
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Nearly all San Diego State students are pleased with their decision to attend school here. They find that SDSU offers the perfect mix of stellar academics and a booming social life. With the beauty of the campus, the quality of the teaching, and the fun social environment, it is difficult to dislike much about the school, but some do. Those who tend to dislike San Diego State have reservations about the social scene, which is heavily conducive to partying and Greek life. This is a misconception. SDSU offers a lot, including partying, and the school is truly what you make of it. As long as people don't hold a grudge against the sort of environment that offers partying as an activity many choose to participate in, they will enjoy their time here. San Diego State is a very well-rounded school that has a lot to offer to a variety of students, but if you are searching for a strictly academic experience in a university with a prestigious reputation, you should look elsewhere.

San Diego State is essentially defined by its social culture, and if students relate to it, they love the school, and if they don't, they can loathe their time here. I have heard from numerous people about what a wonderful experience it is coming to San Diego State from their respective hometowns. The school allows for horizons to be expanded and eyes to be opened due to its engrossing academic and social atmosphere. The social scene is strong here, and if you're looking to learn a lot about people and how they work together, this school is a great fit for you. Some grievances with the school deal with the availability of classes and the inconvenience of impacted majors. Some majors require that you take course A before course B, and when you go to register for the semester, course A can be full. This frustration is well understood and it can be counteracted by planning ahead. While schools such as UC San Diego may have stronger academic reputations, San Diego State is by far the most effective university in San Diego, as it offers a chance for students to develop both their academic and social skills in a real-world setting.

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