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

Campus Housing: The housing on campus is very different depending on where you are placed. Some areas are old and need remodeling while other dorms are newer and are more spacious. The laundry systems are expensive and a hassle to get to, and the constant ID checks are costly and annoying.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The process is confusing and nearly impossible to talk to staff in the financial aid office unless you have more than an hour available to you.

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2 College Senior

Nightlife: Frat row as well as neighboring houses offer a variety of parties almost every weekend. I believe that things are okay in moderation. My freshman year, I would study hard during the school week and reward myself by going out on the weekends. Of course, I didn't do this every weekend. But when I did go out, I never got so inebriated to the point where I didn't know where I was, etc. But that was just me. Other first years that I knew didn't understand how to moderate such behavior and would go out during the week, or just over do the amount of alcohol they would intake on the weekends. With the high praise that greek life receives and the fact that SDSU was formerly known as a 'party school' I think that students value partying a little more than the average college student.

In regards to the club and bar scene, I am not very familiar with it at all.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Football and basketball games always rally the support of a majority of the student body. These two kinds of sporting events really unites our campus. Whether you're a fan or not, attending these events is sure to bring about a good time!

5 College Senior

Diversity: Our university emphasizes the importance of getting to know others from walks of life that are different than your own. They do this through programming that first years partake in as well as having various offices and resources on campus to promote embracing a plethora of ethnicities and cultures.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Our university police officers participate in an on campus escort service that allows you to be picked up from any campus wide location and dropped off at another point on campus. This allows for people who are not comfortable walking around alone at night to ensure that they are safe. Additionally, our campus police often is seen in the residential halls. The reason for this is to show first years that the police officers are not only in the halls to respond to policy violations, but to build a community with the students.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am in Greek life at SDSU and I love it so much and it has made my experience at this school go off the charts. Greek life got me involved with networking and meeting more people while also giving me a more enjoyable first year at college. I would recommend it to any incoming freshman because it is a major part of our school and it does many good things for you and the community.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: At San Diego State University you will be introduced to the most attractive people you have ever seen in your life. The student's looks would get a rating of A+. The social life is also an A+. Everybody here is basically perfect in that area.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I like being in the Business program at SDSU. I wish it gave me more opportunities but maybe they will in the future because I am only an incoming sophomore at this point.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: During my freshman year I interned for an unpaid city council campaign for the experience. It was time consuming because I went two days a week for a period of 5-6 hours a day. I did like having the internship because it gave me experience in politics and campaigning as I wanted.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am very excited to live in my apartment next year called Campanile Apartments because it is still on-campus a close walk to get to classes and it has a pool right next to my apartment. The cost is pretty good compared to the other apartments. Many students live in apartments and houses after their freshman year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: One thing SDSU is very strict on is the visitation in dorms. All students bringing a guest, must have their guest's license and depending on the dorm can only check in a few at a time. They do this for the safety of the residents but it is a very difficult process sometimes.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Many of our facilities are used by the students. We have a huge and amazing library.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I believe that the dorm experience is great and should be included for every Freshman just to experience. The quality however is not that great. I lived in Tenochca and it was old and dirty, but I would never change this experience because the people in the building made it an amazing atmosphere to live regardless of how the building was.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I think most of the professors I have gotten have been a help to me if you try very hard in their classes and you meet them at their office hours. An A is easy to get if you have a good teacher and put in the work it takes to get it.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: For Business Finance at San Diego State registering for classes is slightly difficult since all the "good rated" teacher's classes fill up quickly. Also, spots get taken quickly so you must crash the class and try to get the course you want by asking the teacher.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most of the people that I see that go to San Diego consist of white people. There are also many foreign kids that I have met from Australia and Portugal. The majority political belief is more democratic as by what I have seen in my political science classes. Religion is imminent on my campus and if you walk around you will see many people having religious groups that get together on a weekly basis.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Having meal plan your freshman year is amazing because you get money everyday to eat the SDSU dining options. These range from Rubios, Starbucks, Panda Express, Pasta, Daphnes, and Habit to the dining hall where they offer buffet style food. I would recommend getting the biggest meal plan.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: San Diego State's off campus dining is home to the best mexican food you have ever eaten. We have three mexican places almost directly next to each other. My personal favorite is Trujillos and if you are there might as well get the Sigma Chi Crunch Wrap. All these food places are open throughout the night which is very convenient for all the late night snackers and partiers.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: This year our athletics in basketball were amazing. Our school held the March Madness event for basketball and all students got a day off from school. The fan support is awesome due to the fact that students get free tickets for football games and basketball games, but it is first come first serve for these tickets. The school spirit is massive and the athletics for the school definitely have fans behind them cheering them on.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: One of the best parts about going to SDSU is that you are living in San Diego. Basically, you live where other people come to vacation. This area's weather is always sunny and perfect, the beaches are beautiful, and there is always something to do here. I love San Diego and I never want to leave.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school does an amazing job at classes in my opinion. The class sizes range from 20-500 and there are benefits to each. If you have a smaller class of 20 kids, it is easy to contact the teacher and learn. If you have a 500 person class you can get a bigger group of students to study and prepare with for the test which is very helpful. The variety of courses I have taken have ranged from oceanography to business calculus and I am very happy with the options SDSU provides.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This past year I was a Freshman at San Diego State and the political science department emailed me many opportunities for internships and events. I ended up becoming an intern for a city council campaign and it was a great experience. The career services really helps but the students also have to be proactive in reaching out to be apart of it.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There have been many crime alerts on my campus, but they all appear to happen at night to someone when they are walking alone. I feel safe walking around my campus during the day, but I would not walk alone at night. The campus does try to increase safety measures through having university police. They encourage everybody to keep the police number for if they ever see anything suspicious or feel unsafe.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The party scene at San Diego State is incredibly big and amazing if you are within the Greek System. Greek life parties are daily at my school. It is positive because it gives students the chance to have fun and take a break from studying. The best parties take places at the frat houses, and greek life makes the campus better for me because it introduced me to way more people. It is great for networking.

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Brennan Wasan
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San Diego, CA
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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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