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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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Reviews 2919 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Honestly, I can't get over how many students here drink completely over their limits to the point where they are blacked out and sloppy.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: A couple of times the internet has gone down and taken a moment to come back up but overall the computer availability is okay.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't like the selection you have for off campus housing. Its either cheaper housing in run-down apartments and houses or expensive housing in mediocre apartment buildings where you have to share your room with 5 other people just to afford it.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The safety factor kind of ends the second you step foot off campus, as shown with the many Crime Alerts. The health office is convenient in location but annoying because it is understaffed and somethimes hard to get the help you need.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You have to live in the dorms in your first year. You will hate it after the first semester, but the number of friends you make and the sense of community you develop more than makes up for it.

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2 College Freshman

Academics: I have gone to the office hours of many teaches only to walk away feeling as if I hadn't been helped. I just don't think the academics is on the level it should be, and most professors I have had do not seem very passionate about what they are teaching.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: You would think with a school with such a good basketball team that there would be more school spirit, but the school spirit most students have isn't focused on sports its focused on partying. The football team is not very good so not many people go to that. Most people say that they are fans of basketball but they dont often show much support and most of the times the people you see at games are alumni and not actual students.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students are white, so-cal residents. While the minority population is present on campus, I would not say they are very represented. There is not really any blatant cases of intolerance but I have found that there is a lot of ignorance and in some cases a suppressed form of intolerance.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you are in Greek life, than the parties the various houses throw will be your scene. Personally, I think those parties end up being the same every single weekend, but people involved in Greek life seem to love them so there is that. If you aren't involved in Greek life than there are plenty of parties in apartments around campus, but you do have to know someone to go to those as they tend to be smaller and of friends gathering rather than the ragers the Greek Houses throw. Otherwise, if you are brave enough to go to Mexico, you can party there even if you are 18. Downtown will not be fun to you unless you are 21 and over.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You can get in trouble for the strangest things when you live in the dorms. As a person who doesn't partake in underage drinking or drugs, I have gotten in trouble for just trying to hand my friend a Starbucks drink over the fence. The RA said that it wasn't allowed, but I haven't seen that in any rulebook. I would say most of the RAs in the dorms are on a very strong power trip and enjoy being able to exercise control over the students.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I would say that if you have the ability to bring a car, bring it. The parking pass may be expensive but it quickly pays for itself as I found myself wanting to get off campus at every chance I got. If you don't have a car, or have a friend who has a car, then it is possible to use the trolley but more often than not, the excitement of the trolley wears off after the first ride.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Can't deny that San Diego always has the best, most beautiful weather.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you have a car to get off campus, San Diego is absolute perfect for going on adventurous hikes, relaxing at the beach, and shopping at several malls. There is also the opportunity to go to the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, and Balboa Park. Around campus can be very boring so it does help to leave and have a refreshing weekend not stuck in the dorms or run-down apartments. If you dont have a car there is always the trolley, but be warned that it can be a pain having to wait for the trolley to come, stop at various stops, pay $5 every time you want to ride, and have to deal with various upsetting (and sometimes scary) characters that use the trolley.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you don't have a car, than there are a couple of Mexican restaurants, a burger joint, and a sushi place. Not much to choose from really, but it stays exciting for about a semester before you start to get tired of it. If you do have a car, than San Diego opens up a myriad of small cafes to fine dining to dive bars.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: In many cases, the Greek life at SDSU can be very shallow and a bit over-hyped. More often than not the people you meet that are very involved in Greek life are nice enough, but not exactly the type of people you go to if you don't want to have a conversation about gossip, underage drinking, and random hook-ups. Greek life is actually a very big part of SDSU and in my personal experience I have found that their priorities differ from mine when it comes to putting school first and partying second. That being said, Greek life isn't all horrible and once in a blue moon you can actually meet some pretty cool, down to Earth people. Its all about who you choose to talk to and hang out with. While Greek life is avoidable, know that if you want to go out and party than it is more advantageous to be involved in a sorority or fraternity.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love SDSU and do not regret attending this school. Great people. Great environment. Great professors.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most professors are easily accessible and eager to help and genuinely care.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and underage drinking are not very prevalent.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is convenient with many choices.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty vibrant on campus and can be a great opportunity to meet new people and network.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have personally never felt threatened on in danger on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's San Diego and the weather stays perfect.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Patience is also a virtue and a necessity when waiting for a spot in the computer lab.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: During the beginning of the semester you will encounter long lines out the door from the financial aid office. Patience is definitely a virtue.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is expensive but can be close to campus.

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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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