Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
23,036
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are alot of apartments and houses available close to campus for students. They could become very pricey

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The professors are mostly very nice and helpful and are open to help during office hours

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I feel like a degree from SDSU is widely respected.There is also a wide range of services, such as the career center to help with jobs and internships

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I majored in business marketing. The experience was great. we had alot of supportive faculty and students ended up having alot of the same classes so we all got to know eachother

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The school isn't very strict. they just don't tolerate liquor or drug use.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There are many "surfer/beach babe" types at our school.many people come to school in shorts and flip flops

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: SDSU has a gym,multiple eateries, and the viejas arena where many popular artists perform.its great

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: The greek life is very strong and visible at the school. you can see alot of people wearing greek shirts and SDSU has many greek fairs every year

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I am not sure about partylife on campus but, SDSU is very close to the downtown area which has alot of bars and clubs

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: SDSU police do the best they can. However, it is not safe to walk alone at night.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am apart of greek life at SDSU. It is the best decision I have made in college. Greek life sets you up with so many opportunities and pushes you to become a better person.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Most of the parties take place off campus. I don't attend any but my own.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: In the more recent years, new building have been added and old ones have been modified. The majority is older buildings but the campus is beautiful with lots of green grass, some fountains, a turtle pond. I love the Spanish architecture. The new student union is amazing. It is absolutely beautiful and open. It's a great spot to hang out. It even has a bowling alley! There's so many activities that go on all the time.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Dining is a bit more expensive on campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I think a lot of students view Greeks as snobby and who like to throw parties. But there are organizations on campus that are focused more toward scholarship and business, more "serious" organizations.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Everyone is accepted here. There haven't been many hate crimes and everyone gets along.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: It's a generally safe campus; it's once you get off that you may have some problems, there have been a lot of attempted and successful burglaries. A few sexual assaults. The campus is pretty large so it can see daunting and overwhelming but there are police lights and buttons everywhere around campus that you can run to in case of an emergency and the police will be alerted.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The cultural activities/museum atmosphere is very friendly and there's lots to do. Shopping is convenient. Sports are big in San Diego and students are welcomed everywhere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Policies are very stick on campus. Although I wish more people would follow the bicycle and skateboarding rules.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors I've had were all great and were enthusiastic about teaching students. Some classes are more challenging than others but that's to be expected. Expect a bigger workload in high school and tougher assignments. Popular studies areas are the student union and the library. The registration process can go smoothly depending on what priority registration you have. I'd pick out my classes early, keep track of them, and write down their code numbers so it's easier to enter them in. I'd also choose extra classes in case some are full, crashing or wait-listing can be a hassle.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The business school at SDSU is one of the best schools in the nation. The professors are all great but the classes can be challenging. As a management major, I had to do a lot of group projects but you have to learn to work together and be a team; I've had good and bad experiences. The facilities are nice. The management program has a required internship class but there's several resources one can take advantage of and the professors are all willing to help. There's a lot of opportunities for business students in any of the specialized areas.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There's a broad level of diversity on campus. Everyone is accepted for who they are. No one really cares about dress or social life. There is a huge social life on campus but all the drama was left in high school for the most part.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It went smoothly. No problems. It's more confusing when it comes to Summer Aid but everything has settled smoothly.

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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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