Academics

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

Academics: I have always got what I needed from academics

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.

4 College Sophomore

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

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I am currently in my fourth semester here, and my focus thus far has mainly been directed toward the completion of general education. I am a Spanish major, and have taken one class pertaining to my studies per semester (as of now that's four Spanish classes). Throughout the course of my studies I have learned much of the technical side of the Spanish language, and have been introduced to various Latino authors. In addition, the classes offer an account of the history of Spain and the Latin American world. The reason my rating of the education is okay and not "great" or "the best" is that my experience is still limited. Had Spanish not been an impacted major I may have a better perspective to offer.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The 24 hour study area is a great resource for students especially in time of finals and midterms. The school also does an apt job of providing study materials and events for the community.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 129th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 290th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 444th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 953rd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 1054th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
Hometown
San Diego, CA
Major
Communications
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San Diego State students seem genuinely pleased with the quality of the teaching at the University. Most of the professors are known for their openness to students and their willingness to engage in discussions outside class. For the most part, professors offer open office hours to help guide you in the class or discuss and answer questions about lecture. Professors generally want students to learn and succeed when the students are willing to meet them with willingness. Captivating a student’s attention in a classroom is brought through room size. When classes are set in huge lecture halls, students are less likely to attentively listen, and it becomes harder for them to stay engaged. Many lower-division courses are taught in much larger class settings than those of upper division. Students are generally more interested in their upper-division courses. Professors do their best to engage students, whether teaching in a small classroom setting or a large lecture hall.

Class size ratio at San Diego State is for the most part solid. The school could use improvement with the quality of teaching in its introduction and lower-division courses. Many classes are taught by graduate students rather than professors, and it is not a strong introduction to San Diego State University. The school needs to make sure that professors have passion— if they don’t, the students won’t. Since there are an excessive amount of students attending the school, the common majors are impacted. Therefore, students must have a certain overall GPA, making it competitive to get into your major. Overall, most of the professors know what they’re doing, love what their doing, and genuinely care about their students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
27:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
850
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
620
Total FT Faculty
850
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$84,844
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Part-Time Retention Rate
81%
Transfer-Out Rate
6%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
101
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 19%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 56%
  • 50 or More Students: 25%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
  • College of Sciences
  • Undergraduate Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Other
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 2%
  • Health, Outdoor, and Physical Education: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • East Commons
  • The Living Room (off of College and 70th)
  • Love Library
  • Reserved Book Room
Tips to Succeed
  • Always attend class, even though your professors may post slides on Blackboard or their Web site. Going to class better explains the slides.
  • Balance your time between school and partying.
  • Be involved in your classes and ask questions.
  • Don't overwhelm yourself with the nightlife here. Make sure that you are on top of your studies, and realize that there is more to college than simply "getting hammered." Many people who have lost sight of their studies drop out of school after one or two semesters.
  • Get involved in student organizations. The Centers for Student Involvement can help you find one of the 250 student organizations that pique your interest.
  • Get to class early and sit in the front.
  • Talk to your professors once in a while and get to know them.
  • Try to organize your schedule with classes back to back, otherwise you'll be at school all day long.
  • Use ratemyprofessor.com to choose your professors.
Did You Know?
  • SDSU is the only university of the California State University system to be designated a "Doctoral University II" by the Carnegie Foundation.
  • SDSU's American Language Institute is the largest university-based English as a Second Language (ESL) learning program in the U.S.
  • SDSU ranks number two among doctoral institutions nationwide for students studying abroad as part of their college experience, according to the Institute of International Education.
  • SDSU is the largest university in San Diego, and the third largest in California.
  • KPBS, which is owned and operated by SDSU, is rated among the top 10 public broadcasting stations located in the United States.
  • SDSU is ranked among the nations best undergraduate business programs according to U.S. News and World Reports.
  • SDSU is ranked #19 in the nation among universities for entrepreneurs in the U.S. by Entrepreneurs magazine.
  • SDSU is ranked #10 in the nation for bachelors degrees conferred to ethnic minorities.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 21 responses

  • 22% Marshall Faulk - hall-of-fame NFL running back
  • 20% Ralph Rubio - Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill founder
  • 16% Jim Sinegal - Costco CEO and co-founder
  • 7% Timothy Muris - Federal Trade Commission chairman
  • 7% Maureen O' Connor - former San Diego mayor
  • 5% Gen. Merill A. "Tony" McPeak - former Air Force chief of staff
  • 4% Jamal Duff - actor, Me'Shell from "Dodgeball"
  • 4% Carl Weathers - actor, former NFL player
  • 4% Greg Cox - San Diego County supervisor
  • 2% Dianne Jacob - San Diego County supervisor
  • 2% Art Linkletter - humanitarian, entertainer
  • 2% Dennis Conner - America's Cup skipper
  • 2% Dick Troncone
  • 2% Tony Gwynn
  • 2% Tony Gwynn - Major Legue Baseball Player
  • 0% Julie Kavner - "Simpsons" voice actor
  • 0% Michael Cage - basketball player
  • 0% Tony Gwynn - baseball player
  • 0% Ellen Ochoa - astronaut
  • 0% Marion Ross - actress

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 148 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 145 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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