San Diego, CA
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$18,236 ($6,578)
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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 Freshman

Facilities: Tons of student organizations to join.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: We are offered more food places on our meal plan than the average school.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: I love that they have water sports that you an partake in for an additional unit.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Our school has a great location being only 15 minutes from some of the best beaches in California. This location gives us a great social scene, and everybody is pretty laid back.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 72nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 262nd
    Best Library
  • 534th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 684th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1205th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
San Diego, CA
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San Diego State’s campus is, for the most part, in good condition. The Aztec Aquaplex and Arts and Letters Building add beauty and attractiveness to the campus. Each year the University constructs numerous additions to the campus, and these all add greatly to the facilities already present at San Diego State. Most standard classrooms are in acceptable condition and some in excellent condition. Several of the school’s facilities are state-of-the-art, such as ENS 280, which provides numerous amounts of seating and the latest technology.

With the coming additions of a various new classrooms and an alumni center, San Diego State continues to grow significantly. The only problem is that certain parts of the campus could use a lot more maintenance. Some buildings show their age while the newer facilities outshine them by leaps and bounds. San Diego State plans to continue renovating older buildings to update and rejuvenate the campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,976 acres
Student Centers
The Aztec Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Love Library
  • Reserved Book Room
Popular Places to Chill
  • Aztec Center Lower Courtyard
  • East Commons
  • The grassy knolls around Scripps Cottage
  • SDSU Student Services
Bar on Campus
Louie's near the Aztec Center
Bowling on Campus
Yes, in Aztec Center Lower Courtyard
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Peabody's
  • Starbucks
Movie Theater on Campus
None, although occasionally Montezuma Hall will host free advanced sneak previews sponsored by Associated Students
School Slang
  • The AC: The Aztec Campus apartments, next to Piedra Del Sol.
  • The ARC: The Aztec Recreation Center, or "the gym," contains a weight room, a cardio room, a fitness room, and several courts for basketball and indoor soccer.
  • Blackboard: An online learning environment accessible from the school's Web site. Teachers often post assignments, grades, and other information here.
  • Chappy: Chapultepec is an 11-story high-rise dormitory that houses 540 students. It is located on the west side of campus across from Tony Gwynn Stadium.
  • Cuic: This term refers to both the Cuicacalli suites, and the dining hall located above them. Cuicacalli is located on the east side of campus and consists of suite-style accommodations for 686 residents. The Dining Hall at Cuic is an all-you-can-east style buffet that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Downtown: Downtown San Diego. A number of upscale clubs and bars are located in this area.
  • Frat Row: Located on Hardy Avenue, this is where a number of parties occur on weekends, and you will find plenty of people walking down the street.
  • Gaslamp: The Gaslamp District is a section of downtown San Diego that is home to numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs.
  • Monty Montezuma: San Diego State's old mascot. He is now known as the Aztec Warrior.
  • Monty's: Now known as Louie's Pub, the bar in the Student Center is often still referred to by its former name. If you're 21, you can grab a brew or two in- between classes.
  • OB: Ocean Beach.
  • PB: Pacific Beach, where there is plenty of surfing and nightlife.
  • Piedra: Piedra Del Sol Apartments. This property is only available for upperclassmen, and it is located next door to Frat Row.
  • State: This is the abbreviation for San Diego State. SDSU is commonly referred to as "state" in the local area.
  • UT: University Towers.
  • The Zoo: Zura Hall. The Zoo is located next to Tenochca and the LLC. It is nicknamed the Zoo because of the quality of the property, as well as the animalistic partying nature of its residents.
  • Azfest: Azfest offers a main concert, as well as numerous other bands on two stages. A relatively new event, this music festival is shaping up to be one of SDSU's finest traditions.
  • Family Weekend: Family weekend is a time to celebrate family, friends, and San Diego State University. Families and friends are encouraged to join students in various activities throughout the weekend including football games, college life, and more.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming week involves numerous events for both current SDSU students as well as alumni. During the week, the Homecoming court is chosen, and there are various festivities happening around campus. The week ends with an Aztec football game at Qualcomm Stadium, which is the most populated game of the year.
  • Spring Fiesta: This is spring's answer to Homecoming. During Spring Fiesta, Associated Students sponsors a number of events including student-organized food stations, game and entertainment booths, and all other sorts of entertainment. Past entertainment events have included a hypnotist, karaoke, art contests, battle of the bands, dancing contests, and a Family Feud-style game.
  • Welcome Week: A week designed to help new students adjust to the school. Welcome Week encompasses a variety of programs that welcome students to San Diego State University and campus life.
Urban Legends
Zura Hall, the oldest of all the dormitories, is home to "the marble ghost." Supposedly, before becoming a dormitory, Zura was one of San Diego's largest mental facilities. A little boy who loved playing with marbles was admitted to the hospital after attacking his parents in their sleep one night. One fateful night in the hospital, the little boy simply disappeared. The doctors and nurses were shocked. For the next few months, his voice could be heard laughing and playing with his marbles throughout the halls of the facility. Police searched all throughout the hospital but found nothing. The haunting continually took place at the facility until it was forced to shut down a year later. After a few years of isolation, the building became occupied once again as housing for college students. The ghost of the little boy can still be heard every night playing with his marbles. There have been numerous reports regarding the sound of marbles dropping on the floor at nighttime, and a few people claim to have seen his ghostly spirit as well.
Favorite Things To Do
Study, bowl, play pool, watch sports, attend class There is so much to do off campus, that students are normally at campus to strictly study, attend class, or watch varsity sporting events.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • SDSU owns an astronomical observatory on Mount Laguna.
  • On May 21, 1944, the campus library acquired its 100,000th book, and by the end of World War II was adding about 8,000 books a year.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 133 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 14 responses

  • 27% Carnival night
  • 18% Welcome Week
  • 15% Homecoming
  • 12% Men,s Basketball Games
  • 9% Greenfest
  • 9% Azfest
  • 6% Family Weekend
  • 3% Spring Fiesta

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 16 responses

  • 24% Library
  • 20% Parks and open cafe restaurants
  • 20% East Commons
  • 17% The grassy knolls around Scripps Cottage
  • 10% The garden
  • 5% Aztec Center Lower Courtyard
  • 2% Cuic pool
  • 2% SDSU Student Services

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 23% Shakesmart
  • 23% StarBucks
  • 18% Aztec Market
  • 14% Arc
  • 9% Dining Services
  • 9% Viejas Arena
  • 5% Student life and leadership office

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% Hang out with my friends with the free time I have
  • 21% Go to the library and use the wifi to watch shows
  • 17% Discover different study/relax spots on campus
  • 17% Party
  • 12% Chill in the cool spots they have around campus

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 144 responses

  • 12% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 19% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 38% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 30% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 143 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 51% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 39% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% You seriously can't spell JANITOR???????
  • 20% Janiter

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 100% All parties everywhere



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