San Diego State University

4,315 reviews
  1. San Diego, CA
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C
San Diego State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182
Website

San Diego State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
34%
SAT Range
1000-1220
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$10,085/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,980/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,349/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,230/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,142/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,268/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
28:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.290 responses
36%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.301 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.301 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
25,096Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 183 responses
Report
  • Fun but studious -
    48%
  • Good mix of fun and studious
    21%
  • Fun
    10%
  • GREAT VIBES
    7%
  • Dedicated
    6%
  • Great crowd
    2%
  • Delinquent criminal party people
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.361 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.401 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 203 responses
Report
  • Difficult yet fun
    32%
  • Work hard, play hard
    23%
  • Very balanced
    13%
  • Hard but crazy fun
    9%
  • Laid back
    8%
  • Just transferred
    4%
  • Sociable
    4%

After San Diego State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.197 responses

Reviews

4,315 reviews
  • Excellent
    724
  • Very Good
    1723
  • Average
    1540
  • Poor
    242
  • Terrible
    86
SDSU offers incredible opportunities to students! The opportunity to study at one of the best public schools in the nation, the opportunity to get involved on campus, the opportunity to develop leadership skills, the opportunity to network with incredibly successful alumni, and of course the opportunity to enjoy one of America's most beautiful cities! My biggest advice is to take advantage of these opportunities! I've gotten involved with Greek Life, Associated Students, Rotaract (Community Service Organization), and clubs within my major. I can say with complete confidence that by taking advantage of those opportunities, I have set myself up for a successful and rewarding future!
  • College Senior
  • Aug 20 2015
The big names around for off-campus housing-- Sterling Alvarado, 5025, BLVD 63-- are all CRAZY expensive! Don't get me wrong, the facilities are sparkling and BLVD 63 only opened last year, but they charge around $600 for a SHARED room. If you're looking for a studio, you better be on a helluva scholarship, because one of those babies at Sterling costs around a grand (although they throw in a gym membership, a semester trolley pass, optional furnishing for ~$36/month, in-unit washer/dryers, and a partial utilities with every apartment). The apartments all tend to be crowded and get a little crazy on the weekends and holidays-- just like the dorms.

Try looking at the Diplomat, Penthouse, and Dorchester for apartments. They're cheaper by about half, and they have shuttles that run to campus.
  • College Sophomore
  • Feb 19 2015
While there are certainly some great professors that I will never forget, I also think that there are plenty of professors who shouldn't even be teaching anymore. I have had my fair share of professors who are completely unaware of how poor their teaching style is and/or of how unhelpful they are when students try to ask a question. My degree courses (music education) have been of fairly good quality and I feel comfortable that I am prepared for life after my undergrad. There are some WONDERFUL GE courses that are available. However, I would suggest to everyone to look up the class and the professor on ratemyprofessor.com! Do the research before signing up for a GE class because it can make all the difference in the world! My degree courses are very small and have a great student to teacher ratio. However, I cannot say the same for the GE courses at SDSU as there are class with 300+ people within a room.
  • College Senior
  • 11 months ago