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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is okay, close to campus and easy to get to.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't go to parties but I hear Friday is the best night.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty okay, not the best but okay.

College Junior

Administration: I don't live on campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: First year I got amazing scholarships that covered my tuition and fees, along with getting loans to help me. Second year now I do not have enough scholarship money to cover my tuition and fees, and I was only offered one loan. For a student like me who doesn't have a job, it's a very scary situation.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Lots of options to choose from, I do like the starbucks and subway.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Aztec Corner is one of the apartment complexes that are really close to campus, and one of the cheapest too. It comes fully furnished with wifi & cable & water.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is fantastic if you're a Greek. If not, and you're not in a major that has a sense of togetherness... you're going to have a tough time finding parties. Greeks basically shun GDI's from parties... but frat parties aren't that great anyway. UCSB has a much better party scene.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: San Dieg has some of the best cuisine... that's if you have a car! Trujillo's is always a staple, and if you venture out further you can get some good Asian food. Just look up what you're craving on yelp and you're bound to find something ~5 miles away from you.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't have a lot to say about administration since I have never really had a situation in which I had to interact with them. But, the student success fee that was proposed to be going to more classes hasn't affected me greatly. Also, I think it's unfair that President Eliot Hirschman is getting paid so much yearly... and yet they still raise our tuition.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Receiving correspondence form the financial aid office during the beginning of the semester is always a nightmare. The waits are long, both on phone and in person. I would suggest having a list of topics you need to talk about with the officer, and getting it all done in one sitting because coming back multiple times will eat away at your schedule and patience. Just be sure to fill our your FAFSA on time and turn in any necessary documents as soon as they request them, since they take FOREVER to process. Otherwise the financial aid experience I received was okay. I mean, I would like more financial aid money, but that's a whole new ballpark.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I stayed in Zura Hall, the oldest dorms on campus. It provided the typical dorm experience, but the building was extremely outdated, both externally and internally. The bathrooms were not the greatest, and there were always plumbing problems. I have never had any problems, but some of my dorm buddies had A/C or heater problems. It was in desperate need of a refurbish -- thank goodness they are getting that done this year for the incoming freshmen!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I live an exit away from school and have for a long time. Meaning, I know where to eat locally without the hassle of going near school. Places are crowded and either expensive or McDonalds.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Fan support is huge at SDSU. Many students are involved and school spirit is definitely noticeable.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived in San Diego all my life so I think it would be silly to go through the hassle of finding a house right by my school. The places seem crowded and expensive.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go to the parties at my school. There are enough rumors about them though to answer that question.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have never experienced anything but I have heard from friends that dorm strictness is out of control. Visitation is probably the biggest hassle. A lot of people also get in trouble for drinking.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am fortunate to say that my mom completes the process for me, so it went smoothly.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is definitely a lot of variety in places to eat. I think it's really cool that there are markets, panda express, subway, and chipotle. It is very expensive though and I don't have a meal plan.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are more expensive if you life in Pacific Beach area.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Great, when I was there, but may have gone down since.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I think they are pretty average on their strictness in comparison to other CA schools.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Pretty average I would say for most California campuses

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Great to live on-campus until you turn 21.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am moving into my first off-campus apartment next fall. Although it is technically off campus, it is right on campus. It is $2200 a month for a three bedroom, two bathroom, unfurnished apartment which is not too bad since it is so close to classes. Next year my roommates and I are thinking about getting a house a little farther away, but still fairly close.

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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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