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4 College Freshman

Academics: The worst part is not getting the classes you want. Consequently you have to take another one that is not even related to the one you wanted to take. As a result, this pushes you behind.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Awesome professors for the most part

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: very good, but have some information such as eCheck alcohol should send notification through email

4 College Junior

Academics: I did great Last semester.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Im actually undeclared at the moment, but want to be a health/ science major. The workload is manageable but thats only if you don't procrastinate.

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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
103
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 44 responses

  • 21% Ralph Rubio - Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill founder
  • 20% Jim Sinegal - Costco CEO and co-founder
  • 16% Marshall Faulk - hall-of-fame NFL running back
  • 7% Gen. Merill A. "Tony" McPeak - former Air Force chief of staff
  • 5% Carl Weathers - actor, former NFL player
  • 5% Greg Cox - San Diego County supervisor
  • 4% Timothy Muris - Federal Trade Commission chairman
  • 4% Maureen O' Connor - former San Diego mayor
  • 3% Jamal Duff - actor, Me'Shell from "Dodgeball"
  • 3% Dianne Jacob - San Diego County supervisor
  • 3% Art Linkletter - humanitarian, entertainer
  • 3% Tony Gwynn - Major Legue Baseball Player
  • 1% Dennis Conner - America's Cup skipper
  • 1% Michael Cage - basketball player
  • 1% Ellen Ochoa - astronaut
  • 1% Marion Ross - actress
  • 1% Dick Troncone
  • 1% Tony Gwynn
  • 1% Kawhi Leonard
  • 0% Julie Kavner - "Simpsons" voice actor

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 150 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 147 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 35 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 34 responses

  • 21% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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