San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, California 92182
San Diego, California 92182
(619) 594-0770
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Around 30,000 students pursue a higher education at San Diego State University, which was ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 as one of the best national universities in the country. It is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a designated research university with high research activity. SDSU secured almost $145.2 million in research grants and contracts in the 2011-2012 fiscal year. SDSU stands out in its diversity with students from more than 100 countries represented in the student population. U.S. News & World Report also recognizes SDSU among the top 20 institutions of higher education for bachelor’s degrees conferred to ethnic minorities, and it is seventh in the U.S. and second in the state for number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics.

Programs Offered

San Diego State University offers a variety of undergraduate majors and minors as well as pre-professional programs, master’s and doctoral degrees, and graduate credential programs. Undergraduate students can choose from more than 150 majors and minors, and those who wish to pursue careers in areas like allied health, law, education, or medicine can get their start in one of 16 pre-professional programs. College graduates who wish to continue their education can choose from almost 100 graduate degrees and credentials. Online courses, certificates, and degrees are available through the College of Extended Studies for those who need to complete a degree, participate in professional development, or simply take a course for personal enrichment. These types of programs are available in areas such as regulatory affairs, business, constructions and sustainability, education, and computers and technology.


San Diego State University has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, since 1949, according to College Navigator. Some programs also hold specialized accreditation from agencies such as the American Psychological Association, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and more.


SDSU accepts applications for freshman and transfer students from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 for admission the following fall. Freshman admission criteria and transfer admission criteria include factors such as grade point average, major you are applying to, transferable units, completion of college preparatory courses, and more. When it comes to graduate admissions, students must fulfill the minimum SDSU requirements including holding an acceptable baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited college or university in which they earned a minimum of a 2.85 GPA. They also must be in good standing at the last institution attended and achieved a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT. In addition, applicants must meet the requirements set by the degree of credential program in which they are applying. SDSU begins accepting applications for graduate programs on Oct. 1 for the following fall with deadlines differing by program.


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