San Diego State, founded in 1897, is a public, multipurpose university. It is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego area and is among the top 20 largest universities in the nation. Since its 1897 founding as the San Diego Normal School, the institution evolved from a teachers' college, to a liberal arts college and finally to a major comprehensive university. The first doctoral degree was awarded in 1966. San Diego St U currently offers bachelor's degrees in 76 majors, 58 master's degrees and 11 doctorates. 1997 marked SDSU's centennial year, and its national reputation for excellence continues to grow. Yet it still remains one of the most affordable comprehensive universities. Students from all levels benefit from working alongside faculty as they conduct scholarly and cutting-edge research and community service in their disciplines. A variety of special programs help new freshmen and transfer students achieve both academic and personal success. The school's main quadrangle of the 300-acre campus, located in San Diego, is still surrounded by the original seven mission-styled buildings.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
31,086
Undergraduates
13,647
Men - 43.9%
17,440
Women - 56.1%
4,492
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
37% of 64,784 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.81 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $31,484
Out-of-state: $43,364
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $8,136
Out-of-state: $20,016
Room and Board
$19,330
Average Percent of Need Met
65%
Average Freshman Award
$6,810
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$20,300
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
947
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
10%
10-19
17%
20-29
24%
30-39
18%
40-49
7%
50-99
16%
Over 100
9%
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San Diego Population
1,338,348
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Diego
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
8% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Sororities
12% of women participate
Fraternities
8% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.4%
Asian
13.9%
Black/African-American
4.6%
Hispanic/Latino
35.2%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
7%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.3%
White
35.2%
Unknown
3.4%
International Students
4.8% from 106 countries
First-Year Students Returning
89.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
47.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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