San Diego State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 34%. San Diego State University is part of the California State University. The 293-acre campus is located on the northeastern edge of the city. The college ranks highly for study abroad, and SDSU students have a choice of 350 study abroad programs. The university has an active Greek system with nearly 50 fraternities and sororities. SDSU's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, the San Diego State Aztecs compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

Considering applying to San Diego State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, San Diego State University had an acceptance rate of 34%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 34 students were admitted, making SDSU's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 69,043
Percent Admitted 34%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

San Diego State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 84% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 650
Math 550 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of SDSU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to SDSU scored between 560 and 650, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of students admitted to SDSU scored between 550 and 660, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 660. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1310 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at San Diego State University.

Requirements

San Diego State University does not require the SAT writing section. SAT Subject tests are not required by SDSU.

ACT Scores and Requirements

San Diego State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 43% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 29
Math 22 27
Composite 22 28

This admissions data tells us that most of SDSU's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to San Diego State University received a composite ACT score between 22 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Note that SDSU does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. San Diego State does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for freshman admitted to SDSU was 3.73. These results suggest that most successful applicants to San Diego State University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

San Diego State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
San Diego State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to San Diego State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

San Diego State University is one of the larger and more selective universities in the California State University System. Roughly one-third of applicants are accepted. The green and blue dots in the above graph represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had "B+" averages or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, and ACT scores of 20 or better. Higher grades and test scores improve your chances of admission significantly. You'll notice that some students with lower grades and scores were accepted, and also that there are many spots of red (rejected students) in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that seem to be on target for San Diego State University will still be rejected.

What makes the difference between an acceptance and a rejection? Unlike the University of California System, the California State University admission process is not holistic. Except for EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) students, applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendation or an application essay, and extracurricular involvement is not part of the standard application. Instead admissions is based primarily on GPA and test scores. The reasons why an applicant with adequate scores and grades would be rejected tends to come down to factors such as insufficient college preparatory classes, high school classes that weren't challenging, or an incomplete application.