Resources › For Students and Parents San Diego State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print benedek/Getty Images For Students and Parents College Admissions Testing Graphs College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated January 15, 2020 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 2019, the average high school GPA for freshman admitted to SDSU was 3.97. These results suggest that most successful applicants to San Diego State University have primarily A grades. 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. All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and San Diego State University Undergraduate Admissions Office. Continue Reading How Competitive Is Humboldt State University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Seattle University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Sonoma State University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is California Baptist University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of San Diego's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is San Francisco State's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Jacksonville University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Alabama State University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Portland State University's Admissions Process? 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