San Diego State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Hepner Hall at SDSU ( more photos). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

San Diego State University (SDSU) is a selective school, due in large part to the sheer number of applicants each year. Between the low acceptance rate and grade/test score requirements, students will need a strong application in order to be considered for acceptance. Those interested will need to submit an application, official high school transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores. Be sure to visit the school's website, since there is more information about requirements, deadlines, and other essential admissions information.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • San Diego State University Acceptance Rate: 35%
  • SDSU GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490 / 600
    • SAT Math: 510 / 620
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 23 / 28
    • ACT English: 22 / 28
    • ACT Math: 23 / 28

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 34,688 (29,860 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 90% Full-time

San Diego State University Description:

Part of the California State University system, San Diego State University is the third largest university in California. The college ranks highly for study abroad, and SDSU students have a choice of 190 study abroad programs. The university has an active Greek system with over 50 fraternities and sororities. Business Management is the most popular major at SDSU, but the school'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.

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Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,084 (in-state); $18,244 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,818 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,812
  • Other Expenses: $2,880
  • Total Cost: $26,594 (in-state); $37,754 (out-of-state)

San Diego State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 62%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 52%
    • Loans: 33%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,436
    • Loans: $6,495

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice Studies, Health and Physical Education, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Speech and Rhetorical Studies
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Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 2%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 34%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 73%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, Lacrosse

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics