San Diego State University Photo Tour

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San Diego State University Photo Tour

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San Diego State University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is the third-oldest university in the California State University system. With a student body of 31,000, SDSU offers 189 different Bachelor’s degrees, 91 Master’s degrees, and 18 doctoral degrees--the most of any campus in the California State University system. Given San Diego State’s history and proximity to Mexico, the campus has a prominent Aztec inspiration, with many of its buildings bearing Ancient Mexican names and architectural style. SDSU’s official colors are scarlet red and gold, and its mascot is the Aztec Warrior.

San Diego State University is home to eight colleges: College of Arts & Letters; College of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Health & Human Services; College of Sciences; College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts; and College of Extended Studies.

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Hepner Hall at SDSU

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Hepner Hall at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

At the end of the main quad and Campanile Walkway, Hepner Hall is SDSU’s most iconic structure. The building is featured in San Diego State University’s official logo. Hepner Hall was completed in 1931 by Howard Spencer Hazen. The tower’s bells are rung once a year, during the yearly commencement ceremonies.

Hepner Hall is home to the School of Social Work and the University Center on Aging. Several faculty offices, classrooms and lecture halls are located within the building.

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Love Library at SDSU

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Love Library at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located at the center of the SDSU campus, Malcolm A. Love Library circulates over 500,000 books annually and holds well over six million items making it the largest library in the California State University system.  The building is named in honor of the fourth SDSU president, Dr. Malcolm A. Love.

Opened in 1971, the 500,000 sq. ft. building is home to the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, a Federal Depository Library as well as the State Depository Library. In 1996, the library was expanded to an additional five stories underground. The iconic dome entrance was built during this construction.

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Viejas Arena at SDSU

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Viejas Arena at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Next to the Aztec Recreation Center, Viejas Arena is home to the San Diego State Aztecs men’s and women’s basketball. With a capacity of 12,500, Viejas Arena holds large concerts throughout the years. Major performances have included Linkin Park, Lady Gaga, and Drake. The arena also hosts SDSU’s commencement ceremony.

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Aztec Recreation Center at SDSU

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Aztec Recreation Center at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Aztec Recreation Center is a full-service health and fitness facility operated by the Associated Students of San Diego State University. The 76,000 sq. ft. recreational center features a cardio and weight-training room, group fitness classes, outdoor tennis courts, indoor basketball courts, and an athletic pool and spa. Additionally, the Aztec Recreation Center hosts intramural sports throughout the year.

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Goodall Alumni Center at SDSU

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Goodall Alumni Center at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Maria Benjamin

The Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center "provides a professional venue for the Aztec alumni community to re-connect with SDSU." The center holds events and programs that allow current students a chance to network with alumni.

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Fowlers Athletic Center at SDSU

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Fowlers Athletic Center at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

In August of 2001, the Athletics Department relocated to the new Fowler Athletics Center. Located across from Viejas Arena, the center is home to SDSU’s Athletics Hall Of Fame, Offices for the Athletic Administration and staff, and recruiting lounges. The center is also home base for all men and women student athletes. The athletes are provided with a state of the art weight room with an indoor running track, locker rooms, and an academic center that has a computer lab, lecture rooms, and private study rooms. Outside of the center are most of SDSU’s athletic fields. Pictured above is Hardy Field. The other outdoor facilities include Gwynn Stadium, the Aztrack, and the Aztec Aquaplex.

The San Diego State Aztecs compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

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Adams Humanities Building at SDSU

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Adams Humanities Building at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Adams Humanities Building was built in 1977 in honor of Dr. John R. Adams, the chair of the Humanities Department from 1946 to 1968. Today, the building is home to the English, History, Foreign Languages, Literature, and Women Studies Departments.

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East Commons at San Diego State

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East Commons at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located on the east end of campus, East Commons is SDSU's largest food court facility. East Commons is home a variety of different cuisines, including Panda Express, West Coast Sandwich Company, Starbucks, Daphne’s, The Salad Bistro, and Juice It Up.

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Calpulli Center at SDSU

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Calpulli Center at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Adjacent to Viejas Arena, Calpulli Center is home to SDSU’s Student Health Services, Student Disability Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services. The facility provides primary care services, as well as specialty services like minor surgery, immunizations, radiology, pharmacology, and physical therapy.

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The Trolley Station at SDSU

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Trolley Station at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

San Diego’s green line trolley has one stop directly on the Aztec campus, connecting SDSU with metropolitan San Diego. This $431 million project ended in 2005 when the tunnel and station were completed. There are also six bus stops along the SDSU campus connecting to downtown San Diego.

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Zura Hall at San Diego State

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Zura Hall at San Diego State (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1968, Zura Hall was the first coed dorm on campus. Nearly every room in the building is single or double occupancy, making it an ideal dorm for freshmen.  Residents of Zura Hall have access to the Maya and Olmeca pool, SDSU’s student recreational swimming pools.

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Tepeyac Hall at SDSU

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Tepeyac Hall at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Tepeyac Hall is a dorm along the east side of SDSU’s student housing area. Each room is double occupancy with a common floor bathroom. Tepeyac Hall features a media lounge with flat screen TVs, a game room, swimming pool, and laundry facility. The eight-story building is located next to Cuicacalli Hall, which houses the student dining facility.

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Frat Row at San Diego State

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Frat Row at San Diego State (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Fraternity Row is a Greek housing complex on the SDSU campus. In total, there are eight, two-story chapter houses within the row. With apartment-style living, each room houses up to three students. The 1.4-acre complex is located across the street from campus. During the weekends, Frat Row is perhaps the liveliest area on campus for the student body.

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Scripps Park at SDSU

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Scripps Park at SDSU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

As part of SDSU’s original 1931 campus, Scripps Park and Cottage were located where Love Library now stands. During the Construction of Love Library, the Alumni Association moved the park to its current location, next to Hepner Hall. Today, the cottage is used for large student group meetings.

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