San Diego State University is a publicly funded, four-year university in California's beautiful southern region. With over 30,000 undergraduate students, SDSU can accommodate nearly any academic, social, or cultural passion. SDSU has eight colleges that cover fields such as arts and letters, engineering, education, health and human services, business, and fine arts. In fact, the institution provides students with 197 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. Of those, undergraduate students have 96 bachelor's degree options.
Overview of San Diego State University
On top of the traditional academic fields, SDSU also provides students the option to complete a preprofessional program. Ambitious undergraduate students who are eager to prepare for a career can enroll in programs such as: pre-dental, pre-legal, pre-medical, and pre-physician assistant, among others. Once they have their diplomas, students find that SDSU offers graduate programs to help them complete their professional training and launch the career of their dreams.
When SDSU students aren't buried in their books, they can engage with a social group, such as a Greek society, athletics, or a club that caters to a special interest or passion. There is also the Aztec Recreation Center where students can drop in for a fitness class, climb the Arc wall, lift weights, or elevate their heart rates on a spin bike or another cardio machine.
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||27:1|
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|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|Application Deadline||November 10|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Educational costs are almost always in the news these days, and for good reason. Families need to know what their initial financial burden for college will be before the student leaves home. Since San Diego State University is a state-run institution of higher education, California residents can attend for a lower rate than those from out of state, or out of the Western Undergraduate Exchange. In fact, residents see a gross tuition cost of only $7,500, while the gross price for non-California residents is closer to $19,000. Once room and board are tallied, Californians pay around $26,000 to live off campus and $30,000 for the convenience of campus living. Meanwhile out-of-state students pay $39,000 to live off campus and $42,000 to live in campus housing.
The net cost is another matter, however. Once financial aid enters the picture, the average net price for a year at SDSU is $15,000. For the lowest earning households, that number falls to $8,800, including room and board. The top income bracket still only pays the net price of $22,000. Given SDSU's strong academic programs, this is a terrific bargain.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$8,507|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||60%|
|Room & Board||$17,752|
- Tuition In-State - $7,510
- Tuition Out-of-State - $19,390
- Books and Supplies - $1,969
- Room & Board - $17,752
- Other - $3,291
San Diego State University is a member of the California State University system. As such, it enjoys a strong academic reputation which is supported by educational statistics that include its retention rate, graduation rate, and student-to-faculty ratio. These numbers provide an objective measure with which students and their families can assess the institution. There are surely other personal factors that enter into one's educational decisions.
SDSU officials report that for their first-time, full-time students, 89% return to campus for a second year. This is nearly matched by their first-time, part-time students, who post a retention rate of 82%. That statistic reflects that students and their families are satisfied with their professors, curriculum, and the overall campus resources. In fact, most students stick around, work hard, and 73% graduate within six years. Around 40% receive diplomas in four years and a total of 77% complete degrees within eight years.
These terrific numbers can be attributed to many factors. However, one of the chief indicators of a strong, satisfactory educational experience is the student-to-faculty ratio. SDSU posts a ratio of 27 students for every one faculty member. Given that SDSU is home to 30,000 undergraduates, this is quite a feat.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||1,756 Total Graduates / 22%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||1,579 Graduates|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce||97 Graduates|
|Hospitality Administration/Management, General||80 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||714 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Mechanical Engineering||264 Graduates|
|Civil Engineering, General||137 Graduates|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||106 Graduates|
|Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering||87 Graduates|
|All Social Sciences Majors||712 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Economics, General||202 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||110 Graduates|
|International Relations and National Security Studies, Other||94 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||531 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Psychology, General||531 Graduates|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs||476 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric||238 Graduates|
|Radio and Television||87 Graduates|
|Health Communication||35 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||47%|
Outcome & Salary
Not only do students and their families need to understand the financial cost of a SDSU education but they need some assurance that their investment will pay off. While the value of an education encompasses many subjective factors that change even over the course of a single lifetime, entry-level salaries are always a point of interest. SDSU students do quite well in this regard. Of the top-ten earning majors from the university, the registered nurses do the best, reporting a median salary of $85,000. Rounding out the top ten are the international business majors, who start their careers with a median salary of $42,000. The remaining, top-earning majors tend to be either from the engineering departments or the business school.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$55,100|
|College Grads Average Salary||$73,051|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$102,800|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$730,510|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,758,510|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$57,996|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$672,514|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,700,514|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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