San Diego State University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

San Diego, CA

$7,720

Avg in-state tuition

$19,600

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About San Diego State University

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

San Diego State University is a large public university located on an urban campus in San Diego, California. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 36,334, and admissions are very selective, with an acceptance rate of 37%. The university offers 110 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 76%, and a student-faculty ratio of 27:1. Tuition and fees for in-state students are $7,720, while tuition and fees for out-of-state students are $19,600.

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Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

37% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

Students remain enrolled in this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This typically means students are happy with their school selection and wish to continue their education there.

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89% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

76% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Test scores Required

High school rank Not required or recommended

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Not required or recommended

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 22-29

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1090-1300

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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36k

Students enrolled

99%

Online student enrollment

27:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

34%

Hispanic

33%

Asian

13%

Two or more races

6%

Non-U.S. Citizen

5%

Unknown

4%

Black

4%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

57%

Socio-economic diversity

26% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

1

Total Online Enrollment

35,821

Student Location Breakout

99% 1%

Percent of Programs Online

100% On-campus

0% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates X Bold Not offered

Associate X Bold Not offered

Bachelor's X Bold Not offered

Graduate Certificate X Bold Not offered

Master's Check Bold 1% online

Doctorate X Bold Not offered

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

26%

State Grant Aid

41%

Institution Grant Aid

25%

Pell Grant

26%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $5,671
State Grant Aid $2,744
Institution Grant Aid $7,471
Pell Grant Aid $5,349

Financial Outlook

$15k

Average student debt after graduation

$42k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.