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San Diego State: Admissions

Admissions Office

Admissions officer: Sabrina Cortell,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office: 619 594-6336
855 594-6336 (toll free)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?yes
Final filing date for fall:November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:No
Application Fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:0
High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:neither required nor recommended
Interview is:neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview:not available
Standardized test requirements:SAT or ACT required
School's test preference:no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received:November for SAT/ACT
High School units required or recommended:
English:4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign Language:2 required, 2 recommended
History:1 required, 1 recommended
Lab:2 required, 2 recommended
Science:2 required, 2 recommended
Social Studies:1 required, 1 recommended
Academic Electives:1 required, 1 recommended
Other: 1 required, 1 recommended
Total:15 required, 16 recommended
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP
School has formalized early decision program:no
School has early action program:no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence important
  • state residency important
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.69
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 100%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 49%
Average SAT: 546 verbal, 567 math
Average ACT: 25 composite
ACT writing middle 50% range: 7 - 8
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 22 - 28
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores: 84%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 52%

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission: by March
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received: 58,970
Number of applicants offered admission: 20,238 (34%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 5,229 (26%)
School has a waiting list policy: yes
Number of students put on waiting list: 2,474
Number accepting place on waiting list: 1,037 (42%)
Number of those on waiting list who were enrolled: 27 (3%)
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools: 92%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 13%
Tuition deposit amount: $400, nonrefundable
Room deposit amount:$375, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred:no