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San Diego State: Student Life

Student Profile

Total undergraduates:13,326 men, 15,908 women, 29,234 total
Full-time undergraduates:11,866 men, 14,139 women, 26,005 total
Part-time undergraduates:1,460 men, 1,769 women, 3,229 total
Total graduate students:1,975 men, 3,045 women, 5,020 total
Full-time graduate students:1,065 men, 1,922 women, 2,987 total
Part-time graduate students:910 men, 1,123 women, 2,033 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates:22
U.S. region where majority of students come from:West
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state:8%
First-year student enrollment breakdown:
  • 0.4% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 14.9% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 4.3% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 26.8% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 35.7% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 7.1% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 6.8% Nonresident Alien 
  • 3.7% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown
Degree seeking undergraduate student breakdown:
  • 0.3% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 13.7% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 3.8% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 30.9% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 33.6% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 6.4% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 6.4% Nonresident Alien 
  • 4.7% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown

Campus Environment

Campus size:280 acres
City or town school is located in:San Diego, CA
Population of city/town:1,355,896
Locations of branch/satellite campuses:Branch campus in Calexico, CA.
Online campus map:

Living on Campus

Institution offers housing:yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year:yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms
  • sorority housing
  • fraternity housing
  • single-student apartments
  • special housing for disabled students
  • special housing for international students
  • other housing including Theme and wellness housing.
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing:71%
Percent of students who live in school housing:15%
Percent of students who live off campus:85%
Students required to live on campus:All first-time freshmen participating in the Honors program and living outside the local area must live on campus.
Student conduct policies: class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age:yes

Study Facilities

Every student is required to lease or own a computer:no
Every student is required to take a computer course:no
Computer equipment is provided in:residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students:2000
Internet access provided to all students:yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students:yes
School has a library on campus:yes
Additional library facilities/collections: Special collections.
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus: Recital hall, performing arts theaters, observatories; seismology and weather stations; health and recreation centers.

Assistance Services

Remedial learning services: writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered: nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, women's center, day care, health insurance
Counseling services: military, veteran student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological
Career placement services: internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities: note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, special transportation, special housing, adaptive equipment, braille services, adapted recreation.
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped:mostly

Social Activities

Number of social fraternities on campus:22
Number of fraternities that have chapter houses:13
Percent of men who join fraternities:8%
Number of social sororities on campus:22
Number of sororities that have chapter houses:8
Percent of women who join sororities:10%
Student activities: student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, radio station, television station
School newspaper(s):The Daily Aztec
Number of honor societies:26
Total number of registered organizations:312
Campus-based religious organizations: Acts 2 Fellowship, Alpha Omega Campus Ministry, Awaken, Aztec 180°, CABC, College Group, Campus Outreach, Catholic Newman Center, Challenge SDSU, Christians at SDSU, Christians for Social Justice, Cru, Flood, LBC College Life Bible Study, Rebellion at SDSU, Religious Explorations, Secular Student Alliance, Skyline@SDSU, TRUE STORY, Young Life, Zion Bible Study club; Chi Alpha Christian, Fresh Wind Chinese Bible, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowships
Minority student organizations: Afrikan Student Union, Afrique Dance, Andres Bonifacio Samahan, Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition, Asian Pacific Student Alliance, Chabad Jewish Student Life, Circolo Italiano, EOP Student Advisory Board, Global Aztec Alliance, Jewish Student Union, Nikkei Student Union, Queer Student Union, SafeZones@SDSU Student Organization, Saudis at SDSU, Stateside Breaks, Student African American Brotherhood, Student African American Sisterhood, Student Veteran Organization, Students of Indian Heritage, The Pride Center; African Student Drama, Chicana Activists, Chinese Students and Scholars, Indian, International, Japanese, Korean, Muslim Student, Pacific Islander, Pakistan, and Vietnamese Student Associations; Euro and French clubs
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees: Poetic Youth, Poetry Cooperative, Professional Studies/Fine Arts Civil Core, Fiction Forum, Writers Collaborative, Beautiful Arts, Aztec Music Group, Silver Wings, Social Action Committee, Rocket Project, Design Build Fly, Foodies, HeadSTRONG, Jewelry Student Coop, Mock Trial, ALPFA Students, Black Student Science Organization, CalGeo, John Burdette Binkley Squadron, Future Physical Therapists Organization, AIESEC San Diego, Detachment 075 Honor Guard, Aztec Professional Pre-Health Organization, Aztec Racing, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, Kinesiology Organization Revolutionizing Exercise, Latin American Studies Student Organization, Sociedad Estudiantil de Lenguas, Artes y Culturas Hispánicas, Pre-Dental Organization, PCMA Student Chapter, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, Cyber Defense Team, Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine, Child & Family Development Student Organization, Council of Pre-Health Organizations; Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, American Chemical, Arnold Air, Automotive Engineers, Black Business, Black Engineers, Civil Engineers, Civil Engineering Honor, Entrepreneur, Enviro-Business, Film, Finance/Investment, Future Athletic Trainers, Human Resource Management, Interior Designers, International Business, ISCOR, Mechanical Engineers, Minorities in Hospitality, Pre-Law, Public Relations, Real Estate, and Schwartz Astronomical Societies; Africana Studies Majors/Minors, American Marketing, American Medical Student, American Water Works, Anthropology Graduate Student, Anthropology, Asian Pacific Islander Social Work, Biomedical Technology Students, California Nursing Students, CBB Student, Criminal Justice Student, Design/Technology, Doctorate of Physical Therapy Student, Economics Student, Furniture Design, Geography Graduate Student, Geology, Graduate Social Work, Hispanic Business Student, Information Technology Professionals, Latino Student Social Work, Linguistics Student, Lodging Management Student, Meeting/Events Student, National Student Speech Language Hearing, Physician Assistant Student, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary Medical, Recreation/Tourism Student, Rehabilitation Counseling Student, School Counseling Graduate Student, and School Psychology Student Associations; American Sign Language, counseling/social change, poetry translation, liberal studies, philosophy, raptor, natural history, mecatronics, and neuroscience clubs


School has an athletic program:yes
Athletic director:Jim Sterk,
Athletic Director
School colors:red and black
School mascot:The Aztec Warrior
Athletic conference memberships:Mountain West Conference
Sports offeredScholarships?Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballyes
Men's basketballyes
Men's footballyes
Men's golfyes
Men's socceryes
Men's tennisyes
Women's basketballyes
Women's crewyes
Women's cross-countryyes
Women's divingyes
Women's golfyes
Women's lacrosseyes
Women's socceryes
Women's softballyes
Women's swimmingyes
Women's tennisyes
Women's track and field (indoor)yes
Women's track and field (outdoor)yes
Women's volleyballyes
Women's water poloyes
Athletic facilities: aquaplex, arena, baseball/softball stadium; athletic, beach aquatic, and tennis centers; gymnasium, practice field
Intramural/Recreational sports: basketball, bowling, non\-tackle football, racquetball, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball
Club sports for men: cycling, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, rugby, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, surfing, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, waterskiing
Club sports for women: cycling, dance, lacrosse, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, surfing, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, waterskiing

Getting Away

Public transportation serves campus:yes
Nearest international airport:San Diego, CA (8 miles)
Nearest other airport:Santa Ana/Orange County, CA (90 miles)
Nearest passenger train service:San Diego, CA (8 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service:San Diego, CA (8 miles)

Paying the Bills

Institutional employment is available:yes
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are:excellent
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term:no

After Graduation

Percent of graduates who pursue further study:11% immediately
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:The Gallup Organization, H.G. Fenton Company, Kaiser Permanente, Robert Half International, Southwestern Community College District.
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Jim Sinegal, CEO, Costco
  • Ellen Ochoa, astronaut, NASA
  • Kathleen Kennedy, movie producer.