Located in San Diego, California, San Diego State University is a public space-grant research university and the largest and oldest educational institution within the city of San Diego. Established in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School, the school’s original purpose was to be a training facility for elementary school educators. In 1935 the school was renamed San Diego State College due to an expansion in degree program offerings which went beyond teacher education. In 1960 the school became part of the newly created California State College system (now known as the California State University system) and is today considered to be a leading public research university.
Academic ProgramsSan Diego State University offers an impressive array of degree programs including more than 180 undergraduate programs and over 110 master’s and doctoral degrees. San Diego University currently offers more doctoral degrees than any other campus within the entire California State University system. The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1949.
San Diego State University is divided into several colleges, including the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, the College of Sciences, and the Weber Honors College. Included in the several degree offerings which are available, the University also offers several pre-professional programs including Allied Health, Pre-dental, Pre-chiropractic, Pre-law, Pre-medical, Pre-occupational Therapy, Pre-optometry, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-physical Therapy, Pre-physician Assistant, Pre-podiatry, Pre- social Work, and Pre-veterinary Medicine.
Student LifeSan Diego State University has a total enrollment figure of more than 34,000, including well over 29,000 undergraduate students. On-campus housing is offered to students in a variety of living options including residence halls, student apartments, fraternity row, language and honors housing. More than 60% all first-time freshmen and approximately 15% of the overall student body live on-campus. Several themed living communities are also available to both freshman and upperclassmen.
San Diego State University is home to a variety of student-led clubs including several Greek life organizations. These and other activities and events provide opportunities for students to interact with one another outside of the classroom setting and gain valuable leadership skills. San Diego State University is also known for being one of the most LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation, hosting a welcome week LGTB reception, participating in Pride San Diego, hosting an LGBT college fair and more. The University opened the first-ever Pride Center at the former Student Organization Annex for the purpose of providing resources and helping to meet the needs and challenges of LGBT students. San Diego State University is an NCAA Division I-A School; several of the varsity teams compete in the Mountain West Conference.