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Rank: 74

San Diego State University

San Diego, CAwww.sdsu.edu
Founded in 1897 with just 91 students, San Diego State University has grown into a major research institution with more than 30,000 undergrads and about 4,700 grad students. The sunny, Spanish-style campus hosts a student body notable for its diversity, both ethnically and academically. Its students represent more than 100 countries around the world. SDSU offers about 160 undergraduate majors and programs, including gerontology, music, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies. SDSU has more than 350 student organizations, and San Diego, California's second-largest city and a major hub for business and technology, is just a trolley ride away. Greek organizations play a sizable role in campus social life, with more than 50 fraternities and sororities, many of which are located on a fraternity row that runs along the center of campus. Then, too, there's the enviable weather, which the university characterizes as "a beautiful Mediterranean climate," with little rain and daytime temperatures that usually fall between 60 degrees and 80 degrees. "In other words," SDSU boasts on its website, "it's always flip-flop weather!" SDSU's graduation rate of 74%, as calculated by MONEY, is 18% higher than would be expected for a student body with economic backgrounds. Furthermore, SDSU graduates on average make 5% more in early career earnings than peers who have graduated from similar institutions.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$29,500
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,300
Average price for low-income students
$8,180
admissions
Acceptance rate
35%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1190/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
29,781
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
72%
% of need met
67%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$2,000
student success
Graduation rate
74%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$53,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
41%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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