So, you’re thinking about applying to San Diego State University (also commonly referred to as SDSU), and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 34%, admission to SDSU is highly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 25.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at SDSU admission statistics.
SDSU Admissions Statistics
SDSU’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 34%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 59,051 applicants, SDSU admitted about 20,321. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.69, the average ACT score was 25, and the average SAT score was 1190.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 22, and the 75th percentile score was 28.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1090. The 75th percentile score was 1300.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to SDSU is very competitive. Even if SDSU is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at SDSU’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
SDSU Application Requirements
To apply to SDSU, you’ll need to fill out the Cal State Apply online application, submit an ACT or SAT score, and pay the $55 application fee. Everything should be submitted by November 30th.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the Cal State Apply online application
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Pay the $55 application fee
The application deadline is November 30th.
Have you been admitted to SDSU? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
SDSU Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at SDSU, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 46% are male and 54% are female
- 6.8% of students are international
SDSU has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 6.8%
- Underrepresented minority: 4.8%
- Two or more races: 7%
- White: 35.6%
What do these admitted students plan to study? SDSU offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
SDSU Tuition Figures
At $37,754, SDSU’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $9,600.
Here’s a fuller look at SDSU tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $37,754
- Average financial aid package: $9,600
- The average student debt of a Cal Tech graduate is $19,969
Now, what is life like at SDSU? Let’s take a look.
The campus is located in San Diego, California.
The school has a major impact on the San Diego area, drawing in over $2.4 billion dollars for the local economy.
Remember, you’re going to SDSU for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
SDSU has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Comparative Literature
- Financial Planning and Services
- Human Resources Management
- Japanese Language and Literature
- Mechanical Engineering
- Operations Management and Supervision
- Public Administration
- Rhetoric and Composition
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at SDSU.
Student Life at SDSU
SDSU has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of SDSU’s student activities:
- A.I. Club
- Advertising Club at SDSU
- Arts & Culture Club
- Aztec Angling Club
- Best Buddies SDSU
- Ceramic Arts Association
- Digital Humanities Collaborative
- Entrepreneur Society
- Flying Samaritans of SDSU
- Gates to Success
- Ham Radio at SDSU
- International Business Society
- Jewelry Student Coop
- Kuwaiti Student Union
- Latin American Studies Student Organization (LASSO)
- Math Club SDSU
Are you an athlete? SDSU's got plenty of options for you.
SDSU offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
SDSU’s sports include:
Who might you become with an SDSU degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
SDSU has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Actor Gregory Peck
- Rubio's CEO Ralph Rubio
- Astronaut Ellen Ochoa
- Actress Julie Kavner
- Producer Kathleen Kennedy
- News anchor Courtney Friel
- MLB player Tony Gwynn
- Jack in the Box founder Robert O. Peterson
- Artist John Baldessari
- Journalist Abby Martin
- NFL player Marshall Faulk
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into SDSU is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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