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San Diego State University

4.3 out of 5 (13 reviews) San Diego, California, United States
Founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown from a small teachers' college into a national research university of 36,000 students enrolled in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Today, with nearly 240,000 local alumni and 6,000 employees, SDSU is one of the top economic generators in the San Diego region. 

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (34)
Business & Management (23)
Social Sciences (23)
Education & Training (22)
Humanities (21)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (19)
Computer Science & IT (11)
Engineering & Technology (8)
Medicine & Health (8)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)



Founded March 13, 1897, San Diego State University began as the San Diego Normal School, a training facility for elementary school teachers. Seven faculty and 91 students met in temporary quarters over a downtown drugstore before moving to a newly constructed 17-acre campus on Park Boulevard.



At SDSU, we are committed to creating educational opportunities that contribute to intellectual development and equip you to succeed in a global society. We offer 95 bachelor's, 78 masters and 22 doctoral degree programs.


Interdisciplinary research is the future, and SDSU is ready to go there at its new Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex.


College is a time to learn and explore — and to develop the career management and networking skills you'll rely on for a lifetime of career success.

Through partnerships, education, and programming, we provide current Aztecs and Aztec alumni with many opportunities to define, develop and realize their career potential. 

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
801 -100
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

The International Student Center (ISC) advances the internationalization efforts of SDSU by serving both incoming international students and SDSU students studying abroad. The ISC offers a full range of programs and services to foster student success, global perspectives, intercultural awareness and international cooperation. 

Library services

The Library and Information Access supports the information, curricular and research needs of the university's diverse community through the widest possible range of resources. We are committed to information literacy, lifelong learning, and creative endeavors in a welcoming environment.

Medical services

Student Health Services (SHS) is staffed by fully licensed and certified health professionals who are dedicated to the college community. No-cost or low-cost medical services include outpatient evaluation and treatment of common medical problems, preventive care, health counseling, immunizations and psychiatric treatment.

Student Life

Campus life

San Diego State University is in the very southwest corner of the United States. We have a beautiful Mediterranean climate—daytime temperatures are rarely below 60 degrees or above 80 degrees. The sun is usually out and it rarely rains. In other words, it's always flip-flop weather!SDSU's campus is within a 15-minute drive of downtown San Diego, the Pacific ocean, and the mountains. And we're only two hours south of Los Angeles.

Student Reviews

SDSU review
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
The experience has been amazing. One thing to improve would be electronic communication with students.
San Diego
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I really liked the subjects and materials that we studied. However, some of them was very hard and tough course, and also we have soo many General Education courses, like three political Sciences, Two philosophy, etc.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
The organization of the whole university could be improved more.

San Diego, California, United States