San Diego State University: Tuition Fees, Acceptance Rate, Rankings, Courses

San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public research university in San Diego, California. Founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, it is the third-oldest university and southernmost in the 23-member California State University (CSU) system. In Fall 2022, SDSU hit an all time high enrollment record student body of nearly 37,000 and an alumni base of more than 300,000.

It is classified among “R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity”. In the 2015–16 fiscal year, the university obtained $130 million in public and private funding—a total of 707 awards—up from $120.6 million the previous fiscal year.[ As reported by the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index released by the Academic Analytics organization of Stony Brook, New York, SDSU had the highest research output of any small research university in the United States in 2006 and 2007. SDSU sponsors the second-highest number of Fulbright Scholars in the State of California, just behind UC Berkeley. Since 2005, the university has produced over 65 Fulbright student scholars.

The university generates over $2.4 billion annually for the San Diego economy, while 60 percent of SDSU graduates remain in San Diego, making SDSU a primary educator of the region’s work force. Committed to serving the diverse San Diego region, SDSU has one of the ten most ethnically and racially diverse student bodies among universities nationwide, and is also one of the top ten for the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred upon minority students.

San Diego State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. San Diego State is an Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) and is eligible to be designated as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander serving institution (AANAPISI).


The total cost for the 2022-23 academic year is: $44,646 for a student living in university housing; and $41,418 for a student living off campus. Official university tuition and fees can be found on the Student Account Services website.


San Diego State University admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 38%. Half the applicants admitted to San Diego State University have an SAT score between 1120 and 1330 or an ACT score of 22 and 29.


San Diego State University is ranked #151 out of 443 National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.


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in Best Colleges for Veterans (tie)


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