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San Diego State University

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area (generally the City and County of San Diego), and is part of the California State University system. It is the third-oldest university in the California State University system, and one of the oldest universities in California. SDSU has a student body of approximately 29,256 (as of the beginning of the Fall 2009 academic year) and an alumni base of more than 200,000. San Diego State University had an acceptance rate of 36.4 % for the 2009 academic year.  According to SDSU’s website, the university received 62,000 applications for the 2008 school year.

The Carnegie Foundation has designated San Diego State University a “Research University with high research activity.” SDSU is the only California State University campus with this classification, which places it among the top 200 higher education institutions in the country conducting research.

Established on March 13, 1897, San Diego State University first began as the San Diego Normal School, meant to educate local future female elementary school teachers. In 1923, the San Diego Normal School became San Diego State Teachers College, “a four-year public institution controlled by the state Board of Education.” In 1935, the school became San Diego State College. In 1960, San Diego State College became a part of the California College System, now known as the California State University system. Finally in 1970 San Diego State College became San Diego State University (SDSU).

San Diego State University Rankings in 2010

San Diego State University Rankings in 2011

San Diego State University Tuition and Fees

Estimated 2011-12 Costs of Attendance:
Undergraduates
9 months
LIVING WITH
PARENTS
LIVING ON
CAMPUS
LIVING OFF
CAMPUS
Basic Tuition and Fees*
$6,578
$6,578
$6,578
Books and Supplies
$1,661
$1,661
$1,661
Food and Housing**
$3,863
$11,549
$10,533
Transportation
$1,379
$1,338
$1,714
Misc./Personal
$2,897
$2,694
$2,810
Total
$16,378
 
$23,820
 
$23,296
 
* Nonresident tuition fees are an additional $372 per unit.
** Freshmen from outside SDSU’s local service area are required to live on campus for their first year.Note: The costs in this table are subject to change without notice.

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