San Diego State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
2022 Average Net Price
$13,017
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.18%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
39.3%
77,250 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
37,402
85% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
78%
3,754 Graduates

About

San Diego State University is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at San Diego State University were General Business Administration & Management (1,875 degrees awarded), General Psychology (699 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (417 degrees).

In 2022, 10,875 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at San Diego State University. 59.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,635 degrees), 1.04 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (3,504 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at San Diego State University is $5,742, which is $−24,408 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at San Diego State University is $5,742, which is $−24,408 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,017.

In 2022, 61% of undergraduate students attending San Diego State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 19% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at San Diego State University was $5,742. The cost of tuition at San Diego State University is $−24,408 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$13,017
2022 Value
89.6%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 San Diego State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,017. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of San Diego State University grew by 89.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$17,353
Room and Board
$1,091
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at San Diego State University was of $17,353 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 7.14% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,091. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.11% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

61%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
19%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

61% of undergraduate students at San Diego State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 15.1% with respect to 2021, when 53% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.18%
2019 Default Rate
61
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at San Diego State University was 1.18%, which represents 61 out of the 5164 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

San Diego State University received 77,250 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 14.2% annual growth. Out of those 77,250 applicants, 30,331 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 39.3% acceptance rate.

There were 37,402 students enrolled at San Diego State University in 2022.

San Diego State University has an overall enrollment yield of 21.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

39.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
30,331
Accepted Out of 77,250

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of San Diego State University was 39.3% (30,331 admissions from 77,250 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 37.9%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 14.2%, while admissions grew by 18.3%..

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Enrollment

San Diego State University had a total enrollment of 37,402 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at San Diego State University is 31,807 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,595. This means that 85% of students enrolled at San Diego State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at San Diego State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 34.7% Hispanic or Latino, 34.1% White, 12.7% Asian, 6.62% Two or More Races, 3.92% Black or African American, 0.297% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.225% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at San Diego State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (21%), followed by White Female (20.4%) and White Male (14.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (26.2%), followed by White Female (20.6%) and White Male (10.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at San Diego State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 37,402 students. The full-time enrollment at San Diego State University is 31,807 and the part-time enrollment is 5,595. This means that 85% of students enrolled at San Diego State University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at San Diego State University was 89%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), San Diego State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    12,976 enrolled students
  2. White
    12,762 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    4,757 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at San Diego State University is 34.7% Hispanic or Latino, 34.1% White, 12.7% Asian, 6.62% Two or More Races, 3.92% Black or African American, 0.297% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.225% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,158 students (3.1%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 2,031 more women than men received degrees from San Diego State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at San Diego State University is white (3,635 degrees awarded). There were 1.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (3504 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at San Diego State University is General Business Administration & Management (1,875 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (699 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (417 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at San Diego State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (427 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (165 degrees), and Engineering (880 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Diego State University are Other managers (559,228 people), Software developers (489,289 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (371,580 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (353,614 people), and Civil engineers (286,414 people).

The most specialized majors at San Diego State University in 2022 are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (427 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (165 degrees), Engineering (880 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (502 degrees), and Social Sciences (749 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Diego State University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at San Diego State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (427 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (165 degrees), Engineering (880 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (502 degrees), and Social Sciences (749 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Diego State University are Computer Systems Design (635,144 people), Elementary & secondary schools (552,118 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (474,212 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (470,185 people), and Construction (386,008 people).

The most specialized majors at San Diego State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (427 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (165 degrees), Engineering (880 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (502 degrees), and Social Sciences (749 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by San Diego State University.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 1,770 degrees awarded
  2. 601 degrees awarded
  3. 416 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at San Diego State University was General Business Administration & Management with 1,770 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,422
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
6,453
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 4,422 degrees were awarded to men at San Diego State University, which is 0.685 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,453).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 1085 degrees were awarded to men at San Diego State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.24 times more than the 875 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 875 degrees were awarded to men at San Diego State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.806 times less than the 1085 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

47%
100% Completion Time
76%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 47% of students graduating from San Diego State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 76% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 78% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (85.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at San Diego State University is Female and Asian (85.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.01% of graduates (113 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,635 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    3,504 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    1,409 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at San Diego State University is white (3,635 degrees awarded). There were 1.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (3504 degrees).

3.74% of degree recipients (407 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    2,234 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    2,130 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    1,505 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at San Diego State University is hispanic or latino female (2,234 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (2130 degrees).

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Operations

San Diego State University has an endowment valued at nearly $398M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−7.62%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, San Diego State University had a total salary expenditure of 878M. San Diego State University employs 312 Professors, 247 Associate professors and 227 Lecturers. Most academics at San Diego State University are Male Professor (192), Male Associate professor (134), and Female Lecturer (128).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Diego State University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 451 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 300 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 286 employees.

Endowment

$398M
2022 Endowment
4.79%
decline from 2021

San Diego State University has an endowment valued at about $398M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of San Diego State University declined 4.79% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $25.2M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$287M
2022 Salaries
8.62%
growth from 2021

In 2022, San Diego State University paid a median of $287M in salaries, which represents 32.7% of their overall expenditure ($878M) and a 8.62% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$111M
Instructional Salaries
1,016
Number of Employees

In 2022, San Diego State University paid a total of $111M to 1,016 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
312 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
451 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at San Diego State University were Professor with 312 employees, Associate professor with 247 employees, and Lecturer with 227 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Diego State University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 451 employees, Business and Financial Operations with 300 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 286 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at San Diego State University was Male Professor with 192 employees, Male Associate professor with 134 employees, and Female Lecturer with 128 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at San Diego State University.

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