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San Diego State University Review

San Diego, CA, 5500 Campanile Dr
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Career Preparation A-
Students and Culture A
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A+
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San Diego State University is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 34,254 students and offering 199 degrees in San Diego, CA.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at San Diego State University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Education and Liberal Arts
2,062 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
9
Applied Behavior Analysis
1
Applied Mathematics
0
5
Art Studies
214
2
Communication Sciences and Disorders
84
0
3
Community College Education
6
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
47
Creative Writing
23
Curriculum and Instruction
1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
143
21
34
Education
189
7
Education/teaching of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries
6
Educational/instructional Technology
3
Educational Leadership and Administration
30
English Language and Literature
114
21
French Language and Literature
13
0
General Studies
49
German Language and Literature
3
Health and Physical Education/fitness
269
15
Japanese Language and Literature
17
Liberal Arts
170
7
Music Teacher Education
0
Rhetoric and Composition
0
Russian Language and Literature
0
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education
0
3
Spanish Language and Literature
130
11
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
265
39
Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
37
8
Teaching English As a Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor
63
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Business
1,988 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
1
67
3
Business Administration and Management
1,264
203
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
16
Economics
222
13
Financial Planning and Services
17
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration
3
International Business
73
0
International Relations and National Security Studies
106
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Human and Social Sciences
1,870 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/black Studies
9
American Indian/native American Studies
7
Anthropology
58
3
Asian Studies/civilization
11
0
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
6
Clinical Psychology
15
Comparative Literature
1
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
1
European Studies/civilization
1
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/chicano Studies
8
0
History
67
12
Humanities/humanistic Studies
7
International and Intercultural Communication
1
International Relations and Affairs
0
Jewish/judaic Studies
2
Latin American Studies
4
3
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
2
Linguistics
32
17
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
65
1
Multicultural Education
13
Philosophy
26
3
Political Science
144
6
Psychology
557
30
Public Administration
174
64
Religion/religious Studies
8
School Psychology
11
Social Sciences
97
Social Work
98
111
Sociology
163
8
Urban Studies/affairs
9
Women's Studies
13
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Healthcare
749 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/trainer
16
Audiology/audiologist
6
Dietetics/dietitian
107
17
Gerontology
33
2
Health Communication
33
Health/medical Physics
5
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences
110
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences
4
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
10
Occupational Therapy/therapist
5
Physical Therapy/therapist
34
Public Health
82
12
Registered Nurse
197
30
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions
2
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor
40
4
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Engineering
627 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
46
7
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
1
10
Building/home/construction Inspection/inspector
1
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning
15
Civil Engineering
91
26
Computer Engineering
39
1
Computer Software Engineering
26
Construction Engineering Technology/technician
16
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
73
25
Engineering
2
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
24
Environmental Science
14
Environmental Studies
9
1
Manufacturing Engineering
9
Mechanical Engineering
178
12
Structural Engineering
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Mathematics and Science
591 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Astronomy
5
5
Atomic/molecular Physics
2
Bioinformatics
9
Biology
240
29
5
Chemistry
49
14
6
Geography
33
14
5
Geology/earth Science
18
10
Mathematics
42
15
Mathematics and Computer Science
2
5
Microbiology
22
0
Physical Sciences
0
Physics
6
6
Statistics
19
30
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Legal and Law
406 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Criminal Justice
398
Criminology
8
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Communication and Media
183 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Journalism
94
Radio and Television
80
9
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Hospitality
167 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Facilities Planning and Management
6
Hospitality Management
105
9
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
47
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Computer Technology
166 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
74
78
Information Science/studies
0
Information Technology
14
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Art and Design
121 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
1
Dance
9
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
43
12
Fine Arts
13
Music
10
3
Music Performance
26
3
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
1
Writing
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
12
Trades and Careers
50 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
National Security Policy Studies
50
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/technicians
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
13
Agriculture
4 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Ecology
4
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at San Diego State University.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Education
Public Administration
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
Specialized institution accreditations:
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship (San Diego WIC Dietetic Internship)
Didactic Program in Dietetics
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical doctoral program in Audiology (Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Science)
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs (College of Health and Human Sciences)
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education Health Management and Policy (HMP) - Graduate Program in Health Management and Policy
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
Council on Education for Public Health Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A- Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 11 Reviews
Alumni
Linguistics, Class of 1988

The curriculm I took was very beneficial to me.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
fine arts and humanities, Class of 1974

A sheet of paper with a list of places that require my major.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business marketing , Class of 2004

None! College was good at teaching how to self motivate

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English, Class of 1975

As an adult, I have worked in the computer field. What I have done as a career was not invented yet when I was in university. What I learned studying English gave me skills in analysis, skills in writing, skills in communication that have been valuable in my career.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 2010

Career services center, alumni network, alumni networking/mentoring, internship is programs within majors.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 11 Reviews
Alumni
Linguistics, Class of 1988

The student culture at SDSU was very mixed

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, History Minor, Class of 2007

SDSU is a large university but there is still a vibrant campus life where you have a chance to get to know your classmates.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business marketing , Class of 2004

Party school and hot chicks

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English, Class of 1975

SDSU promotes diversity and during my time there, I enjoyed a range of activities and was exposed to speakers, music, films, etc. of a broad range at affordable (or free) prices.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 2010

Diverse. Hardworking. Lot of partying

Rated January 2016
Alumni
nutrition, Class of 1997

Many people are older and have jobs and work outside of their fields until they finish their degree. Not a stay-at-school kind of university

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Physics, Class of 1993

Gigantic didn't busy, known as a party school.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 11 Reviews
Alumni
Political Science, History Minor, Class of 2007

When I was there some of the dorm rooms were older but they have since all been remodeled. They have slowly been updating all of the facilities on campus and it gets nicer every year.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
fine arts and humanities, Class of 1974

No computers in 1974. 3 school dorms and 1 private dorm. I lived in the private dorm for 2 years and had a good experience both years. The dorm food was okay - not a lot of whole frsh fruit and vegetables to choose from.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 2010

Great and constantly getting upgraded if not new.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Liberal Studies, Class of 2001

It's been 15 years. Last I saw, they were acceptable

Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 11 Reviews
Alumni
Political Science, History Minor, Class of 2007

"The Show" is what the student section is called at basketball games. It's a really fun way to get involved with the school and show off school spirit. There are also always various events and activities going on hosted by different groups or the Greek system.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
fine arts and humanities, Class of 1974

Outdoor campus movie theatre is wonderful.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English, Class of 1975

I was involved in the peace movement. I think SDSU encourages students to get involved in things that matter to them.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 2010

Sororities and fraternities. Student organizations for many cultures, religions, ethnicities, etc.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
bus mgmt, Class of 2009

football and basketball games. Greek life.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Physics, Class of 1993

Beach activities, close to the ocean

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
San Diego State University Business Program
UDC Contributor

Innovators wanted. Sitting atop a hill in the middle of America’s Finest City, the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University (SDSU) connects students with real business opportunities abounding from the coasts of La Jolla to the back roads of San Pasqual, and beyond through study abroad. This public university aims to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation that transcends borders, preparing students to lead in the modern, globalized marketplace. SDSU’s College of Business is one of America's oldest and largest AACSB-accredited business schools. Business is the most popular division at SDSU, producing 18 percent of 2013’s graduating class. Undergraduate specializations include accounting, finance, real estate, information systems, management, and marketing. Named one of America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities by Forbes in 2014, SDSU has a nearly 60-year tradition of transforming students into business leaders. Its Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, for example, organizes business plan competitions and connects students with paid internships, and the Wells Fargo Financial Markets Laboratory allows students to study real-time economic data.

CURRICULUM FOCUS
San Diego State University Legal and Law Program
UDC Contributor

Supported by a large military city that is always looking for new and improved ways to serve justice, SDSU’s Criminal Justice program is one of the most formidable pathways to success laid out for Aztecs. Law enforcement programs are among the school’s top fields of study, with 6% of all graduates coming from related majors including Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting. Housed in SDSU’s School of Public Affairs, the Criminal Justice program prepares students for public-sector careers in law, policing, crime control, and criminal justice policy. The program offers prison tours and an honor society. It also requires internships, guiding students to see and understand the real-world applications of theories they learn in class.

Featured Alumni Review
Eric
B.S. in Criminal Justice, Class of 2011

U The Criminal Justice program at SDSU has many wonderful teachers who spent actual time working in the field they are teaching about...Students can see for themselves that what they are learning is actually applicable to how the criminal justice system in the U.S. works. With a better understanding of the system, they can better understand what they want to do for their career and how they can contribute. It's easy to do well in school and be enthusiastic about what you're studying when you live and work in an amazing city like San Diego...Spending Saturdays at the Q watching our bowl-winning SDSU Aztec football team is a must...If you're looking for an amazing town with perfect weather, a fun and interactive campus, and a student base that plays as hard as it studies...SDSU has all that and more!

Featured Alumni Review
Tasha
B.S. in Business Administration, Class of 2014

U SDSU is known for the two B's, business and basketball! Oh, and not to mention being located in America's Finest City. San Diego State's business program is phenomenal for a state school. The department requires you to work with real businesses and get hands-on experience you wouldn't get other places. Though challenging, the projects assigned are what help students gain experience in the business world and get jobs. We have so many fantastic staff who work hard to prepare students for the real world and get us jobs, it's a beautiful campus, and alumni are proud to be Aztecs.

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