More than 280,000 strong
The San Diego State alumni community is united by pride in our Aztec roots and in our development as a leading public research university for the 21st century.
San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the only university in California to have realized double-digit increases in graduation rates over the last decade.
Combining the power of a research university with the advantage of a faculty who personally teach and mentor students, SDSU prepares young men and women for rigorous graduate study and professional careers.
Our momentum is guided by a new strategic plan, "Building on Excellence," which identifies the three priorities of SDSU as fostering student success, advancing research and creative endeavors, and expanding our role as a center of community life and engagement.
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Ranked among the top graduate programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report are SDSU programs in business, engineering, public health, psychology, education, fine arts, biological sciences, public affairs, and speech, language and hearing sciences. Also nationally ranked are undergraduate programs in business, engineering and international business.
SDSU is a hotbed for student invention and innovation, beginning with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Zahn Innovation Center. U.S. News & World Report ranked SDSU third among U.S. universities offering an "M.B.A. with the most financial value."
SDSU student-athletes bring national attention to the university's excellence. Aztec football has qualified for three consecutive bowl games, and 10 other SDSU athletic teams won conference titles in 2012-2013.
SDSU has received national recognition for having the largest increase in graduation rates of any university in the country.
San Diego State researchers received nearly $116 million in research grants and contracts for 2012-2013, including more than 130 from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
In cutting-edge facilities like the privately funded Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center, San Diego State researchers are developing novel treatments for healing hearts with stem cells and studying the role of inflammation in heart disease.
SDSU's Engineering Research Center, funded by the National Science Foundation, is partnering with MIT and the University of Washington in an $18.5-million project to perfect brain-controlled robotic devices that interact seamlessly with the human body to improve muscle function and movement.
The Student Research Symposium is an annual forum for graduate and undergraduate students to present their faculty-mentored research to an academic audience and incorporate the evaluation into their work. More than 450 students across 80 majors participated in 2013.
More than 43,000 donors have contributed to the first campus wide fundraising campaign, The Campaign for SDSU, which is raising $500 million for student and faculty support.
Since July 2000, our faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.77 billion in research grants and contracts.
"Building on Excellence," SDSU's broadly consultative strategic plan, establishes the clear direction and priorities of the university for the next several years, underscored by a strategy to secure financial resources through private funds, investment and revenue-generating programs.
SDSU alumni rank No. 39 in net worth among graduates of national universities, and more than half of Aztecs remain in San Diego County, driving the region's vigorous economy and innovative spirit.
SDSU ranks No. 19 In the ethnically diverse and high-achieving 2013 freshman class, 59 percent of students self-identify as students of color, including 30 percent as Hispanic.
Rated No. 8 in the nation for students graduating with the least amount of debt, SDSU is also among the nation's highest ranked universities in terms of affordability and return on investment, according to AffordableCollegesOnline.org.
The federal government classifies SDSU as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranks SDSU No. 20 in the nation for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities.
SDSU is consistently ranked by CampusPride.org as among the top 20 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation.
SDSU is among the top 25 public universities in the number of students who study abroad, according to the Institute for International Education. Students choose from nearly 400 international education programs in 52 countries.
SDSU is a top producer of Fulbright award-winners. 60 SDSU students have received Fulbright grants since 2005 to teach, study and conduct research abroad.
SDSU's undergraduate international business program—ranked 11th in the nation—enrolls 550 students, all of whom speak a second language and study abroad for at least one semester.
SDSU cares about building a sustainable future for this region and the world. The university has solar PV arrays supplying nearly 10 percent of campus energy demand; a trolley station that serves the SDSU community; and the only student union in California designed and built to meet LEED platinum specifications
San Diego State is the largest higher education in the San Diego region with a proud Aztec population of more than 320,000 alumni, students, faculty and staff.
The Price Scholars program provides financial support for local, first-generation students with track records of strong academic achievement and leadership in high school. In turn, they mentor neighborhood middle school students who aspire to earn college degrees.
The Aztecs Rock Hunger drive, organized and led by students, collected more than 107,000 pounds of food in fall 2012 for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
SDSU's Guardian Scholars program is a unique opportunity for students leaving the foster care system. Young men and women accepted into the program receive full scholarships, year-round housing and academic mentoring to support their efforts toward becoming active, participatory members of society.
At San Diego State, we're asking fundamental questions.
How do we inspire leadership? How do we nurture leaders for tomorrow?
We know the answers to those questions reside on our campus. They emerge when students from diverse backgrounds work alongside faculty researchers to improve quality of life; when innovation is not only taught, but also applied; when a community of faculty, students and staff take on national and international challenges.
Our culture of excellence and inclusion is moving San Diego State into the top tier of public universities, dedicated to resolving today's questions and anticipating tomorrow's.