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More than 320,000 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.

Find out why Leadership Starts Here – at San Diego State University.

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SDSU's diverse campus includes more than 800 students enrolled in the University Honors College and a growing number of Merit Scholars—students with a minimum high school GPA of 4.0 and combined SAT scores of at least 1400.
SDSU is ranked No. 14 on the U.S. News and World Report list of Up-and-Coming Schools for "making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life." The university also ranked in the top 100 public schools, moving up nine spots to No. 81.

San Diego State University's commitment to entrepreneurship has been recognized by FORBES on its list of "America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities. Coming in at No. 18, SDSU's ranked among top universities, including Stanford, Yale, Dartmouth and Princeton.

Several SDSU degree programs were named by U.S. News & World Report as leaders in their area, including international business (No. 8), rehabilitation counseling (No. 9), audiology (No. 27), clinical psychology (No. 26), public health (No. 30) and speech language pathology (No. 25).

SDSU's advances in 6-year graduation rates are among the nation's best and the Education Trust has applauded SDSU as a model for improving graduation rates, especially among students of color and low-income students.

Areas of Excellence
SDSU has made an investment in four "areas of excellence," long-term research programs in which faculty from several disciplines work collaboratively to address some of our most critical global challenges.
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. Nearly 400 students across 80 majors participated in 2014.

SDSU has raised more than $87 million in support for students over the last five years, including scholarships funds for the most academically gifted graduate and undergraduate students.
More than 45,000 donors have contributed to the first campus wide fundraising campaign, The Campaign for SDSU, which is raising $500 million for student and faculty support.

To date, the campaign has received more than 123,700 gifts from alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents and community partners, including 90 gifts of $1 million or more, and SDSU has been recognized for its exceptional development program by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

"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 share their professional expertise and experience with current students through programs such as Aztec Mentors and Aztecs Hiring Aztecs.

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Recognized by the Military Times as a top school for veterans, SDSU educates more than 1,200 student veterans. They are served by the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center and the on-campus Veterans House.
SDSU was a winner of the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

SDSU was named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2012-2013. The ranking cites four-year colleges and universities that combine outstanding education with economic value.

Hispanic Network magazine ranked SDSU among the "best of the best" colleges and universities while Diverse Issues in in Higher Education recognized SDSU as a leading provider of bachelor's degrees to all underrepresented students.

SDSU is consistently ranked by CampusPride.org as among the top 20 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation.

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The Confucius Institute at SDSU was recognized as one of eight model institutes in the world at the Global Confucius Conference in Beijing last December, an honor that makes it eligible for a $1 million grant to grow and improve the program.
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. More than 65 SDSU students have received Fulbright grants since 2005 to teach, study and conduct research abroad.

SDSU's undergraduate international business program—ranked No.8 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

Graduate School of Public Health
SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health, with researchers funded by the National Institutes for Health and the National Center for Disease Control, is a leader in research and outreach programs designed to combat childhood obesity, particularly in San Diego and Baja.
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.

SDSU students, staff and faculty raised 227,000 lbs. of food for San Diego's low-income families, military, senior citizens and children in need in the 2013 Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive, more than twice the quantity collected in 2012.

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.

Prominent Alumni

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.