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 SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
SIGNIFICANT RANKINGS AND DISTINCTIONS

Renowned for its academic excellence, San Diego State University is home to top-ranking programs in international business, entrepreneurship, speech-language pathology, geography and other areas. Below are just a few highlights of the significant rankings and distinctions SDSU has received over the past decade.

  • In 2006 & 2007 , SDSU was ranked the No. 1 most productive research university, among schools with 14 or fewer Ph.D. programs based on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. --Academic Analytics, 2007
  • SDSU has been designated a "Research University" with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. Peers in this group include George Washington University, Syracuse University, Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon.
  • In 2005/2006 SDSU awarded 6,476 bachelor's degrees.  In comparing to other public universities with an undergraduate population of 20,000 or more, that ranks SDSU in the top 15 nationwide. SDSU ranks No. 14.
  • SDSU is the largest university in San Diego and the fifth largest in California.
  • Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1 billion in grants and contracts for research and program administration.
  • SDSU is ranked among the nation's best national universities according to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2009 Guide."

Nationally Ranked Academic Programs

Diversity

International

Research

Community Service


SDSU's Nationally Recognized Academic Programs include:

Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education

  • SDSU's rehabilitation counseling program ranks No. 9 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008 Guide."

Biology

  • SDSU is ranked among the nation's top biological sciences program, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008 Guide."

Business

  • SDSU is ranked among the nation's best undergraduate business programs according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2009 Guide."

Computational Sciences

  • SDSU's joint doctoral program in computational sciences (with Claremont Graduate University) ranked No. 9 in the country in the 2006-07 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rankings of best doctoral programs nationwide by Academic Analytics. --November 2007
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Education

  • SDSU was ranked among the nation's best graduate schools in education (No. 58) according to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2009 Guide."

Engineering

  • SDSU was ranked among the nation's best undergraduate engineering programs according to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2009 Guide." SDSU ranked No. 86.

Entrepreneurship

  • SDSU was ranked No. 27 in entrepreneurship according to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008 Guide."
  • SDSU's undergraduate entrepreneur program was listed in Fortune Magazine's top 25 list of "America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs" in August 2007.
  • SDSU was ranked No. 19 in the nation among universities for entrepreneurs in the U.S. in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Entrepreneurs list for 2007. 

Fine Arts

  • SDSU's School of Art, Design and Art History is one of the top fine arts programs in the nation (No. 58), according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2009."
  • SDSU's graduate program in jewelry and metalwork is ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2009."

Geography

  • SDSU's joint doctoral program in geography (with UCSB) ranked No. 7 in the country in the 2006-07 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rankings of best doctoral programs nationwide by Academic Analytics. --November 2007

International Business

  • SDSU’s undergraduate international business program ranks No. 14 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best-Colleges 2009 Guide."
  • SDSU's international business MSBA program ranks No. 21 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Graduate Schools 2008 Guide.
  • The international business program at SDSU is the largest undergraduate international business program in the country, serving nearly 1,100 students annually.

Mathematics

  • SDSU's joint doctoral program in math and science education (with UCSD) ranked No. 2 in the country in the 2006-07 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rankings of best doctoral programs nationwide by Academic Analytics. --November 2007
  • San Diego State University’s joint-doctoral program in mathematics and science education was ranked No. 7 in the nation by the American Mathematical Society. --October 2007

Nursing

  • SDSU's masters of science in nursing is ranked among the nations best (No. 72), according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008."
  • SDSU's nursing midwifery masters degree ranks No. 33 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2008."

Psychology

  • SDSU's joint doctoral program in clinical psychology (with UCSD) was named No. 2 in the country in the 2006-07 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rankings of best doctoral programs nationwide by Academic Analytics.
    --November 2007
  • SDSU's joint doctoral program in clinical psychology (with UCSD) is ranked No. 25 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2009."

Public Affairs

  • SDSU's School of Public Affairs is one of the top public affairs programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2009."

Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

  • SDSU's joint doctoral program in language and communicative disorders (with UCSD) was named No. 1 in the country in the 2006-07 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rankings of best doctoral programs nationwide by Academic Analytics. --November 2007
  • SDSU's audiology program is ranked No. 31 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2009."

Social Work

  • SDSU's social work program ranks No. 42 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2009."

Diversity

  • SDSU is No. 6 in the nation and No. 2 in California for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics – Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2008
  • SDSU is No. 10 in the nation for bachelor’s degrees conferred to ethnic minorities – Diverse Issues in Higher Education, June 2008
  • SDSU ranks No. 19 in the nation for graduate schools awarding master's degrees to Hispanics. – Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, April 2008
  • SDSU ranks in the top 20 in the nation for ethnic diversity – US News & World Report "America's Best Colleges 2009 Guide," August 2008.
  • SDSU also ranks in the top universities for economic diversity according to the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges 2009 Guide," August 2008.
  • SDSU ranks 25th in the nation in comparison to other large public universities for bachelorís degrees in engineering awarded to Hispanics.
  • SDSU’s College of Engineering ranked No. 4 in the nation among top graduate engineering programs for Hispanics – Hispanic Business, September 2005
  • SDSU’s MBA program is ranked among the top 25 in the nation for Hispanics – Hispanic Trends, September 2005

International

  • SDSU ranks No. 2 among universities of its type nationwide and No. 1 in California, for students studying abroad as part of their college experience. – Institute of International Education, November 2008.
  • SDSU's international business MSBA program ranks No. 21 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Graduate Schools 2008 Guide."
  • SDSU’s undergraduate international business program ranks No. 14 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges 2009 Guide."
  • The International Business Program at SDSU is the largest undergraduate international business program in the country, serving nearly 1,100 students annually.
  • SDSU is home to the first-ever MBA program in Global Entrepreneurship. As part of the program, students study at four universities worldwide, including the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (NOIDA campus); University of Hyderabad; United Arab Emirates Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT); American University of Beirut and is currently negotiating partnerships with universities in China.
  • SDSU is the first U.S. university to offer a transnational triple degree program in International Business.  In fact, SDSU has the only two such programs in the country.  Undergraduate students earn degrees from SDSU and universities in Mexico and Canada in the CaMexUs program, or degrees from SDSU, Mexico and Chile in the PanAmerica program.
  • SDSU and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexico offered the first transnational dual degree between the United States and Mexico, in 1994, through the Mexus/International Business program.  SDSU's international business program also runs transnational dual degree programs with Brazil, Canada, Chile and Mexico.
  • SDSU’s Language Acquisition Resource Center is one of nine sites selected by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a National Language Resource Center.
  • SDSU’s American Language Institute is one of the largest university-based English as a Second Language (ESL) learning program in the U.S.
  • CIBER – the Center for International Business and Educational Research – is one of 28 federally funded centers in the U.S.
  • SDSU’s International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) major is the first of its kind in California.

Research

  • SDSU is ranked as the No. 1 most productive research university, among schools with 14 or fewer Ph.D. programs based on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index for 2006-07.
  • SDSU faculty received nearly $131 million in grants and contracts for research and administering programs during fiscal year 2007/2008, the most of any California State University campus.  SDSU faculty members have received a total of more than $1 billion in external funding since 2000.
  • SDSU received $29 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health alone in 2007-08, a record for the university.
  • SDSU ranks in the top 150 colleges and universities in research and development expenditures, according to the latest data available from the National Science Foundation (2005).
  • SDSU serves as host institution for CSUPERB, which is designed to channel resources from the entire California State University system and catalyze interdisciplinary, inter-campus, synergistic endeavors involving biology and chemistry departments (including biotechnology research and applications), as well as engineering, agriculture and computer science. CSUPERB also serves as the official liaison between the CSU and industry, government, the Congressional Biotechnology Caucus and the public arena in all biotechnological matters.
  • SDSU’s MS in regulatory affairs – a key area of the biotech industry – is one of only two programs of its kind in the country and is considered the most comprehensive.
  • SDSU ranks in the top 50 undergraduate degree producers for minorities receiving bachelor's degrees in biological and biomedical sciences.

Community Service

  • SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education.  SDSU’s programs in this area include: 

    • City Heights Educational Collaborative.  The City Heights Educational Collaborative, begun in 1998, is a unique, ongoing partnership between SDSU, the San Diego Unified School District, the San Diego Education Association and Price Charities. The primary goals of the Collaborative are to positively impact the academic achievement of students in three City Heights schools - Rosa Parks Elementary, Monroe Clark Middle and Hoover High - and to improve upon the way educational professionals working in the inner-city are trained and supported.  For more information, visit http://www.pricecharities.com/CHI_education.shtml.

    • Compact for Success.  The Compact is a partnership between SDSU and the Sweetwater Union High School District and is supported by the Ellis Foundation and the Stensrud Foundation.  The Compact guarantees admission to all Sweetwater graduates who meet the program’s requirements, starting with the Class of 2006.  SDSU also is supporting the district’s efforts to strengthen its curriculum requirements and teacher development programs.  For more information, visit http://coe.sdsu.edu/compact/.

    • National Center for Urban School Transformation.  The National Center for Urban School Transformation at SDSU works to help urban school districts and their partners transform urban schools into places where all students achieve academic proficiency, evidence a love of learning, and graduate well prepared to succeed in post-secondary education, the workplace, and their communities.  The center identifies successful urban schools nationwide and brings their best practices to support other urban schools in creating model high-performing schools. For more information, visit http://edweb.sdsu.edu/ncust/.
  • SDSU’s Coastal and Marine Institute, established in 1991, was created to study processes that affect the coastal and marine environment, to educate students and the public, and to provide advice on the wise use and management of natural resources.  The new Coastal Waters Laboratory on San Diego Bay is a powerful tool for SDSU scientists who are researching environmental problems up and down the coast of southern California. http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/CMI/
  • KPBS, owned and operated by SDSU, is rated among the top 10 public broadcasting stations in the U.S. For more information visit http://www.kpbs.org

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