San Diego State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,472

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$14,344

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

2.88%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

34.6%

60,834 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

34,688

85.8% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

73.3%

2,222 Graduates

About

San Diego State University is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at San Diego State University were General Business Administration & Management (1,239 degrees awarded), General Psychology (552 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (341 degrees).

In 2016, 9,079 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at San Diego State University. 57.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,278 degrees), 1.23 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2660 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at San Diego State University is $5,472, which is $-20,384 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at San Diego State University is $5,472, which is $-20,384 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,344.

In 2016, 54% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 32% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,472

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at San Diego State University was $5,472. The cost of tuition at San Diego State University is $-20,384 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$14,344

2016 Value

2.11%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 San Diego State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,344. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of San Diego State University grew by 2.11%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,635

Room and Board

$1,804

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at San Diego State University was of $13,635 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,804. The cost of room and board increased by 5.2% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.38% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

54%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

32%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

54% of undergraduate students at San Diego State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 8.47% with respect to 2015, when 59% 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.

2.88%

2015 Default Rate

159

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at San Diego State University was 2.88%, which represents 159 out of the 5512 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 60,834 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 3.02% annual growth. Out of those 60,834 applicants, 21,072 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 34.6% acceptance rate.

There were 34,688 students enrolled at San Diego State University in 2016, and 80% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

San Diego State University has an overall enrollment yield of 24.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

34.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

21,072

Accepted Out of 60,834

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of San Diego State University was 34.6% (21,072 admissions from 60,834 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 34.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 3.02%, while admissions grew by 3.7%.

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SAT Scores

80%

Submission Percentage

4,060

Scores Submitted

80% of enrolled first-time students at San Diego State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

San Diego State University has a total enrollment of 34,688 students. The full-time enrollment at San Diego State University is 29,756 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,932. This means that 85.8% 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 33.8% White, 29.8% Hispanic or Latino, 12.8% Asian, 6.14% Two or More Races, 3.91% Black or African American, 0.323% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.222% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at San Diego State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (18.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (17.8%) and White Male (15.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (25%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (16.9%) and White Male (11.6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at San Diego State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 34,688 students. The full-time enrollment at San Diego State University is 29,756 and the part-time enrollment is 4,932. This means that 85.8% of students enrolled at San Diego State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%

2016 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 (83%), 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

  1. White

    11,709

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    10,339

  3. Asian

    4,437

The enrolled student population at San Diego State University is 33.8% White, 29.8% Hispanic or Latino, 12.8% Asian, 6.14% Two or More Races, 3.91% Black or African American, 0.323% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.222% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 1,712 students (4.94%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 1395 more women than men received degrees from San Diego State University. The majority of degree recipients at San Diego State University are white (3,278 degrees awarded). There were 1.23 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2660 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at San Diego State University is General Business Administration & Management (1,239 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (552 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (341 degrees).

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 Language & Linguistics (219 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (364 degrees), and Communications (561 degrees).

Workforce

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 Miscellaneous managers (365,057 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (333,759 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (267,531 people), Marketing & sales managers (151,979 people), and Postsecondary teachers (150,115 people).

The most specialized majors at San Diego State University are Language & Linguistics (219 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (364 degrees), Communications (561 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (68 degrees), and Social Sciences (872 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at San Diego State University are Real estate brokers & sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at San Diego State University are Language & Linguistics (219 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (364 degrees), Communications (561 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (68 degrees), and Social Sciences (872 degrees).

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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 Elementary & secondary schools (497,561 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (377,001 people), Legal services (276,989 people), Hospitals (232,533 people), and Insurance carriers & related activities (205,105 people).

The most specialized majors at San Diego State University are Language & Linguistics (219 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (364 degrees), Communications (561 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (68 degrees), and Social Sciences (872 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 1239 degrees awarded

  2. 552 degrees awarded

  3. 341 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at San Diego State University was General Business Administration & Management with 1239 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,842

  2. 5,237

In 2016, 3,842 degrees were awarded to men at San Diego State University, which is 0.734 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,237).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 804 degrees were awarded to men at San Diego State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.31 times more than the 616 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 616 degrees were awarded to women at San Diego State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.766 times less than the 804 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

29%

100% Completion Time

66%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 29% 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, 66% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 70% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (78.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at San Diego State University is Female and White (78.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 3.92% of graduates (87 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,278 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,660 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    1,082 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at San Diego State University is white (3,278 degrees awarded). There were 1.23 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2660 degrees).

6.59% of degree recipients (598 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,850 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Female

    1,640 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    1,428 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at San Diego State University is white female (1,850 degrees awarded). There were 1.13 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (1,640 degrees).

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Operations

San Diego State University has an endowment valued at nearly $211M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.05M (0.976%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, San Diego State University had a total expenditure of $539M. Of that $539M, they spent $219M on salaries and $539M on benefits.

San Diego State University employs 332 Professors, 201 Associate professors, and 171 Lecturers. Most academics at San Diego State University are Male Professors (220), Female Professors(112), and Male Associate professors (109).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Diego State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 338 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 284 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 225 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$211M

2015 Endowment

4.69%

growth from 2014

San Diego State University has an endowment valued at about $211M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of San Diego State University grew 4.69% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $60.4M lower 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $313k - Federal

  2. $577k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, San Diego State University received $313k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $577k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$219M

Salary Expenditure

$539M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, San Diego State University had a total expenditure of $539M. Of that $539M, they spent $219M on salaries and $539M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at San Diego State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$219M

2015 Salaries

9.08%

growth from 2014

In 2015, San Diego State University paid a median of $219M in salaries, which represents 40.7% of their overall expenditure ($539M) and a 9.08% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.46% growth from 2013 and a 1.89% decline from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$75.6M

Instructional Salaries

855

Number of Employees

In 2015, San Diego State University paid a total of $75.6M to 855 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

332 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

338 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at San Diego State University were Professor with 332 employees; Associate professor with 201 employees; and Associate professor with 171 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at San Diego State University were Office and Administrative Support with 338 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 284 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 225 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at San Diego State University was Male Professor with 220 employees, Female Professor with 112 employees, and Male Associate professor with 109 employees.

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

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