San Diego State University Reviews

4.07 out of 5 stars
(56 Reviews)
  • San Diego (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $19,340
98% of 56 students said this degree improved their career prospects
100% of 56 students said they would recommend this school to others
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Christina Rhein - 12/31/2018
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2018
"The History department as SDSU is uniquely beneficial for students intending on pursuing either a major or a minor in History. The classes available have a broad range that meets the needs of anyone hoping to specialize in ancient through modern history, taught by professors who are actively publishing and are willing to go above and beyond to help their students achieve their goals. There is also a general feeling of community in this department."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Jay - 12/30/2018
Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2012
"Overall, San Diego State University (SDSU) was a really important institutions in my educational journey. As a young African American student from Oakland, California my entire first year at State was a huge culture shock. The campus was humongous and confusing, the lecture halls were massive and the campus as a whole lacked diversity. I was miserable and wanted to transfer back home my whole freshman year. However, deciding to stay at SDSU was one of the best decisions Ive ever made. As a Kinesiology major, I could have not asked for a better education. Although the class sizes were large and full of hundreds of students my professors were always approachable and willing you work with you as long as you were willing to try and willing to meet them during their office hours. Until this day, my professors were some of the best instructors i've ever had. The classes at SDSU were rigorous but enjoyable and the campus itself forced me to push past my comfort zone, teaching me more about myself than I ever thought possible. SDSU is one of those campuses that really embodies the notion you get out what you put in to it. Because of the sheer size and scale of the school and the number of students both in the classes and on campus, it is easy to get lost. I truly believe there is something for everyone there as long as you're willing to push yourself. If not, it is easy to get lost in the crowd. Due to determination and a strong support system, thankfullyI was able to find my place at SDSU and succeed."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Tiffany Vargas - 12/27/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"San Diego State is an awesome university! There are always fun events to attend and they recently built a brand new student center. The student center includes meeting areas for clubs, a bowling alley, a gym and various. There are two concert venues: Viejas Arena and Open Air Theater. San Diego State University has many different clubs and organizations to join. Most of the dorms are getting renovated which is great because they were very old when I attended. There is a large number of houses to rent right by campus, however it is required to live in the dorms for your freshman year if you are not a San Diego resident. The campus is fairly safe, with the exception of a few robberies a year. However the university has taken steps to remedy this problem and they regularly update students when these events occur. Academics at San Diego State University are competitive. The average incoming GPA for my incoming freshman class was around 3.7 which is high for a state school. San Diego State have great psychology and social science programs. Academic advisers are accessible and helpful. I had some amazing professors who really took an interest in their students. The majority of my professors were kind and approachable as well as being incredibly knowledgeable in their field. Most professors use Blackboard, which was useful in keeping track of grades and assignments. I am completely satisfied with my education and I am glad I chose San Diego State. I am a proud Aztec alumni."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Sarah Lively-Lopez - 8/28/2018
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2008
"SDSU was an amazing experience for me. I like to say that it is truly where I found myself. San Diego is a very diverse city and attracts people from all over the world. They have an amazing study abroad program and international student program. The campus is beautiful and their programs are highly ranked like their Accounting department. There are great opportunities and organizations on campus. Plenty of job fairs and a well qualified career center. I would highly recommend this school not only for the academics, but for the location in a beautiful city."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Denise - 8/23/2018
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2018
"Attending San Diego State University was one of the most influential experiences I have ever had in my life. It was educational, inspiring, and enjoyable. The Liberals Studies degree program is in the College of Education at SDSU. The new advisors of the college are extremely helpful and understanding. The courses were helpful and very different from one to the next. The courses most often depend on the professors that are teaching it. I would recommend getting to know your professors, and that goes with any school you may attend. The same goes for the advisors at your field of study office.The relationships I gained with professors in my undergrad career were also the letters of recommendation for my graduate career application. SDSU has great amenities around the campus as well. There are many social and cultural events that can help you become involved and meet more people. The basketball and football games are also very popular. The campus is very large, but beautiful. Also plan ahead if your classes are back to back. The library has many great areas. What many people do not know is that the entire fifth floor is a quiet study area. That is always helpful to decrease distractions when studying for a big exam. Finally, I would like to remind students at SDSU they although there are many fun aspects of this college campus, your main goal is to graduate. Your GPA should be your top priority and being a student is what you are ultimately paying for."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Alexandria Loiseau - 6/30/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"This was a good school to attend. The teachers that I had were very helpful and prompt at responding to emails and questions. They are an open-minded university that embraces everyones background and lifestyle while ensuring that everyone stays safe. The last semester that I attended was when Trump was voted president and their were several racial attacks that happened to Muslim students. The school was very quick to issue statements condemning those activities and ensuring that the culprit was found. They have a very good safety alert system. They also have an overwhelming list of scholarships that you can apply for. There are many extra-curricular activities that the university hosts, including concerts and even fairs, with rides. There is something for everyone."
4.0 out of 5 stars
David R - 6/28/2018
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015
"San Diego State University is a school that has a little bit of something for everyone as long as you are willing to actively look for and pursue it. It's true that there is still a party culture there, but it's overblown to a very high degree. There's also hundreds of clubs here, tons of academic, creative, and professional resources, as well as a sports scene. The weather is amazing and most of my professors were some of the most helpful people I have ever had the privilege to work with. I definitely recommend trying to stay overnight with a friend here if you are considering the school, get a feel for it both during the day and night. But as someone who read more books then partied, I can say without a doubt San Diego State has something for you here, just got to look for it."
2.8 out of 5 stars
Lisa M Rodriguez - 3/10/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013
"While I felt I earned the academics and knowledge in the field of psychology I was not prepared to continue a career in the field. What good is having an outstanding academic performance without the knowledge of how to use it. The school does not help you determine what you could do with this degree, what the next steps are during and after undergrad to obtain a career, nor does it offer the work experience needed to be prepared for a career."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jayton Harps - 2/23/2018
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2013
"If wanting to remember the best college experience, I highly encourage San Diego State University. They thrive on diversity, leadership, and people's capability to think differently in today's society. The classes are impactful and the teachings do not disappoint. The professors have real-world experience and programs to help guide future computer scientists. Also, there are financial aid for first time or low-incoming students. Highly recommend to attend this institution."
2.2 out of 5 stars
Adrian Maraziti - 11/16/2017
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2014
"SDSU is a solid school. I believe that SDSU is the epitome of "you get what you put into it." If you want to learn and push yourself, than you can do so. If you want to just ride the wave and just graduate you can surely do that. As for amenities some buildings are older with some broken roof squares, and others are brand new with comfortable chairs and nice A/C. The library is fairly large with great desk sizes so you can spread out appropriately. It gets extremely full during finals and midterms but other wise I studying there was a nice. The students on campus are very friendly and if you need help you can surely find it (this goes for professors, also). I obtained an Economics degree and I felt like the classes had great teachers but the curriculum was not as mathematical as I would have liked. Depending on what you like this can be good or bad. Lastly and for some most importantly, SDSU is a Pepsi school."