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San Diego State University

San Diego State University
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7455

Official telephone: (619) 594-5200
Fax number: (619) 594-1250

Website: www.sdsu.edu


Screen last updated on: August 31, 2015

The admissions information below is valid for the 2014 academic year.

San Diego State University

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:
Sabrina Cortell,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office:

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?
Final filing date for fall:
November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:
Application fee:
Can the application fee be waived?
Are refunds available on the application fee?
Is the Common Application form accepted?
High school graduation is:
required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:
Campus visit is:
neither required nor recommended
Interview is:
required of some
Off-campus interview:
not available
Standardized test requirements:
SAT or ACT required
School's test preference:
no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:
Dates test scores should be received:
November for SAT/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language:
2 required, 2 recommended
1 required, 1 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
3 required, 4 recommended
Social studies:
1 required, 1 recommended
Academic electives:
1 required, 1 recommended
1 required, 1 recommended
15 required, 16 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
  • Audition required of dance program applicants.
  • Audition required of theatre program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:
School has formalized early decision program:
School has early action program:
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence important
  • state residency important
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind:
Average secondary school GPA:
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank:
Average SAT:
544 verbal, 568 math
ACT writing middle 50% range:
7 - 8
Combined ACT middle 50% range:
22 - 26
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission:
by March 1
Acceptance of admission:
must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:
Number of applicants offered admission:
19,625 (34%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:
5,054 (26%)
School has a waiting list policy:
Number of students put on waiting list:
Number accepting place on waiting list:
1,945 (47%)
Number of those on waiting list who were enrolled:
47 (2%)
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools:
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:
Tuition deposit amount:
$400, nonrefundable
Room deposit amount:
$375, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred:

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