San Diego State University (SDSU)

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SDSU can be found in San Diego, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. SDSU has about thirty six thousand students enrolled yearly.

Many of the students admitted to this school had an SAT score within the range of 1110 - 1320, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 22 - 29. We were able to estimate the San Diego State University (SDSU) average GPA (3.23 - 3.57) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 34% of all applicants are granted admission to San Diego State University, from which 22 percent choose to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the San Diego State University (SDSU) acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 32%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall San Diego State University (SDSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for San Diego State University was reported as 34.1% in Fall 2020 with over 70,000 applications submitted to SDSU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SDSU ACT Scores: 22 - 29
  • SDSU Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into San Diego State University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to SDSU is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for San Diego State University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 34.6%
  • 2017-2018: 35.4%
  • 2018-2019: 34.6%
  • 2019-2020: 34.1%
  • Projected SDSU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 32.1%

How Does San Diego State University (SDSU) Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for SDSU is sixty-six percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of California-San Diego31.5%
California State University-San Marcos61.7%
University of California-Irvine26.5%
California Baptist University78.3%
University of California-Riverside56.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to San Diego State University (SDSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 650
Math550 - 670
Total Score1110 - 1320
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 29
Math21 - 27
Composite Score22 - 29
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