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 twenty nine thousand students enrolled yearly.

Many of the students admitted to this school had an SAT score within the range of 980 - 1200, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 21 - 26. We were able to estimate the San Diego State University (SDSU) average GPA (3.13 - 3.38) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 31% of all applicants are granted admission to San Diego State University, from which 26 percent choose to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the San Diego State University (SDSU) acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 32%.

Overall San Diego State University (SDSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for San Diego State University was reported as 31.2% in Fall 2012 with over 51,200 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: 21 - 26
  • SDSU Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.38

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

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of San Diego State University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for San Diego State University has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 31.2%
  • 2009-2010: 36.4%
  • 2010-2011: 30.0%
  • 2011-2012: 32.9%
  • 2012-2013: 31.2%
  • Projected SDSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 32.1%

How Does San Diego State University (SDSU) Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for SDSU is seventy-eight percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of California-San Diego37.5%
California State University-San Marcos62.5%
University of California-Irvine42.4%
University of California-Riverside62.0%
California State University-Fullerton45.8%

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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to San Diego State University (SDSU) (Fall 2012)

ACT®Score Range
English21 - 26
Math22 - 26
Composite Score21 - 26
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