San Diego State University

San Diego State University

California, United States | Public


Founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public research university in San Diego, California, and is the largest and oldest higher education institution in San Diego County. It is the third-oldest university in the 23-member California State University (CSU). The Carnegie Foundation has designated San Diego State University a "Doctoral University" with "Higher Research Activity." It ranks #542 according to U.S. News' 'Best Global Universities Ranking' list.




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San Diego is a major city in California, United States. It is in San Diego County, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 120 miles south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico. With an estimated population of 1,419,516 as of July 1, 2017, San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest in California. The city is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the United States Navy, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center.


The campus has beautiful infrastructure on the whole with an ultra-sleek pedestrian bridge, Open Air Theatre, Aztec Bowl stadium and the Malcolm A. Love library which has almost 5,00,000 books. The library has numerous sub-sections dedicated to various fields including an extensive map collection, children’s literature and a “special collection” section. Apart from this major library there are numerous smaller ones also. The college of engineering offers centres of research like combustion research laboratory, energy analysis diagnostics and a few others as well in other disciplines.

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Quetzal Hall, the first dormitory, opened for 40 women students and was located off campus. To be very frank about the off-campus housing options at San Diego, we have to say that it will be EXPENSIVE with even a studio apartment going at around $1000. Be rest assured that there will be vacancies available for you to stay though. Although it’s not much favoured, on-campus housing is also an option with 7 odd, Aztec style named dorms available to students which provide all the necessary amenities for living.


The Faculty and Staff Resources site aims to provide accurate and helpful links for San Diego State University faculty and staff members. Some of them are knowledgeable and engaging in their way of conducting lectures as well. There are good chances for students of CS or EE to get projects under the guidance of the faculty since the professors will be having work in tandem with the bigwigs of Silicon Valley.

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Through Aztec Career Connection, Career Services lists many additional part-time jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities across campus. Many opportunities are also available through listings posted on campus and in department offices. Since you are studying in California, you are virtually guaranteed a placement especially if you are in CS, EE or the business courses. Numerous career fairs with other career related services sessions are a part of the culture here.

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