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San Diego State University – Tuition & Success Analysis

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 29,398

Average annual cost of attendance: $14,585

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $15,000

Campus Setting: Large City

Religious Affiliation: None

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San Diego State University Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $8,654

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $10,735

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $14,896

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $19,468

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $21,424


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by San Diego State University. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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San Diego State University Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 71%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 89%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $51,000

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 70%

San Diego State University Admissions

San Diego State University Acceptance Rate: 35%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 510 to 620

SAT Critical Reading: 490 to 600

SAT Writing: N/A to N/A

ACT English: 22 to 28

ACT Math: 23 to 28

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to San Diego State University actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

San Diego State University Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 36%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 32%

Typical student debt: $15,000

Typical monthly loan payment: $159

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Majors at San Diego State University


These are the most popular areas of study offered at San Diego State University:

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies – 1%
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 4%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 21%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 7%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 1%
  • Education – 2%
  • Engineering – 7%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 2%
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics – 2%
  • Health Professions and Related Programs – 8%
  • History – 1%
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services – 6%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 3%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 1%
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies – 1%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 5%
  • Physical Sciences – 1%
  • Psychology – 8%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions – 4%
  • Social Sciences – 12%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 4%

For more information about the various majors at San Diego State University, visit their website.

San Diego State University Diversity


Overall Composition at San Diego State University

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend San Diego State University full time:  90%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend San Diego State University part time:  10%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at San Diego State University:  16%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 14%

Black: 4%

Hispanic: 31%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 6%

Two or more races: 7%

Unknown: 4%

White: 34%

San Diego State University Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 3.4

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 3.5

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 26.7

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.