San Diego State University - SDSU
Walking the beautiful “Montezuma Mesa” campus at San Diego State University (SDSU), you can understand why students value the academic and athletic opportunities that this beautiful campus presents. Located on a mesa in Mission Valley, just east of downtown San Diego, the university is the fifth largest in the state, and largest in the San Diego area with a student population of over 35,000. It is the only university in the California State system to rank in the national listings of best colleges.
With an alumni base of over 200,000, the university—founded in 1897—is well represented in the region and throughout California, with one in seven San Diegans having attended SDSU. The university is also among the top ten in schools nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity. In 2007, SDSU received 57,000 undergraduate applications for the fall semester, most of any California State University system school, in part perhaps because of its designation in the May 2006 issue of Playboy as the fifth most popular party school.
But the university is much more than that. The Carnegie Foundation has designated San Diego State a “Research University” and is the only California State University campus with this classification, a designation which places it among the top 200 higher education institutions in the country. SDSU awards bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in 151 disciplines, and offers the most doctoral degrees of any campus of the California State University system in 16 academic and research fields.
SDSU offers a quality education, Southern California atmosphere, and a large network of alumni. The beautiful campus and academic reputation continues to draw educators and administrators from around the country and the university is building on a reputation of quality and tradition, quickly becoming one of the best public universities not only in California, but throughout the country.
San Diego State University athletics is one of the most competitive programs in the country. The Aztec teams play in modern facilities, including Tony Gwynn stadium, a brand new baseball stadium honoring the Aztecs baseball coach and recent Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. The Aztecs basketball team is led by coach Steve Fisher, and were invited to the NCAA playoffs in 2006 after winning the Mountain West Conference. The football team has been going through a rebuilding period, but with new coach Chuck Long are looking forward to a next season. The football team plays in Qualcomm stadium, also home of the San Diego Chargers, and draws a large following from the region.
The university also offers cultural and artistic events on and off campus, and takes part in many outreach programs with the community, including business opportunities for student interns. SDSU runs the area’s Public Broadcasting System franchise, KPBS radio, and presents many national speakers and concerts as part of their cultural offerings. San Diego State University is a valued and important part of the academic, athletic, and cultural atmosphere that helps make San Diego America’s Finest City.