San Diego State University

United States

Public

San Diego State University

San Diego, United States

Public

50:50

Male : Female

Fall and spring

Intakes

37%

Acceptance Rate

50:50

Male : Female

Fall and spring

Intakes

37%

Acceptance Rate

History, Affiliations and Rankings

Established in 1897, San Diego State University, or SDSU was formerly known as San Diego Normal School started on a small 17-acre campus in Central San Diego and is the third oldest in the California State University (CSU) system. The university has developed into a top public research institution, a Hispanic-serving institution with federal designation, as well as an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-serving institution (AANAPISI). More than 36,000 students have the chance to take part in an academic programme at SDSU every year that is distinguished by close faculty contact and an international focus that prepares them for a global future.

It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). San Diego State University has historically ranked high consistently and is one of the few institutions in California to have accolades such as ranks #181 by Forbes 2019-20 as America's best colleges, #152 by Times Higher Education 2022. The US News & World Report 2022 ranks #148 nationally.

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The physical expansions to SDSU's San Diego campus and its ongoing dedication to offering a cutting-edge learning environment for students, teachers, and staff are perhaps the most obvious signs of its progress. The institution has renovated the library, labs, residence halls, and academic buildings and complexes. The Engineering and Multidisciplinary Sciences Complex holds classrooms and has plenty of space for labs for interdisciplinary teams and SDSU's entrepreneurial centres. It also has considerable capacity for collaborative space. 

 The heart of student life at SDSU is the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. It includes numerous eco-friendly and energy-saving features and has earned platinum LEED certification for both building features and operations. The Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center also serves as a professional conference and event space for the whole San Diego region and welcomes alumni back to school.

 The university began construction on SDSU Mission Valley in 2020. This development is planned as a bustling, mixed-use, medium-density, transit-oriented community that will increase the university's educational, research, entrepreneurial, and technology transfer initiatives. Transit, shopping, housing, and the creation of more than 80 acres of public open space, including the 34-acre River Park, are all part of SDSU Mission Valley.

With a massive urban campus situated in Central San Diego having a campus size of 288 acres, the institute campus has 7 buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is home to three Liberal Arts colleges including five vocational colleges in addition to eleven schools and the L Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management & Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy. With a broad range of options to select from, San Diego State University provides 190 undergraduate, 91 postgraduate, and more than 20 doctoral degree programs.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

The accomplishments of San Diego State University in the fields of education, research, and service span more than a century. San Diego State University is a proud contributor of US Fulbright Scholars with over forty students being chosen since 2005, it is also very proud of being the first to provide an MBA Global Entrepreneurship course across four institutions across the world. The institution is also known to run the first-ever women's studies course in the nation. Furthermore, the institute is also ranked as one of America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities and has received over $190 million in research grants and funds to date. With more than 1,25,000 alumni and more than 10,000 active members at any given moment. 

 The top campus of the California State University system for federal research funding is SDSU, which is a busy public research university in California and is situated close to the border with Mexico. Students have access to a wide variety of possibilities for student life, including transformational research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship programmes, internships, and mentoring. In addition to its Division I athletic programme, SDSU, a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution located on Kumeyaay soil, is renowned for its long-standing efforts to advance diversity and inclusion.

 SDSU's alumni mentoring course has successfully connected more than seven thousand students with suitable mentors. Some notable alumni to have graduated from SDSU are Ellen Ochoa (engineer and former astronaut), Julie Kaner (actress and voice actor in The Simpsons 14th Chief of Staff US Air Force Merrill McPeak), Courtney Friel (Fox News), and Kathleen Kennedy (film producer and president Lucasfilm).

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

San Diego State University ranks in the top-10 nationwide for ethnic and racial diversity. San Diego State University's strong and vibrant student population reflects the university's exceptional dedication to inclusion, diversity, and non-discrimination. With more than 400 international students entering the system this year, SDSU's international student numbers amount to up to 8.3 percent of the total students. About 7.3% of the students are of Asian origin, 4% African American and 5.9% of Filipino origin. SDSU has strong corporate affiliations across the globe with Intel, Qualcomm, Invitrogen, Microsoft, and KPMG on their permanent list. Some companies to recruit from the institute are Apple, Northrop Grumman, General Atomics, Marriott, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Navy, Geico, Ernst & Young, 3M, SPAWAR, and the City of San Diego.

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International Students %

8%

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Application Process

  • Visit the official website of the institution. 
  • Click on 'Apply Now' or 'Register Here'
  • Complete filling your education history with all the qualifications.
  • Fill in the details of your employment history.
  • Fill in your personal statement.
  • Submit the application form by paying the mentioned fees.

Documents Required

  • All official academic Transcripts and grade cards
  • Passport size photographs 
  • Passport photocopy
  • Visa
  • Updated CV/Resume
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Statement of Purpose

Admission Requirements

FAQs

Getting admission to SDSU might seem very difficult because of its highly competitive criteria of scores. It has an acceptance rate of 37% only and an average SAT score of 1200 is required or an ACT score of 27 or more.
Getting admission to SDSU might seem very difficult because of its highly competitive criteria of scores. It has an acceptance rate of 37% only and an average SAT score of 1200 is required or an ACT score of 27 or more.
No, SDSU doesn’t have any other form of admission process other than the one applied for all.
No, SDSU doesn’t have any other form of admission process other than the one applied for all.
If you have a tourist visa, then you may be able to be a part-time student in the Intensive English Communications Program.
If you have a tourist visa, then you may be able to be a part-time student in the Intensive English Communications Program.
Some notable alumni to have graduated from SDSU are Ellen Ochoa (engineer and former astronaut), Julie Kaner (actress and voice actor in The Simpsons 14th Chief of Staff US Air Force Merrill McPeak), Courtney Friel (Fox News), and Kathleen Kennedy (film producer and president Lucasfilm).
Some notable alumni to have graduated from SDSU are Ellen Ochoa (engineer and former astronaut), Julie Kaner (actress and voice actor in The Simpsons 14th Chief of Staff US Air Force Merrill McPeak), Courtney Friel (Fox News), and Kathleen Kennedy (film producer and president Lucasfilm).

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Studying in United States

For international students, the average first-year tuition cost is as follows: 

Undergraduate: $20,000 - $65,000 (INR 14,99,421 - INR 48,74,100)

Postgraduate: $10,000 to $80,000 (INR 7,49,731 - INR 59,97,844)

MBA: $50,000 - $140,000 (INR 37,14,650 - INR 1,04,94,967)

For international students, the average first-year tuition cost is as follows: 

Undergraduate: $20,000 - $65,000 (INR 14,99,421 - INR 48,74,100)

Postgraduate: $10,000 to $80,000 (INR 7,49,731 - INR 59,97,844)

MBA: $50,000 - $140,000 (INR 37,14,650 - INR 1,04,94,967)

Average On-Campus Accommodation Fees in the USA: $820 - $925 per month (INR 60,920 - INR 68,721)

Average Off-Campus Accommodation Fees in the USA: $450 - $1000 per month (INR 33,431 - INR 74,293)

Food Expenses: $350 - $500 per month (INR 26,002 - INR 37,146)

Average On-Campus Accommodation Fees in the USA: $820 - $925 per month (INR 60,920 - INR 68,721)

Average Off-Campus Accommodation Fees in the USA: $450 - $1000 per month (INR 33,431 - INR 74,293)

Food Expenses: $350 - $500 per month (INR 26,002 - INR 37,146)

English Proficiency Exams to Study in the USA

IELTS: 5.5 - 6.5+

TOEFL iBT: 78 - 100+

Cambridge English Language Assessments (CAE): B2 - C1

PTE: 54-58

Duolingo: 100+

 

Admission Tests to Study in USA

GMAT600 - 770+

GRE270 - 310

SAT: 900-1500+

ACT: 23-30

LSAT150 - 170+

MSAT: 490 - 510+

English Proficiency Exams to Study in the USA

IELTS: 5.5 - 6.5+

TOEFL iBT: 78 - 100+

Cambridge English Language Assessments (CAE): B2 - C1

PTE: 54-58

Duolingo: 100+

 

Admission Tests to Study in USA

GMAT600 - 770+

GRE270 - 310

SAT: 900-1500+

ACT: 23-30

LSAT150 - 170+

MSAT: 490 - 510+

Part-Time Job Rules for International Students in the USA

  • When school is in session, your US student visa permits you to work up to 20 hours per week on campus and full-time during school breaks (up to 40 hours per week).

  • The employer must ensure that the employment should not displace (take a job away from) a US resident.

  • F1 students are permitted to work in the United States, but only under specified circumstances and in compliance with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service's complicated standards and restrictions (USCIS).

  • Many US colleges need approval from the International Student Office before taking any on-campus job, and such employment may not be permitted during a student's first semester or year.

Types of Part-Time Jobs in the USA

There are two ways international students can get part-time jobs in the USA. They can either look for on-campus jobs or off-campus jobs.

On-Campus Jobs: On-campus employment is defined as work that takes place on campus or at a school-affiliated off-campus site. Some examples are working in a campus bookshop, cafeteria, or other facilities where students may assist. To be considered for this position, you must apply at least 30 days prior to the start of school. Speak with your DSO about applying. If you're authorised, your DSO will provide you with a letter of approval, which you'll need to apply for a Social Security number (SSN).

 Off-Campus Jobs: Off-campus jobs are relatively easy but not always in proximity. F1 students can gain authorization to work under certain training programmes. This form of part-time work is not difficult to acquire. However, it is only available to F1 students who have completed at least one full academic year of their programme of study and who have an economic hardship that meets the Department of Homeland Security's urgent conditions. Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) are two programmes designed specifically for students who want to obtain experience in their field of study.

Part-Time Job Rules for International Students in the USA

  • When school is in session, your US student visa permits you to work up to 20 hours per week on campus and full-time during school breaks (up to 40 hours per week).

  • The employer must ensure that the employment should not displace (take a job away from) a US resident.

  • F1 students are permitted to work in the United States, but only under specified circumstances and in compliance with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service's complicated standards and restrictions (USCIS).

  • Many US colleges need approval from the International Student Office before taking any on-campus job, and such employment may not be permitted during a student's first semester or year.

Types of Part-Time Jobs in the USA

There are two ways international students can get part-time jobs in the USA. They can either look for on-campus jobs or off-campus jobs.

On-Campus Jobs: On-campus employment is defined as work that takes place on campus or at a school-affiliated off-campus site. Some examples are working in a campus bookshop, cafeteria, or other facilities where students may assist. To be considered for this position, you must apply at least 30 days prior to the start of school. Speak with your DSO about applying. If you're authorised, your DSO will provide you with a letter of approval, which you'll need to apply for a Social Security number (SSN).

 Off-Campus Jobs: Off-campus jobs are relatively easy but not always in proximity. F1 students can gain authorization to work under certain training programmes. This form of part-time work is not difficult to acquire. However, it is only available to F1 students who have completed at least one full academic year of their programme of study and who have an economic hardship that meets the Department of Homeland Security's urgent conditions. Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) are two programmes designed specifically for students who want to obtain experience in their field of study.

A post-study work visa is one of the primary factors of interest for international students planning to pursue an education in the United States. After completing their education, most international students want to work in the United States. Some student visa options in the United States allow students to work in the country for a limited time while studying and after they finish their degree. 

The F1 Visa, M1 Visa, and J1 Visa are three different types of student visas that allow students to stay in the United States for a short time after they finish their studies.

The F1 visa is a post-study work visa that allows students to stay in the United States for upto 12 months after finishing their studies. The J1 and M1 student visas allow visa holders to stay for 30 days. Students pursuing STEM courses get an additional 17 months (making a total of 29 months) under STEM OPT extension.

A post-study work visa is one of the primary factors of interest for international students planning to pursue an education in the United States. After completing their education, most international students want to work in the United States. Some student visa options in the United States allow students to work in the country for a limited time while studying and after they finish their degree. 

The F1 Visa, M1 Visa, and J1 Visa are three different types of student visas that allow students to stay in the United States for a short time after they finish their studies.

The F1 visa is a post-study work visa that allows students to stay in the United States for upto 12 months after finishing their studies. The J1 and M1 student visas allow visa holders to stay for 30 days. Students pursuing STEM courses get an additional 17 months (making a total of 29 months) under STEM OPT extension.

Here are the different costs for different types of USA student visas that are required by an international student to study in USA:

  • F-1 Student Visa: $510 (INR 37,885)

  • F-2 Visa for Dependents: $160 (INR 11,885)

  • M-1 Student Visa: $160 (INR 11,885)

  • M-2 Visa for Dependents: $160 (INR 11,885)

  • J-1 Student Visa: $160 (INR 11,885)

  • J-2 Visa for Dependents: $160 (INR 11,885)

H1B Visa: $555 (INR 41,227)

Here are the different costs for different types of USA student visas that are required by an international student to study in USA:

  • F-1 Student Visa: $510 (INR 37,885)

  • F-2 Visa for Dependents: $160 (INR 11,885)

  • M-1 Student Visa: $160 (INR 11,885)

  • M-2 Visa for Dependents: $160 (INR 11,885)

  • J-1 Student Visa: $160 (INR 11,885)

  • J-2 Visa for Dependents: $160 (INR 11,885)

H1B Visa: $555 (INR 41,227)

Step 1: Get the US DS-160 Visa Application form.

Step 2: Prepare your financial and other supporting documents.

Step 3: Register and complete the visa application form, and pay the application fee.

Step 4: Attend your appointment/interviews at the nearest embassy or consulate.

Step 5: Get the result of your application. If your visa application has been granted, you can start your study abroad journey.

Step 1: Get the US DS-160 Visa Application form.

Step 2: Prepare your financial and other supporting documents.

Step 3: Register and complete the visa application form, and pay the application fee.

Step 4: Attend your appointment/interviews at the nearest embassy or consulate.

Step 5: Get the result of your application. If your visa application has been granted, you can start your study abroad journey.

Here are some of the top high paying job industries in the USA for international students are as follows:

  • Investment Banking and Securities Dealing

  • Sports Teams and Clubs

  • Management Consultancy

  • Financial Research

  • Medical and Healthcare Sector 

  • Engineering and IT

  • Mining, Resources and Energy

  • Law

Here are some of the top high paying job industries in the USA for international students are as follows:

  • Investment Banking and Securities Dealing

  • Sports Teams and Clubs

  • Management Consultancy

  • Financial Research

  • Medical and Healthcare Sector 

  • Engineering and IT

  • Mining, Resources and Energy

  • Law

Housing some of the best universities in the world, the United States of America is one of the most popular study abroad destinations. It is well-known for attracting the largest number of international students from around the world. Additionally, according to World GDP Rankings, the United States is in top place with a $22.939 Trillion economy as of 2021. It also boasts the world's 8th largest purchasing power parity (PPP). According to Statista, the United State's projected Real GDP growth rate for 2022 is 5.2%.

Housing some of the best universities in the world, the United States of America is one of the most popular study abroad destinations. It is well-known for attracting the largest number of international students from around the world. Additionally, according to World GDP Rankings, the United States is in top place with a $22.939 Trillion economy as of 2021. It also boasts the world's 8th largest purchasing power parity (PPP). According to Statista, the United State's projected Real GDP growth rate for 2022 is 5.2%.

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