San Diego State University (SDSU)

San Diego, CA

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San Diego State University

San Diego State University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 12 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for San Diego State University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, the campus is amazing. It's a clean, respectful, and beautiful environment. Most professors are knowledgeable and actually teach. I would suggest to get involved. Find what you love to do and look into it and find ways to better yourself.

Academics

Most classes are actually very helpful. Even if you believe general education is a waste of time it really does teach you to become more well rounded. Most professors are helpful. The workload in most classes are not too bad. Class sizes can range from a good small amount to large lecture halls filled with 200-300 students. I don't find much of a difference in either.

College Life

In terms of atmosphere, San Diego State is a clean and beautiful environment. There seems to be many clubs that are really involved and into what they stand for. Campus safety seems to be a bit of a problem since we are always hearing of theft and whatnot. Our athletic teams seem to be very successful.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

the school is awesome. For the most part the faculty is really on point and have a great desire to help students learn and grow. they are willing to work with you to help you achieve your goals. the night life rocks a and the food is outstanding. its always sunny and warm. great place to live.

Academics

the classes are impacted so its hard to get all the ones you want and class sizes are bigger. that doesn't mean they aren't fulfilling., the main way you are going to learn is be active in the class no matter how big it is. professors are good for the most part and the workload is manageable.

College Life

the campus life rocks. there is a club for absolutely everything so getting involved is easy and highly highly recommended. the night life is awesome always something to do and the beach is just a short drive away


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think San Diego State is a great school. I recommend staying in the dorms your freshman year. It is a great experience and you meet a lot of new people. Also, since we are so close to the water, our school is linked to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center where you can take a lot of water classes like surfing, wakeboarding, sailing, etc. The class is a lot of fun and you meet a lot of people that way as well.

Academics

The professors at SDSU are great. They want their students to succeed and offer many office hours to help those students struggling. Class size in your major classes is a good amount where you can ask questions easily. In the larger lecture classes, it makes it a little more difficult but as I mentioned earlier, professors always have office hours for one on one time to help their students.

College Life

There is a ton of extracurricular activities going on at SDSU. There is the Greek system, athletics and of course clubs. During the first month of school, a lot of activities are planned, such as a carnival, to help people meet new friends. Campus is very safe and there is a hotline number to call in an emergency. SDSU is a very big school with a lot of diverse people and it is a great school to be a part of.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, you can get a great education at SDSU. It's known as a party school, but there is something for everyone's interests. What I like the most about SDSU is that it offers something to suit the needs of it diverse campus. With so many events, parties, games, clubs, sports and organizations at SDSU, it is so easy to meet new people and have a good time.

Academics

The classes fill up quickly, which is one of the biggest down sides. On the bright side, the professors are all really great and helpful. The workload is heavy, but it is manageable to have a part time job while going to school full time at SDSU. As a freshman and sophomore, the classes are fairly large but they have small lecture discussions for group work and those kinds of things. The classes are a great size once you get to the upper division courses. I had some really great professors for some of my GE classes. Vic Camp who taught Natural Disasters and Doug Leonard who taught Astronomy 101 stand out the most to me.

College Life

There are always parties going on around campus. Even if you don't party, there are so many clubs, organizations and events where it is so easy to meet new people. Greek life is pretty huge for those of you who are interested in that. It is not the safest area to walk around at night, but if you use the buddy system you will be fine. SDSU really excels in their athletics department. Football games and basketball games are a blast. We have a lot of great athletes from all different sports at our school.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2008

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

San Diego State University was a school that continued to pleasantly surprise me over the four years I spent there. At first sight the campus is beautiful, containing a number of exotic plants and mission style architecture. The buildings are all well maintained and the school continues to build new facilities and to improve on old ones. There are many gems to be discovered on campus such as the star room in the astronomy building and the small pond by West Commons that is inhabited by friendly turtles. Since the campus is self contained it is a nice place to both work and relax, and the weather in San Diego makes it even easier to enjoy laying out on the grass. I enjoyed that large majority of my teachers and I found the graduate students to be great TA's as well as passionate about their subject. I would highly recommend taking a large variety of classes to really get a feel for what you enjoy because each major is interesting and contains its own idiosyncratic community. The art building hosts external artists in its large gallery and student work in its two smaller galleries. These show often have receptions with food and drinks and the art is usually incredible. Last but not least, the gym is really amazing, has a large number of classes and facilities to take advantage of including a pool! Engage yourself in the school community and you will come out of SDSU feeling connected to the school and well rounded. Splurge on the nicer dorms, I stayed in Zura (nicknamed Zura Zoo for good reason) and the friends I made in other dorms had much better setups. The food on campus was only so so for me during the years I went there but the off campus food, that is practically on campus, was always amazing. Not to mention the large number of delicious Mexican food places in the area. Finally, take some of the fun classes offered by SDSU such as bowling and surfing to get out and learn some new skills while living the San Diego life!

Academics

I studied studio arts at SDSU but since the school is not just an art school I was required to, but also enjoyed, taking a number of humanities classes. The school offers a very large variety of classes with each program containing a large number of dedicated professors. I cannot say enough wonderful things about my professors. I still reference lessons I learned during my time at SDSU two years after graduating from the school. The professors are knowledgeable about their subject, they are practicing in the field and they really want their students to do well and to learn from their classes. The one on one attention I was afforded while at school and the help I received during office hours made a huge difference in my education. I am still in contact with four of my professors and because of the bonds I was able to form with them they have helped me in my post graduate life as well. The workload is what I believe to be normal and dependent on your major. The classes become more difficult and involved as you advance in your program and more is obviously expected of you. I never felt that what I was being assigned was out the ordinary or extremely excessive. The class size also changes based on your major and how far along you are in your program. I found that my general education classes were often much larger than my major classes; however, besides many of my 101 classes, many of my humanities and art classes tended to be 20 kids and under.

College Life

San Diego State University has a thriving, thriving social life. There are a number of clubs on campus and they have a large presence on campus. There are farmer's markets on campus which was always great to grab lunch with a friend or thai tea on the way to class. When I was attending the basketball team was largely undefeated for an entire season and support for the team was tremendous. We camped in the rain for tickets to the SDSU vs BYU game. Students from all programs engage in Aztec athletics. On top of campus related activities, you are living in the beautiful San Diego. During the weekends time is often spent at the many beach towns, or exploring all the other wonderful charming parts of San Diego. It is impossible not to have a good time at SDSU.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I couldn't have imagined a better college experience than the one I had at SDSU. I think it has a very rare blend of good academics, great weather, and an incredible social scene. It is a fun place to go to school, particularly for the price if you are a resident of California.

Academics

SDSU's academics have been improving dramatically over the past several years. It is still behind some of the other top schools in Southern California like UCLA and USC but it has made great strides to catch them. I didn't think classes here were overly difficult. It is more likely your grades will suffer due to over-involvement in extracurricular activities than due to difficulty or workload.

College Life

SDSU is really a top notch school when it comes to campus life. There is a huge greek presence on campus, as well as a host of other organizations that really offer something to just about everyone. Athletics have improved dramatically over the last few years and there isn't a better time than an SDSU basketball game.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

It's pretty good, overall. It's not quite on par with the other two universities in San Diego (UCSD, and USD), but it's strong in many departments, notably chemistry, international security and conflict resolution (I think now it's called homeland security or some such), and business. There's not much campus life, since San Diego has so many attractive places to live off campus. People drive in for classes, then leave. The basketball team is pretty good, but football never attracts much attention. All in all, there's not much to create a feeling of school pride or unity.

Academics

Chemistry can be one of the hardest subjects at the university level, but SDSU's department is fantastic. All the way up through upper-level organic chemistry and biochem, the professors and labs are great. The international security and conflict resolution (I believe they've now changed the major's title to something like homeland security since 2001) is a marvelous program. Students looking for careers in law enforcement, military, and NGO/international relations flock to the school for classes on mediation, politics, and alternative dispute resolution. Learning how environmental issues like pollution, drought, and famine drive global instability has changed my outlook on the world and challenged me to look beyond symptoms like dictators and terrorism to the real causes of strife.

College Life

There are tons of active clubs, from social and religious groups to educational organizations like pre-med preparation groups. On-campus socializing is minimal since most people live off campus. However, there are always parties and crowded bars all over the place where students gather. There are also a number of great churches nearby populated largely by college students. The athletics (aside from basketball) are ... meh. But the gym is outstanding, and a great place to work out between classes. Their rock wall is one of the best in the county, which is great, considering San Diego has so many wonderful outdoor climbing destinations. Safety is on par with many schools. You hear of occasional attacks at night when a girl is walking alone across campus, but overall I think it's rare. They also have alarm pylons at regular intervals that if slapped will trigger a flashing blue light and contact campus security. There are greek houses on campus, but the groups aren't very visible aside from the occasional rush week parade of sorority pledges being marched across campus in pink pajamas.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I visited this school last August and fell in love with it. I will be going there in the fall and I am super excited. The campus is huge, but beautiful and really spread out. I also fell in love with their student store!! It is gigantic and they sell everything you could think of. This includes really cute clothes, a MAC make up counter, a ton of school supplies, spirit wear, etc. The vibe I got from the students was really great, everyone seemed like they were having a good time and were very friendly.

Academics

They have a wide variety of majors and minors at the school, which are all incredibly impacted. Everyone wants to come to this school, which speaks highly of their academics. Most classes have 20-50 students which I think is a great class size, and 22% have less than 20 students. Since I don't go there yet, I don't really know anything about the workload or professors, but it is highly ranked among national universities so I trust their quality.

College Life

As it's known to be sort of a "party school", it definitely lives up to its title. There are tons of people, all enthusiastic to be there. Sporting events are a big deal, where nearly the whole student body comes to watch the games and show immense school spirit. Their Division I Athletics program is among the strongest in Southern California. They have dances, clubs, Greek organizations, and other activities for all kinds of students.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

It's a great college with many new people. They offer so many classes & all the instructors are great. i'd say a tip for new students would be to ask a few people to show you the school & where the classes are, the place is HUGE, with a great middle courtyard.

Academics

SDSU offers so many classes that they classes can even stay small & can be one on one. The teachers always seem so happy & willing to help you out. Most students hate too much school work after class; & teachers understand this. They instruct GREAT in the classroom.

College Life

Most people have small groups of friends, that are willing to meet new people. Cool weekend stuff to do is hang out around the school, they have many stores & shops close by. You should never find yourself bored.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

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