San Diego State University: Narrative Description

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5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
Tel: (619)594-5200
Admissions: (619)594-6336
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1897. Setting: 300-acre urban campus. Endowment: $72.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $39.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6555 per student. Total enrollment: 32,936. Faculty: 1,618 (915 full-time, 703 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 33,334 applied, 47% were admitted. Full-time: 21,630 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 5,223 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 125 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 22% Hispanic, 4% black, 15% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 17% 25 or older, 11% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other units of the California State University System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2.5 GPA for non-California residents, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: 3/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,170 full-time, $339 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2936 full-time, $979 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level. College room and board: $9391. College room only: $5488. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 190 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 7% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: American Marketing Association, Associated Students, Student Accounting Society, Residence Hall Association, MECHA. Major annual events: Associated Students Fiesta, Homecoming, Chocolate Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 3,059 college housing spaces available; 3,048 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Malcolm A. Love Library with 1.3 million books, 4.3 million microform titles, 8,245 serials, 12,616 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $11.7 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

San Diego lies along and around one of the world's ten most beautiful protected natural harbors and has a very special "sea-washed, air-conditioned climate." The maximum average temperature of 70.8 degrees and a minimum of 55.4 degrees make the climate very special. The population of San Diego is 1,200,900 with a greater metropolitan area population of 2,166,200. The Santa Fe Railroad, buses, and a number of major airlines serve the area. The city is a manufacturing and shipping center, with its main industries being tourism, agriculture, and defense. The county is the country's largest producer of avocados. It has a public library with 30 branches, nine general hospitals, numerous museums, galleries, and churches. Residents and visitors will find many golf courses, all aquatic sports, hiking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, fishing and hunting, and skiing and other snow sports nearby. This area is home of the San Diego Chargers professional football team, and the San Diego Padres professional baseball team. Known as a winter playground, it has 19 miles of Pacific Ocean shores with beautiful beaches.

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