San Diego State University takes pride in 123 years of achievement in education, research, and service. At both the main campus in central San Diego and the campus in Imperial Valley, the university provides students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct interaction with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares culturally-competent global citizens, compassionate leaders, and ethical innovators who will transform the world. A Hispanic-Serving Institution located on Kumeyaay land near the national border, SDSU is ranked 65 among public universities in the U.S. News & World Reports rankings for 2021 Best Colleges, offers bachelor's degrees in 97 areas, master's degrees in 84 areas, and doctorates in 21 areas, as well as programs at regional microsites and around the globe. For Fall 2020, the university received more than 96,000 applications, and enrollment grew to 35,578 students.
SDSU diverse faculty are making meaningful contributions to the community and the world. The university is comprised of 850 tenured and tenure-track faculty and over 1,000 temporary faculty in the library and seven academic colleges: Arts and Letters, Engineering, Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Fowler College of Business, Education, Health and Human Services, and Sciences. In fiscal year 2019-20, SDSU faculty secured $144.4 million in research grant funding -- a total of 758 awards to 307 investigators.
The university strives for equity and inclusion in everything it does, building on the human and intellectual diversity of students, faculty and staff as a source of innovation and strength. SDSU is ranked 35 nationwide for ethnic diversity, and roughly 54% of the university's undergraduates and graduates are students from historically marginalized populations. SDSU is the No. 1 LGBTQ+-friendly campus in California, and No. 8 nationally, according to Campus Pride and BestColleges. Further, the university is consistently ranked as a top school for veterans and serves more than 4,000 military-connected students. Most critically, the values of equity, diversity and inclusion translate to results: Continuation and degree completion rates have increased over the last decade, and equity gaps have begun to close.