San Diego State University Profile

San Diego State University (SDSU) is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area, and the third-oldest university in the California State University system. It was founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School.

SDSU is designated as a "Research University with high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation. It is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the Southwest Border Security Consortium, and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

The university has the following Colleges:
- College of Arts & Letters
- College of Business Administration
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- College of Health & Human Services (and Graduate School of Public Health)
- College of Sciences
- College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts

The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The College of Business Administration and the School of Accountancy are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College of Engineering undergraduate programs in aerospace, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. The School of Nursing is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing, National League for Nursing, and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


- Placed among the Tier 3 National Universities (US News & World Report 2010).

- Ranked the No. 1 most productive research university, among schools with 14 or fewer Ph.D. programs based on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index - Academic Analytics, 2007.

- Name the third best party school in the nation (Playboy magazine 2009 issue).

- Placed 130th nationwide and is in the top 5% of universities in the U.S.A., according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

- The undergraduate international business program is ranked 15th in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best-Colleges 2008".

- 27th among best graduate programs  in entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report (April 2007).

- The joint-doctoral program in mathematics and science education was ranked 7th nationally by the American Mathematical Society (2007).

- The College of Education was ranked 57th in the country in the rankings of best graduate schools (USNWR 2006).

- According to the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rankings of best doctoral programs by Academic Analytics and released by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2007:
- The joint doctoral program in teacher education (with Claremont Graduate University) was ranked 3rd nationally.
- The joint doctoral program in clinical psychology (with UCSD) was named the best in the nation.
- The joint doctoral program in language and communicative disorders (with UCSD) was rated 4th.
- The international business MSBA program was ranked 21st in the nation (U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Graduate Schools 2008").

- 22nd in the nation for ethnic diversity (USNWR 2006).

- Ranked 2nd among universities of its type nationwide and No. 1 in California, for students studying abroad as part of their college experience – Institute of International Education (IIE), May 2006.

- Placed in the top 150 colleges and universities in research and development expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation (2005).

- 9th in the US News Ranking of Rehabilitation Counseling Programs (2008 edition).

- 90th in the US News Ranking of Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs (2009 edition).

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