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San Diego State University

Leadership Starts Here

Excellence Starts Here

Excellence is on the rise at San Diego State University. During the last four years, SDSU has climbed higher in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of America's Best Colleges than any other university in the country - 34 spots since 2011.

With leadership opportunities in more than 300 student organizations and the university's strong commitment to student success, international experiences, impactful research and entrepreneurship, SDSU is taking its place among the nation's leading public research universities.

SDSU is the largest university in San Diego and the only university in California to have realized double-digit increases in graduation rates over the last decade.

Combining the power of a research university with the advantage of a faculty who personally teach and mentor students, SDSU prepares young men and women for rigorous graduate study and professional careers.

Our momentum is guided by our strategic plan, "Building on Excellence," which identifies the three priorities of SDSU as fostering student success, advancing research and creative endeavors, and expanding our role as a center of community life and engagement.

Momentum Moves SDSU Up the Ranks

Aerial view of Hepner Hall

SDSU’s rise is the result of the university’s commitment to transformational educational experiences, as well as its continued improvement in such areas as increased graduation and retention rates and ethnic diversity. Read more ...