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SDSU Rankings and Distinctions

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
SIGNIFICANT RANKINGS AND DISTINCTIONS

Renowned for its academic excellence, San Diego State University is home to top-ranking programs in international business, entrepreneurship, speech-language pathology, geography and other areas. Below are just a few highlights of the significant rankings and distinctions SDSU has received over the past decade.

researcherSDSU has been designated a "research university" with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. Peers in this group include Boston College, College of William and Mary, Syracuse University and Wake Forest University.

 

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In 2011, 10,260 degree candidates were approved to participate in annual commencement ceremonies. For the 2007-2008 school year, SDSU ranked No. 15 for number of bachelor’s degrees conferred by a public university with an undergraduate population of 20,000 or more (most recent ranking available).

SDSU is the largest university in San Diego and the fifth largest in California.

faculty membersSince 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.5 billion in grants and contracts for research and program administration.

SDSU ranks among the top universities for economic and campus ethnic diversity according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2012."

Top US Fulbright Producer badgeSDSU is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. SDSU has had more than 40 students receive Fulbright Scholarships since 2005.

SDSU is ranked among the nation's best national universities according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2012 Guide."

SDSU is ranked among the most military-friendly campuses in the nation by Military Times Edge.



SDSU's Nationally Recognized Academic Programs include:

Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education
* SDSU's rehabilitation counseling program ranks No. 9 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013 Guide."

Biology
* SDSU is ranked among the nation's top biological sciences programs, according to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."America's Best Graduate Schools

Business

* SDSU is ranked among the nation's best graduate schools in business, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
* SDSU is ranked among the nation's best undergraduate business programs according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2012."
* SDSU's College of Business is also listed among Princeton Review's best business schools.
* SDSU is ranked No. 5 in Sports Management; No. 23 in the MBA/MA in Latin American Studies; and No. 46 in the MBA/Juris Doctor program by Eduniversal for each programs’ international outreach and reputation in 2011.
* SDSU’s Executive MBA program ranks among the top 66 best EMBA programs in the world according to the latest survey by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in November 2011.
* SDSU’s Part-time MBA program is ranked among the nation’s best graduate business programs, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
* SDSU ranked No. 14 among business administration and management programs nationwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Educations's "Top 100 Bachelor's Degree Producers."

Chemistry
* SDSU is ranked among the nation's top chemistry programs, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."

Chicana/Chicano Studies
* SDSU ranked No. 8 among Chicano programs nationwide for bacherlor's degrees awarded to Hispanics according to "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics" from Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2012.

Education
* SDSU was ranked among the nation's best graduate schools in education, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."

Engineering
* SDSU was ranked among the nation's best graduate schools in engineering, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2012."
* SDSU was ranked among the nation's best undergraduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2012."

English and Comparative Literature
* SDSU ranked No. 4 among English literature programs nationwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education's "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics," May 2012.
* SDSU ranked No. 6 among English literature programs naitonwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100 Bacherlor's Degree Producers," June 2012.

Finance
* SDSU's financial planning program in the College if Business Administration was named one of ten "Stand Out Financial Planning Schools" in the U.S. by Financial Planning Magazine in the November 2012 issue.

Fine Arts
* SDSU's School of Art, Design and Art History is one of the top fine arts programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
* SDSU's graduate program in jewelry and metalwork ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2012."

Homeland Security
* SDSU ranked No. 7 among security and protective services programs nationwide for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics according to “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” from Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2012.
* SDSU ranked No. 15 among homeland security and protective programs nationwide for bacherlor's degrees awarded to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100 Bachelor's Degree Producers," June 2012.

Hospitality and Tourism Management
* SDSU ranked No. 6 among parks, recreation, leisure and fitness programs nationwide for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics according to “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” from Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2012.
* SDSU ranked  No. 4 among parks, recreation, leisure and fitness programs nationwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100 Bacherlor's Degree Producers," June 2012.
* SDSU ranked No. 19 among Hospitality & Tourism Management programs nationwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100 Bacherlor's Degree Producers," June 2012.

International Business
* SDSU’s undergraduate international business program ranks No. 11 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges 2012."
* The international business program at SDSU is one of the largest undergraduate international business program in the country, serving nearly 1,100 students annually.

Mathematics
* SDSU ranks No. 9 among mathematics programs nationwide for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics according to “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” from Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2012.
* SDSU ranked No. 20 among mathematics programs nationwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100 Bachelor Degree Producers," June 2012.

Nursing
* SDSU's master's of science in nursing is ranked among the nation's top nursing program, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
* SDSU's nursing midwifery master's degree ranks No. 29 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."

Psychology
*SDSU is ranked among the nation's top psychology programs (No. 50) by U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
* SDSU's joint doctoral program in clinical psychology (with UCSD) is ranked No. 26 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
* The National Research Council ranked SDSU's joint doctoral program in clinical psychology (with UCSD) among the nation's top 10 in their most recent rankings (2010).
* SDSU ranks No. 6 among psychology programs nationwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics according to "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics" from Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2012.
* SDUS ranked No. 15 among psychology programs nationwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education's, "Top 100 Bachelor's Degree Producers," June 2012.

Public Affairs
* SDSU's School of Public Affairs is one of the top public affairs programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
* SDSU ranks No. 5 among public administration programs nationwide for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics according to “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” from Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2012.
* SDSU ranks No. 7 amonf public administration programs nationwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100 Bachelor's Degree Producers," June 2012.

Public Health
*SDSU is ranked No. 30 among public health programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
*SDSU's healthcare management program is one of the top programs nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
* SDSU ranked No. 21 among public health programsnationwide for bachelor's degrees awarded to minorites according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100 Bachelor's Degree Producers," June 2012.

Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
* SDSU's audiology program is ranked No. 27 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."
* SDSU’s speech-language pathology program is ranked No. 25 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2013”
* The National Research Council ranked SDSU's joint doctoral program in language and communicative disorders (with UCSD) among the nation's top 10 in their most recent rankings (2010).

Social Science
* SDSU ranked No. 18 among social science programs nationwide for bacherlor's degrees awarded to minorities according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100 Bachelor's Degree Producers," June 2012.

Social Work
* SDSU's social work program is one of the top programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2013."

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Diversity

  • SDSU is No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics. The university also ranks No. 25 in the nation for master's degrees awarded to Hispanics.           – Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2012
  • SDSU is No. 20 in the nation for bachelor’s degrees conferred to ethnic minorities – Diverse Issues in Higher Education, June 2012
  • SDSU ranks No. 18 in the nation for campus ethnic diversity – US News & World Report "America's Best Colleges 2012."
  • SDSU ranks as one of the top 20 most LGBT friendly campuses in the nation, according to CampusPride.org.
  • SDSU ranks among the top 100 universities for economic diversity according to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2012."

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International

  • SDSU offers 335 international education programs in 52 countries. Thirty-four SDSU programs now require international experience for graduation.
  • SDSU ranks No. 1 in California among universities of its type in California and No. 3 among all universities in California for students studying abroad as part of their college experience.  SDSU also ranks No. 22 among universities nationwide for the number of students studying abroad. – Institute of International Education.
  • Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years: a 900% increase in that time.
  • SDSU is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. SDSU has had more than 40 students receive Fulbright Scholarships since 2005.
  • SDSU’s undergraduate international business program ranks No. 11 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges 2012."
  • SDSU is ranked No. 5 in Sports Management; No. 23 in the MBA/MA in Latin American Studies; and No. 46 in the MBA/Juris Doctor program by Eduniversal for each programs’ international outreach and reputation in 2011.
  • The International Business Program at SDSU is one of the largest undergraduate international business program in the country, serving more than 850 students annually.
  • SDSU is the first U.S. university to offer a transnational triple degree program in international business.  In fact, SDSU has the only two such programs in the country.  Undergraduate students earn degrees from SDSU and universities in Mexico and Canada in the CaMexUs program, or degrees from SDSU, Mexico and Chile in the PanAmerica program.
  • SDSU and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexico offered the first transnational dual degree between the United States and Mexico, in 1994, through the Mexus/International Business program.  SDSU's international business program also runs transnational dual degree programs with Brazil, Canada, Chile and Mexico.
  • SDSU’s Language Acquisition Resource Center is one of nine sites selected by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a National Language Resource Center.
  • SDSU’s American Language Institute is one of the largest university-based English as a Second Language (ESL) learning programs in the U.S.
  • SDSU's Center for International Business and Educational Research (CIBER) – is one of 28 federally funded centers in the U.S.
  • SDSU’s International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) major is the first of its kind in California.

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Research 

  • SDSU faculty received more than $145 million in grants and contracts for research and administering programs during fiscal year 2010–2011, the most of any California State University campus and a campus record.  SDSU faculty members have received a total of more than $1.5 billion in external funding since 2000.
  • The National Research Council ranked SDSU's joint doctoral programs in language and communicative disorders and clinical psychology (both with UCSD) among the top ten in the nation in their most recent ranking (2010).
  • SDSU serves as host institution for CSUPERB, which is designed to channel resources from the entire California State University system and catalyze interdisciplinary, inter-campus, synergistic endeavors involving biology and chemistry departments (including biotechnology research and applications), as well as engineering, agriculture and computer science. CSUPERB also serves as the official liaison between the CSU and industry, government, the Congressional Biotechnology Caucus and the public arena in all biotechnological matters.
  • SDSU’s MS in regulatory affairs – a key area of the biotech industry – is one of only two programs of its kind in the country and is considered the most comprehensive.
  • SDSU ranks in the top 50 undergraduate degree producers for minorities receiving bachelor's degrees in biological and biomedical sciences.

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Community Service

  • SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education.  SDSU’s programs in this area include: 
    • City Heights Educational Collaborative.  The City Heights Educational Collaborative, begun in 1998, is a unique, ongoing partnership between SDSU, the San Diego Unified School District, the San Diego Education Association and Price Charities. The primary goals of the Collaborative are to positively impact the academic achievement of students in three City Heights schools - Rosa Parks Elementary, Monroe Clark Middle and Hoover High - and to improve upon the way educational professionals working in the inner-city are trained and supported.  For more information, visit http://thechec.org/
    • Compact for Success.  The Compact is a partnership between SDSU and the Sweetwater Union High School District and is supported by the Ellis Foundation and the Stensrud Foundation.  The Compact guarantees admission to all Sweetwater graduates who meet the program’s requirements, starting with the Class of 2006.  SDSU also is supporting the district’s efforts to strengthen its curriculum requirements and teacher development programs.  For more information, visit http://coe.sdsu.edu/compact/
    • National Center for Urban School Transformation.  The National Center for Urban School Transformation at SDSU works to help urban school districts and their partners transform urban schools into places where all students achieve academic proficiency, evidence a love of learning, and graduate well prepared to succeed in post-secondary education, the workplace, and their communities.  The center identifies successful urban schools nationwide and brings their best practices to support other urban schools in creating model high-performing schools. For more information, visit http://edweb.sdsu.edu/ncust/.
    • SDSU’s Coastal and Marine Institute, established in 1991, was created to study processes that affect the coastal and marine environment, to educate students and the public, and to provide advice on the wise use and management of natural resources.  The new Coastal Waters Laboratory on San Diego Bay is a powerful tool for SDSU scientists who are researching environmental problems up and down the coast of southern California. http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/CMI/
    • KPBS, owned and operated by SDSU, is rated among the top 10 public broadcasting stations in the U.S. For more information visit http://www.kpbs.org
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