This fall's freshmen class will include higher percentages of local and diverse students.
The iconic statue, "Aztec," looks on as a prospective student meets with an admissions counselor in the Prospective Student Center.
San Diego State University expects to enroll the most accomplished freshmen class in the university’s history. In addition, the new class will be the second most diverse since SDSU began managing its enrollment and will have the third-highest percentage of local-area students.
Thousands of eager and anxious students from across California and beyond will receive notices of admission soon from San Diego State University. Freshmen applicants are being notified today and transfer students will be notified next week.
Record number of applications
SDSU received a record 61,800 undergraduate applications for 6,158 total undergraduate enrollment slots for fall 2010. Incoming freshmen bring with them an average high school GPA of 3.78 and an average SAT score of 1148.
“Given limited enrollment funding, we are providing opportunities to those students with the best preparation for academic success at the university level,” said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. “Our new students bring with them unprecedented academic credentials.”
More than half local, diverse
SDSU expects to enroll a total of 3,534 freshmen and 2,624 undergraduate transfer students in the fall. An estimated 42 percent of the freshmen (SDSU’s 11-year average, dating to when it began to apply supplemental admission criteria, is 37 percent) and approximately 90 percent of all transfer students are expected to be from SDSU’s local service area—which extends south from SR 56 and includes Imperial County. Combined, more than half of SDSU’s incoming students are expected to be local.
SDSU estimates 52 percent of its new freshmen will be from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds—also above the university’s 11-year average.
“Diversity continues to be one of SDSU’s core values and we remain committed to being one of the top universities in the country for the number of degrees awarded to diverse students,” said Weber.
Freshman applicants can access the SDSU WebPortal to find out if they’ve been admitted to the university. Undergraduate transfer students will receive notification of their acceptance via SDSU’s WebPortal by next week.
The average CSU eligibility index for SDSU’s admitted freshmen is 4172. Established by the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the CSU eligibility index is a combination of a student’s SAT/ACT score and their grade point average on CSU required coursework. SDSU provided local freshman applicants an average 381 extra eligibility index points to give them a preference in the admissions process.
New special transfer admission guarantee
All CSU-eligible freshmen and transfers from the local service area who were not admitted will have the option of being placed on a waiting list. Local CSU-eligible freshmen applicants who were not admitted will also qualify for a new “special transfer admission guarantee.”
If these applicants enroll in a local community college this fall, complete all of their required coursework within three years (or by fall 2013) and meet the current requirements of their desired major, they will be guaranteed admission to SDSU based on the 2010 general catalog. Meaning, should requirements for entry into a certain major change over the next three years, these applicants will only need to meet the requirements for the current year.
This is different from the current Transfer Admission Guarantee which guarantees admission for any community college student who completes all of their lower-division units locally but must meet the current requirements in place when applying.
More information about the admissions policy and enrollment decisions is available at www.sdsu.edu/enrollmentinfo.