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The Campaign for SDSU

The campaign has the power to transform SDSU into one of the great public universities.

There’s a sense of momentum in the air at San Diego State University.

You can feel it during the annual Student Research Symposium when SDSU’s brightest share the results of their scholarship with faculty, staff and fellow students. It’s there inside the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, where Aztecs meet new friends and reconnect with former classmates. And the momentum is irrepressible when our student-athletes compete to the strains of the SDSU Fight Song.

Leadership Starts Here

On Sept. 16, San Diego State University launched the public phase of a $500 million fundraising campaign. The Campaign for SDSU is about building support for students, faculty, staff and programs. It is about transforming SDSU into one of the great public universities.

Led by the Campanile Foundation, whose members envisioned the campaign, stepped forward to support it and told our story in the community, we raised more than $270 million in the three years prior to this public launch.

Multi-million-dollar gifts from alumni and friends established the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy and the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center.

Smaller gifts have provided merit scholarships and professional internships for students; support for our distinguished faculty; and funds to expand SDSU’s unique Guardian Scholars program, which provides year-round room and board, as well as academic advising and tutoring, for students exiting the foster care system.

As we move forward, San Diego State needs your support to achieve our campaign goals:

Leading Innovation

In each of our seven colleges, faculty and students work together to solve the problems facing our region and our world. Donor support will help SDSU attract and retain outstanding faculty and build excellence in our nationally ranked programs in public health, engineering, clinical psychology, education, homeland security, international business and dozens of others.

Engaging the Region


Since its founding in 1897, San Diego State University has been a partner in the growth of our city, county and region. Sixty percent of Aztecs remain in San Diego, comprising the strong, resilient foundation of the economy. The Campaign for SDSU will expand academic programs that prepare students to be day-one ready for professional success.  

Competing Globally

With 335 international education programs in 52 countries, SDSU ranks third nationally among similar universities in the number of undergraduates studying abroad. We need your support to increase scholarships for students seeking an international experience; attract faculty with international expertise in multiple disciplines; and strengthen programs that tap the potential of students to take their place in our global society.

Fueling Potential Through Scholarships

Providing financial aid for deserving Aztecs remains a long-standing priority at San Diego State. Since 2007, we’ve raised more than $32 million for our Fuel Potential scholarship campaign. But the need is increasing. Your gifts to Fuel Potential, an important component of The Campaign for SDSU, will ensure that our most deserving students have access to the power of a college degree.
 
The Challenge Ahead

The Campaign for SDSU is your opportunity to join us in the important work of transforming lives. More than ever, the students and faculty of SDSU need you to become a partner in our vision for the future—because our success is ultimately yours.

Led by our new president, Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., SDSU is primed to become even stronger and more committed to educating tomorrow’s leaders. Now is our time to build a university for San Diego’s future.
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