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The Aztec Experience

The Aztec Experience

Diversity Redefined

You bring a unique perspective. We provide the common ground. Diversity is defined in the broadest sense possible at San Diego State. Each student’s distinctive life path, shaped by the experiences they have and the elements that define them as a person, are valued and celebrated. SDSU strives to provide not only varying perspectives and learning opportunities surrounding diversity, but also the skills students need to compete in an increasingly diverse workforce.

Aishwaryaa Dev: A Wonderful Journey

Despite initial worries of what life would be like in the U.S., Aishwaryaa 'Ash' Dev has found a safe haven here at San Diego State. Originally from India, Ash is now fully immersed in a diverse Aztec Experience with no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

Andrea Byrd: A Pillar of Empowerment

Advertising major Andrea Byrd found her niche on campus by getting involved with the Harambee Scholars Mentoring Program, KCR College Radio, the Afrikan Student Union in addition to Associated Students. The future looks bright for Andrea, thanks to her diverse experiences at SDSU. 

Ryan Vanshur: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

For many students at San Diego State University, the experiences, people and lessons learned while working toward a degree prove to be life changing. For Ryan Vanshur, becoming an Aztec not only changed his life, but played a key role in saving it too.

Know Yourself, Connect with Others, Embrace Diversity

Ranking after ranking demonstrates that when it comes to campus diversity, SDSU is one of the most diverse campuses in the United States. The recent U.S. News and World Report rankings released for the 2013-14 academic year showed San Diego State tied for the sixth most diverse campus amongst national universities.

One SDSU Community logoThe One SDSU Community initiative takes diversity to the next level. One SDSU Community invites students of varying ethnicities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds and life experiences to come together for a variety of programs and activities designed to get students to learn more about who they are as people. Once students learn about themselves, they are encouraged to connect with those who are “like them,” as well as those who have different  experiences, and embrace the increasingly diverse community in which they live.

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More than 8,000 students, faculty, staff and community members have shared the experience of participating in One SDSU Community programs and trainings.


Top 25

SDSU ranks among the Top 25 LGBT-Friendly universities and colleges in the country, highlighting our efforts to best serve our LGBTQ community. 


SDSU supports the needs and celebrates the success of more than 3,000 veterans military-affiliated students.



In May 2015, the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs celebrated its largest graduating class with 20 Guardian Scholars earning a college degree.