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Top SDSU NewsCenter Stories of 2017

We say goodbye to 2017 with the top 10 SDSU NewsCenter stories of the year.
By Jessica Tran

As 2017 comes to a close, San Diego State University is looking back on many successes and accomplishments. In addition to celebrating its 120th anniversary, the university saw record graduation rates, earned high marks in numerous rankings and closed out its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign.  

Here are the top 10 SDSU NewsCenter stories from the past year.

10. Student Union Earns LEED Double Platinum Status

SDSU’s Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Double Platinum status, making it one of most energy-efficient buildings in the world. SDSU shares this achievement with less than two dozen other facilities around the globe.

9. SDSU Graduation Rates Reach Record High

SDSU’s graduation rates reached an all-time high as more than 75 percent of first-time freshmen who entered SDSU in fall 2011 graduated within six years. Continuation rates, which measure the percentage of freshmen who return for their sophomore year, were at 88.3 percent for freshmen who entered in fall 2016.

8. $134 Million in Research Grants and Contracts for SDSU

SDSU faculty secured $134.3 million in research funding during fiscal year 2016-17. The funding provides resources for faculty and student research, department projects and other university initiatives.

7. Steve Fisher Retires as SDSU Men's Basketball Coach

After 18 seasons at SDSU, 10 Mountain West Conference titles, eight NCAA tournaments and 13 postseason appearances, Steve Fisher announced his retirement. The university’s all-time winningest coach handed head coaching duties over to long-time assistant coach Brian Dutcher.

6. A Study Abroad Leader, SDSU Ranks No. 8 Among U.S. Universities

SDSU was recognized as one of the nation's leading universities for number of students studying abroad. The university climbed to No. 8 in the annual Open Doors report, its highest-ever placement on that list.

5. SDSU on Princeton Review’s List of Best Colleges

SDSU was recognized as one of the nation’s top universities by the Princeton Review. Only 15 percent of America’s four-year higher education institutions made the cut in “The Best 382 Colleges” listing.

4. U.S. News Ranks SDSU Among Top National Universities

SDSU ranked No. 68 among public universities and No. 140 overall among national universities in the U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges. The university has moved up 25 spots in the ranking in the last five years.

3. The Campaign for SDSU Raises $800 Million

SDSU’s first-ever, university-wide fundraising campaign raised $815 million, exceeding its goal of $750 million. Campaign funding supports scholarships, endowed professorships, academic programs, new campus buildings, athletics and KPBS.

2. SDSU Generates $5.67B in Economic Activity for San Diego Region

SDSU has a $5.67 billion annual impact on the economy in the San Diego region. According to an independent analysis, the university supports 42,000 jobs and creates more than $2 billion in labor income each year.

1. SDSU Reveals Detailed Plan for Mission Valley Site

SDSU unveiled “SDSU Mission Valley,” a detailed vision and plan to extend campus to 166 acres of land that surround SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley.