Date: 2022-09-27

San Diego State University Turns 125!


  • Founded: 1897
  • Alumni: 400,000+
  • Students (for fall 2021): 35,732
  • Faculty & Staff: 6,890
  • Degree Programs: 203
  • No. graduating (2020-21): approximately 10,242
  • Annual Research: >$140 million
  • Athletic Teams: 17
  • Undergraduate Applicants (for fall 2021): approximately 92,000
  • Current President: Adela de la Torre


The mission of San Diego State University is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. San Diego State University pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.


San Diego State University is the oldest higher education institution in San Diego.

Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university, and a federally-designated Hispanic-serving Institution as well as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). Each year, SDSU provides more than 36,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

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