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San Diego State University

San Diego State University

Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.

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Research: Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.7 billion in grants and contracts for research and programs ranging from cardiovascular disease to marine biology.

Diversity: SDSU ranks No. 19 in the nation for racial diversity and among the top universities for economic diversity. SDSU was ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education

International Study: SDSU offers 350 international education programs in 50 countries. Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years.

Community Service: SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education. The City Heights Educational Collaborative and Compact for Success both positively impact the academic achievement of elementary, middle and high school students in the local area.

Sustainability: Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from festivals, to research to academic programs. In spring 2014, SDSU opens its first LEED Platinum Certified building — the 206,000 square-foot Aztec Student Union.


Diversity Profile: San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a community diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. As a university committed to learning in all its forms, San Diego State University recognizes the need to attract and retain a critical mass of diverse persons who will advance its goals and ideals.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Depending on your needs or concerns there are a variety of contacts available to assist you througout our campus. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Office of the President
Aaron I. Bruce
Chief Diversity Officer
Office: 619-594-3319
Email: [email protected]

Office of Employee Relations & Compliance
Thom Harpole
Employee Relations Manager
Email: [email protected]

Center for Intercultural Relations
Tanis Starck
Director, Cholula Community Center
Office: 619-594-7057
Email: [email protected]

SDSU Police Department
John L. Browning
Chief of Police
Telephone: 619-594-1991

Diversity Starts Here

Diversity shall be an essential consideration in all university policies and decisions, and shall be guided by the following statements that shall be published in staff and faculty handbooks, in the university Policy File, in the university General Catalog, the Bulletin of the Graduate Division, the IVC Bulletin, and linked from the Mission and Goals section on the main university Web home page.

  • San Diego State University is a community diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. As a university committed to learning in all its forms, San Diego State University recognizes the need to attract and retain a critical mass of diverse persons who will advance its goals and ideals. This fundamental commitment to diversity 1) enriches the institution and provides an atmosphere in which all human potential is valued, 2) promotes learning through interactions among people of different backgrounds and many perspectives, and 3) better enables the university to prepare all members of its community to promote social responsibility, equity, freedom, and productive citizenship in a global society.
  • Diversity means not only the opportunity for all groups to be represented among faculty, student, staff, and administration but also the support for these persons as they seek the highest achievements. Attitudes, actions, programs, and policies that foster diversity engender the vigorous exchange of ideas, enhance respect and consideration for individuals and groups, strengthen the understanding of our mutual dependence, and form the core of the university. Diversity promotes enriched learning and produces positive educational outcomes for all.
  • Vigorous efforts to increase the diversity of the faculty, staff, administration, and students shall continue as a high priority, and as access increases, the university will create changes in its environment that enhance the opportunities for the success of all members of the campus community.
  • The university shall cultivate a campus climate that promotes human dignity, civility, and mutual appreciation for the uniqueness of each member of our community. Because the university's educational goals are founded on the values of intellectual honesty, appreciation for diversity, and mutual respect, it is critical that our academic and co-curricular programs, scholarships, courses, workshops, lectures, and other aspects of campus life reflect diverse perspectives. Freedom from discrimination, harassment, and violence against persons or property is a basic right and is requisite for learning. Freedom of speech shall be protected. By the same token, the campus community shall denounce and confront acts of intolerance, abusive behaviors, and the beliefs and past events that have separated us as a people.

In 2011, SDSU created a Diversity and Inclusion Pledge, an official pledge document that signifies individual commitment to diversity and inclusion at San Diego State.

  • Numerous student groups, scholarships and departmental programs support students from diverse backgrounds and help them succeed at SDSU. The university’s course offerings also reflect the diversity of its student body, faculty and staff. Learn more about these Campus Prorams here.
  • A list of Diversity & Cultural Awareness Activities & Opportunities can be found here and on SDSU's Diversity and Cultural Awareness page.
  • The LGBTQ resource area at San Diego San Diego University creates, sustains, and strengthens an open, inclusive, safe, and affirming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and ally communities.
  • Safe Zones works to ensure a campus atmosphere that is supportive, informative and welcoming to all members of the campus community by providing an accepting and pro-active environment for LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender fluid identified, queer, questioning, intersex, ally) students, faculty, staff and administrators and their allies.

Community Outreach

Serving San Diego County’s diverse community is a principal mission of San Diego State University. As part of our rich history of community engagement and social justice, there are numerous organizations our students, faculty, staff and alumni contribute to on a regular basis. Service programs on campus and throughout the area help communities in the local region to thrive.


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    Date Announced: August 8, 2018

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Honors college, endowments for research, scholarships
Goal: $750,000,000
Raised to Date: $815,169,836
Type: Capital Campaigns

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