San Diego State University is a part of the California State University system and the third oldest university to be a part of it. San Diego State University is located, of course, in San Diego, California. San Diego State is alive with groundbreaking research that is both profound and far reaching. This is possible with the support of the State as well as through the extensive partnerships and collaboratives that the university has created.
San Diego State University is wide in its academics, but does not seem to embrace distance learning as a part of it. Almost all state universities feature distance learning at least somewhere within their framework, although the university hasn’t published anything regarding the subject. There may be online courses, but if these were numerous enough to cover a few majors, there would be online degree programs available. Perhaps the university will continue to develop this.
Among schools with less than 14 Ph.D. programs, San Diego State University has been ranked #1 in research productivity for 4 years running. The Carnegie Foundation confirms this with a designation regarding SDSU as being a research university with high research activity. The university ranked 15th for the number of degrees conferred in 2010.
As for the academic selection, there are literally too many majors, minors, concentrations, and programs to even begin to be listed here. The college boasts a very long list of majors that has a link at the top of the page for each letter of the alphabet. That is academic variety. There are 84 bachelor’s degrees offered at the college as well as 76 master’s degrees, and 16 doctorate degrees. Being comprised of 7 colleges, the university offers 78 minors in addition.
What’s more is that there are 14 joint doctoral programs allowing students to earn their doctorate in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary fields. Some of these doctorate fields include Audiology, Ecology, Geophysics, Evolutionary Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Engineering Sciences/Applied Mechanics. These all have their own unique doctorate titles, such as the Doctor of Geophysics or the Doctor of Audiology. There is also a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health available in the joint degree list.
Focus should be drawn as well to the College of Extended Studies. It functions much like a continuing education college and offers career-specific training as well as vocational training. Students can earn certificates and degrees studying in Informatics, CPR, Management Studies, and many many more fields.
Federal grants are given to approximately 19% of all students each year. 27% of the student body receives educational grants and awards from the state of California and its various collegiate aid services. The university itself grants 17% of the student body a contribution that averages $3,868 per year. This leaves just 1 out of 4 students at the college to partake in student loans.