San Diego State University

Public, Four-years School Located in San Diego, CA

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How much is the San Diego State tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, San Diego State's tuition & fees is $8,290 for California residents and $20,170 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $32,226 for California residents and $44,106 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

San Diego State Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$8,290
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$20,170
Books & Supplies Costs$1,146
On-campus Room & Board$19,714
On-campus Expenses$3,076
Off-campus Room & Board$16,144
Off-campus Expenses$3,838
2023-2024 Projection
California Residents Tuition & Fees$8,198
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$20,078

How Much Does it Cost to Go to San Diego State for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $81,853 at San Diego State. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $178,603. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $145,675.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$20,287$43,622$35,462
Sophomore (2024-25)$20,404$44,299$36,090
Junior (2025-26)$20,522$44,989$36,733
Senior (2026-27)$20,641$45,693$37,390
4 Years Total$81,853$178,603$145,675
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$20,404$44,299$36,090
Sophomore (2025-26)$20,522$44,989$36,733
Junior (2026-27)$20,641$45,693$37,390
Senior (2027-28)$20,760$46,413$38,061
4 Years Total$82,327$181,394$148,275
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$20,522$44,989$36,733
Sophomore (2026-27)$20,641$45,693$37,390
Junior (2027-28)$20,760$46,413$38,061
Senior (2028-29)$20,880$47,147$38,748
4 Years Total$82,803$184,242$150,932
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$20,641$45,693$37,390
Sophomore (2027-28)$20,760$46,413$38,061
Junior (2028-29)$20,880$47,147$38,748
Senior (2029-30)$21,001$47,897$39,449
4 Years Total$83,282$187,151$153,648
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$20,760$46,413$38,061
Sophomore (2028-29)$20,880$47,147$38,748
Junior (2029-30)$21,001$47,897$39,449
Senior (2030-31)$21,122$48,663$40,165
4 Years Total$83,764$190,120$156,423

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, San Diego State' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $13,259.
San Diego State University$8,290$20,170
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between San Diego State and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CA$8,290$20,170
University of California-Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CA$14,560$45,337
California State University-FullertonFullerton, CA$7,073$18,953

Financial Aid and COA

At San Diego State University, 19,108 students (61%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $8,114.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at San Diego State is $35,992 for students living on-campus and $33,184 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 5,142 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $9,934 and the average amount of student loans is $8,240.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$32,226$44,106
COA (off-campus)$29,418$41,298
Tuition & Fees$8,290$20,170
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$23,936$23,936
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$21,128$21,128
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$24,112$35,992
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$21,304$33,184
Average Financial Aid$8,114$8,114
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship19,10861%$8,114
Pell Grants10,10532%$5,229
Federal Student Loan6,00219%$6,659
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid5,14298%-
Grants or Scholarships2,22843%$9,934
Federal Grants1,24324%$6,165
Pell Grants1,24324%$5,637
Other Federal Grants3026%$2,177
State/Local Grants1,65932%$3,167
Institutional Grants1,18323%$7,789
Student Loan Aid1,12622%$8,240
Federal Student Loans1,03720%$5,167
Other Student Loans1653%$23,759
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level1,5781,370$10,761
110,001 or more362177$1,423

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

San Diego State's acceptance rate is 37.90%. A total of 67,660 applicants applied to and 25,646 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 5,269 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 20.55%.
To apply to San Diego State, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and Completion of college-preparatory program.
Acceptance Rate37.90%34.96%39.91%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)20.55%21.64%19.89%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Neither Required Nor Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

San Diego State University has a total of 37,402 students including 32,194 undergraduate and 5,208 graduate students. By gender, there are 15,350 male students and 21,134 female students attending San Diego State. The school offers online degree programs and 1,456 students enrolled online exclusively (3.89% of all students).
Total36,484 15,35021,134
Undergraduate31,321 13,49917,822
Graduate5,163 1,8513,312

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered247 Programs
Online Program Offered2 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered113 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate39.26%
Student Population37,402
Graduation Rate78%
Transfer-out Rate1%
Retention Rate89% (Full-time), 58% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate25 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties954 (Full-time), 904 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs2,751 (Full-time), 968 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$98,290
Average Staff Salary$72,714