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San Diego State University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into San Diego State University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 20,321 out of 59,051 applicants or 34% were admitted making San Diego State University a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores. San Diego State University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 33,787 25,264 59,051
Accepted 11,815 8,506 20,321
Acceptance Rate 35% 34% 34%
Enrolled 2,888 2,341 5,229
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 28% 26%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to San Diego State University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that San Diego State University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 22 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to San Diego State University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 985. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1195 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 84 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1090 1300
SAT Reading 550 650
SAT Math 540 650
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT English 22 28
ACT Math 23 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >47%
25 to 28 Avg + 34%-47%
22 to 25 Avg - 23%-34%
19 to 22 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 19 Low <15%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1300 and Above Good >47%
1195 to 1300 Avg + 34%-47%
1090 to 1195 Avg - 23%-34%
985 to 1090 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 985 Low <15%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into San Diego State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at San Diego State University was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to San Diego State University will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 37% Good
3.50 to 3.75 28% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 20% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 12% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 3% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2016.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to San Diego State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122409 IPEDS survey data for San Diego State University.