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Chances of getting into San Diego State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
34.1%
Admission Difficulty for San Diego State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into San Diego State and can I get accepted? The school has a 34% acceptance rate ranking it #18 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 23,905 out of 70,048 applicants were admitted making San Diego State a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 38 percent. San Diego State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. San Diego State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Diego State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1110-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT
84%
SAT Scores for San Diego State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for San Diego State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to San Diego State University?

San Diego State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 39 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 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 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #28 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 84 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

San Diego State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >47%
1215 to 1320 Avg + 34%-47%
1110 to 1215 Avg - 23%-34%
1005 to 1110 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 1005 Low <15%
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San Diego State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
43%
ACT Scores for San Diego State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for San Diego State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into San Diego State?

Admission data indicates that San Diego State regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #30 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to San Diego State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

San Diego State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >49%
25 to 29 Avg + 34%-49%
22 to 25 Avg - 25%-34%
19 to 22 Reach 17%-25%
Less than 19 Low <17%
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San Diego State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into San Diego State University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into San Diego State. 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. The school ranks #35 in California for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to San Diego State will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted San Diego State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

71% of San Diego State University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted San Diego State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 27%
Top 25% of class 71%
Top 50% of class 96%
Bottom 50% of class 4%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

San Diego State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 40,998 29,050 70,048
Accepted 14,325 9,580 23,905
Acceptance Rate 35% 33% 34%
Enrolled 3,126 2,149 5,275
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 22% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2020.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to San Diego State University is $70.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to San Diego State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

San Diego State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
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

High School Credits Accepted at San Diego State University
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.

FAQs

Does San Diego State University prefer SAT or ACT?

84% of students submit their SAT scores to San Diego State. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into San Diego State University?

34% of those who apply are granted admission to San Diego State. Admission competition is high and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for San Diego State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1320. 84% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for San Diego State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 29. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.