The acceptance rate at San Diego State is 37%. It ranks #17 in California and #126 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. San Diego State is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 23,778 out of 64,784 applicants were admitted.
The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 percent (SAT 1090/1300 ACT 22/29). San Diego State University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 3.81. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
The San Diego State application fee is $70 and applications are due by Nov 30.
You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. San Diego State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||550|
|SAT Math 25th||540|
|SAT Composite 25th||1090|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||640|
|SAT Math 75th||660|
|SAT Composite 75th||1300|
|Average SAT Score||1200
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 43 percent of SAT test takers. 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 980. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. San Diego State ranks #26 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.
Find other colleges with similar SAT score requirementsData Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||21|
|ACT Math 25th||21|
|ACT Composite 25th||22|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||30|
|ACT Math 75th||27|
|ACT Composite 75th||29|
|Average ACT Score||25
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.
Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirementsData Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
What GPA do you need to get into San Diego State University?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into San Diego State. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at San Diego State University was 3.81 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #17 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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||32.0%||Avg|
|3.50 to 3.74||19.8%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.49||9.5%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.24||4.6%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.99||1.2%||Reach|
|2.00 to 2.49||0.1%||Reach|
|1.00 to 1.99||0%||Reach|
|less than 1.00||0%||Reach|
GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021
72% of San Diego State University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||33%|
|Top 25% of class||72%|
|Top 50% of class||95%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||20%||20%||20%|
Applicants have 2 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2022.
The cost for prospective students to apply to San Diego State University is $70.
What are the requirements for admission to San Diego State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
84% of students submit their SAT scores to San Diego State. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
37% 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.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1090 and 1300. 84% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
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.