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  • 07/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    101 out of 108 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are well-rounded and outgoing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be startled by the large classes. The overall environment is very relaxed.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do at San Diego State. (Gym, bowling, pool, game room, etc.)

    Am learning a lot

    Despite the large classes, the teachers care about your success in class.

  • 08/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    63 out of 65 people found this review useful. 2 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Active, outdoorsy/adventurous, social, studious

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in the dorms, definitely make use of your free gym membership. Also, check out the plays put on by the theatre department, or go watch the student film festival. Periodically there are also free movie screenings on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The recent increase in cost of registration was kind of a bummer, but it's still affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many things to do. What with all the clubs, the ARC, pool, bowling, concerts, and nearby beaches, there's no way you can get bored.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the teachers I've had have been great and are dedicated to helping their students. It may be a party school, but don't be fooled - the classes can be rigorous.

  • 01/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    51 out of 52 people found this review useful. 3 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that love nature scenery will love SDSU. The college is full of beautiful nature which includes hundreds of different types of plants, flowers, and trees. In the middle of the school is a coy pond full of fish and turtles, this pond is so relaxing to visit during a break or just to lie down on the grass and take a nap. If you want to go outside the college area there are beaches and parks in very close distance. Students that want or are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, our Greek system is fantastic and has a huge range from the Pan-Hellenic to cultural fraternities and sororities. I’m sure you’ll find one that is perfect for you; it’s a great way to be social and make new friends! Active students will enjoy the many different sports SDSU has to offer from division to intramural sports, or for those who love attending sporting events our men’s basketball team is a sight to see.

    Tips for prospective students

    For all incoming freshmen i strongly recommend that you live on campus at a dorm, it’s a fantastic way to make new friends and to find people who you can live with your sophomore year. Plus you’re much more involved in campus activities when you live at the dorms. Campus activities are so much fun and a great way to be social. Activities include carnivals, concerts, casino nights, dances, games, BBQ's, outdoor movie nights and much more. Also by living in a dorm you receive access to an AM (Academic Mentor), this person can help you plan your upcoming semester classes, give you advice on school work, look over your schoolwork and much more, they are a great resource for freshmen.

    Bang for the buck

    Recently tuition went up along with many other CSU's in California, so make sure you have some money saved because SDSU is fantastic but it’s also expensive. It's definitely worth the money though.

    Am enjoying being here

    You will never have a dull moment at SDSU! Events are constantly being held for all students year round. The gym is a fantastic place to go exercise and release stress and energy! The ARC offers a relaxing environment to take a swim and be with friends. There’s even a bowling arena which includes a pool table and arcade games for all of you gamers out there!

    Am learning a lot

    I have definitely learned new information and facts I did not know prior to attending SDSU. All professors are unique with their own way of helping students learn the material. Professor's office hours are so helpful and fitting to your schedule, and if they are not professors go out of their way to make a personal appointment to meet with you at your best time. The Lovely Library is amazing, it offers so many resources for your project needs and something very special that not many libraries have are it offers a 24 Hour Study Area! This study area is open to all SDSU students needing that extra time to finish up their studies or school work.

  • 06/16/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    42 out of 69 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 4 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get as much scholarships as you can! Money is the #1 priority!

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 out of 38 people found this review useful. 5 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus first to see if you like the environment. Meet new people and surround yourself with good group of friends that you can work with throughout the semester.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here because of the location in San Diego. Its not to far of a commute from my house and it close to many places in that San Diego Area. I also like the weather and I have met many nice and helpful students.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel like I am learning a lot not only because of the professors but because of my own effort. All the professors I have had are very intelligent, each with their own knowledge in certain fields. They provide you with all the information and help that you need to successfully and fully understand the material.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 out of 32 people found this review useful. 6 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Once you get to college, any college, study study study. Don't put off studying until the last minute, it doesn't work trust me. I never had to study in high school because I learned all I needed to know in class but, in college you only get half the lesson, the rest you have to teach yourself by reading your text book. Practice good study habits! I can't stress that enough because no matter how smart you are if you don't study, when the test comes you won't understand anything. Tests are basically your whole grade so do good on those and you will be fine. If your planning on working during school, find a job on campus, it pays well and they work around your class schedule. Don't overwhelm yourself by taking too many classes at once. I recommend taking 12 units (approx. 4 classes) so you can get a feel for the college experience and still qualify for financial aid. By taking less classes it also allows you room for extracurricular activities.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's always something to do here, its a very relaxed environment. You can always find someone sleeping on a bench or in the grass, or playing music. We have a bowling alley, our own gym, intramural sports.There is a farmers market every Thursday, great food, produce, and even clothes. There's lots of ways to meet new people.

    Am learning a lot

    From my experience the professors are entertaining and informational so class isn't completely boring.

  • 07/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 out of 34 people found this review useful. 7 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    SDSU is life. There are many things and activities to do here. You can go bowling, do exercise, shop at the aztec center, they got it all. It feels like my second home.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 out of 25 people found this review useful. 8 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is an AMAZING school for Pre-Nursing students. SDSU is one of the top nursing schools in America. They also have an amazing Pre-Med advisor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to fill out the FAFSA ecause SDSU is very gracious with financial aid. Also, be sure to get involved in something fun when on campus. It makes school a lot easier.

    Bang for the buck

    Not only are you getting an amazing education for the price, but you will be getting a campus that is filled with school spirit and activities. It is similar to getting an Ivy-League school education for half the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being there very much. The campus is beautiful and mostly all restored to make it more of beautiful campus. There are many clubs and activities around for you to do and join. It is guaranteed that you will never be bored and that you will learn a lot.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are very helpful. You definitely learn a great deal in each of your classes.

  • 12/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 9 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social, outgoing, and active.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply early! Rumor has it they stop viewing applications after they receive a certain amount. Make sure to research the new admission requirements, they just changed them.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a Cal State School, tuition is extremely low for the great professors you will meet, the many services you get for free, and the gorgeous campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do at SDSU and in San Diego. With so many diverse people, you will love your four years here! Definitely get involved your freshman year, with clubs, student government, and sports.

    Am learning a lot

    With such a large university, there are so many interesting classes and majors.

  • 10/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 10 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    San Diego State is perfect for students who love warm weather!! There is a bunch of public transportation which can take you to almost everywhere around San Diego. Also it is a great school for students who want to pursue a degree in almost anything. San Diego State appeals to almost everyone and you should come check it out!

    Tips for prospective students

    If I were thinking about where I wanted to go to school I would make sure to check out the schools that I am applying to. Also make sure you like hot weather because San Diego can get pretty hot. Also just remember then when signing up for classes you make sure these are the classes you need to graduate with your major.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though college is expensive, San Diego State is a lot cheaper than a private school or even a UC school. And on top of things, San Diego State University is one of the best state school in California!! So you are getting a good education for going to a state school!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying it here a lot more than I thought. There is so many things you can do on campus like going to the Arc, which is the gym, to going to the Aquaplex, which is this really nice place where you can swim. Also there is even a blowing ally on campus! How cool is that?? It is amazing here!

    Am learning a lot

    I am actually learning a lot here at State. Even though I am from San Diego and I didn't want to go very far away from home, I am glad with the decision I made. If you are from San Diego and you choose to go to State, I'd live on campus if you could. You really get out of your comfort zone and even though you are from the same city, it is like as if you went away for college. Plus all the teachers are friendly and the Resident Adviser will help you with any questions you may have.

  • 11/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 11 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for any type of student. If you are more of a bookworm, our campus offers a wonderful library with abundant quiet areas to get your work done. If you are more of the social type then our school offers many on-campus events that are free of charge and are lots of fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on Campus. The housing on campus is amazing. THe rooms are clean, big and it is the best way to meet new people. Along with the housing you are given a meal plan as well, which makes it easy and convenient to get any groceries you need. This campus is safe. Another peice of advice I have for you is to get involved and utilize what our campus offers. We have a state-of-the-art gym with sauna and rock wall. This makes it easy to get fit. If you are not the type to get on a treadmill and run, SDSU also has a huge aquaplex and bowling alley that offers fun and easy ways to get in shape.

    Bang for the buck

    Though college in general tends to be a pretty pricey experience. The Cal State System tries to limit the fees and make it a more affordable experience. The FAFSA help me but I did still have to take out some loans, but with the experience that I am having it is all worth it. I love every minute I am here on campus. I believe every penny is worth it. If I chose to go to a local community college because of the costs I believe I would not be as successful as I am today, because I believe I am paying for the experience and in hand with that boosts my education. So when someone asks me, Is it worth it? I would reply yes every time.

    Am enjoying being here

    I feel like I am having the time of my life. My roommates are my best friends and I am excelling in all my classes. I feel myself getting closer and closer to my life long goal of finding a great career. I can give my college full credit for the reason why I am heading in the good direction that I am. SDSU, I feel is my main supporters of my success. I have worked my entire academic career on getting into a great campus and I know that I have made the right choice by going here.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are great! The campus staff offers tons of help to pick out your classes to make sure you are utilizing your time and expediting your stay here on campus. I am currently taking Sociology, Political Science, Spanish, Communication, Rhetoric Writing Studies...these class are great and have GREAT professors that are there for you. Everyday I love going to class because there is so much knowledge to be had. I believe that I have had an extraordinary academic experience at SDSU and am hopeful that my experience will continue throughout my four years here. If you want to learn with the best of the best then come to SDSU.

  • 10/20/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 12 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social and fun, San Diego State University is perfect for those who would like to break out if their shell, make new friends, and get a good tan ;) It does take a bit of work, but in the end, it's totally worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going into any field of study here, prepare to be challenged. Though the material itself isn't so hard to understand, and the workload is not unfair, the atmosphere of San Diego can suck you in and take hold. Make sure to prioritize your life. The cost of the institution should say it all; College is important!

    Bang for the buck

    I'm sure this is a fairly typical statement for most college students nowadays... Stop raising the registration fees! Just this past month we had a student panel about raising the fee for the Student Health Services Center. Associated Students wanted to more than double the fee! Well, thanks to the input of the students and staff, that initiative did not go through. So make sure to be involved in your university's decision-making process!

    Am enjoying being here

    San Diego itself is a wonderful place to live. San Diego State University is just as great, except the beach isn't in our backyard. However, the atmosphere of this university and the people make the experience at SDSU one of the best I have had in my life.

    Am learning a lot

    Every class at this university can be applied to the real world. The professors and teaching assistants have a genuine interest in their field of study and enjoy informing others about their passion. Also, the student tend to be very adamant about learning and helping their peers learn.

  • 10/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 13 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking for a bigger, diverse campus, hard working, and willing to join a group. Students should be prepared to study three hours per each unit they are taking, and utilize the campus resources such as drop in tutoring, the Star Centers, and Love Library.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are out of state be sure that you are ready for the rough experience of being away from home and your family. Be ready to spend 3 hours of outside time per each unit you are taking. Try to find a group you are interested in joining, or possibly an intermural sport.

    Bang for the buck

    Despite the financial crunch in the education system, San Diego State University has been able to eliminate furlough days, days where professors take an unpaid leave from the school, aren't allowed to have contact with students, not even answer emails. San Diego State University offers a variety of events often school sponsored free to students.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying it here at San Diego State University because there is always something to do, the teachers care about my education, and a lot of the school sponsored events are free to students as long as you have your RedID. Living in the residents halls allows me to meet people in my age group that have the same type of classes, and allows me to make friends with people I will see almost everyday.

    Am learning a lot

    Despite the large class sizes here at San Diego State University, the teachers are willing to set aside office hours for students to attend and receive help. A lot of subjects offer drop in tutoring, if you come prepared with questions and the assignment details these tutors are willing to sit down with you and help you understand and make your work better. Also, there are Star Centers, a quiet study room with resources such as printing, computers, and internet, located in some of the dorms.

  • 11/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 14 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Whether you're ready to get into the college life or are scared out of your mind to be away from home, everything will work out fine. Yes, that sounds cliche but everyone I know has adapted incredibly well to college life. It feels just like home and no one really feels homesick either. Sure there are times when people miss their families and beds but that's about it. Also, just a heads up, if you're one of those people that take really long showers, that won't work here too will because I can guarantee and that, since these are communal showers, you will want to get out of the shower as quickly as possible. Also, just remember that you're going to have less space in the dorms that you did at home probably and therefore you shouldn't bring every single thing in your room but then again, don't just bring the bare minimum either because then you'll feel like you under packed; bring the necessities as well as some things you really like and just want to have to do in your spare time but the more stuff you have, the messier your room will look. The meal plans are kind of crazy and there's so much food on campus that you will not go hungry. However, it is definitely nice to have some snacks stored away in your room for those late nights or weekends (depending on your meal plan). The freshman 15 is definitely not a myth either so take advantage of your gym membership as much as you can.

    Am enjoying being here

    Even though I was freaked out the first week I was at this school, I soon adapted to everything really well as did everyone else that I know. It's been really fun living in the dorms with a bunch of friends who you can always visit. Also, there is always something to do here whether it's something put on by the school, going to a party, or just hanging around with a bunch of friends from your dorm. As long as you try to get involved with everything that is almost handed to you, you'll never be bored.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are definitely challenging especially if you start slacking off. There is a lot of reading (mainly because I'm an English major) but it's always really interesting. Although there are certain sets of required classes we need to take, there's a wide variety of other courses you can take as well so there's always something that you can take of interest to you.

  • 04/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 15 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, studious, outgoing, laid back, social, antisocial....Honestly, this school is good for any student who wants to go to college and get a great education and an unforgettable, unregrettable, experience!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let freshman year GPA bring you down! It may be hard to adjust to the college style of learning but come in expecting that and it will be easier for you to adapt to it. The classes you take freshman year will be some of the easiest you will ever take and it will be a shame to miss out on a GPA boost. Talk to your professors! I can't even say how important it is. I know some may be intimidating, but that's their job so don't be afraid. Trust me, if you talk to your professors when you have questions (about anything!) you will be very thankful you did.

    Bang for the buck

    I know tuition it is pretty expensive, even for instate. But the way I think about it: I'm paying for my future. Don't be afraid to use your resources, there are so many! I talk to my professors about any questions I may have about the class or even about my future plans. They are there to help, so why not use them?

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus of SDSU is very beautiful. There are many places on campus that you can go to relax and de-stress. The people that go here are nice and laid back. The location of the campus is prime; just 10 minutes away from pretty much ANY beach, the best malls in SD, food, downtown, etc.

    Am learning a lot

    Despite what most people say about the difficulty of learning in large classrooms, the amount of learning that goes on within is tremendous. Yes maybe you wont have time to ask 10 questions in class, but every professor has set aside office hours for students who need help, guidance, pretty much anything they can help you with. SDSU is filled with some of the most amazing professors who really care about their students success and learning and are passionate about their subject.

  • 05/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 16 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Laid-back, hardworking, enthusiastic, determined, social, flexible, accepting, understanding, unique, artists, writers, filmmakers, engineers, business people, etc. Anyone will fit in and find their niche at San Diego State University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't limit yourself by thinking you have to go to a University because it looks better or you have to go to community college because it's cheaper. You need to find your perfect fit and limiting yourself early on will only hurt you in the end. I told myself as a freshman that I would never lower my standards and go to anything lower than a prestigious university. During my junior year, I took a trip up the coast of California visiting universities and state schools to help us gain some idea of what we were looking for in a campus. During that trip I fell in LOVE with UC Merced, Berkeley, and UC Davis. But, on that trip I learned that just because I like a school does not mean it is the perfect fit for me. Not all of the schools I wanted had my film major and not all of them were affordable. SDSU offered me so many opportunities that I was looking for all in one school. They are the perfect fit. Think of it like the perfect spouse: you may have had your ideal image since you were a child, but when Mr. Right walks in fitting everything you want and more, you gotta go for it!

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is one of the best state schools anywhere. My estimated cost of attendance is $23,232. For the education I will be receiving, I'm willing to pay this much (with help from grants, scholarships, and loans). Anyone can go to a humdrum university and pay $45,000 and still not receive an education as good as mine. I am very proud to say that I will be an Aztec.

    Will enjoy being here

    I've lived in San Diego since I was 3 but I've never fully had the chance to experience this amazing city. So many people come here for vacations and spring breaks, but I live here! I cannot wait to roam around and enjoy my college experience.

    Will learn a lot

    The environment is so welcoming and diverse that I know I will learn so much not only from my professors but from the students I'll interact with everyday. I was accepted into the Honors Program and it is great to know that SDSU has a program like this one that opens up so many doors for its participants. I am extremely excited to attend especially since study abroad is mandatory for the program!

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 17 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is alright you can call them and they will be with you right away. If it late at night and you want to get to your dorm and you are from one side of the campus you can always call and ask for someone that will take you in their little car to the other side of campus. So I will say a pretty safety campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life= rush week, drama, fun, parties, sisters, brothers, relationships, friendships. Greek life is fun if you choose the sorority or fraternity that is right for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs and activities that I cannot mention because there are hundreds and if you still need to find the perfect club you can create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a foreign student or not then the free food on Friday event will be perfect for you. They give a small portion of food for every different ethnicity that goes to SDSU so practically you will taste food from every part of the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    WELCOME WEEK!! you need to come to SDSU to know the events during the welcome week. P.S There are plenty of event all year around and you will not regret if you go, concerts and festivals are just part of the traditions. There are different locations and unusual traditions every week.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is a school with great academic programs, internships, work study and activities that will always be there you just have to active.

    What to do for fun

    San Diego State University is located in well San Diego and there will always be something fun to do. You can take the trolley and go to the different malls. Go to mission beach 20 min away from SDSU, clubs, basketball games at SDSU, concerts, and all the parks that are close to SDSU. Balboa Park, Sea World, Petco, Qualcoom etc,.

    Food and Dining

    FOOD everyone needs to eat that's why SDSU decided to sell food at prices that most of the time are insane. Especially if you live on campus and your meal plan is 15-20 dlls per day. Bring food from home and your wallet will be safe. Dining well even though the prices are high the quality of the food is good SDSU have the popular fast food places on campus and outside of campus. Students cannot complain about food just about prices but not food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life... If you like to party well in the dorms you will always find someone that knows where to go. Students like to party who doesn't but considering we are in San Diego try to go to parties that are either close to SDSU or inside the dorms. Now if you want to know what happen to students who do not like to party, well other students will respect your decisions and they will not treat you different, they will talk to you as usual, but of course they will not invite you to parties. Dorms are nice, maybe some crazy drama since we still teenagers, but overall you will find a roommate that will get along. Why? Because they do this survey that matches you up with the perfect roommate... most of the time and if not you can either tell the RAs and they will find you a room for yourself, or you can also choose your roommate if you know anyone that will live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say SDSU professor are strict about grades, they love participation, questions and all that. Classes are hard I am not going to lie but this is college and yes you will find classes that are ridiculously easy, but what is the advantage of having an easy class if you are not going to learn as you should. Overall professors at SDSU are willing to help most of the time if you do what they say (syllabus) you will be golden, and you will actually learn a lot of material that will help you during your entire life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Advices for SDSU prospective students. Try to balance your classes do not rush trying to finish your GE in the first semester. Bring lunch if you do not live on campus at least 3 times per week. Study for finals two-three weeks before the exams. Go to office hours/do extra credit if possible. Library will be open 24 hrs during finals go there and actually study, don't try to order pizza and study with a friend at 2:00am. Trust me it will not work better to study for yourself or STUDY with a group of people. If you like to party well try to balance school and social life. Do not let professors scare you, you can raise your grade even if you fail or did not do so well on the first test. Try to focus on classes that are for your major since those will count towards your GPA. Finally try to relax, you have four or five yrs to finish with college you may as well try enjoy college while you can.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a pretty diverse school in this school students will find people pretty much from all over the world. Its environment makes you study outside the library, of course not in cold days. Everything about SDSU is great its classes, bookstore, dorms, library, dinner services, and student services.

  • 04/22/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 18 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I strongly believe that this kind of university is good for those who are self-sufficient and sociable people that can afford to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

    Tips for prospective students

    My only tip for fellow students that plan to attend to this college is this: do not, by any chance, get distracted. SDSU is known as one of the leading party schools, and let this come off as a warning. Your main purpose in attending a four-year university is for you to study hard.

    Bang for the buck

    In terms of cash spent, I strongly believe that this is the best-suited choice in the CSU system. My AP Government teacher that I've had for a couple of years wouldn't be reluctant to agree, because he's the one that told me this fact. Despite tuition increasing each year at a noticeable rate, its affordability is far ahead from those of UC schools.

    Will enjoy being here

    I definitely believe that I am going to enjoy the experience at SDSU. I will do everything that I enjoy doing in high school, but in college at its own scheduled time. This includes playing trading cards games such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, weight training, studying at the library, and hanging out with my friends on the weekends.

    Will learn a lot

    I strongly believe that in attending SDSU, I will attain the sense of self-sufficiency that I will need to succeed in life. The fact is clear that it may be a challenge being out there on your own with little assistance, but you have to remind yourself that the curriculum is not as rigid as the the ones held by the UC system.

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 19 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking to get a quality education and have fun at the same time. SDSU is at a prime location and is full of fun, energetic students ready to have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember that you alone decide what type of education you will have regardless of where you end up attending.

    Bang for the buck

    At SDSU you get the quality professors of UC universities but with the cost of a state school.

    Will enjoy being here

    This school is full of social events so you always have something to do every night of the week. The extracurricular, sports, and student government make it an exciting place to attend.

    Will learn a lot

    I have taken an introduction to social work class at SDSU and I learned a lot. The instructor was fun and resourceful but demanded a lot of attention and commitment to his course.

  • 06/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 20 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student can do well here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always attend classes and plan your work out.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is pricey but it will be worth it after I graduate.

    Am enjoying being here

    SDSU is a blast.

    Am learning a lot

    It is hard to learn in large 500 student classes but it makes college different than being in high school.

  • 06/25/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 21 of 266

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone really. Studious, Outgoing, Independent, and Ambitious people will really excell here I think. (but even the opposites of these will probably find their niche... I mean theres got to be someone who feels the same way you do. There's a lot of people.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit the campus...but dont be intimidated by size. The first time I stepped on campus I said right awayNo to my mother. after taking a tour and going to a few other campuses that were much smaller than SDSU, I realized that I didn't want to know an entire campus by the time I moved in as a Freshman. I wanted to find new things and not get bored. I think SDSU, after awhile, won't be so big after I explore.

    Bang for the buck

    For being a state school thats near the ocean and has quite a few well-off majors and has one the biggest study-abroad programs to date, it is a decent bang for the buck. as long as you graduate...i'd say its all worth it in the end.

    Will enjoy being here

    The only reason why i didnt put 5 stars is because of the unknown factor! I am very confident that SDSU has the right kind of mixture for success. It's doable finance wise, it's got a great social atmosphere, and the school is one of the best state schools to go to.

    Will learn a lot

    At first I was so scared of the high numbers in the classes, coming from a smaller public school, it is a big jump for me. But the more I talked to my friends going there and people around the campus, it seemed like it wasn't that big of a deal. Most said their biggest class was around 40-50 people. Not that bad for SDSU being as big as it is. As far as I hear, most of the professors are also very approachable. I don't think anyone will have a problem learning here as long as their head is in the game and they stay on top of things.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 22 of 266

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    Campus Safety

    While the large campus makes the campus a little dangerous at night, there is campus security. The application of the buddy system - or just avoiding cross campus journeys at night - makes the campus completely safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big on campus and a focus of social life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of offerings for any interest.

    Great for these types of students

    State is great for both the academically-focused and social butterflies. State offers great research programs even for undergraduates. Additionally, there are plenty of organizations and clubs to join for those wishing to get active in the community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is nothing I am aware of that fits in this category.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very reasonable and the education received seems legitimate - both challenging and quality.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of campus opportunities in the forms of clubs and organizations.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU offers a wide variety of food, from fast food to more healthy choices. The on campus convenience stores provide even more variety.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but I've heard good things about dorm life. The dorms seem conveniently positioned in relation to the main campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are reasonable and do a good job of adapting their grading scale to the difficulty of the class. The education offered is definitely legitimate and can be challenge. You get the most out of the degree you get.

    Tips for prospective students

    State has a great opportunities both academically and in the area of campus life. Take your classes seriously and allow enough time for studying and to take advantage of the professor's office hours for the more difficult classes and you'll be successful academically.

    In three sentences

    San Diego Sate University has great academic opportunities in the sciences. The professors seem to care both about their research and the education of their students. SDSU also offers great campus opportunities for those who wish to be active in their community and nation.

  • 03/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 23 of 266

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    Campus Safety

    the campus safety is okay. if you ever need an escort you can call the escort service and they will pick you up from anywhere on campus. there are also emergency stations around the campus with blue lights on the top that one can go to in an emergency and get a police response. you see police patrolling constantly thoughout the day and night.

    Greek Life

    greek life is huge. everywhere you go you see girls in their sorority tanks and guys with their fraternity gear on. they tend to keep to their separate sororities/frats and don't socialize with many people outside of them. the frat parties are easy to get into whether or not you're in a sorority though.

    Clubs and Activities

    associated students is very big here. they put on all the activities that happen throughout the year and a lot of people like getting involved with it.

    Great for these types of students

    people who are fun, outgoing, and like being very social. everyone here is incredibly friendly and easy-going.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is an undie-run at the end of the semester after finals that a lot of people like to participate in. the turtle pond is really cool as well. its a nice place to go relax after class or in between classes. the new aztec center is being constructed right now and when it opens it should be really nice.

    Bang for the buck

    its pretty expensive and tuition continues to go up drastically every year. its still worth what you're paying in my opinion. the only thing that isn't worth your money is the dorms but first-year freshman are required to live in them so there isn't much of a choice about that.

    What to do for fun

    there's not much to do around campus for fun. the beach requires transportation as do the malls and movie theaters. a lot of people get involved in the greek life here. there is some type of party going on any day of the week for those that enjoy that. the university also puts on aztec nights events that anyone can go to. they have included things like a carnival, dance, and stand up comedy shows. if you search for something to do, you can manage to stay entertained.

    Food and Dining

    there is a ton of selection for food on campus. three starbucks and multiple big name food places. the dinning hall is good as well. they always have a pretty big selection of food and have themed nights. the waffles are amazing and they have those every day.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are goo for one thing, making friends. there are too many rules enforced on the residents to enjoy living in the dorms. you are allowed only 3 guests at any time and you have to check them in at the front desk. if you check in a guest anytime after 9pm or before 6am it is considered an overnight check-in. any one person is only allowed two overnight check-ins a month. don't even consider bringing alcohol in. almost everyone that does eventually gets caught and then you have to deal with judicial meetings and probation. the condition of the dorms aren't fabulous either but they are livable.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics at sdsu are not too difficult but they definitely require attention. whether you go to class and pay attention the whole time and never read the textbook, or just read the textbook and never go to class, you will probably be able to pass the course. for higher up courses the rigor gets much more intense however and you can be spending all your free time studying. it honestly varies on the professor though.

    Tips for prospective students

    since the csu application does allow essays, you have to be able to make the most out of a very standard application that many other prospective students are using. there are not many ways to make yourself stand out so make sure you try to join as many clubs as you can and keep your gpa up. sdsu is getting harder and harder to get accepted into and the average gpa of admitted freshman is rising considerably every year.

    In three sentences

    san diego state is the perfect setting for the ultimate college experience. every aspect of sdsu is made for students to excel. there is always something to do no matter what you enjoy.

  • 02/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 266

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    Great for these types of students

    San Diego State University is a great college for the types of students who like to have a fun learning environment. I find it easy to get a professor to relate to your needs.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for you as a prospective student would to be trying out on campus housing for your first year. It is a great way to meet friends and get involved in campus activities.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition and housing prices go along with many of the other CSU's however if you like to cook and make your own meals and you live on campus you can find this to be expensive because of meal plans. However if you are okay with eating in the dining hall or going to one of the many campus restaurants the meal plan seems very reasonable.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love going to school in San Diego. The school is in a closed off enough area to keep you from distractions during the school week. However there is great transportation such as the MTS trolley and Bus stop located right on campus which will take you almost anywhere you can imagine in the area.

    Am learning a lot

    It is usual to get a bad teacher at any college, or a teacher that does not teach to your learning style. I found that this has happened to me at San Diego State but I find more frequently that the professors here and the teaching assistants like to make learning as easy and as fun as it can be for you as a student. They know how hard it is to go to college and balance all the rest of your responsibilities.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 266

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love the sun, can't get into the UC's (or can't afford anything more expensive than a CSU) and don't want to party unless you're in a frat, then this school is prefect for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The #1 thing I learned about applying to colleges is that most schools (except for private ones and a few others) admit you based on the major you declare, so your chances are solely based on the seats that school has for that major. Therefore, a school's acceptance rate really has nothing at all to do with its competitiveness. Look into how many seats your school of choice has for the major you are applying to so you can get a better idea of your chances.

    Bang for the buck

    Despite the constant increase in CSU tuition, there is still no better investment than in your education. With that said, the CSU system is failing and is constantly finding more and more ways to squeeze every dollar out of every student whether it's supplies, textbooks, or meal plans (you're going to lose money with all the plans except the most expensive one). Work hard to get your money's worth.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is very pretty, but much of the surrounding area is not. Some people are also very nice, but you also get the SoCal mean people. Just depends on who you meet. Most of the dorms (the cheaper ones anyway) are also extremely old, except for Cuic, where the Dining Hall is just ok. Still, you're in San Diego, so you aren't going to get any better weather.

    Am learning a lot

    The amount you learn here depends greatly on the classes you register for, but not necessarily how much you time or effort you put into any given class. For instance, I feel I learned a lot in my Philosophy class last Fall just by sitting and listening to the professor, while I worked my butt off in Chemistry and got very little out of it. Register for as wide a variety of classes as possible. Still learning more than in high school.

  • 11/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 26 of 266

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    Great for these types of students

    It's a good school for outgoing people who love working out and being outdoors. They have a stellar location close to hiking grounds and the beach and even offer credits for learning to surf and paddle board. It's also a great school if you love to socialize or have a desire to be in the military or ROTC. San Diego is a military city and they have a great detachment of Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC's at SDSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    SDSU has a bad reputation as a party school but it really is all about the way you conduct yourself at any college. With the right attitude, you will make tons of friends, have a great time in clubs and volunteering and get all your studying done on time.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately the Cal State system is getting more expensive but SDSU tries to make things easier on students. The on-campus communities always have free food at their events and during the week, you will find festivals and farmers' markets on campus to get cheap, good food.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's always lots of fun things to do here and they encourage getting involved with the school from day one. I suggest checking out all the clubs before you commit to one because there are a large variety of people to meet.

    Am learning a lot

    You will definitely learn tons of skills to carry with you for a lifetime here. Even though you have to be self-motivated, the professors care about you and make sure they make time to help you. The classes are challenging enough to keep you on your toes but with a good mindset, it will be a piece of cake!

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 27 of 266

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    Campus Safety

    very safe!

    Greek Life

    great! our sorority is very nice, good food and great friends. go delta zeta!

    Clubs and Activities

    i decided to join the greek life and have really made some great friends. go delta zeta!

    Great for these types of students

    if you are high academically and still like social life, sdsu is for you!

    What to do for fun

    take a water sport every semester. it's a great way to meet people!

    Food and Dining

    assorted venues make it diversified. you can find almost anything you want.

    Dorm Life

    i met my best friend here. the honors college placed our hall of students together and we became great friends. rooms are small.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you love great weather, with a school that has spirit and and many majors, sdsu is for you!

    In three sentences

    sdsu has given me a wide opportunity of expanding my interests in pre veterinary medicine, the honors college, and psychology. the water sports are a great option!

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 28 of 266

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    Campus Safety

    SDSU has its own police force, so safety is pretty high here. Whenever anything happens on campus, an alert is emailed to every single student so they are aware what is happening around them. We also have the blue light system on campus, which are emergency posts where you can press a button and it will alert the police station where you are and that you need help.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge here at SDSU. I'm not in the greek system, and I can probably name the majority of the sororities and fraternities here on campus just because of how important greek life is here. That can be a good or a bad thing, depending on who you talk to. There are some from each side that are arrogant and some that are really nice! You just have to find your fit, like everything else!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless organizations on campus. If you want to be involved, then you can find something for you: Guaranteed!

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for any type of student, really. We have a wide variety of teachers here, so just find the program that suits you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the undie run every year during the last week of school. Everyone takes their clothes off and runs around the school in their underwear and all the clothes are donated to a local charity afterwards. It's fun for the students and rewarding for the charity!

    Bang for the buck

    I actually came from out of state, so I was paying a lot more for tuition than the residents of California. Even now that I have in-state tuition, it's extremely expensive for someone like me. The only thing that makes it worth it is getting a teacher who I felt actually taught me something or a class that I feel was worth my while.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on around campus. Each semester, there is something called Aztec Nights where each Friday, there is a free event put on my the school for anyone to attend. Basketball games are huge here at State, since our team is a-mazing! We also have a concert venue on campus where a lot of big name artists come and people from all over San Diego attend these events, not just students.

    Food and Dining

    We have fairly decent dining choices here at SDSU. Our student center is actually torn down right now and they are planning to put some great new restaurants in there. The only downside is it can get pricey and some of the meal plans leave you with a lot of left over money that just goes to waste at the end of the year.

    Dorm Life

    I never experienced dorm life except for the occasional visit, but everyone I know says it's an extremely rewarding experience. It is also required if you are not from San Diego, unless you attend a community college concurrently (which is what I did). The dorms are a great way to meet people when you come to a place where you don't know anyone, because everyone else is in your same boat.

    Academic Rigor

    It really all depends on the professor you get. I highly recommend using ratemyprofessor.com before registering for classes. A bad professor can make or break a class (and your GPA) for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus your first year in school. The easiest classes you're going to take are your freshman and sophomore courses, so use the opportunity to get your GPA up while you can!

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is an extremely intelligent crowd of people! Don't let that fool you, though: We love to get our education in during the week and let go on the weekends! SDSU has whatever you're looking for, whether it be quiet, peaceful areas or loud, drunken fraternity parties.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 29 of 266

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    What to do for fun

    You are only a trolley away from downtown san diego, and there are a bunch of things to do there. You can watch the Paders or Chargers game, or just explore the Gas Lamp District. On campus, there are a lot of extracurricular things to do. The ARC (Aztec Recreation Center) is a great place to blow off steam and exercise. We also have the AquaPlex, which is amazing in its own regard.

    Food and Dining

    As a freshman, you obtain meal plan, which is prepaid money on your student ID that you can use to buy on campus food. It is extremely convienent, and there are several payment and installment plans to fit any financial need.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is pretty good. I am sophomore, and so i dormed last year, in Zura Residence Hall. It was definitely a good experience, finally living away from home, and having that independence. The RA's are strict but fair, and your floor mates become friends that you never forget. A bunch of my floor mates now live together, and so do I.

    Academic Rigor

    SDSU has a lot of majors to choose from. One thing that bugs me though is that they hire a lot of international teachers, so a lot of them have accents that makes it quite difficult to understand in class. Dont get me wrong, there is the fair share of teachers that speak perfect English, but when put in a class with the foreign teacher, I usually find myself attempting to teach myself. Another good thing about SDSU is the diverse population that is willing to come together and form study groups out of strangers. These are really helpful, and if you go here, I highly recommend getting involved with these.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some of the impacted programs that we have here are Kinesiology, Nursing, and Business. If you are any of these majors, SDSU would be a good choice. The majority of the population here is Caucasian, so dont be surprised when you are surrounded by Caucasians. The weather is amazing, usually topping at high 80s in the summer, and getting to the 40s during the winter.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a diversity college that offers a lot in terms of academic careers, and extracurricular activities. the natural vibe that the campus gives off is amiable and everyone is friendly. One of the biggest pluses is the weather and very environmental campus.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 30 of 266

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of accounts of phones getting stolen from people, so be careful! Also, make sure that you register your bike with the SDSU Police and use a U-lock (not just a cable lock). Bikes get stolen insanely often, as I can say from personal experience. Also, have the phone numbers of SDSU Police and the Escort Service just in case you have an evening class and want someone to escort you back to the dorms or through campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has good and bad days but East and West Commons have wonderful food if you're on the meal plan! Otherwise on-campus dining is too expensive, try to bring your own food if you can. The best thing about the dining hall was the omelet bar in the mornings!

    Dorm Life

    The cheapest dorms were the most fun (in my opinion). Maya and Olmeca aren't suite style like most of them, but instead a long hallway with a communal bathroom (bathrooms are separated by gender, floors are not). Because of this long hallway of open doors, it made for a great place to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor entirely depends on what your major is, some are definitely more difficult than others. I'm an engineer and have needed to teach myself a lot of the information and since I was able to accept working harder, I have done better in my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with any college, try to become active on campus! There are countless clubs that may relate to your major or even a random interest/hobby. Starting a conversation with the person you sit next to in class is definitely easier at the beginning of the semester so take advantage of it!

    In three sentences

    This school may be known for the partying, but it's only an issue if you let it be one. Classes can be stressful to get registered for, but I have been able to get everything that I need. So far I've found that good large lecturers are rare to nonexistent and teaching myself the material is normal.

  • 09/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 31 of 266

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is fantastic! There are sometimes homeless drunks roaming around the outskirts of the campus, but campus PD does a good job of making students feel safe. Everywhere around the campus are emergency button, where whoever feels unsafe can press and a campus PD will immediately rush to you. There is also an escort system that allows a campus PD to escort you back to your car, dorm, or wherever. This is especially great if you happen to be studying late at night in the library and have no one to walk back to the dorm with or back to your car.

    Greek Life

    The Greek scene at San Diego State definitely exists. Some frats and sororities are friendlier than others. You don't have to be in a frat or sorority to get in the best parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that you can get involved with at SDSU. From Associated Students, to a sports clubs, to cultural clubs, to musical clubs, there will be a club that you will fit right in! There will be somewhere where you feel you belong!

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is worth the price. San Diego State no only offers an education but also offers a wide range of networking and socializing. You are paying for a college experience and that is exactly what you will get at San Diego State

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there is always something to do. It is nearly impossible to every say I'm bored at San Diego State. There are always new people to meet and hang out with. The trolley can take you almost anywhere in San Diego you want to go. There are great places to eat in San Diego. There are tons of shopping centers around the campus. There are parties every weekend. You will fall in love with SDSU.

    Food and Dining

    The food at SDSU is good. Depending on what time of the day you stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the wait time can vary. Sometimes, the lines are massive. Some of the eats at SDSU include Panda Express, Rubio's, Starbucks, Juice It Up, Sushi Do, Daphne's California Greek, So Cal Chicken, Big City Bagels, and Olive Oil Café.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is one of the best experiences at SDSU. There are not only people form all over the country that live in the dorms, but also all over the world. It is a great way to meet new friends. The people on your floor will become like family very quickly because you do live with them and you do see them everyday.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of San Diego State is a bit challenging but nothing a full time student cannot handle. With proper time management, they is plenty of time to both get studying done and have a good time out on the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to as many events, parties, games, etc. as you can because they are lots of fun and you will make so many good memories. If you are a girl, never walk alone at night because you never know what kind of creep will try to hit on you. Be ready for lots of stairs and hills when walking to classes.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is probably one of the best universities in California because of it's location, diversity, academics, and social scene. Most people in San Diego are incredibly friendly and truly look out for each other. San Diego State is the ideal place to have a fun time during your college years while getting a good education as well.

  • 02/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 32 of 266

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are looking for a very diverse campus full of life and sunshine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always register for classes as soon as possible. Classes may run out quickly. Get to know the 24 hour Love Library, it will be your best friend!

    Bang for the buck

    School is obviously pricey nowadays so for the education provided, it is definitely reasonable.

    Am enjoying being here

    Aside from the party life, there are many events on and around campus. There are musical performances, school based activities, the gym, a beautiful pool, and even a relaxing turtle pond to recuperate. On top of that, there is a vast amount of school spirit because of our extravagant basketball team.

    Am learning a lot

    Even though the class sizes are large, the professors are very engaging and knowledgeable.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 33 of 266

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    Tips for prospective students

    Go with the school you are most comfortable with. Make sure you are comfortable with the environment of the campus. That is the main thing, is that you yourself are happy, because students do not learn well if they are not genuinely happy.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though most other schools in CA seem to be affected by the recent budget, its seems to me as if SDSU has found a way to keep up the quality of education as well as their facilities. The campus is nice and the education one will earn from the educators is well worth every penny--its just AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR FUTURE! What you take from SDSU into the world will be useful to you, especially when it comes to choosing a career.

    Will enjoy being here

    I know for a fact the area is excellent. The environment is easy to work around being that there is the beach nearby and the weather is never too hot nor too cold. It will definitely be an easy place to adjust to.

    Will learn a lot

    Of course being that I have yet to attend a class at this university, I have heard from a multitude of different people that the education to be granted to those who earn them will be very useful to them in their future.

  • 08/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 34 of 266

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    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the Campus a few times before Admissions open. Sign up for EOP and be sure to have a check off list.

    Bang for the buck

    With tuition on the rise most students are trying to cut back on their budgets. Try not to eat out everyday or you're going to regret it. With the new construction beginning I suspect that classes will be a little rowdy.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's a blast being here especially when everyone is coming back from summer vacation. Take part in the New Student Week and go to the parties before school starts. Make sure you know the Aztec Fight song!!

    Will learn a lot

    Pay attention to the professors they're there for you. Most of the teachers are really passionate about their studies and tend to forget about their students, meet up with your teachers a least once a week. During study successions its hard to find a place in the Love Library so plan on getting your own laptop.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 35 of 266

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    What to do for fun

    go to the beach

    Tips for prospective students

    look at the requirements for your degree because they often require 3 semesters of a foreign language and/or to study abroad.

    In three sentences

    san diego state is a beautiful campus. the encourage a full social and academic life. they send a lot of emails.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 36 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I like how the campus is relatively small and it is city like. This makes me feel safer. Like at any school, you just have to be smart where you are walking by yourself at night.

    Greek Life

    I can't really review on this because it is not my cup of tea but from the looks of it, it looks like they all have a great time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a little garden that is almost hidden that many students do not know about. It is peaceful and has a fountain. It is a great place to relax during a stressful day.

    Bang for the buck

    Don't buy your books at the bookstore! Order them online. You will save tons of money.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is only 20 minutes away. If you do not have a car then there is a trolley system that will take you anywhere in San Diego you need to go. There are tons of concerts, restaurants, football and baseball games, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans are very flexible in the sense you do not only need to eat at the dining hall. There are other restaurants you can eat at. The food is very good though.

    Dorm Life

    I was dreading living in a dorm. I thought to myself, community bathrooms, gross (they ended up not being that bad). Living in a dorm as a student athlete helped me meet other students that weren't involved in athletics. Since the majority of freshman are forced to live in dorms, the group of people you live with is very diverse which makes it easy to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Now this does depend on your major because there are easy majors that many of my friends are in and they easily breeze through their classwork. For me, as an engineering student, it is difficult but I like the way that it challenges me and prepares me for my future career.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking for a school to attend in general, it will feel right for you when you visit there. When I visited SDSU, I knew instantly that was where I wanted to be. Not only is the campus beautiful and the weather, perfect; but the academics are top notch.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a great school academically and socially. It has a great location not far from the beach. It is also very diverse and offers many opportunities to meet new people.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 266

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SDSU has its own police department that is amazing! They have escorts to walk or drive you places, the campus shuttle runs at night time so you don't have to walk home from class late at night, and they officers are really nice!

    Greek Life

    Greeks make up a large portion of SDSU population. There are many sororities and fraternities that people can join!

    Clubs and Activities

    SDSU has a club for almost anything you can think of! Each major also has their own type of organization to help guide you through school when an advisor might not be available.

    Great for these types of students

    All different types of students, academic-driven, partiers, shy, outgoing, SDSU has them all!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The coy pond by Scripps Cottage is so relaxing, and the view from Art North is beautiful! SDSU has Native American-like traditions (we are the Aztecs) and it's a really fun experience, especially the sporting events!

    Bang for the buck

    I would recommend SDSU to anyone who is making a college decision! It's absolutely gorgeous here and the school is both challenging and exciting!

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING! The beach, downtown, Coronado, Tijuana (be safe!), hiking, Mission Bay Aquatic Center, and skydiving!

    Food and Dining

    At first, the food seems amazing, but it gets old after a while. There aren't many healthy dining options and everything is EXTREMELY overpriced. It's also possible to gain the freshmen 15 because the dining hall is buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms! I met some great people, didn't have to worry about my meals because of the meal plan, and it was a great experience overall. However, one year was more than enough and most people move off campus after their first year.

    Academic Rigor

    Course difficulty depends on your major. Most of the general education classes are easy, but major classes can be pretty tough. Also, use ratemyprofessor.com to read reviews on the professor; they're accurate ratings.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose SDSU! If you're not from San Diego, they will make you live on campus which is a little pricey. There are thousands of scholarships out there though, so seek them out!

    In three sentences

    SDSU was the best decision of my life. Beautiful weather, location (San Diego, who could resist?!), great academics, awesome sports, amazing people, and millions of things to do. Proud to be an aztec!

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    San Diego State campus has become less safe honestly, sometimes at night it can be scary and they say never to walk alone. The campus has taken a lot of precautions however, to make people feel safer. They have emphasized the idea of walking with a group a night, but if you have a late class and no one to walk with they have campus police who will take you home safely. This is a good option because it decreases the risk of encountering a bad situation.

    Greek Life

    The greek life here is very strong, we have many different chapters (Panhellenic, Multicultural, etc) and you will find the one that is best suited for you. I really suggest going greek if you come to this school, it is a great way to meet people quickly if you are having trouble at the dorms, and you get involved with fun things on campus and in the San Diego community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I've said before, there is so much to do and get involved with on campus. There are so many diverse clubs here to explore. If you were into student government in high school, there is Associative Students. For those who have always been athletic there is an amazing gym on campus and intramural/coed/club sports to get involved in. Many people choose to go greek, which is a really great way to meet people and participate in fun activities!

    Great for these types of students

    It's hard to stereotype the students that fit best here because this campus is so diverse. There are so many different opportunities and things to do here. There are clubs to join whether you're more into academics, sports, or you're just here to have a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An awesome location on campus is the turtle pond. A lot of people will sit in the grass and study or eat lunch with their friends here. It's very peaceful and a great environment.

    Bang for the buck

    Although tuition has gone up since I've been a student, I still feel like you get a lot for the money you pay. I do suggest however, that you look for scholarships to help if need be. Some applications take time, but it's worth it if you get some money to put towards your education.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do at SDSU on and off campus. On campus, there is the arc (aka the gym) and aquaplex (aka the pool). A lot of people love to stay physically fit and active, and with the weather being so nice, who wouldn't want to lay out at the pool? If you're wanting to get away from campus for awhile however, you still have some great options. There are malls down the 8 freeway in both directions. As you head coastal, there is Pacific Beach and Mission Beach which have a lot of cute stores, dining places, and bars.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall cuicacalli has hit or miss meals, it is definitely social hour there though which makes it so much fun. We always had big brunches on the weekends with our friends, it's all you can eat so we'd be in there for awhile. The food places/restaurants on campus are good and you have a lot of options. I never complained at the fact that I could get starbucks everyday with my meal plan. I had the biggest plan, which everyone called the fat kid plan because you just had a declining balance instead of having to use your money during certain hours. It was really convenient.

    Dorm Life

    I fortunately had a single room as a freshman in one of the cuic suites, but if you get paired with a good roommate, dorm living is a blast. Living in the dorms is the best way to make friends and meet people. From the dorms you will always have someone to go do activities with. The dorm rooms are definitely small, but you make the best of it and decorate them to your liking so it's a nice place to return to every evening.

    Academic Rigor

    SDSU has become a lot more academically focused. You get out of your academics what you put into it. I really suggest getting to know your teachers (and TAs) because in a lecture of 500+ students, they don't know who you are. I suggest going into their office hours because if you show that you care, they will care too.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I definitely suggest living in the dorms for your first year. Living in the dorms is a great introduction to life on your own. You have the RAs there for help if you need, yet you have so much personal freedom. Living in the dorms is convenient and you meet so many new people. I also suggest getting involved. Look into more information about going greek or doing Associated Students. The more you get involved with, the more people you will meet. Making new friends and meeting new people really helps with the college transition.

    In three sentences

    A great all around college experience for incoming freshman or transfers. There is so much to do/get involved with on and off campus.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Relatively cheap for a California school and seems very worth it for the tuition price.

    Will enjoy being here

    Great campus with great students and atmosphere.

    Will learn a lot

    I am hoping to get a good education out of SDSU and it seems they are committed to providing one.

  • 05/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It can get expensive but it is all worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    San Diego is one of the best cities to be in, so much to do so little time!

    Am learning a lot

    Teachers really do care about your performance in their classes and want you to do well!

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    I Recently visited this school and i loved the enviornment and cant wait to apply soon!

  • 12/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Am learning a lot

    Make sure your professors know your name! It helps to have concerned, caring professors :)

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have been going to this school for about three years now and have never had a problem with my own personal safety. I have had friends who have had their bicycles stolen, but other than that it's great!

    Greek Life

    I am currently in Sigma Phi Epsilon as the Vice President of Finance and wouldn't have it any other way. The greek life here is very social and is very proactive in helping out the surrounding community. I have no negative comments about the greeks here other than the fact that I wish there were more!

    Clubs and Activities

    I participate on about 5-6 intramural teams throughout the year in football and soccer. The programs are run very well and are organized.

    Great for these types of students

    Once on campus, one can walk to any class in a matter of 10 minutes. Class sizes are about 100-300 students for general education classes but tend to decrease as one gets more into major classes. Many clubs and activities are available for those wanting to get involved, as well as plenty of study and quiet space for those wanting to get away.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The aztec recreation center is the tradition that the majority of the students take part in once attending sdsu. It's the gym. It becomes a great stress reliever, a nice social spot, and a way of life.

    Bang for the buck

    The food on campus is a little pricy but with the meal plans freshman are required to have it's okay. Once off the meal plan, depending on if one can cook or not, its better. Books and classes are expensive, but it is a four year university.

    What to do for fun

    Anything.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus was great. There is a Taco Bell, Sub sandwich place, Panda Express, Rubio's, about 2 pizza places, plenty of Starbuck's locations, and a buffet style dining hall that mixes up food nights to keep some variety.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Tenochca residence halls where living was great. I was a social butterfly and still have friends that I hang out with. The rooms were average but were never too hot in the summer, and never too cold in the winter. There was probably about two or three weeks where we did have to take cold showers due to some maintenance issues.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a mechanical engineering major in my third year of classes. I have never once had a class that is not manageable. One must come into this school with the mindset of wanting to learn and being ready to put the work in to get the necessary results.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be social and participate in the first week's events to meet friends, find romances, and great study buddies for the entire year. Prepare yourself for an excellent school experience.

    In three sentences

    Great for an away from home college experience. Has amazing weather that will lift up the spirits on the way to class. This school is ran by it's greek system and is a great one to get involved in.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    aztec nights is a lot of fun. the clubs on campus have many different activities throughout the semester. throughout the semester there are many events across campus that occur and some even offer free food. the booths on centennial walkway right before winter break have tons of crafts and gifts that can be bought for family or for yourself.

    Food and Dining

    there is a variety of food on campus. the market is a great place to pick up snacks and meals. the make-your-own salad bar is great!! 4.0 deli just of campus is a great place for sandwiches. the thursday farmer's market is a great place for food!

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is hectic and hard to get any studying in, depending on te building and floor you are in. many people have to go to the library to study because the dorms can be disruptive.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on the class and the major, the difficulty can vary. psychology classes are relatively easy, while accounting and nursing majors are very rigorous. the classes are very straightforward, if you do the work and study you should do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply and have all documents in order. meet with the academic advisor towards the end of your first semester, because they will set you up with a plan for the rest of your college career. if you are parking on campus, get there early and you will find plenty of parking. be involved on campus and have fun!

    In three sentences

    i love san diego state, it is centrally located and in the middle of the city and the campus is beautiful. yes it does have traffic like any other school, but it offers many programs to major in. state has a lot to offer and can more than hold its' own against the other schools in san diego.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety here is great, there is an on campus police so there is always help and assistance if needed. The police are very helpful and kind and are always willing to assist someone in need.

    Greek Life

    San Diego state university is filled with Greek life every where. There are numerous weeks where the different fraternities and sororities have booths trying to get people involved. These are great opportunities for freshman to get involved and make friends, the bond you share with these guys or girls is forever.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs at this school are fun and very helpful, I suggest everyone to get involved in them. The clubs will help one to meet people and attend volunteer events while having a good time. The people in the clubs all usually have the same interest or major as you so it makes the people more relatable and understanding.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun events to do at SDSU. I would say that the sports games are the most fun and the most attended events on campus. There are also other events for the first month of the fall semester such as a carnival and other fun things.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great at SDSU, they have every type of food that one can imagine. There is Greek food, Italian food, Mexican, Asian, and a convenient store where you can buy meals as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is always active and has so many fun things going on. I would tell everyone to join a dorm especially if you are from our of town because you will make so many friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I would give this school a three out of five on the rigor. Yes, San Diego state is not an easy school, I mean it is college, but not all classes are hard. Many of the teachers make the class so that it is bearable and achievable to get an A. The hardest classes at this school would be the sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips that I would give to prospective students would be to get involved in the school, make friends, and get close to your teachers. San Diego state has so many different fun events for students and I believe everyone should get involved and attend them, like the football and basketball games. Second, I would say is make friends with your classmates a majority of them will be in your classes again if it's a class for your major so become friends. Friends will also make the college experience more fun and enjoyable. Finally, talk to your teachers and go to their office hours, it will help you to do well in the class and later in school when you need letters of recommendation.

    In three sentences

    If I were to rate SDSU on a scale from 1-10, I would definitely give it a 10. The location of the school and the architecture of it is beautiful; not to mention the people are friendly and the majority of teachers are helpful. San Diego State University is a great school that has numerous opportunities for the students just waiting for them to engage in.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you have class at night you will see some security roaming around. If you feel uncomfortable there is always the campus van that you can call that will pick you up and take you to your desired destination.

    Greek Life

    5 stars. Very active!

    Clubs and Activities

    Depending on your college there is a large variety of clubs you can join! Greek Life is very popular here.

    Great for these types of students

    Energetic, outgoing. Hard work ethic. Balanced.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Turtle Pond is a serene area to relax and take some time to yourself! I love that area, it seems as if everyone who sits around there knows to be gentle and calm. An unusual tradition is the undie run at the end of every semester!

    Bang for the buck

    With budget cuts and rising tuition, a student really has to put in the effort with how much this school costs. I wouldn't go here if you plan on commuting and not be able to hang around campus and make use of every resource possible.

    What to do for fun

    3 different beaches within 15 minutes! The Gaslamp is a nice little area to hang out at and accessible with the trolley. Downtown SD is fun to! The Viejas holds multiple concerts in the arena all the time. The Open Area Theatre allows some students to even sit outside to hear a band without even buying a ticket. If you're into the party scene, Fraternity Row is never quite.

    Food and Dining

    The food can get tiring but taking a ride on the trolley to different areas can open up the variety! I this on a monthly basis so I never got bored on my choices of food to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I met most of the friends I have now in the dorms! I loved dorming because of the diverse people you meet. This lifestyle can really change a person and really teaches you about yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and your professors! I am a pre-nursing student and classes are very strenuous and impacted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for large lecture rooms and I suggest having a laptop to bring to class or a voice recorder to review once class is done. I brought my bike to campus and I can get from one side of the campus to the opposite side in 5 minutes! Saves time and walking in the crowd can make you late to class.

    In three sentences

    Very colorful and lively! You will never be bored here, transportation is accesible with the trolley being on campus which can take you to 2 different malls which is very convenient. Academically strong.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every student receives the email's from the SDSU Police. There is a moderate number of crimes at school so it is vital that you are aware of your surroundings. If you are a girl, make sure to be cautious when walking alone in secluded areas or at night. If you feel it is necessary, you can call the campus police and they can pick you up from your location and take you to where you need to get. The campus police do what they can, but it is up to you not to be stupid with your decisions.

    Bang for the buck

    If you have a meal plan, you are set on your food finances. Get a on campus job to purchase anything else you feel is necessary to enhance your life. Merchandise at school can get pricey, but there is a Walmart down the street so you can save yourself a few bucks and buy supplies there. Never be afraid to use coupons!

    What to do for fun

    To optimize your college experience, get involved! Joining a fraternity or a sorority can change your time at SDSU from fun to excitingly wonderful. Or there is the possibility of joining clubs, inter mural sports at the ARC, or cultural groups. If that isn't your thing, San Diego has various beaches, theme parks, and cultural landmarks. Take a day to experience San Diego and see the city.

    Food and Dining

    State has a broad variety of restaurants on campus. The favorites are Panda Express and Taco Bell. Every Thursday we have a farmers market so that people can get away from the food severed everyday and taste some specially made exotic food. Aside from the on campus pleasures. SDSU is located in an area that is surrounded by restaurants. The favorite off campus spots are Buddies Burgers, Pita Pit, and Smash Burger.

    Dorm Life

    San Diego State University is a school where one is within comfortable walking distance to the library, a large open grassy area to converse and lay out in the sun, and the dorms and greek homes. The dorms offer students a chance to meet a variety of people that live in the same dorm. It gives students the freedom of being independent, but with some restrictions that are enforced by the RA's on the floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The school offers a wide variety of classes so individuals of a broad range of majors can easily find classes that pertain to their profession. With that, the amount of classes you take and the professors you chose determines your work load so chose wisely. Overall, the work load is manageable just as long as you prioritize your time correctly. Avoiding procrastination is also very beneficial.

    Tips for prospective students

    When attending State, it is important to remember your priorities because it is tempting to give into the party scene, but school should always come first. Unlike high school, cramming last second for a test does not usually work in your favor so I advise you to study a new section of the material everyday for two weeks in advance so the night before you are merely reviewing. That tip will save you a lot of stress and allow you to feel more comfortable during the exam. My third tip is be cautious when leaving your possessions unattended in the library. You can never be too careful and having your laptop stolen in the middle of the semester is never helpful. Lastly, there are thousands of students attending San Diego State so it is sometimes a stressful process to get classes. It is vital to know what classes and schedule you want so that when it is your turn to register you are able to get your classes. Make sure to do research on your teacher and the work load they give. This could largely impact your work load for the semester.

    In three sentences

    Overall, San Diego State University is a wonderful school to attend your first year of college. The way the campus is set up makes it easy to meet a number of individuals and the events organized by the students is helpful as well. SDSU offers various opportunities for the students futures and the faculty pushes their students to strive for greatness.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Theres a pond on campus thats called the turtle pond, since theres a bunch of turtles swimming around. If you have a break between classes, thats a good spot to just relax on the grass and cool down at a shady spot.

    What to do for fun

    In the beginning of the year the school does provide Aztec Nights which can be dances, games, or concerts. Theres also the beaches, downtown, and shopping centers when you take the trolly. Clubs and sports. Parties on the weekends (if thats your scene).

    Food and Dining

    The Dinging hall isn't THAT great but the food isn't terrible. The staff there really try and get to know the students and ask for their opinion sometimes on what foods they would like to have and can improve on. The omelettes are amazing(:

    Dorm Life

    I highly recommend dorming there for your first year. Its so much easier to meet people and build strong friendships. Plus it gives you options on who you would want to live with your sophomore year.

    Academic Rigor

    Each class is different but the professors to care for your well being in the classes. Most of them want you to pass, but there are some who are just there to teach and really leave it up to you whether you pass or not. Lectures can be hard to stay attentive in but try and sit closer to the professor to stay focused.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really try to get involved in activities on campus and if you are dorming take advantage of your free arc membership. Its also good to have a great relationship with your floor mates, especially if you have similar majors. Study sessions are always helpful. Yes its a party school, but remember you are there for school so try not to get caught up in all the partying. It can really be distracting but just learn how to manage your time. Really get to know your study habits, it becomes easier once you figure it out.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is very diverse and outgoing. There is always something to do and people to meet. There are so many opportunities to get involved and have a great time.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe for the most part. Don't walk anywhere alone at night if you're a girl, but this is common sense.

    Greek Life

    Hottest chicks I've ever seen in my life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of intramural sports and clubs. Tons of societies.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for business oriented people. Great for those looking for the college experience. Great for those looking to join Greek life, cuz its a big thing here.

    What to do for fun

    Party! Drink! Socialize with the ladiess! ;) Play FIFA with the bros. Get yoked at the gym! Go to the aquaplex (Huge outdoor pool)

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall is set up like a school cafeteria. Assembly line status. Quality of food is decent, but gets old after awhile.

    Dorm Life

    You will have some of your best moments in life freshmen year living at the dorms. It's also mandatory to live in the dorms your first year. You meet a ton of people from all over the world. It's very exciting!

    Academic Rigor

    Professors either are really good or really bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in societies, clubs, greek life early! This is an awesome opportunity to meet people.

    In three sentences

    Huge Greek Life. Good looking men and women. Professors either are really good or really bad.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    my roommate and i love midnight walks because the campus looks beautiful at night! we also have the gym, weight center, fields and the pools to keep us in shape. there are also parties to go to.

    Food and Dining

    they have two food courts and it has variety of choices. they also have markets which has become the places i go to for food. dorms have kitchens as well, so you can make your food as well.

    Dorm Life

    i am one of the lucky ones who got into the suites. they are well kept and we even have a housekeeper, and we are all nice to her. people will walk into your dorm and you make friends like that!

    Academic Rigor

    even though San Diego is a party school, people do their work when it is the time to be focused. the staff have an event during midterms where at midnight they give students food when they are studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you need help, you can pretty much ask anyone on campus. everyone is friendly, so don't be shy. make new friends!

    In three sentences

    It is very huge and beautiful campus. there are a lot of things to do here and the staff is friendly as well. The weather in San Diego is perfect!

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    An extensive one, full of many different goals, prospects, and achievements

    Clubs and Activities

    A multitude of greek systems, sororities, fraternities, and academic societies.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of attendance is costly but you are definitely;y getting the most from your money.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! From sight seeing, to dancing, San Diego has it all

    Food and Dining

    There are a wide range of variety of foods on campus, including Thursday visits from local food vendors. It never gets boring here

    Dorm Life

    To be an SDSU alumni is to be an Aztec fully and wholly. The dorms are not only conveniently located on campus but are clean and filled with fun.

    Academic Rigor

    All majors and disciplines have there own level of sophisticated-ness and rigor. SDSU goal is to help and challenge its students to think outside of the box.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to journey into a new segment of your life. SDSU will provide you with all the essential tools, and then some, but it is up to you the student to take advantage of everything this school throws onto your lap. Brace yourself for a continually progressively striving community.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State has a exceptional variety of classes, societies, opportunities, and students. The atmosphere here is great, nothing but brilliant minds and friendly people.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great and getting better. there are emergency call boxes all over campus and in the parking lots, for students, and faculty to use. I think there could be more officers on campus, and patrolling the parking lots, especially at sunset, and during the evenings since classes continue till about 10pm. The security news letters are wonderful, and keep people informed of what is going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are wonderful, but most you have to pay to get into, and/ or qualify to join. Once you are in the clubs they are enjoyable and help the networking process.

    Great for these types of students

    All the students should attend at least one of the football games, it is enjoyable, and must more entertaining then a regular NFL game. it is more family oriented, which mean there are no belligerent drunk people funning a muck. The career fair is nice for those who want to network and see what jobs are available. There is a GYM for those students that enjoy working out. There is a pool that students can use.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The coy pound is wonderful and very calming. There is a fun carnival every fall semester.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is extremely expensive, and is only going up in price. I find it difficult to purchase my textbooks, and buy school supplies. I search pricing for weeks just so i can save a dollar. Helping support a family and going to school is not easy, much less affordable. I am a first generation graduate, and the fact that the schools do hardly anything to help their struggling students is not right.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I go for walks, spend time with friends, family, and my pets. I read mysteries, and science fiction novels, when I have time. I write to my family in Baltimore, and Arizona.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is quit expensive, but there are many choices, and their is food all over campus. The food is a little more expensive then what you would pay off of campus. The food and dining are not to bad, and their is something for everyone, there are even little shops to pick up snacks if you do not want a full meal.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, but from what I hear from other students, they are clean and the people are pretty respectful. However, the rules and regulations are extremely tight and the people who in force the rules can be a little harsh at times.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic Rigor is not to complicated and the professors are almost always willing to speak with you. The classes are difficult, but as long as you attend the classes, and read the material you should do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would rate San Diego State University as a 3 when it comes to prospective students because they make the students run all around to get answers, and the workers do not know all the information needed when transferring, or applying. The university is all about money, and they want you to spend money to get answers.

    In three sentences

    Over all I would give San Diego State a 3 because their faculty does give you the run around, and the classes are difficult at times, however, the professors are extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help their student. The professors also are usually enthusiastic about their topics which helps the lesions. The school is expensive, with little financial help, but the education out of it, is worth it.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to parties, hit the beach, meet people. If you want to relax go to the Aquaplex and go for a nice swim.

    Tips for prospective students

    Balance academics and college life. Study hard and pay attention in class.

    In three sentences

    San DIego State is a fun and exciting campus. The experience is a great opportunity to learn and grow as a person. The education is one of the best.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SDSU's campus is located in a good part of town and is security-conscious, with campus police, good lighting, call boxes, and a lot of students walking about at almost all hours. They notice and question people who appear lost or out of place. The campus itself is hilly, and its layout can be confusing until you get to know it. If I were a criminal, I'd look for a locale that was easier to navigate.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a Greek, so I can't comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons!

    Great for these types of students

    People majoring in music, education, languages, fine arts, computer technology or the health sciences will be very happy here. People who are at all athletic will enjoy the wide variety of sports available. The health-conscious will love California's fresh produce and the availability of organic food.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't live on campus, so I can't comment. San Diego itself hosts the Rock and Roll Half-Marathon every year, and lots of concerts. The club scene is excellent and local theatre groups are very active.

    Bang for the buck

    This school offers a high-quality education at a deal for in-state tuition. Its reputation is growing and its degrees will be increasingly respected. A great plus is Southern California's temperate climate and natural beauty with fantastic hiking nearby. There are no blizzards to contend with here. One of my classmates came from the Northeast on a scholarship, and we all told him he'd wind up relocating here. He seemed dubious at first, but relocating is exactly what he did.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do in San Diego! A cultural feast. Get a copy of the local weekly magazine, The Reader, when you arrive. Balboa Park alone has over 20 museums, biking and jogging paths, huge gardens, Spanish Village with an old California feel and artisans' shops, and hospitality houses from many countries. If you're a foreign student, go there for local information and socializing. The Park also hosts the Earth Fair every April. Movie theatres near campus show an eclectic array of films. The beaches are wonderful for surfing, relaxing and playing with your dog.

    Food and Dining

    The variety on campus is good. The city of San Diego itself has fantastic restaurants and many of them are well within a student's budget. Go online for reviews.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, so I can't comment here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask your professors what qualities and behaviors most help their students succeed in their field of study. Join professional organizations. Keep up with your work and show interest in the material even outside that particular course's requirements.

    In three sentences

    SDSU's faculty in my program of study are unusually enthusiastic about teaching. They also take job placement very seriously and bend over backwards to support students and to help them network. Students are friendly and support staff informative and helpful.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school is good with this because you get alerts and notifications whenever anything happens in school because your emails are connected with the SDSU Police, and there are emergency buttons you can pres throughout campus if you ever need help or an escort to your dorm or car.

    Greek Life

    The greek system at SDSU is great because there are so many sororities and fraternities that if you want to join one, there is most probably going to be one that fits you. Many of SDSU's greeks hold positions throughout the school such A.S. President and Vice President.

    Clubs and Activities

    Being in extracurricular activities throughout high school made me want to be a part of school in college, and I found three clubs for my major that are really fun and do a lot of great educational networking,and just for fun events. I am currently a part of HTMSA, NSMH, and MESA which are all hospitality and tourism student associations.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students because the campus is so big and has such a large student body that you are going to find something for everyone, guaranteed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This is not a school of many traditions except for The Show at the SDSU Basketball games which go to all games and are very fun to attend.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is actually very cheap compared to other state schools and private institutions. You get exactly what you pay for and even more because it is San Diego and you won't find a school with better weather, which attracts A LOT of good looking people.

    What to do for fun

    Join a student organization for your major or interests they always have fun activities and events planned out, go partying at night, or take the trolley to downtown San Diego, the different malls in the city, or the beach. Also, the Viejas Arena on campus always has different events and the ARC is right next to it which is the school gym which is nicer than any other gym you have ever been to, for less money.

    Food and Dining

    Like all places, you can get tired of the food here after a semester but it's not that bad. There is variety in the food you can buy with your meal plan and even a Dining Hall to go too which is pretty good in my opinion. If you get tired of campus food, there are many restaurants nearby like Chipotle, Jack in the Box, McDonald's, Buddies Burgers, and Pita Pit.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the University Towers dorms so I have the best dorms at SDSU since it's suite-style living sharing a bathroom with only the room next to you which is really nice compared to all other dorm buildings which have a bathroom per floor. Also, there is a pool by each dorm building which is pretty nice and an Aztec Market nearby as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes will challenge you to think and work for your grades, but they are fun and the professors at SDSU really know what they are teaching and have a passion for their subjects which makes you want to go to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to attend all your classes and don't just buy books from the bookstore, look elsewhere to save lots of money (this will help a lot).

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a gem within the CSU system and many would consider this school to be more of a UC school because of its rigor and its student body. It has lots of great programs and most majors are impacted so that means you are a pre-major until allowed to declare your major in your junior year, which is good because it gives you time to decide what you really want to do. Also,

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of instances of robbery (mostly cell phones) but if you are aware of your surroundings and stay in a group you're likely to be fine

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to learn, like fast paced learning and a great social/community vibe.

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely expensive but at the end of it, you get a degree so it is worth it as long as you stick with it. You will definitely say when you get that degree that you earned it.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat and they're all good.

    Academic Rigor

    My first semester here was easy, but now that I'm further along the work load has increased significantly. It's nothing that's too hard to handle, just takes a little getting used to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your work seriously and make a friend or two in each class. Don't hesitate to ask the teacher questions, they are more than willing to help out. Stay on top of deadlines - you'll have a lot of them.

    In three sentences

    Big, beautiful campus. Teachers are very accommodating with class size and helpful during the class. You definitely have to work in your classes but it's worth it.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Walking around during the day is great but we are #7 on the most dangerous schools list. Personally nothing has ever sketched me out and i work and walk about a mile everyday. You just have to be conscious and mindful of your surroundings (like not walking around with your phone out and such).

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is really big here! There are a lot of different frats and sororities so options for anyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and intramural sports to get into it is also a great way to meet people.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for people who like to be active because its in such a great location. Also great for more pretty much anyone else.

    Bang for the buck

    Well I'm out of state so you could definitely find cheaper options but I really love it and I think that anyone who goes here would enjoy it as well.

    What to do for fun

    This is a big greek life school. I, however, am not in one but I'm always into stuff. Arc (the gym) is probably the best gym ever! We are known to be a party school, but don't feel pressured because not everyone is. the campus also has a trolley station which as i said earlier is really close and straight forward to a lot of places: malls, movie theaters, bowling alleys, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Ehh. Not my personal favorite but meal plans here are very customizable. If you like buffets we have Cuic (qweek) which offers a lot as well as changes all the time. We also have places like Rubios, Taco Bell, Olive Oil (vegatarian options), 3 Starbucks', West Coast sandwhich, Daphne's Greek, Salad Bistro. So yeah.. lots of options.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life but only as a first year. Its a bit pricey. But as far as the friendships I've gained its totally worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a great school. Its not harvard but its not community college so it really just depends as a person what you can manage.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'm currently a freshman so i'm learning as I go but I will say you're here for your personal gain- so everything you do is for yourself not your parents or anybody else. You have to always remember that because you can get behind really fast if you loose site of that. But also at the end of a semester you get a fresh start- which i'm really thankful for!

    In three sentences

    This school is perfect for me. The campus is gorgeous along with perfect weather and a great size. Its about 24,000 students i believe so it's big enough to find new friends at all times. Its also located in a great area right beside the trolley that can take you to target (15 min) to downtown gaslamp (45 min) to the beach (depends). All in all i love this place- Definitely you should come!

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It might lag a little on night safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great. A lot of different clubs, fratts, and sorority to join.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach. Go clubbing in down town SD. Join a club that interest you. San Diego had different events through out the year that are fun to attend.

    Food and Dining

    There's a variety of places to eat in campus and close to campus. You can get a little of every type of food.

    Dorm Life

    I commute. One of my friends dorms and I am almost there every day. From what I seen is that life is great while living in the doorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a lot of things you can do to get those good grades. There's a lot of resources that you can use to your advantage.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check your Blackboard account. Make sure you know what it takes to get a good grade in each class. Get to know your professors. Attend your classes. Make sure to make new friends and enjoy SDSU.

    In three sentences

    Awesome University to attend while living in a beautiful city. Great professors to get thought by. The uniqueness in its culture and variety of ethnicities.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    since getting to campus i have spend a lot of time at the gym playing basketball and going to the beach to surf which i starting doing through a class given on campus. i also have a lot of fun hanging out with the people in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    there is plenty of options for food but not the best quality. If you are vegetarian there are plenty of options as well

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a must!! it is a great way to get a part of campus while meeting a lot of new people. try to wash your hand and eat as health as your can, a lot of people get sick in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    i would say the academic wise it is amazing but not the most optimal situation with class sizes. if you can preform well with large lectures then you will be perfectly fine in all the classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask current student about what class to take, the teachers to have, and how to set up your schedule. Also make sure you join a club or participate in one of the numerous activities on campus.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school with a beautiful campus and good teachers. Education wise the classes tend to be large lecture class, but the teachers are amazing. There is also a great transit system used to get around the city.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is not very safe. Students are being mugged all the time. Even in the middle of the day in restrooms. There is a number to call if you would like to be escorted. There is an escort service that will walk anyone to their car or to their dorm room. Anywhere on campus. There are cops around and keep an eye on the school, but they are not perfect and crime does happen. As long as you are smart, you should have no problems on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    I cannot even count how many different types of clubs and activities. If you are looking for something it will exist. If not, then you can start it and bring in students who were interested in the club, but never did anything about it.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and friendly students are perfect for the campus. Students who are involved in their communities. Students who are involved in politics and social issues will be welcomed with open arms.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the yearly undie run. At the end of finals, students blow off steam by stripping down and go running around campus. The tradition is falling off, but some students continue the tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    If you live off campus, either live close to campus to walk or bike. If you don't, live near the trolley line and get the trolley pass. The pass can be used for an entire semester whenever you want, as long as the trolley runs.

    What to do for fun

    Aztec nights for incoming students is the best time that I had at SDSU. They have many ways for students to become involved. The gym has lots of uses if you are looking to work out, there is a bowling center to play with friends or take classes. SDSU is connected to the trolly system, so shopping is a short ride away.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of different areas for food. Then on Thursdays, there is a food market that has a wide variety of food ranging from crepes to South African food. There are markets that have simple sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    Get used to little sleep in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes tend to be tough, but the professors that teach the classes tend to be really cool and entertaining. They make you forget that you are taking a tough class for a bit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register on time. Classes fill up very quickly so wait next to your computer to register. When looking up professors on ratemyprofessor, don't let the rating for high difficult put you off from the class, look more towards the helpfulness and niceness etc. They are far more important. Get used to the library, because you may spend a majority of your time there.

    In three sentences

    Teachers are excellent. Library is awesome and helpful. Not enough classes for the amount of students.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Travel and Tourism or Hotel Management Accounting Business

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, whether it be through sororities or fraternities, clubs, or performing arts or sports. If you spend it just doing your academics, (which is how I spent a good portion of my first semester) you will find that college isn't really as fun as you may have expected.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on campus. If anyone ever feels unsafe walking at night, they can call a number and security will actually walk them to where ever they are headed.

    Greek Life

    The greek life at SDSU is great! Many people get involved with the greek life here, and they all have a ton of events to keep you occupied throughout the week.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities at SDSU and they are always looking for more people to join.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for all students. If you love warm weather and want to have fun in college SDSU is for you.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say SDSU is well priced. All in all, every school is expensive and SDSU is as well but in comparison to most schools it is not that expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in San Diego! People tend to go to the beach a lot or go to old town to shop and hang out. The zoo is also fairly close as well as SeaWorld. Also San Diego has fun events to do throughout the week.

    Food and Dining

    Comparing from what my high school friends are saying about there food in college, I'd say we have very good food. However, the food does become very old towards the end of the year, but there are lots of options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life at SDSU is incredible, I am having the time of my life and I know I will look back on these day as the most fun I had in college. Every floor is filled with social kids and everyone becomes really close.

    Academic Rigor

    All colleges are going to be tough, but there are all possible. Here at SDSU the class are difficult but are capable of being passed. If you can study and stay on top of your work, there is no reason why you cant get at least a B.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for incoming students: 1. Dont be nervous 2. Get involved 3. Have fun 4. Be social

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University has it all! It is fun, the weather is unbeatable and everyone is super friendly here. San Diego State was and still is my number 1 school.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an escort service.

    Greek Life

    Awesome.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am apart of many.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love warm weather all year. People who love going to the beach and hanging outside.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the statues foot.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, the CSU education is cheaper than UC.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach or pool. Hang with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of food options.

    Dorm Life

    Loved the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard classes but good teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and you will go far.

    In three sentences

    It is a 10/10. The weather is great and so are the teachers. I love going to class everyday.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I can't wait to hit the gym and go to the athletic events. All students get free admission to the games and dorm residents get free access to the gym!!

    Food and Dining

    I am not terribly excited about the dining, but I am sure it is the same here as it is everywhere else. The only thing I wish it did have was a full sized grocery store that you could use your meal cards at.

    Dorm Life

    I have been unable to view the dorms personally, but I am excited about the different RLC's they have that truly personalize each persons living area.

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously I haven't taken any classes yet, but I am prepared for difficult classes both for my major and as part of the Honors program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a strong academic resume if you are outside the SDSU area and look into all activities and programs it offers before making a decision.

    In three sentences

    The campus is a solid 8 at least, I think it is the perfect size and has plenty of resources for students. I am very excited about the honors program, because it requires interdisciplinary study and study abroad. And lastly, location location location!!!

  • 09/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There is a HUGE greek life at SDSU. Its almost overwhelming as a non greek. Im not really into all of that so I could care less but I have a few friends on the inside and they really enjoy it. I have no judgements, but if you are the type then you should definitely go for it. If you're unsure of what type I am referring to, just try rushing and see how you feel. If its not for you, there are plenty of other things to join at SDSU.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student Im not really feeling the bang for my buck but if I was paying in state, Im sure I would be content. The only bothersome thing is the fact that you have to crash ALOT of your classes as a Sophomore and Junior so it gets frustrating when you're paying all this money and classes aren't even guaranteed. Get the most out of your money by studying abroad, joining one of the many groups and sororities, and taking classes from interesting professors.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in San Diego (a car is a must). There are miles of beautiful beaches, great shopping everywhere, youre a short drive from Mexico, Disneyland, LA, etc. There are lots to places to hike and explore. There is a great music scene in San Diego and musicians of all kinds always make San Diego a stop on their tours. San Diego State is literally a ten minute drive or less from any of these activities which is so great. Make sure to check out a concert at the Open Air Theatre.

    Food and Dining

    Personally I dont like the food at SDSU. The markets have bad selections in terms of ready made food and there is ALOT of junk. As for East and West Commons, selections include Panda Express, Starbucks, a pizza place, Rubios, Daphnes, etc. I would be alot happier with a Jamba Juice and somewhere healthy. Honestly this is just my opinion as I see these places packed at noon every day. You dont really go to a school for the food though, right?

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is huge at SDSU because they require you to dorm on campus unless you already were from San Diego, but even then you still see locals in the dorms. I lived in Cuicacalli and it was lots of fun. It was suite style living where we each got our own room between us 8 roommates. There are two other dorms close by and students frequently find friends in all of them. Dont be shy and make sure to reach out to kids who live on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    SDSU is one of the top CSU schools. There is a vast array of classes for each major, and some are taught by really amazing and one of a kind professors. That being said, it is still a CSU school that happens to be in one of the most idyllic Southern California cities so rigor of classes is not that hard depending on your major. It is pretty standard that if you are an Engineering major, your classes will be hard no matter where you go. As for the general education classes, teachers tend to be more lax.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to crash every class you will ever truly need. SDSU is very large and does not have enough classrooms or classes for everybody. Its actually quite frustrating and the help isnt that great. It is a great school for Nursing and Business majors, but if youre seeking art, psychology, etc, it is best to go somewhere else. Greek life is huge so if youre not really into all of that, SDSU might not be the best place although you can certainly get around it if you find the right people. SDSU also has somewhat of a party rep so just be prepared for the people who are going to consistently bug you about that.

    In three sentences

    Great location that is close to the beach, down town and even Mexico. Plenty of majors and career paths to choose from. Very large, with not enough classes to accommodate all students.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY HARD!!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    The budgets cuts are killing us, but everything offered here is well worth the expense. It's all an investment into my success/future.

    Will enjoy being here

    Although I am not here just yet, This college campus offers everything I need. It's up to me to seize the opportunity.

    Will learn a lot

    There are multiple programs that match my major. I can't wait to attend.

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Beautiful, large campus! Great for city-loving, adventerous, independent students!

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Just do well on your test so no summer school like me

    Bang for the buck

    It make be expensive expensive especially the books but it is well worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    The school seems like a great vibe, but it is big and of course expensive. TH=he bookstore has cute clothing.

    Will learn a lot

    I start on Monday and so far by being at the orientations it seems like a college that will educate for the best and positive.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    every UC school is going up in price so its getting a little hard

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    anyone except those who prefer small classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to ratemyprofessor.com will save you from being trapped in either a boring class or getting a terrible professor. If you didn't sign up for esab, expect long lines at the advising center. Because many classes are pretty large, get to know your professor one on one.

    Bang for the buck

    Some classrooms are old but machines used are rather new, besides there planning on renovating part of the school.

    Am enjoying being here

    YES! People are friendly and there is plenty of activities and school spirit.

    Am learning a lot

    Yes classes are large, but transferring from a private school there isn't much of a difference in the amount of material being taught. I have learned as much here as I did at my other school, which is to say a lot.

  • 07/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    outgoing

    Tips for prospective students

    The sooner you get involved with the school and any of the organizations, the easier it will be for you to make new friends and lasting relationships. Attend as many sporting events as possible.

    Bang for the buck

    You really do get what you pay for when you go to this school and it is most definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people are great, I have made great friends that I know will last after college.

    Am learning a lot

    the business college is one of the best in the nation

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I attend SDSU for their impressive film program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the ACT and the SAT and AP classes.

    Am enjoying being here

    SDSU is full of wonderful people and the campus is beautiful.

    Am learning a lot

    SDSU has a variety of classes and great professors.

  • 08/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    any good tips for new students

    Bang for the buck

    is it the worth the money?

    Will enjoy being here

    whats good outside the school?

    Will learn a lot

    As far as I've heard this a very good school, but will i really learn a lot from it?

  • 08/20/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Not as expensive as ivy schools but not cheapest school either.

    Will enjoy being here

    There is soo much fun to do here.

    Will learn a lot

    Teachers are awesome

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for outgoing students due to the large student population. This school also has a great teaching program and nursing program so students with those prospective careers should apply.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most classes have 100-200 students, but there are smaller classes of 30-40 students. Make sure you don't mind having large class sizes because the classes tend to be less personal and the professors are more detached. Also, SDSU is a large campus so make sure you don't mind a large student population. Join clubs and get involved in campus activities to get the most beneficial college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition rates have increased about 30% in the last three years. Due to budget cuts, some classes are only offered once a semester and sometimes once a year. Some classes are eliminated all together and majors are becoming impacted. However, SDSU is still the cheapest state university in California.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are numerous social activities and extracurricular groups available to join and take part in... a little something for everyone!

    Am learning a lot

    There are a variety of classes offered to fit each student's interests. Every professor is different, but all want to see their students succeed. They are helpful and more than willing to help when asked.

  • 08/28/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for any kind of student really! It offers so many majors. It has dorms for honors students and suites for more private students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go see the campus! Go visit and check out all the school has to offer! Also- check out what the whole community has to offer! Look all around San Diego and the many things it offers!

    Bang for the buck

    This school completely falls in to the budget my family has set up for my college education funds. And not because of any fault in the community- just because it is a California state school!

    Will enjoy being here

    I've had many family members and friends who have gone to this school (including my parents and sister) and have collected wonderful memories and great friendships through this school. It's also in such a great and exciting town with so much to do!

    Will learn a lot

    I believe I would learn a lot at this school. It offers all the classes I would need to complete my desired major. It has an excellent speech pathology program which is what I am planning on pursuing while in college.

  • 09/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    What types of fields are there to study? Whats the campus like?

  • 11/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    San Diego State is a great school for students who want to become independent and experience something new. For students who like a broad variety or options. Great for the ones who want a beautiful campus to have their education in. Who want everything close together. Finally to meet great people.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming students i advise you to go to your counselor whether it is college councilor which is the one for you major or related majors, or the school councilor, also always go to office hours they are very helpful don't be worried about asking dumb questions just go so the professor knows you. Also get involved on campus there are a variety of options to choose from and one will meet your interests. Do not procrastinate if you do everything on time and study early it will be a lot easier. Lastly do not think college is the time to screw up because it may even ruin everything be cautious about your decisions and you will succeed in life.

    Bang for the buck

    Even if San Diego State is a little costly one can manage either with grants, scholarships, loans, of work. The even better thing is that if one works they can work on campus and have flexible hours depending on you academics.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love San Diego State and i am enjoying it because I'm involved on campus. It is always a good idea to either be very outgoing and/or be involved on campus but it does not have to be something boring it can be something that you are interested in. There is always something to do on campus you just have to look for it.

    Am learning a lot

    For being a first year student i never imagined i would learn so many things. Throughout all my classes i have learned a variety of things. This is not only because it is college the professors are very supportive and show enthusiasm when teaching the subject. Most professors make learning better. Now I look forward to going to class because i know i will always learn something new.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    take no more than 2 labs per semester.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened when on campus and we have a police station located almost on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    San Diego State has a nice turtle pond on campus by parking structure four. The turtle's aren't always out, but they are fun to watch when they are. The pond is also filled with large coi fish.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, students can go to the sports games and support their school. Football games are fun, and especially basketball games. Basketball games are a big deal for San Diego State and the tickets usually run out and the stadium is packed full of students and locals.

    Food and Dining

    San Diego State University has two markets on campus as well as two others by the dorms. The markets sell a variety of foods from fresh fruit to chips and salsa. There are also two food courts on campus and a dining hall by the dorms. The dining hall food is generally pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Chappy at San Diego State. It is a nice dorm, but about a twenty minute walk from all the other dorms. Everyone who lives here is really bonded with their own floor and people mostly stay in the social group of their floor. However, the whole building is very friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging, but they are manageable. If students set time aside for homework and put the effort into studying for tests, they will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus and walk around the buildings. Drop in on any classes you may want to take as a student, and see if it all works out for you.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is a nice college with beautiful campus. The teachers are passionate about their classes and are there to assist students in excelling in their academics. The dorms are nice and the food is pretty good.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join Greek life! It makes the big school seem a lot smaller.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take a lot of AP classes so you can come in with credits. The school is very impacted.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. The academics are rigorous, and social life is fulfilling. I love it here.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is relatively safe. the immediate area surrounding isn't the best. i know people who have been robbed or assaulted. don't walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    not really big here since the drug bust in 2007. many sororities/fraternities were suspended.

    Clubs and Activities

    a few different ones to choose from, from personal hobbies to honor societies.

    Great for these types of students

    anyone who wants a value and also wants a great education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    zura hall (dorm) and adams humanities (class building) were constructed very interestingly. they are like a maze. there is a turtle pond that is nice to relax by between classes.

    Bang for the buck

    for the cost of this school (tuition, books, etc.), academic rigor, social scene and all around atmosphere, you can't get any better. i would recommend it to anyone. there are so many academic programs here that are all revered. i will most likely go back to complete a graduate program.

    What to do for fun

    if you are under 21, all the sporting events are fun. sometimes sdsu gives away food or tshirts to the first attendees. if you are older, downtown and pb have some great bars/clubs.

    Food and Dining

    there were many options on campus, all good, especially salad sensations or daphne's greek cafe.

    Dorm Life

    i didn't live in the dorms because they were full. but my friends liked the social aspect of them. rooms are very small and if you get a bad roommate there is not much to do.

    Academic Rigor

    it really depends on the instructor. i've taken classes where almost everyone passes with an a and others where the highest grade is a b.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early. maintain a high gpa regardless of whether you are in hs or a transfer student. if transferring, considering transferring into a less popular/non-impacted major.

    In three sentences

    sdsu is a great university that has a perfect blend of academics and social atmosphere. i had the best time here taking interesting classes from qualified instructors. i also met so many new people.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    lots of security and officers, we have our own campus police makes us all feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are all kinds of clubs marketing, accounting and engineering just to name a few. sdsu has many activities on campus and off anywhere from joining sports to surfing lessons in the san diego bay.

    Great for these types of students

    san diego state is made for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    san diego state is a excellent school, however i believe tuition could be a bit lower.

    What to do for fun

    i love to work out, wakeboard, and enjoy the san diego sunshine!

    Food and Dining

    i love eating at school they have everything, even a starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    i have never lived in the dorms however they look really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    san diego state is one of the most rigorous schools in the csu system, however with hard work and dedication great things will happen.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard, keep your eyes on the prize and i'm sure you will go above and beyond your goals.

    In three sentences

    i believe this school has been the best investment i have done for myself. my learning experience at san diego state has been phenomenal. by far the best school i have attended.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    sdsu has its own campus police, they claim a 1 mile radius around the school as their jurisdiction. also, for those who may not like walking to your car at night, there are the blue phones all over campus, you can call for an escort or call and notify the police of something that doesn't seem quite right. i feel it's a safe campus.

    Greek Life

    there are numerous greek organizations who operate on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a wide variety of clubs for all the different things you might be interested in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the undie run is a local favorite. guys and gals run through campus at dusk in their underwear for a charitable cause.

    Bang for the buck

    student fees keep going up, it seems like every year the california state budget is cutting money from the schools so the board of trustees keeps raising the fees.

    What to do for fun

    there's plenty to do in san diego depending on your interests. parties and clubs, beaches, mountains, malls...it all depends on what you like to do.

    Food and Dining

    on campus dining is a little pricey but there is a lot of selection. however there are some good places to eat a short walk off of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your major choice you could be working your butt off, or just cruising on through.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you aren't panning on living on campus try to take public transportation. the parking and traffic situation in the area is pretty bad.

    In three sentences

    san diego state university is a great campus with fun loving students who get along well with one another. however, student fees and tuition has increased every year for the last three years. overall, san diego state is a good school with lots of knowledgeable professors and lecturers who want to set you on the rigght path.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    greek life is always fun, sdsu has panhellenic, ifc, and multicultural fraternities and sororities. there's so many events that you can be a part of, and make lifelong friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    turtle pond! we have a great koi and turtle pond near scripps cottage on campus. it's quite relaxing to lay by the pond and do homework.

    What to do for fun

    san diego state university is surrounded by beaches, malls and parks! but on campus, there's basketball games, volleyball games etc. and to get to football games, take our very own trolley to san diego chargers very own qualcomm stadium to watch our aztecs play. however, if you have a car, or even take the trolley, you can get to the san diego zoo, sea world, pacific beach, mission beach boardwalk etc.san diego is definitely the place to be.

    Food and Dining

    cuicacalli is delicious, but not as an everyday place to go. however, if you don't want food from the cafeteria, then you result in fast food places at east and west commons. as much as panda express can sound good, it can get quite sickening...all and all, food is average. being able to make your own food wins every time.

    Dorm Life

    even if you don't have a roommate or don't get along with your roommate, if you have a good floor things will be okay. dorm mates make just as good friends. plus, that means more people for advice and study partners.

    Academic Rigor

    especially in classes you don't really enjoy, but have to take for ge's. make sure to keep up with those as much as the classes that seem much more interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't underestimate the fact that you get to have breaks between classes. it's just as hard as going to class 8 hours straight, maybe even harder. you have to have the self control to not be tempted to ditch class somedays. do the reading! just because you have lecture classes and they don't get homework, you're going to fall behind if you don't read.

    In three sentences

    san diego state university is full of diverse and unique people. even if you don't know exactly what you want to learn, sdsu is full of majors to explore and dip your toes into. there's always something to participate in!

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    take opportunities sdsu has to offer!

    In three sentences

    great setting. nice people. overall, an enjoyable atmosphere!

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    explore what this school has to offer and there are a lot! and be responsible for your own educational life, because this school really treats you like an adult.

    In three sentences

    it's a school that has good balance in terms of education and social/life experiences. this school offers a variety of degrees that even the uc system doesn't. all in all, a great school!

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus isn't in the greatest area of san diego, but the university takes many measures to ensure the safety of the students. i would not recommend walking alone after dark.

    Greek Life

    greek life is a huge part of sdsu. as a recently initiated sorority member, i am in love with the greek system here. definitely recommend rushing if you attend sdsu.

    Clubs and Activities

    all different types of clubs and activities, ranging from religious groups to business programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    basketball games are amazing. the student section is known nationally as 'the show' and they have such high spirit for the school.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is increasing, but for in-state students it is definitely affordable and worth the expense for the quality of the education. however, dorms and meal plans are extremely expensive and do not provide many amenities or positive characterisitics.

    What to do for fun

    the location is ideal, you can go to multiple beaches or ride the trolley to downtown san diego. it's within 2 hours of disneyland, snow, and deserts.

    Food and Dining

    they offer many different restaurants on campus, as well as a dining hall. the food at the dining hall can often sit out for a long time, and isn't very healthy. in the food court they have places including starbucks, daphne's, sub connect, vinny's italian food, socal chicken, rubio's, panda express, and others.

    Dorm Life

    as an honors student, i live in the oldest dorms on campus. there is one bathroom for the entire floor, and very old buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    as a member of the uhp, i am involved in very rigorous classes that constantly challenge your knowledge. moreover, the non-honors class also challenge your intellect and require a thirst for knowledge.

    In three sentences

    san diego state is an amazing school that has the best of all aspects of a college. they offer interesting and intellectual classes, nationally ranked sports, large greek life involvement, and numerous clubs and job opportunities.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the school is in an urban area, which means common sense is necessary. always use the buddy system at night, or the campus police escort service, which is free of charge. surrounding streets are usually moderately populated until 1 am 6 days a week.

    Greek Life

    greek life is extremely prominent at sdsu. rush week is a major event that most freshman take part in. the party scene is mainly made up of fraternity parties, especially on holidays (i.e. halloween, mardi gras, spring break etc.)

    Clubs and Activities

    there are not many social or activity clubs, but clubs for specific majors are extremely popular and high in abundance.

    Great for these types of students

    people who are outgoing, laid back, and active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    during finals week many people rub the left foot on the statue of the founder on campus for good luck. also the first week of school the students association holds social events like carnivals, black light parties, monte carlo night, and movie premieres to welcome new students.

    Bang for the buck

    food is regularly priced, but the bookstore has promotions every month and gives out coupons.

    What to do for fun

    in san diego there are so many things to do it is overwhelming. the school is a short drive or trolley ride away from the historical downtown gas lamp district featuring some of the best restaurants in california. numerous beaches, sea world, balboa park and museums, coronado island, the world renowned san diego zoo and wild safari park are so accessible and some even give discounts to students!

    Food and Dining

    there is a large variety of food choice both on campus and in the surrounding area including sandwiches, pizza, burgers, mexican, panda express, frozen yogurt, starbucks, and the dining hall, which offers fresh cooked food buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    even though most of the buildings are a bit outdated, the atmosphere makes the dorms and fun and exciting place to live. also, being on campus makes it so much easier to get involved and stay connected to people.

    Academic Rigor

    while it is not an ivy league school, the curriculum is still challenging. what makes courses seem easier is the generosity and general sense of caring from a majority of professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you can, come take a tour. you won't get the full picture if you do not experience the campus in person. student orientation for freshman may seem unnecessary but it is a crucial event for finding your way around campus, and meeting new people. also make a point to research professors before registration on ratemyprofessor.com.

    In three sentences

    sdsu is like a mini city. there is always something new and exciting to do, and new people to meet. everyone from the professors to the students, maintenance staff, even the weather is friendly, laid back and welcoming.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus police does a great job of monitoring the school, but there have been a few crimes reported this semester. students are sent an email informing them of any safety concern or crime report near area.

    Greek Life

    there are plenty sororities and fraternities.

    Great for these types of students

    students who like a large active campus.

    What to do for fun

    san diego state university is set in a wonderful location. san diego has a little bit of everything. most students love going to the beach, but the mountains and desert are only a couple of hours away. school clubs and sororities are a great way to make new friends. san diego state is considered to be a bit of a party school. a lot of their students rent a house near campus, and throw parties once in a while. other students cross the border to go to clubs in mexico- which i would not recommend, but to each their own.

    Food and Dining

    food is tasty, but there could be more options. the associated students building which is set to open fall of 2013 will have great dining choices.

    Academic Rigor

    acedemic rigor and academic quality depend on the professor you pick. most professors are experts in their field, and set high academic standards. this is not an ivy league school, but students who make use of their resources will get an excellent education.

    Tips for prospective students

    make the effort to make a connection with other students. join a club on campus or start one of your own. all the resources are there, and you can make your years in school an awesome experience.

    In three sentences

    san diego state university is a great school! the school offers students valuable resources, and a great education. there hundreds of student organizations which will make everyone feel welcomed.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    beach

    Tips for prospective students

    very hot and lots of cement. didnt see much grass around.

    In three sentences

    really nice campus near the beach!

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    food is okay, not the best

    Dorm Life

    i live off campus but there are lots of party in the weekend.

    Academic Rigor

    graduate program is tough

    Tips for prospective students

    study and please don't party too hard

    In three sentences

    great atmosphere and weather

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek life is awesome.

    Great for these types of students

    Who like to be involved in school, make new friends & hang out & go to the Aztec events

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lots of trees & benches to hang out on in between classes.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do in San Diego, and the weather is fantastic. You can ride your bike anywhere, go to the beach, or get involved in any outside activity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to sign up for your classes early. Make connections with other students in your classes and talk to your professors so they can get to know who you are.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University has many helpful and high tech. resources which help me to be a successful student. I am really enjoying my Freshman year and it has been a pleasant experience so far. I have found that the professors are quite helpful & personable as well.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    We're just ten minutes away from the beautiful Mission beach. There's sea world, the zoo, downtown gaslamp district, Balboa park, and many shopping malls just off the freeway.

    Food and Dining

    Restaurants are everywhere! On campus we have Chinese, Italian, Greek, and a taste of Southern California Chicken food. There are multiple coffee joints around campus to fulfill students caffeine cravings. There are even more restaurants right off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Crazy fun. The students in dorms love to share the fun and are willing to invite anyone to any activities. However, the dorm rooms may make you feel like you're in a prison setting. There are rigid rules that limits number of guests and hours they can stay.

    Academic Rigor

    While it may not be Harvard status, it also isn't another community college. While academic rigor may also depend on your major, always prepare yourself for a journey of hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become well-accustomed to this large campus; take the time to explore every corner as there may be places you will never see by the time you graduate. Always be open to meet others because everyone is friendly, especially the staff. Also, register early so that you can get your classes before it fills up!

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a beautiful campus with a twist of Spanish missionary architecture. The academics exceed that of most other schools with majors from astronomy to zoology. There is a rich student life on and around campus that will never make a student become bored with activities.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since I attend night courses, there is plenty of illumination throughout the campus. There are emergency call boxes throughout the campus to give students and staff the sense of security needed to walk freely to their destination.

    Greek Life

    I cannot tell of the Greek Life but it sounds interesting enough for me to inquire about from my classmates.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have not experienced any of these activities but will do so soon as I am do to retire from my beloved Marine Corps soon.

    Great for these types of students

    A young and strideful life mixed with the San Diego weather makes for an awesome combination. It is a college experience that is well controlled and supervised.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unfortunately, work and night classes tend to take away much of my experiences during the daylight activities of the campus. I look forward to these experiences and traditions since that is what most institutions are founded upon.

    Bang for the buck

    I won't talk about books because those things are boo-koo expensive. But I do believe that the college supplies are within proper costs. Stadium prices are what is expected.

    What to do for fun

    I have attended the Aztec football games. They are a great time especially when you participate in a tailgate party. I haven't been able to attend a basketball game because of my night classes but I am sure I am destined to attend them with my boy.

    Food and Dining

    Because of my work hours I am only able to take night courses so I am unable to experience the dining facilities.

    Dorm Life

    I live out in town with my family of three. However, I look forward to when my kid joins the alumn. He speaks of attending when his time arrives.

    Academic Rigor

    I am very well challenged at this university. I have added more study time even though i work full time in the Marine Corps. However, as I have been taught from my mother, with no struggle there is no victory. At this rate I plan on being victorious.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best advice I would give is to smile to everyone that walks by you. It is an easily reciprocated gesture and makes it eventually opens people up to conversation.

    In three sentences

    By far it is the most enjoyable experience. Even though I came from the San Diego Community College District, the atmosphere at SDSU is more mature and willing to befriend a military veteran. I'm proud to hear the good news when the media reports on my university.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Since the campus is so big and is located in an area of San Diego that isn't very nice, safety can be a problem. Although there are on campus police they don't ever patrol the campus or parking areas so crimes do happen.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great for students who are interested in being a part of it. Their are a lot of parties and events that they host and it can be a great way for new students to meet people and get involved in campus events.

    Clubs and Activities

    Their are a huge variety of clubs and organizations that students can join and they can also start their own. Attending sporting events is probably the biggest activity that students participate in, especially going to the football and basketball games.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great choice for students that are residents because it is relatively inexpensive. Also for anyone that loves going to the beach or surfing because the weather is great year round.

    Bang for the buck

    This isn't too highly priced for in state residents, but for out-of-state students it is extremely overpriced. At such a huge school many classes have up to 500 students so individual attention is nearly impossible. Many teachers are focused on their research instead of teaching and have their teacher assistants do most of the grading and tutoring of students.

    What to do for fun

    The weather in San Diego is awesome and the most popular thing that students do for fun is go to the beach. The campus is only a half hour away from downtown and many other attractions like professional sports arenas, shopping, and the zoo, so there are a variety of activities close by.

    Food and Dining

    Dining in the traditional cafeteria is mediocre at best. They do try to have a variety of cuisines available but the best bet are the restaurants located on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't the greatest but is still something that all freshman should get to experience. The dorms range is size and quality and the suite style dorms are awesome because they have their own living room and kitchen area.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I have taken at this university have been quite interesting, but not very challenging. The wide variety of courses make for a diverse learning experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be prepared for having classes with up to 500 students in them. It's nearly impossible to receive individual attention and lectures with hundreds of students can also be distracting to the learning process for some.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is an awesome choice for students that love outdoor activities because the weather is nice year round and the beach is only a half hour away! It's a huge campus with an enormous student body so there are a wide variety of clubs and organizations to join and meeting people is super easy. Finally, San Diego is a major tourist destination so there many attractions near by like Seaworld and the zoo.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every once in a while there might be crime, but that is pretty rare. SDSU does its best to ensure that everyone is safe, even at night. The campus has blue lights all around campus, so if someone is in trouble they can get help very quickly. Also they offer to drive you back to your apartment or dorm if you get out late in an evening class.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of the Greek life, but there is a very large community that is at SDSU. They celebrate Greek week, and are always trying to get new members. There is many Greek organizations to choose from, including social, educational, and business fraternities/sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are always trying to recruit new members into their clubs. There is a wide range of clubs available on campus. They have weekly meetings, and events planned all the time. They have a list of all the clubs online, and it is definitely worth checking out. Especially if you want to be a part of something and that Greek life is not something you are looking for. Plus clubs are usually pretty inexpensive to be a part of. There is also always activities going on. Competitions, games, music, farmer's market, themed weeks, and so much more. There is always something happening on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for all types of students. Since it is such a large campus with lots of students, anyone is bound to find people they get along with or activities that they enjoy. Plus it is in the heart of San Diego. There is so much to do around this beautiful city, not to mention it has fabulous beaches. If you do not like warm, sunny weather then perhaps SDSU is not for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a lot of historical sites on campus. Like the turtle ponds, Mediterranean gardens, Hepner hall, or Scripps cottage. Lots of little places like this really create the beautiful atmosphere that is SDSU. There is the statue of a dean a long time ago, during finals students rub the top of his left shoe for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are purchasing things from the food courts or bookstore with your own cash it can get quite expensive. Most of the time I choose to stay away, and purchase things off of campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun. I personally joined multiple clubs, and social activities. Also fitness is important, going to the gym can be a lot of fun. Especially with the group classes, aquaplex, and rock climbing wall. Going to sporting events and concerts is also a lot of fun. There is so much to get involved with and do, all you need to do is check it out.

    Food and Dining

    The food is definitely good, and there is a lot to choose from. Although I wish there was more healthy choices, instead of so much fast food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms the first year as a freshman, and it was the best idea to do so. I made so many friends, and it really allowed me to feel comfortable in a new environment.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging yet entertaining at the same time. Of course there is going to be subjects that you may not care about, but that is one of the perks of being in college. For the most part you get to choose the classes you take. The teachers that I have had thus far have been great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Your college experience will not be as memorable if you just only attend classes. University has so much more to offer than education. Clubs and activities are a great way to meet new people. Taking time to experience everything that there is to offer will make the next four or so years the best years of your life. So definitely take the time to see what is available, and of course pursue what interests you.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University has a lot to offer to its students, besides the great education there is clubs, activities, events, and other things students can get involved in. Diversity is something it takes pride in, and I am proud to say I belong to such a school. It is quite a large school, meaning as a student there is less focus on the individual and more on the entirety of the group.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    On-campus events, music events, beach life, parties around campus, the aquaplex, going to sporting games (basketball, football, etc).

    Food and Dining

    Pretty Standard food... nothing too special.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, and some are not. Choose wisely and ask around.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and don't forget to get to know your professors. Study abroad at least once. Try to get involved as much as possible, by joining a club to getting an on-campus job, will definitely make life easier at this 35,000+ campus. Take school seriously and you might make it out in four... or take a victory lap ;)

    In three sentences

    Very good quality school for having such a large population. Lots of activities going on and always something to do. One of the best study abroad programs in the State.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things you can do for fun. We have fun beach and water sports classes you can take at state. You can go to the aquaplex which is our big outdoor pool at SDSU, go to the beach, go hiking, shopping, or pretty much anything you like out here.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be better, but we do have some really great places to eat. We are about to have a brand new Aztec Center with more and better places to eat though.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. You meet alot of new people and the dorms continue to be upgraded and fixed up every year.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at SDSU can be tough and pretty strict depending on what classes you take. It is not too bad though as long as you study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study! Have fun but make sure you keep your priorities straight. It is really easy to get distracted but it's your future that you are working on.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a beautiful University with great professors and students. They have a really great biology program. SDSU is a great place to meet friendly people and is the perfect school to enjoy the outdoors and school at the same time.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SDSU Police is amazing, even though we do have the trolly station on campus we do have a lot of homeless people. That leads to some robberies. But they are great with informing the students by emails and how to prevent your self from running into situation like these.

    Greek Life

    Their is many sororities and fraternities you can choose from, you would just have to choose which one works for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Their are so many clubs i do not know where to even start. There is many sports available as well as getting involved with the campus. Their is also clubs wanting people to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to great involved with school activities, and who are business majors as well as Nursing majors will be great. This school does accepts all sorts of majors but the most i hear about are Business and Nursing. Also this is school is great because their is so much diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Being their for two years now, i have notice at the Basketball games they have a cheer sections for students. They have a lot of school spirit, what i like the most is when they have funny posters of celebrities to distract the a posing team.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU has many ATMS and US bank is available on campus. But what is so nice is all the ATMS they offer on campus.

    What to do for fun

    For fun i like to try all the different food they have, we have a farmers marker every Thursday they offer, cold stone, crepes, boba, Mexican food, Jamaican, and Japanese. Their is also the Basketball and football games that are free to students.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is excellent! Their is Starbucks, Juice it up, Chipotle, Rubios, Daphanies, Panda, Italian food and the newest place to eat is SDSU Catering service they always have something new to eat. Not only on campus to they offer dinning but also around campus there is great Mexican food restaurant as well as Delis, Sushi you name it!

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm, but they have many dorms available. If i ever had the chance to dorm i would. You get to live on campus and meet a lot of new people. Dorming is an advantage because you do not have to commute and many students are more focused on school.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has a lot to offer, but while attending SDSU you must be prepared with the loads amount of work professors give you. But do not be frighten their is many opportunities for extra help. This school has great tutors and well as study reviews. You will not be completely on your own as many people say.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advice students who wish to attend SDSU or who are going to be prospective students. To be really motivated to get an education and ready to study hard. This school can be a party school but you must also be driven to learn.

    In three sentences

    Given that i go to San Diego State, I would rate this school as one of the top 10 schools to attend. Being a students, I love everything about the campus, staff, and as well as the students. This school is helping many students peruse their dreams, while also giving them the chance to get a great education.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police maintain a constant presence around campus. Whenever crimes occur on campus, campus police contacts all students and faculty via email with the details of the incident and offering a line of communication for those with information concerning what happened. Students may request a police officer to escort them to their car at any time of the day or night. On the whole, the campus is very safe.

    Greek Life

    I have little knowledge or opinion concerning this topic.

    Clubs and Activities

    The student government and the various university clubs hold regular events.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU rightfully has a reputation as a party school, but it is also a wonderful option for other types of students as well. I am a commuter student and I find the trolley station on campus extremely convenient.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The turtle pond in Scripp's Park on campus is a lovely place to relax and read between classes. The shady environment complimented by the many turtles and koi fish in the pond makes is very welcoming and relaxing.

    Bang for the buck

    Despite rising tuition costs, SDSU still provides an extremely economical alternative to the inflated fees at private schools and many other public universities as well.

    What to do for fun

    San Diego is an area with many diverse options for amusement and relaxation. A wide variety of beaches are available, as well as many amusement parks, theaters, clubs, and other places of amusement.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to find food on campus, including a number of Aztec Markets and a variety of fast food options such as Panda Express and Subway, among many others. The student center currently under construction is supposed to include a restaurant and/or pub as well.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student and cannot rate this category.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are, for the most part, challenging and engaging. A wide variety of subjects are available and the degree programs require a wide range of coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is becoming increasingly difficult to gain acceptance to. For those hoping to transfer, keep in mind that there is a followup application due in January.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is an excellent school, but is becoming increasingly impacted due to the high volume of students and the shrinking number of classes. Recent economic troubles have caused the school a great deal of trouble, as it the case across the spectrum of publicly-funded institutions. Despite this, the campus is lovely and the professors and, on the whole, helpful and highly qualified.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of places to eat, go out with friends, and party. If you have a car you could drive to the zoo, Balboa Park, or Sea World. There is plenty to do in San Diego. It's incredibly hard to get bored when you know the area a little bit better.

    Food and Dining

    Food there is excellent. They have a freshman fifteen saying because once a freshman gets a meal-card, they tend to pig out on the good food and on average gain about fifteen pounds their freshman year.

    Dorm Life

    I heard it was fun to dorm there, but it is just not for me because I live close enough to commute.

    Academic Rigor

    I got in with a 3.3 weighted with AP classes and exams. I also had extracurriculars and were head of two clubs of my high school campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    My main tip for students who think that they want to go there would be to actually visit the campus during school hours and getting a feel of the atmosphere around the other students that are already attending there.

    In three sentences

    The university has a beautiful campus. However, when I visited, the students do seem like they are on task until the parties start after dark. The teachers seem legit enough and I cannot wait to begin the school year and go there.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SDSU needs to work on campus safety.

    Greek Life

    I have plenty of friends that are all bout Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    Chillers. Laid back. Surfers and people that like the beach. Students that like to tan.

    What to do for fun

    Surf. Play soccer. Drive to Old Town (not far away).

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with counselors often. Take GEN S420 - Disability and Society. Park in open areas, not in the parking structure.

    In three sentences

    Ethnically rich and diverse. Cozy campus. Plenty of organizations to become a part of.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are outgoing, enjoy the sun and beach, and students who are considering a major in Business because our school is highly ranked for Business majors!

    What to do for fun

    SDSU's main page always has activities listed for that month on campus. Getting involved in campus clubs allows one to have access to events on and off campus as well. I also recommend signing up for courses at the Mission Bay Club, which give you college credit for surfing, sailing and swimming!

    Food and Dining

    There are a myriad of food choices on campus! We have two dining halls and several independent coffee shops on campus, as well as a mini mart, so there is no excuse to go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms because I am a transfer student, but I know from talking to others that dorm life is nice at SDSU!

    Academic Rigor

    For each class, I recommend spending a few hours a day studying the course materials and completing the homework for each class. The syllabus is a student's best friend in that it lays out the whole semester and its requirements in one page.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to all the scholarships you can, it will make a huge difference when it comes time to pay for school. Get involved in campus clubs because employers love to see someone who is both socially and scholastically involved in their school.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is an amazing college! I am extremely happy with the curriculum and the professors are extremely knowledgeable in the subjects they teach. I highly recommend applying here!

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Unfortunately, there's a lot of robberies and assaults. Always watch your back and do not be out late around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a great fit for anyone!

    Bang for the buck

    A whole package for cheap. If I had to do it again, I would still choose SDSU over UCSD or USD. You have nothing to lose with SDSU, but gain a lot. There are over 80 areas of study, there's something for everyone!

    What to do for fun

    There's is a gym, a pool, and downtown and Pacific Beach are nearby. Downtown and Pacific Beach offer a great nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average, and it is way too expensive. Go to the restaurants like Panda Express or Rubio's for better food.

    Dorm Life

    While it is fun, there are resident advisors and other staff who keep you on your toes on anything you need. Living on campus is the best.

    Academic Rigor

    While some classes may be more challenging than others, professors are always willing to help. There is also tutoring offered outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships before you attend. Ask the counselors here on how to prepare and be ready to work hard and have fun at the same time.

    In three sentences

    It is a great 360 package to attend here. Every day is a blast; professors are helpful, there's always ways to be involved, and the climate is awesome. Due to budget cuts, there are less classes and aid offered.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Bad area

    Greek Life

    Best way to meet people makes the school feel smaller

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing people who love the beach

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run

    What to do for fun

    Aquaplex, join greek life, go to beach, go shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Best mexican food!

    Dorm Life

    Way to meet a lot of people

    Academic Rigor

    Some depend on teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    Do really good your first couple years to boost your GPA befor harder classes

    In three sentences

    I love San Diego State it has everything you need and the greek life is huge making ti easier to make friends. The school has a great basketball team which are fun to go watch. It is close to the beach and close to downtown so in the perfect environment.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are pretty friendly and are always close by if you need them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Social work majors have a few different clubs they can choose from, that look good to have when you graduate and try finding a career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a farmer's market on campus once a week that is pretty cool to check out. Also there is a statue towards the center of campus that you are supposed to rub for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    KB books is a lot cheaper than going to the SDSU bookstore! The ARC is only 15 dollars a month for students, compared to a lot more at 24 hour fitness!

    What to do for fun

    For fun, check out the sports. Basketball and football games are always really popular. There is a great gym called the ARC that has a ton of classes you can take, and even a rock climbing wall.

    Food and Dining

    There's a Starbucks on campus that accepts meal plans. Also pita pit is good, and there's a food court in the center of campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not staying in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't taken any classes there yet but I will soon! From what I've heard it's not that much more challenging than the community college. However it is difficult to be accepted into the university.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Trolley goes straight into the school. I highly recommend getting a trolley pass and taking that into campus. It's much easier than trying to find parking.

    In three sentences

    SDSU has a beautiful campus. It's easy and convenient to get to. It's pretty low cost considering the other colleges around San Diego.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    If you do come over to San Diego State, you must go to a football and basketball game, where you can feel the passion and static of your colleagues and everyone around you.

    What to do for fun

    The number one thing would have to be going to the beach and chilling out in the sand.

    Food and Dining

    Great food at the East and West Commons, in campus, and the food in all of San Diego is fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately i do not live in the dorms, but i have heard the atmosphere at the dorms is amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    As I said they have very intelligent professors from my point of view that are incredible at what they do.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip would have be not to miss an opportunity as San Diego State, with their great career plans, mapped out for you, it seems college is a breeze.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is one of the best schools I'll probably go in all my life. It has a great campus and is very modern. The teachers I have dealt with are incredible, smart and teaching wise.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Beach

    Tips for prospective students

    Try hard and do your best

    In three sentences

    This school is diverse and unique. Its a well prepared school and education is their number one priorty.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Look forward to Thursdays! There are a variety of Food Booths everywhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard. Keep a positive attitude even if your classes are hard. Try to be involved in extracurricular activities and volunteering. Giving back to the community goes a long way not only for you as a growing student but also to the benefit of others.

    In three sentences

    The school is very diverse and the people are very friendly. There are a lot of organizations to associate with. Once you have decided on a major, your undergraduate advisor assists you in setting a solid foundation to what comes next.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do in San Diego, plus you don't need a car! The public transportation is great.

    Food and Dining

    There's a food program that will help residents and those in the nearby apartments, it's great so that you never go hungry!

    Dorm Life

    Students were very friendly when I went. Living on campus gives you an automatic gym membership! Honors program has their own living hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Keeps me motivated, so excited to be going. Going to be very challenging, but not overwhelming.

    In three sentences

    Absolutely beautiful. Super friendly and helpful staff and students. Great honors program!

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety at SDSU is like no other they are literally on the prowl for people skateboarding and long boarding in order to give tickets. However, when your studying overnight at Love Library they are just a call away if you need an escort to your dorm or apartment. There is a love hate relationship with campus authority.

    Clubs and Activities

    San Diego Sate has over 100 clubs and activities. As an incoming student you look forward to Aztec Nights which are social gatherings that take place every week in order to promote school spirit and fun! As for clubs SDSU has a wide variety of clubs from A-Z like ballroom club and art club there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    San Diego State would be a great choice for a student who loves diversity, great weather, and delicious food while getting a liberal education all in one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some unusual traditions is that at every basketball game we chant I Believe that We Will Win and it really pumps up the crowd. There is also a specific ritual during finals week that involves rubbing the left foot of the statue of the first president of SDSU. A very unique spot on campus is the 100 stons landmark which is composed of 100 different stones native to San Diego State pretty neat!

    What to do for fun

    If you are seeking fun at SDSU there is the Aquaplex where students can get their tan on and relax poolside. There is also the weekly Aztec Night events with carnivals, movie screenings, free concerts, and games. Everyone at State looks forward to football games and celebrating Aztec pride!

    Food and Dining

    Everyone at State dines at the Cuicaccalli dining room where there is a buffet style dining experience for students, with home style dishes available for their pleasure. There are also two food commons east and west that provide different restaurant franchises like Panda Express and Rubio's just to name a few. SDSU is surrounded by great Mexican food and American style hamburger joints students will never go hungry!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at state is a once in a life time opportunity where you will never be bored. The RA's have weekly activities students can partake in and rec centers nearby where students can play volleyball and other sports. Life in the dorms is one big family.

    Academic Rigor

    San Diego State University has academic rigor in its blood students take pride in their studies and many of the majors require GPA of 3.0 and above. Fellow Aztecs work hard and play hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students is be prepared to walk barefoot seems to be a common trend @ State. Also, be careful when walking through the bicycle lanes it can get pretty scary and people have been injured look both ways!

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is the most sought out university in the west coast especially being that its surrounded by diversity and great weather. If you are looking to expand your horizons look to SDSU to help you get started. The Red and Black is for life!

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are about 250+ clubs and/or organizations to join and have something to do to get involved in College. It also has a wide variety of sports to practice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enrolled in the EOP (Early Outreach Program). Build relationships with students and professors. Learn how to manage your free time.

    In three sentences

    A wide variety of programs supporting new students to succeed. Main campus in excellent conditions. Resources at hand when needed.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything San Diego has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have all of your finances planned out before attending.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a large, diverse and clean college campus. The majority of the professors are willing to work with you and take the extra time to help. All but one of the dorms are on the older side.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym, play bowling at kearny mesa bowl since the aztec center is closed until fall 2013, go to the SDSU men's basketball games at Viejas Arena or concerts, go to the SDSU Football games at Qualcomm Stadium, and watch sports or listen to music/play video games.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate because it will come back to haunt you, life experience learned. Go to a men's basketball game at Viejas Arena! And always try your hardest!

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is an awesome university, but also known very well as a party school as well and their men's basketball team is very popular now too! I'm a Computer Engineering major at SDSU as a 3rd year and I absolutely love it here! I highly recommend this college if you love basketball, engineering, and plan to get your masters. Good luck!

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very Secure. There are always campus on campus and around campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Challenge Key Club Circle K All Race

    What to do for fun

    Beach Campus Clubs Socialize

    Tips for prospective students

    *Always be on time especially if you are an Art major *Study hard *Be involved

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is a very open minded school. Every one there is very welcoming and the faculty is always open to help those in needs. Don't live on campus but recommend to live on campus to be more in touch with events on campus.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is a safe place and I have never felt uncomfortable walking anywhere once the sun goes down. However, you do occasionally see police reports of girls getting their phones stolen late at night. I would suggest just use common sense and you will be fine, the main areas around campus are extremely safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great at SDSU. I am involved in one of many Greek organizations offered, and it is definitely a positive thing. It offers lifelong friends, the ability to get involved in philanthropic service, expand your social skills, etc. It also teaches you time management extremely well, as you have to balance your fraternity/sorority responsibilities as well as your academic responsibilities. If you join Greek Life at SDSU, you will not be disappointed and have the time of your life at school. Plus, you might even get your first job out of college from an alumni of your Greek organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    SDSU has a large assortment of clubs and activities that students can choose to take part in. All you have to do is put yourself out there and look for a group/activity that you enjoy. Once you do that your college experience will be much better than if you choose not to participate in an extracurricular.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is a great place for any open minded, outgoing, fun seeking student, who understands the importance of keeping up and doing well in your academics. For those that can balance the fun parts of college with the academic responsibilities that come with it, SDSU is a perfect choice.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The schools basketball team is extremely good, and our student body was voted the best cheering section in the country.

    Bang for the buck

    I think for the money you get a great deal out of SDSU. College is what you make it to be, so this greatly depends on the individual, but the biggest complaint that I and I am sure all prospective and current students share is the rising cost of attending. This is not a problem unique to SDSU, but rather to schools all across California and the rest of the country. Relatively however, I believe SDSU gives you just as much if not more bang for the buck as any other school in California.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do for fun, including the gym, the pool center, etc. However the biggest thing is the nightlife. Just like any college, students are looking for places to go have fun and you can always find a place to go whether it is someones apartment/house, or at a fraternity. As far as fun is concerned, if your into nightlife you will have no limit to the amount of fun you will have. Just keep your schoolwork in order!

    Food and Dining

    The food offered at the various markets is pretty diverse and you can always find something you like. However, it is a bit more expensive than you would expect. Also, the dining hall 'Cuic is not the greatest dining hall to ever exist, but it does offer many different meals and a social place to eat and hangout.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is definitely an experience unique to college. I highly recommend everybody experience it for a year. After my first year of college, I knew that I did not want to live in the dorms again, however it was one of the most fun and eye opening experiences of my life. If you attend SDSU and live in the dorms as a freshman, you will certainly not be disappointed. It is an environment where you can easily make new friends and learn about all that SDSU has to offer while being surrounded by people the same age and in the exact same situation as you.

    Academic Rigor

    So far in my time at SDSU, the academic difficulty has not been extremely difficult. However, there are some classes specific to majors such as engineering which require you to take classes that are extremely difficult. One such class is chem 200, many students repeatedly fail in an attempt to pass this class required for their undergrad degree. However, if you have good work ethic and a drive to succeed, you will be able to achieve the goals you set for yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a prospective student, the biggest tip I can give is to get involved in something. Whether it is an academic club or a social fraternity, do not glide by through this college without giving yourself a chance to experience all that this school has to offer. You will find that taking a chance and joining an extracurricular activity will most likely be the best decision you ever make.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is an excellent school offering a wide range of opportunities for students to not only get a solid education, but to join organizations which share the same interests that you do. Some teachers are better than others but you see that at any school. The biggest negative is that at some points it can be difficult to get the classes you want at the times you want, but this is more because of increasing budget cuts for schools than anything else.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I was involved in pre-law society.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want to relax visit the turtle pond, there are real turtles there.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends be involved in school organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Has a two food courts on campus with various popular restaurants. There are other options for dining around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated and participate in school organizations.

    In three sentences

    It's a big campus a good school and it's currently being renovated. Classes are interesting and people can be friendly.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun you can always attend the Welcome Week fair which has a fair style with a lot of games and free stuff.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning room has a lot of variety of foods that are really good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is alright if you do not have any problems with your roommate and the security of the dorms is really good since you have a swipe card along with your room key in order to enter the building and you have to show your school ID to the staff who is checking you in and out.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are pretty easy as long as you read and do all of your assignments and have them completed on time. As for the midterms and finals, those are really hard so you have to study a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective students is to have everything figured out regarding their financial award to have their tuition paid via fafsa money or loans.

    In three sentences

    The tuition is getting higher which is making me have to get loans to pay for school. Another thing is that the classes that i have had to take are really big in size from 150- 500 students in some cases. Finally, one good thing about the school is the facilities which are very nice and clean.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emergency call boxes whereever you go within sight. A well staffed campus police station. And patrolled routinely.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is an experience. Social gatherings are adventureous. And roadtrips are bonding times.

    What to do for fun

    International travel to Baja Mexico. Known for our beaches. Sun too!

    Food and Dining

    Many to chose from. Popular resturants to pick from. Rubio's fish tacos are the best.

    Dorm Life

    Always interesting to meet new people. Fun place to hang out. Friendship are formed.

    Academic Rigor

    It's no cake walk. Definitely not a junior college. Hard work & thinking required.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management & a balance life. Get involved outside of class & impact the neighborhood & the community. Enjoy the sun!

    In three sentences

    A school full of energy & life. A campus that is diverse from around the world. So many to offer.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University Police patrol the campus and security escorts are available for more safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Marching Aztecs is great and very entertaining.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie-run for charity.

    What to do for fun

    Go the sporting events, explore the city, go to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of dining options available at SDSU. The Dining Hall is very delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is safe and fun. The staff is well trained and equipped.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you study and go to class you will be just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must be responsible in all the things you do. Make sure you find the right balance of work while also trying to enjoy the college life.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a very diverse and respected college campus. The community is cultured and welcoming. The weather is beautiful.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food here is delicious and cheap.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor, the course could be fairly simple or fairly difficult.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school. It is clean and quiet. It has an abundance of educational opportunities to help further your knowledge.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I just started attending SDSU this summer. I hope to create my own unusual traditions soon.

    What to do for fun

    This is San Diego. There is always something fun and exciting to do every weekend. Besides, where else can you surf, snow ski, go to the desert and be home by dinner all in the same day? Enough said.

    Food and Dining

    I cannot rate the food and dining at SDSU because I live off campus. San Diego has fantastic restaurants that can fit any budget.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot rate the dorm life here at SDSU because I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an engineering major. I can't speak for the rest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't put off tomorrow what you can get done today.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University offers a great atmosphere for learning. Faculty and student organizations are accessible and help create a positive environment. If you put in the time, this school can be utilized to its maximum potential to help you succeed.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I believe SDSU has a safe campus because they actually have a police station on campus, and police officers are also present during the day (and hopefully night) to make sure everyone is able to attend SDSU in the safest way possible. SDSU also has these Emergency stations (they look like rectangular poles with little speakers on them) in which you could press a button that allows to notify officials that you are in an emergency situation and that lets you speak to officials in order to explain the situation.

    Greek Life

    I cannot talk about fraternities or sororities as I am currently not involved with them.

    Clubs and Activities

    EOP Summer Bridge is a great 5-week activity that allows incoming freshmen to catch up on or get ahead in classes they need to complete in order to graduate from SDSU. Students not only earn credit in these classes, but they also have tutoring sessions for each class in the afternoon after lunch time. Students in the Summer Bridge Program also participate in other activities such as taking a trip to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, taking advantage of SDSU facilities such as the Aztec Aquaplex, and having guest speakers come in and share any stories or messages that they would like to share with the future leaders of the world.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for students who want to be surrounded by many, many other students. SDSU has over 30,000 students attend school annually, so this school would not really be for those who prefer a rural-type environment. SDSU is, of course, located in San Diego, which is a well-known and popular city. SDSU is a top school for business students, so if you are thinking about accounting or anything else business-related, SDSU is a good choice for you. SDSU is also a great engineering school. It is primarily hands-on in mechanical engineering, meaning that you actually get to design and create and build things such as engines, model planes, molds, etc. If you are a hands-on person and are looking into engineering, primarily mechanical engineering, SDSU should be one of your top schools to apply to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing I would like to bring up is the annual Undie Run that SDSU students participate in. Students participate by running in their underwear for a certain distance around the school. The purpose behind this is to donate the clothes that you are wearing (and more, if you choose to) to the San Diego Coalition for the Homeless, who are in need of jackets, socks, shirts, and other items of clothing. It's both a fun and an effective way to help out those who are need in the local community.

    Bang for the buck

    Living on campus is going to cost about $26,000 for me. Off campus costs about $9,000 less. I do not believe it should cost this much, which is why I rated it 4 stars out of 5, but I do believe the things I am experiencing so far in the Summer Bridge Program is a preview of what I will actually be dealing with when I start school in the Fall, and I am really enjoying this preview. I think that students who decide to attend here will get what they ask for and what they expect. They will not be disappointed at all.

    What to do for fun

    SDSU has the ARC, which stands for the Aztec Recreation Center. In the ARC are locker rooms, a cardio room, a climbing wall, and other workout areas that allow people to stay healthy and active. SDSU also has a bowling alley, a big pool area called the Aztec Aquaplex, and many other activities that I myself have yet to discover once I start school in the Fall of this year.

    Food and Dining

    I rated the food and dining 5 out of 5 stars because the buffet they have in Cuic Hall is delicious and healthy at the same time. SDSU also offers food and drink from many popular places such as Rubio's, Starbucks, Panda Express, Taco Bell, and much more.

    Dorm Life

    I am not living in the dorms yet, but since I must give this a rating, I will choose 4 out of 5 stars, based on what I have heard from other students.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently taking two classes (really one class because the other is just a mathematics refresher), and they are both going great. As long as you pay attention, it isn't as hard as you think. Take notes and pay attention to what the teacher in each class says, and you will be fine. Just stay focused, and it'll actually be easier than you think. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars because it currently isn't too hard for me, but it still takes dedication and commitment to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Finish all applications on time, no matter what they are for!!! Because I procrastinated, I was not able to be a Residential participant in EOP's Summer Bridge Program, which helps students either catch up or get ahead before they officially start college. I was still able to participate (as a Commuter), but I wasn't able to receive the full experience that Residential participants living in the dorms got.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State has wonderful programs including the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), the MESA Engineering Program (MEP), and Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) that help prospective and current students reach their goals more easily than a student who isn't involved in these programs. SDSU is more hands-on than colleges such as UCSD and other research universities. SDSU is a great school for those who like a positive, productive, fun environment.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The school is not cheap, but which one is our-days. However, comparatively it is a good school for the money you pay.

    What to do for fun

    San Diego is awesome. There is the beach, the mountains in the winter. Downtown is a lot of fun. Whatever you like to do you will be able to find here

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, do not skip lectures. Go talk to your professors, it makes a huge difference. Bring sun block if you are out of state.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school, especially if you are considering a major in Business. Even though it's located in sunny San Diego it is not a party school. If you apply yourself you will be successful with the help of the professors and staff.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food choices are so limited, regardless of whether or not you live on campus. There is only one dining hall, which is not open all throughout the day which is a problem if you have classes while it is open. Otherwise, there are fast food places and several markets which has some choices, but gets very tiring very fast.

    Dorm Life

    In my personal experience, my dorm life was less than what I had hoped it to be. I lived in the dorm to make friends, but the people in my dorm were very rude and stuck up and were not open to being friendly with others. I have heard better dorm reviews in other dorms, so maybe your experience will be better than mine. However, I did enjoy the convenience of always being on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am only a sophomore, but during my first year most my GE's were very good - there was a lot of material, but my professors made it very interesting and they really cared about their students so I obtained good grades. But beware of teachers that make it impossible to get an A.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't used it personally but the campus offers police escorts for when you are at the campus late.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Koi fish pond is beautiful and peaceful.

    Bang for the buck

    Things can be a bit pricey. It better to get things off campus. They do have some pretty cool stuff in the bookstore though.

    What to do for fun

    Bowling alley is pretty cool.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome variety of food. I love that there's different choices on the campus as well as around the campus

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know.

    Academic Rigor

    Its been getting harder but that's a good thing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to you academic advisor and professors for advice. Also the degree audit on your web portal is a great tool to know what you need and have done in order to graduate.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of the first president of the school and tradition goes that on the way to taking a test, usually during finals week, then one will get good luck. I don't know if I just studied hard enough or I got good luck, but as long as I do not rub the foot too often then it all works out for me!

    Bang for the buck

    So far SDSU has been worth the money, I have made great friends and met some amazing professors who love their subject and taught me great things. These professors are often times still active within their fields as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are always things going on around State, be it the Aquaplex, the football practice field, the gym, or the open field on campus, people are always out having fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty decent here, it is mainly the same fast food you can find anywhere else, however the restaurants that are around SDSU that are not on the payment plan are great and make me wish they were part of the SDSU meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was pretty great. I made friends from different rooms and loved my roommate since they made, and still make it, the best college experience I could ask for.

    Academic Rigor

    I am just about the finally begin the major courses for my degree, so I cannot say exactly how hard those classes will be, but here in SDSU most of the professors will do their best to make sure they give you the best education. Do not underestimate SDSU like I did coming our of highschool it can be tough on you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not overfill your plate like I did because it is tougher than it seems as I learned. Try to make new friends and ask around to see which professors are good, because like all colleges, there are some professors who are more passionate about their subject, thus making a class more interesting.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University has so far been the best years of my education. I have met some amazing professors who have changed my way of thinking and have challenged me to work hard. I have also made some amazing life-long friends who help me enjoy SDSU even more.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If I have not said it enough through out this review then I will say it again... the beach! Sunny San Diego has amazing weather so the beach is always an option. Bars, restaurants, San Diego zoo, and Sea World are all within reach if you live in SD.

    Food and Dining

    The food at San Diego State is excellent! I miss home cooking sometimes when I am at school but they have a variety of choices to satisfy your appetite.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm but have visited friends many times in the dorms. Dorms are great! but you should know no one is frequently in their dorms, mostly they go out to study in the library or out on a beach trip.

    Academic Rigor

    San Diego State is a highly competitive university but in the classroom everyone is willing to help each other out so it can seem more like a team effort than you standing alone. High standards are expected of the students at San Diego State but if you were accepted then you should have no problem meeting the standards of the school and or major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your class mates! they will be able, and willing, to help you study or catch up on notes you might have missed.Also, you should take time off once in a while and enjoy the beach! studying does not have to be everything.

    In three sentences

    San Diego state in three sentences is tough to describe but I would have to say it is exceptionally sunny! Second, San Diego State is overflowing with energy and movement, everywhere you look there are skaters and bikers. Lastly, San Diego State is one of the most diverse campuses I have attended.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has its own police force and escort service to make sure people get home safe from events. Even with this i would not walk alone in the dark.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great here. It brings students together and allows people to grow and mature into adults by providing responsibility and learning to work with many types of people. Many philanthropic events are put on by the greek community as well as attending ones in the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an endless amount of organizations to join. Greek life is really big at this campus, and i strongly recommend joining because it makes the school a lot smaller and allows you to have more community outreach and philanthropic opportunities. Also, it provides many social events where students get to meet more of their peers.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of person could find a place they belong at San Diego State University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the homecoming game, and greenfest that are really big at this school as well as the undie run and many greek affiliated events. A nice spot on campus is the turtle pond where students lay out and relax or just hang out.

    Bang for the buck

    The student planner students can purchase contains a ton of coupons to local places, and the bookstore. Also ,many restaurants and local businesses give deals to students if they show their student id.

    What to do for fun

    San Diego is filled with activities. On campus there are always events happening from concerts to speakers. In the city itself, there are college nights at the padres games, clubs, and fun restaurants to visit. Also, there are the beaches and fun stores to shop in. Sea world and the zoo are popular destinations to visit as well

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best, but it has improved every year since i have attended. Also, the farmers market food 5 days a week for dinner is on the meal plan. This means that a different vendor from the market comes monday through friday night and serves yummy food!

    Dorm Life

    Live in the dorms. Being with freshman when you are a freshman is fun, and you get to learn the ropes of college together as well as making great friends. The dorms are pretty nice, but sometimes get really dirty because of the communal bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are the hardest either because of the material or the professor is awful. On the other hand some are so easy that they hand out A's for free. Students need to research what classes they are taking before they register.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the professors, go to office hours the professors will get to know you, join an organization, talk to an academic counselor frequently, and do not lose sight that people go to college for a degree not only the experience.

    In three sentences

    The education is great if you can get into classes and work well in large lecture halls. Outside of academics there are many organizations to become involved with, and many that directly correspond with majors. The campus is large enough to not see the same faces everyday, but small enough where students can walk everywhere.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are lights everywhere. Although sometimes it might seem a little scary to walk back to your car at night.

    Greek Life

    One of the biggest Greek life Campus here in SDSU

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs you can join. From Islam club to Pacific Rim club to Volunteer club. There are quite a few of sports clubs also.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for all types of students.

    Bang for the buck

    Make friends in class, make friends in clubs, be outgoing. That way you will have a blast in SDSU.

    What to do for fun

    This is San Diego.. everything is fun. The beach is just right next to us. There is downtown that isn't that far. On top of that SDSU is known as one of the biggest party school..

    Food and Dining

    Like everywhere else, you will learn to get bored of the food on campus. That does not mean that you can't go off campus though. There are a lot of pretty decent food area around sdsu that are worth the drive.

    Dorm Life

    One of the best moment in my life in staying at the dorm. Living in the dorms you will make friends for sure. In certain dorms you will meet a bunch of international students also and they know how to party well.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you pay attention and spend some time studying instead of partying all year long. You will do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time properly and be sure to study when you need to.

    In three sentences

    This is one of the biggest campus in California. Professors and students here are great and friendly. I would say it is better than UCSD.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt threatened on campus, but I do always see flyers of robberies and sexual assaults that happen on or near our campus.

    Greek Life

    Very Big part of SDSU many options to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very many club sports to choose from. Also very many other types of clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are interested in succeeding in academics

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have an undie run where students take a lap around campus in their underwear, happens two times a year at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition last year was approximately 5,200 dollars, well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of things to do for fun! You can visit our on campus rock climbing wall, you can go for swim at the aquaplex, you can go to one of our schools electrifying basketball games(our team is quite good by the way).

    Food and Dining

    Could get some help here. Not much variation in the food. The dining hall has food similar to that you find in a high school cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms called MAYA it was a very great experience. The dorms weren't the nicest, but I met a lot of great people.

    Academic Rigor

    Very difficult school. Really should be more recognized for its academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off you will fall behind very fast. Happened to me first semester of my freshman year. Remember this is your money you are using to pay for your education be wise.

    In three sentences

    Great school! Really not a party school at all! Students here are dedicated to their studies. There will never be a time when you find the 24/7 study area empty. Really improving and building a name as a university of academic excellence!

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are talent shows and movie nights held occassionaly. One of the things I love about sdsu is that after studying and exams there are always parties you can attend to take your mind off school for at least until the morning. There are many events that are held in the school. Overall it is a very sociable school.

    Food and Dining

    San Diego State offers many different types of common dining places in around the school as well as outside of the campus. For those students crunching in late time studying, 7/11 is very convenient as it is located right under the bridge of the school. I personally love going to the 4.0 deli !

    Dorm Life

    Although I haven't lived in the dorms or the apartments by the school, I've had friends that stayed in them and I've visited them alot in the dorms. From what I've observed the dorm life is an experience that will stay with you for a life time. You get to learn new people and experience new things and you would never be alone.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs and teachings in this institution is very challenging but with due strive anyone can take on that challenge and excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip of the day would be for students that wish to attend to not get distracted with the surroundings because at SDSU it is very easy to lose sight of your goals. With it being a party school you can easily get off the right track and end up studying last minute for your exams.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is gives students the opportunities to go far in love within the education scope. It gives an education that embodies true success in the long run. With its many programs it offers it drives students to achieve and excel in their learnings.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The city police have a station on campus and regularly patrol and are always on call.

    Greek Life

    Wild but I am not involved because I am on a sport's team and therefore, do not drink or party that heavily.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs but most seem to be oriented around specific races, religions, or green movements.

    Great for these types of students

    Party students who still want to talk to smart people. Relaxed people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The local fraternities and sororities are always putting on events and there are many concerts throughout the year on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    If you want to have fun and meet lots of new people this is the school for you. We still take our academics seriously, but we also like to relax and kick back on the weekend.

    What to do for fun

    Every weekend the area is full of house parties but if you want to get away you can drive 15 minutes to downtown San Diego and go to a club. If you want to relax, there are many beautiful beaches in San Diego that most students escape to on the weekends. There are also nice deserts 30 minutes away and the local mountains provide a two hour drive to snow filled slopes during the winter for when students abandon their surfboards for snowboards.

    Food and Dining

    From Chipotle to Taco Bell, we have some good food and fast food but anyone willing to walk can easily leave campus and buy whatever cuisine they desire and the food in the dorms isn't bad.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms but I visited my friends who lived in them. We only have one dining hall so students get bored of the food very quickly but campus is surrounded by a town so it's easy to go somewhere to eat.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm biased because I consider myself smarter than the average person, but some classes do push you and can be a challenge. I learned that as long as you go to class and pay attention you can succeed in any class.

    Tips for prospective students

    San Diego State is a party school so try to get involved. There is a relaxed atmosphere on campus that comes with living in SoCal and most students head to the beaches on the weekends. My college has great professors so reach out to them because they can really help you in your field. We are passionate about our sports and have one the greatest student sections around so even if sports aren't your thing, going to a game will be a fun and exciting experience!

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful with amazing facilities and the weather is amazing. The professors and students recently held protests because of recent budget cuts that have negatively impacted the learning experience.The Track and Field team, Basketball teams and aquatic sports are very successful competitively but often do not receive enough funding because our football team isn't currently able to sufficiently supply income.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is in the metropolitan area which may be a little sketchy. However, we have a campus escort system and police station that is always there for help.

    Greek Life

    We have the biggest sororities and fraternities. The Greek life is very outgoing and fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and organizations on campus. There is a club or organization for everyone. They are a great way to make friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students tht are looking to find more friends. It is also great for students that are planning to major in the business program. it is also great for students better looking for good weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Aztec basketball games require everyone to wear red and black. During welcome week ,we have the most events. We have a carnival as well.

    Bang for the buck

    The amenities are not that expensive . Be sure to have a budget and follow it. Don't make many unnecessary expenses.

    What to do for fun

    You can travel the city and marvel at the attractions. Attend Aztec basketball games and football games. Go shopping or to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food selection is diverse and there is usually something for everyone. There are many fast food restaurants and snack stores. Be sure to get a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    There are many opportunities to make friends . The dorms are not far away from the classes. They are a little small but adjustable.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is just right . The classes are not impossible to pass but they arnt that easy either . As long as you ate focused and planned, it is great .

    Tips for prospective students

    Join the clubs and sororities! Take advantage of the campus escort system and security. Live in the living learning communities .

    In three sentences

    It is located in a place that is close to the beach, shopping centers, an many other attractions. The business program is one of the best in the nation. It is one of the best places to make life long friends .

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    What is most important to acceptance?

    In three sentences

    Is this considered a party school?

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While SDSU is a public campus, I have never once felt unsafe at any time of day or night. With that being said, our campus officials do take safety very seriously on campus. Because our campus is so large, we are situated on 282 acres, SDSU has a Public Safety Department located right on campus, with 32 police officers sworn in by the state, whose jurisdiction is our campus and one mile surrounding it. In addition to our police department, we also have 100 emergency poles scattered around campus that when activated by anyone who presses the blue emergency button located on them, have response times of 2 minutes or less. Another safety feature that SDSU offers is an escort service which runs from dusk until dawn each day of the week, so whether you are studying late in Love Library or having a late night workout at the ARC, you can always call the escort service and a police officer will walk you back to your car or residence hall. Our university makes a strong effort to maintain the safety of its students, but because SDSU is an open campus, it is always good to be aware of your surroundings because crime happens everywhere.

    Greek Life

    SDSU has over 46 different fraternities and sororities so if you are interested in going Greek, it is a great way to get involved, meet new people, network, and possibly extend your leadership abilities. We have different types of sororities and fraternities, some are social based, cultural based, religious based, and others are major based, so depending on what your particular interests are, our Greek life has a strong presence on our campus. We also have Honors societies that you can join, and while some you have to be invited to apply for based on your GPA, others you can just join because they are based on your major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some unique traditions to SDSU start with with Welcome Week which begins on move in day. SDSU has a special ceremony where all new students are encouraged to attend New Student and Family Convocation which is like a bookend to commencement. In essence, Convocation is a student's formal induction into the Aztec family and marks the beginning of their academic career at the university. We also have events called Aztec Nights, which are free events for students that run the first six weeks of each semester from Thursday to Saturday from 7pm to 2am. From the Red and Black Dance, to the campus carnival, then to a free concert put on by our Associated Students, Aztec Nights are meant to give students not only an opportunity to meet fellow Aztecs, but also to have something to do on the weekends. In the spring, a tradition unique to SDSU is an environmental awareness week called Greenfest where all of the clubs and organizations on campus compete in different activities throughout the week to promote a sustainable habits within the university. This year we celebrated the end of Greenfest with a carnival and a concert by T-pain, but these of course are only some of the traditions exclusive to SDSU.

    What to do for fun

    As college students who take responsibility in paying for our education, most of us are constantly looking for inexpensive ways to have fun, and at SDSU it is simple to accomplish this goal: the best way to have hours of fun without paying a penny is by going to sporting events on campus because they are free for students! During the fall, football games at Qualcomm stadium are so much enjoyable especially because you get to share the experience with friends and fellow Aztecs. From riding the trolley to the game with other SDSU students to tailgating with a group until kickoff, then taking your seat which is located next to the sideline of the field right next to the Marching Aztecs and behind our football team, the energy that radiates the Q when supporting our team makes you feel proud to be an Aztec, especially because our sports teams win�a lot. This brings me to basketball games, which are the highlight of our spring semester. Our basketball teams, both men's and women's were Mountain West Conference Champions last season, and our student section, called �The Show� was recognized by ESPN as being the best student section in the nation. SDSU now has a reputation to live up to, and I know that our basketball teams will not disappoint, not this season, nor in seasons to come. Attending basketball games, just like football games and other sporting events, helps unite students, alumni, and supporters alike because we all share a sense of pride to be part of something so exciting. There has never been a better day to be an Aztec!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great! Everyone living on campus is required to have a meal plan, but that is definitely not a bad thing when the food is delicious and the meal plans are very flexible. In the Cuicicalli dining hall, we have our own chefs who cook your dishes made-to-order based on what food station you choose to eat at, my personal favorites were make-your-own pizza bar and toasted subs, but the dining hall has a variety of options from omelet bar to pasta bar, and the menu changes every day of the week. In addition to that, there is also a salad bar and a dessert bar, as well as frozen yogurt machines all of which are available at every meal. You also can buy food at both of our eateries on campus with your meal plan, which have options like Daphne's Greek Cafe, Panda Express, Rubio's, Starbucks, SoCal Chicken, Taco Bell, Juice It Up and more. If you have any special dietary needs, whether you are allergic to gluten, dairy or are vegan/vegitarian, our Dining Services offers more than 80,000 food options to students so rest assured that SDSU can meet your particular dietary needs.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus my freshman year of college is definitely something that every student needs to experience because there will never be another opportunity for you to connect on such a personal level with such a diverse group of people at one time. Since SDSU has a huge student population, it is easy to feel lonely if you decide to live off campus and simply go to class then choose to go home. By living in the residence halls, it is so easy to make friends with people living in your building because everyone is experiencing the same things. Most students are living on their own for the first time and surely they are a bit nervous about making friends and fitting in, not to mention the idea of starting college can be a bit intimidating to say the least. Add these widespread worries to the fact that you will have classes with some of these people and live alongside them for an entire year, you no longer simply have something in common with your fellow Aztecs, you have friends for life. It�s important to note if you choose to live on campus is that you cannot choose the building that you want to live in because SDSU wants to create a holistic experience for its students, but in reality, the building is irrelevant to the experience that students have when living on campus. Students do have the option to live in a Residential Learning Community, which are specifically designed to help freshmen in their transition between high school to college. In RLC's, students are enrolled in a set of classes along with the other students living on their floor. Essentially, RLC�s are another support system that students living on campus have. While not all freshmen choose to live in an RLC, I highly recommend choosing to do so because you truly do feel like a member of a smaller community and have more resources available to you.

    Academic Rigor

    In college, no class is going to be easy. The key to doing well is learning to develop time management skills and prioritizing your tasks. While you probably won't have to go to class from 7am to 2pm everyday like in high school, it is still possible that you not do well in your classes because it is very easy to lose track of time doing other non-academic activities. The moral of the story is this, find a balance between study time and play time. Sometimes you will have classes where you won't have any homework, but your grade will be based off of two tests, a midterm and a final, so it is crucial that you take it upon yourself to dedicate a number of hours of study time for each class every week. It might be in your best interest to create a study schedule that way you have a routine that you can follow everyday and you know that you are doing your best to stay on top of your academics but also have time to have fun with extracurriculars. You will also set yourself up for success by going to your professors� office hours. If you take the time to introduce yourself to your professors and see them periodically during the semester, you will rest in their good favor especially since not many students take the time to do so, even if they need help. In all honesty, professors love the subjects that they teach, and they appreciate when students are interested in understanding that particular subject further. Since your primary concern when attending college is receiving your degree, take your academics seriously. While staying focused can be challenging at times, make sure that you are setting yourself up for success and go to class!

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the most important tips of advice I have for prospective students is, as Randy Timm would say, �student involvement leads to student success.� Getting involved in an organization whether it be Greek life, a sport, or any of the 270 different clubs that SDSU has to offer is what will make any college student�s experience worthwhile. Getting involved on campus will not only introduce students to new people, but it is also a great way to network, which will be a priceless asset in the future, after all, our Alumni Association is one of the strongest in the nation and Aztecs hire Aztecs. In addition to this, joining at least one club or organization will help you to create your niche on campus, which can seem a bit difficult at times because our university is so large, but once you are part of a club or different organization you are no longer another face lost in the crowd of 30,000 students, but you are a part of something greater, and you will feel reassured that identity as well as your opinions matter. Joining a club or organization at SDSU will help you develop a sense of pride for our university while learning more about the resources available to you here. Essentially by getting involved on campus you will feel the comfort of attending a small school, but will have endless opportunities available to you because of the resources that are offered at our large university.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a prime institution for learning because the curriculum for each major is designed to assist students in learning material that is useful in the classroom, but more importantly skills that will be essential in their profession. While each of the seven colleges at SDSU offers a slightly different approach to learning, the university is committed to creating well-rounded students with with leadership skills and the ability to embrace diversity. Located in the heart of San Diego, this university teaches its students the importance of applying knowledge in the classroom while creating extensive leadership and networking opportunities available to students who choose to become actively involved on campus.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe if you are smart about how you act. Never walk alone when it is dark out and always be aware of your surroundings. The campus also provides a service where you can call for an escort to walk you across campus if it is late at night which helps keep many people safe.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for students who are serious about school but also want to have fun. The party scene is very big at SDSU but it is avoidable. All of the students at SDSU are fun and friendly.

    Bang for the buck

    San Diego State is a reasonably priced school and you receive a great education. However, college is never cheap so it is well worth your time to apply for scholarships, especially if you are paying to live in the dorms.

    What to do for fun

    San Diego is such a great place to live and there is so much to do. You can go to the beach, attend concerts, attend Aztec nights which include a wide variety of fun activities, or go downtown to eat or spend the evening there. Attending SDSU football and basketball games are the highlights of the year.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU has so many dining options. The dining hall offers as much food as you can eat, the food court has numerous fast food options, and the Aztec Market allows you to buy snacks and other food items for your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can either be a lot of fun, or it can make you wish you were at home. A lot of the time there is partying happening in the dorms so if you do not want to be a part of that crowd it can be difficult to enjoy dorm life. Sharing a room and a bathroom is also a negative, but being so close to classes and having a place to go during the day is definitely a great thing.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends on your major, but most majors require that you take at least 15 units a semester in order to graduate in four years which means that you have to be focused in all of your classes and not fall behind on school work. College classes shouldn't be taken lightly like high school classes, but it is definitely doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Advice I would give to future students is to make the best of your experience at SDSU. Find friends who you have a lot in common with but don't let your social life affect your studies. Study hard and maintain good grades because it will be worth it in the end.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State has a beautiful campus in the amazing city of San Diego. The weather is always amazing, the people are friendly, and the professors are very knowledgeable. San Diego State is the perfect place for friendly people who are serious about school.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Used to have a reputation that a girl couldn't walk across campus alone. that's improved, but still an issue, I think.

    Great for these types of students

    The majority are business majors, and/or desultory students, but it's got serious students in every academic department.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Regional History center at the malcolm Love Library.

    Bang for the buck

    Getting more respect all the time, but costs rising as well. Fair value.

    What to do for fun

    It's sunny San Diego. The options are endless. Understand that Mexico gets old after the third or fourth spree South of the Border, and be sure to explore the desert as well as the beach.

    Food and Dining

    There are options, but not fabulous. Save money, bring lunch.

    Academic Rigor

    You create this for yourself with the courses that you choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live nearby and walk or bike to school. Get to know your professors. It's the advantage of not studying with A Mighty famous big-Shot and getting his or her unhappy grad assistant lecturing your section with 200 other faceless students.

    In three sentences

    A good school if you're focused on getting an education, though there are distractions. It's a party school, and there's lots of construction. Also, it's impacted and parking's a mess.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No need to be afraid while on campus. With emergency booths located at various locations all over the school, no one would dare mess with an innocent student. Although if it were to happen, the campus police will be on call, all day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Greek Life

    San Diego State, known for its Greek Life, is something I could honestly not discuss. Reason being, I know nothing about it. This is an area that can use more publicity around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything done at SDSU would be considered an activity. Walking from one end of the school to the other is what I consider rigorous activity. All jokes aside, the clubs offered at SDSU are a great way to get involved, not just with the school but with your intended major, as well.

    Great for these types of students

    San Diego State is a great option for any student looking to major in any major. From a list of over 30 majors offered, you can't go wrong.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every campus has its day. San Diego State has many. There's nothing like a warm welcome from total strangers, but at San Diego State, there really isn't. SDSU welcomes students by hosting Welcome Week, where students have a chance to mingle and explore State while having fun. Ferris wheels, cotton candy, fried foods, oh my! You will be amazed.

    Bang for the buck

    As a student in college, saving money is essential. So is keeping in shape. Lucky for San Diego State students, an entire gym located on campus is there for their use. At $18 a month for use of all and any gym equipment, pool use, and rock climbing, there is no better deal. Their $5 a meal deal is the perfect choice for freshmen to gain their fifteen, if you catch my drift.

    What to do for fun

    While most find college a place of learning, there are locations on campus that fun is found. San Diego State's Aztec Recreation Center offers free bowling to students, rock climbing, and access to a grand swimming pool. Aside from these awesome activities, a concert venue is located on the campus that hosts concerts, shows, and sports games that is the perfect solution on what to do on a weekend night.

    Food and Dining

    Three years at SDSU and it can't get any better. Why, yes, it can. Having a Daphne's Greek Cafe, a Rubio's, and a Sub Connection was great, but building a Panda's Express? Pure perfection.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I have not lived in the dorms, but know students who do. SDSU is known for being a party school, and it justifies itself in that right. Aside from midnight partying, the dorms are well kept, modern, and well worth your rent. You won't be disappointed. Sadly, the same can't be said for who your roommate might be.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at SDSU are competitive compared to other colleges in the country. The acceptance rate is low, so take college seriously when and if you get accepted. Be thankful to have the opportunity to be able to walk the campus of San Diego State. Not very many get to.

    Tips for prospective students

    New students, take a tour of the campus. The fact that it is huge might overwhelm you and you might never make it to your classes on time. Take advantage of what the campus has to offer, as well as finding out background info on your future professors.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a great school to attend because of the campus itself. From food options to having a gym to workout at, it's a modern college with a historical view that no other college offers. The fact that it is located in San Diego is a huge plus!

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends and hang out on the beach.

    In three sentences

    It seems like a nice school. Nice students. Very beautiful campus.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Arts and Letters students get a very qualified teaching staff that really cares if they learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The library 2nd level has comfy chairs that you can catch a nap in. They are situated right across from the student computer area. Best place on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I am a verteran of the US Army, Also a single father of 3 who is following my dream of teaching and coaching. I want to help touch kids lives in poor and disadvantaged communities. If i am able to help but one student then I have done what God has placed me on this world for.

    What to do for fun

    Coach Boys Basketball and Football at the High school level.

    Food and Dining

    nothing out of the ordinary

    Academic Rigor

    tough but you can learn if you give the time and work that is needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Go to class and be on time. 2. Sit in the front rows. 3. Do your homework. 4. Apply your self to whatever task is given to you.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is tough and challenging educational experience. I took classes that I liked and classes that I did not enjoy very much. But, I agree that I have received one of the best educations available.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    Tough and strict but offer a lot of help.

    In three sentences

    San Diego is a large and great campus with so much life and event going on every day that it's impossible to get bored. Everyone is friendly and mind their own business but is willing to help if you ask for it. It is also an easy please to get comfortable with because they offer so much help.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    SDSU has a great campus, along with a good set of courses to take. The gym here has a lot to offer athletes who are in sports, people who love to work their body to the limit, or enjoy a little exercise. It is a great place for anyone who loves California weather and a welcoming atmosphere.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't text and walk and night, phones get taken all the time.

    Greek Life

    Many options: social, professional or cultural sororities/fraternities to rush.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you name and interest, SDSU usually has some club for it. There's surf classes, bowling classes and organizations for every major.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a good school for all students, but mostly outgoing people or people that aren't afraid to get their feet wet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Trujillos is the place to be on Thursday-Saturday nights for a late night bite to eat.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is going up, but then again it's going up everywhere. Cheaper than a private school.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in an organization. It doesn't have to be a social sorority or fraternity. There are a lot of other options out there if you take the time to check it out.

    Food and Dining

    Food options are limited. Meal plans are provided to Freshman in the dorms but not much to pick from. SDSU actually owns most of the restaurants on-campus and they are student run.

    Dorm Life

    If you have a choice, choose Zura. The people in Zura become so much closer because of its traditional style in comparison to Cuic (Suite-style).

    Academic Rigor

    General Education classes are exactly what they sound like, general, typically easy if you put time into it. Upper Division is where the classes become harder, but it is your major so it's worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take earlier orientation dates because you register the day after orientation and you want as many class options as possible. Live in the dorms as a freshman, you meet so many more people and do better in classes. GET INVOLVED! There are so many organizations out there and you can get your foot in the door of your industry through your peers.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a diverse school centered in a beautiful city. The university offers many options for students to further their college experiences through social and professional Greek life, various student organizations, and study abroad programs. SDSU is a great place to spend 4 years.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The first day of orientation, they had everyone pull there phones out and put the SDSU police number in our phones. Safety is first at SDSU. They give many tips to on how to stay safe. Also, the police station is located immediately next to the university and only a phone call away.

    Greek Life

    The greek culture is one of the many cultures on campus. They even offer greek food on campus and greek clubs. You will never cease a chance to learn plenty about greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have experienced the most amazing clubs and activities. Not one single meeting is life-less. They're always offering something new and exciting. There are a variety of clubs an activities that will fit your personality.

    Great for these types of students

    I think someone that is willing to try something new, meet new people and boraden your study habits will love SDSU. If you have difficulty studying, there are always groups, societies and even professors offering a helping hand.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think the most unusual thing I have seen on campus thus far the library. Also called the dome, the shape and style of it always ceases to amaze me.

    Bang for the buck

    When you think university. You think college loans. Although, SDSU is here is help us stay on a budget offering financial aid, scholarships and jobs on campus! There will always be a way to reduce college funds!

    What to do for fun

    I dont know where to start about the fun at SDSU. We have plenty sports activities, societies and events everyone is welcome to attend. They offer the gym, bowling, golf etc.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU has the most variety of foods to offer that I have seen thus far. Anything you can think of is handed to you in one cafeteria. Not to mention the farmers markets held every Thursday with something new to offer.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is fantastic. The dorms are new clean and comfortable. Not to mention the amazing people that live and grow with you.

    Academic Rigor

    Their academic motivation here is life no other. I see students left and right studying, forming societies and study groups. You know your professors care about your education when take offense to you not showing up to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for perspective students is to study hard. It will only pay off when you get the letter of acceptance to a SDSU knowing you are a deserving student. Dont get worried about the large classrooms. Professors love when students visit their office hours.

    In three sentences

    San Diego Sate University has shown me a new perspective to life. It is enlightening me day by day with new experiences, people and education. I rate San Diego State University as one of the top Universities due to the new path it has taken me.

  • 09/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do that I can't pin it down to one thing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your professors' office hours.

    In three sentences

    It is an absolutely beautiful campus that never gets old. The professors really want you to succeed. It's a great place to start your life.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    theres a lot of crime alerts, just be safe.

    What to do for fun

    there's many places you can go in San Diego so you're bound to find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    food is okay nothing too special

    Dorm Life

    its very loud and most of your hall mates will want to party. you're going to have to get used to loud music playing at 3am sometimes.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are harder than others but it depends on the course and the teacher

    Tips for prospective students

    don't go out late alone. there's not much diversity. dorm rooms tend to be loud. If you're going to live in the dorms make sure you can pay for it.

    In three sentences

    San Diego state university has great weather. great people and has a nice campus. there's always something to do.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I love this school

    What to do for fun

    The beach, shopping, bike rides,movies, parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food is accessible, but it is not very healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. So many new people and friends. Definitely a plus of college.

    Academic Rigor

    There are challenging courses and some easier ones, but work as hard as you can and success can be achieved.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard, play hard. Get enough sleep, eat healthy and exercise. Get as involved as you can as early as you can.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is located in the perfect location and is very welcoming to freshman and transfers each year. The teachers and administrators care about all of the students. Involvement on campus is incredible with a huge selection of clubs and sports.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is almost always police on campus. In order to prevent you from walking alone, he school has a program in which you can call to be escorted.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is big at SDSU. Rush week is exciting.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and associations on campus. You get to meet people with your similar interest. The gym also has sports clubs which you can join.

    Great for these types of students

    Study, work hard and get involved

    What to do for fun

    Visiting local spots in San Diego can be so much fun!

    Food and Dining

    SDSU offers a variety of restaurants.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is nothing like high school. Be prepared to put in work. The ability to take notes and pay attention at the same time will be very useful.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University offers students a lot of resources to succeed while being as student. Most departments offer students free tutoring in almost every subject. The campus is beautiful almost everywhere you go.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach! Hangout with my roomates. I love attending the athletic events especially basketball. Go Aztecs!

    Food and Dining

    The food at San Diego State was great. I miss my meal plan now that I am a junior and cook at home and therefore no longer have one.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great! Perfect way to network and meet new people when you don't know anyone because everyone is in the same position you are so it's not hard to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging but once you figure out how to manage your time it isn't difficult. Get a planner!! Also get plenty of sleep!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school so that all the options you want are open when your looking for a college. Visit all the colleges you are looking at as possibilities this made a huge difference in my decision making.

    In three sentences

    The location is fantastic. The faculty are helpful and knowledgeable. Finally I appreciate all of the effort our campus has to go green!!!

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe during the day, night is a little scary. I carry pepper spray when walking to the parking lots because they are deserted and there have been a few incidents of muggins there.

    Clubs and Activities

    Be a part of the Women's Studies community the V-Day events are super fun to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the Aztec Nights events like Templo del Sol.

    Bang for the buck

    Getting really expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out by the pond. Go to the museums. Thursdays there is a farmers market with good food, but cash only. Lots of events look at the Aztec Nights website.

    Food and Dining

    Good but expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm. Heard people get really sick from the showers so bring shower shoes.

    Academic Rigor

    College is work but not as hard as you think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear comfortable shoes there is a lot of hill on campus and there is a lot of walking. Bring activities if you have long breaks between class. Take the bus, it's cheaper. Bring your own lunch, food is expensive here. Don't buy textbooks unless you teacher actually uses them.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University has great teachers, who really care about student advancement. Aztec nights help students connect to each other by bringing them together to perform fun activities like watching movies and participating in a carnival, all the events are free. Big campus so a lot of walking.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have police officers at all times and blue safety towers all over campus to press in case of an emergency

    Greek Life

    The greek life here is big and very fun. I recommend joining if you attend SDSU.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of activities and clubs too many to even think about.

    Great for these types of students

    All types, there is something for each of you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    JFK gave a speech in the old stadium and the kept half of the stadium.

    Bang for the buck

    The meal plan is pretty annoying, but everything else isn't too bad.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties of course, which are very fun, but the sports here are a lot of too. The have a lot activities planned out for you, called Aztec Nights. So if you don't want to party there are many other events to choose from going on almost every night.

    Food and Dining

    The food on the meal plan here is pretty good, but the food off the meal plan is way better! So you don't have to worry about going hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms here, the aren't the greatest, but you just usually sleep there so it doesn't matter. You meet a lot of people at school, but the people I hangout the most is the people in my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of homework, but it's not impossible. Just set time to study and do homework, and especially no procrastination because then you will get very far behind if you do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Highly recommend joining an organization when going here to get involved and meet people otherwise, you begin to feel lost. Also, live in the dorms for the first year, I've met most of my friends in the dorms. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, this isn't high school any more, people don't care.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is a good place to meet people, they are very friendly. The teachers are very nice here also, make sure you introduce yourself to them. Thirdly, the weather here is amazing and the beach is close, which is very nice.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. There are always police driving around or walking around.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of the Marching Band, which feels almost like a club. It is really nice because we get to perform at things like Chargers games. There are many other clubs and activities on campus, more than I even know about. There is definitely something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a really nice koi pond by west commons that is always in the shade and relaxing to sit by and study or do homework.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though I do feel that it is way too expensive to go here and tuition keeps rising, the professors are all amazing and the way the school and campus are run it is worth it because I am getting the best education I could have asked for.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on on campus if you like to get involved, but there are also a lot of places in the area to go and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options of food on campus and wherever you are, there is a place to eat pretty close. Sometimes it can be expensive, but it's really good if you're on a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    It was very comfortable and I had everything I needed when I lived in the dorms last year. The only bad about it is that you have to have a bunch of keys just to get in and you have to show ur id every time u walk in and you have to check in guests.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like I am always challenged which helps me learn, but I am never too overwhelmed by the academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Finding all of your classes was the scariest part for me but i just printed out my schedule and brought it with me everywhere and it was fine.

    In three sentences

    There is a lot of student involvement on campus. The campus is large, yet beautiful and easy to get around once you figure it out once. So far all of the professors I've had seem to enjoy and know a ton about what they are teaching.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police take our safety very seriously. They're really on top of things. They also let us know if there's been a theft or robbery or other things of that sort. They also respond very quickly to calls. We also have an escort service where people will walk you from class back to your dorm or your car if you don't feel safe walking by yourself.

    Food and Dining

    There are two central locations on campus for food, East and West Commons. That's where places like Panda Express and Starbucks can be found. Unfortunately, both of those places close around 6 or 7. For late night food runs, you'll have to go to a 24-hour grocery store or to Aztec Markets, which is like the campus convenience store. The dining room is alright, all you can eat but slightly pricey. And, they're not always open, especially on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is great but it's really expensive. For what you're paying, you could have a 1-bedroom/1-bath apartment to yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but the teachers usually make it a lot of fun. If you can find people to study with, it becomes easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what major you want to be in before you apply. Once you know, make sure you have as many of the prerequisites and GEs done as you can. It'll help you save time and money.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school with awesome weather and programs. There's always something something going on. There are a lot of international students here, so you get a good range of diversity.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to the gym and climb on the rock wall, or to the aquaplex to swim. You could also go to parties at frats, which can be really fun depending on what frat you go to. You can also take the trolley for five dollars to visit downtown San Diego to go shopping or out to eat.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is pretty delicious. My favorite part is the chocolate milk. I also liked have breakfast for dinner. French toast is so yummy. I have yet to try the omelet bar and the make your own waffles station. The aztec markets also have a big variety of snacks and food to choose from. One of the highlights is the fresh fruit. Mango is the best!

    Dorm Life

    It is a good way to meet people. The only thing that sucks is that you must get a whole package with a food plan, that can be very expensive. I'm glad to have met the people on my floor. We're like a little family.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, the work s challenging. College is another step in life so you need to make those extra steps into completing harder work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like hot weather, it is hot almost all of the time! Fraternity and Sorority life here are really active on this campus. Everyone struts their t-shirts, shorts, and sweaters with their frat or sorority symbols. You should expect the work to be way different from high school work. College work can seem hard, but that's what it is, a challenge you must get through.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University has a beautiful campus. There are many food options to choose from. Overall, the experience has been great living in the dorms.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's San Diego, enough said.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use every resource that you can, especially it's free. Enjoy the experience of college and all it has to offer.

    In three sentences

    I love the resources that San Diego State has to offer. Their is always help in any endeavor you seek out. I also love the variety of students that attend and the opportunity to learn from each other.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is safe here. Some people have things stolen, but those people lack common sense. Don't leave your things unattended.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is here. Its actually everywhere. No seriously, it is everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    Google SDSU and check out the clubs. There are too many to list. The same applies for activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone. If you don't drink water then I wouldn't go here. If you have drank water before, this school is for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to go here. Apply and get accepted. Then you will know.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is cheap. When you consider the location of this school, the price can't be beat. Compare to USD or UCSD and you can clearly tell.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is right down the road. There are parties all the time if that's you thing. You can only limit yourself in San Diego.

    Food and Dining

    Typical college food. Panda express, taco bell, Rubios, etc. They could definitely use more healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm and wouldn't want to. If you are a freshman you might end up living in one. Get some friends together and rent a house ASAP.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty of course work depends largely on your major. At this school the accounting and engineering department are pretty intense. Focus and use your time wisely and you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things. There are many opportunities to introduce yourself to new people and ideas. While academics are important, don't forget to take time and enjoy yourself.

    In three sentences

    The location can not be beat. The facilities on campus are great. Overall, you cannot beat the education for the price.

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The area is beautiful. I've been planning on going to this school since 7th grade. I hope I get accepted.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    awesome

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Skate Board, Mountain Bike, Surf and much more

    In three sentences

    I really liked the campus and am hoping to become a student here. School and area are great!

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They give you the number for our police during orientation, and if you call 9-1-1 directly, the call goes right to the campus police. They have cars all around campus and if you need them when walking somewhere alone, they even have a walking service. I feel much, much safer with them around.

    Greek Life

    To be honest, Greek life has never appealed to me, so I don't know much about it. It costs a lot of money, so don't go in expecting not to pay for anything.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs on campus! You just have to go and search for them. Ask around and explore - you'll find something. If you're into sports, there are lots of teams, both competitive and intramural. There are a few theater and dance companies, and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is no Ivy league; if you're coming to this school with the expectations that everyone is going to be studying hard for their PhD you're sadly mistaken. There are a lot of partiers, so it's a great school for those who like to have fun. Don't let that discourage you if you're not into that though, you can still have a good time without getting drunk at a frat house.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a koi pond right in between East and West Commons. A lot of people go there in between classes to relax or to eat lunch. It's a really calming place to go and think.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, I think going to SDSU and living here was worth leaving my small house in Sacramento. The experience that you'll get will be well worth what you spend for it. If you go to class you'll learn a lot about life and about yourself. This is college, you have to make the most of it.

    What to do for fun

    The trolley runs right through the school which means that you can get to the mall, the beach, downtown, or really anywhere you want to go. If you're not one for leaving the campus there are still clubs, sports, and the ARC (our great gym!).

    Food and Dining

    When you get here, you'll definitely think that the food is great - Panda Express and Starbucks everyday? GREAT! Except after about a week or so, you'll get tired of having limited choices of where to go for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My personal way to remedy this is going grocery shopping over the weekend and making meals in my dorm's kitchen area. If you don't take the initiative to cook for yourself, by the end of the semester you'll be begging for home-cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly, the dorms are a great way to make friends, but it's really expensive. And, if you live in a dorm you have to use a meal plan. Most people after their first year choose to live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Most GE classes are fairly easy, though the upper division courses are much harder, so I've heard. If you study hard though, you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress out too much in your first year: most GE classes are fairly easy. It's going to probably be hard to make friends at first, so don't be worried if you find yourself alone for a few days. To remedy this, go join some clubs and try to hang out with people in your dorm. Try and have as much fun as you can without going crazy.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is so much more than just another party school. In my first semester alone, I've already had my views challenged, my knowledge enriched, and have made friendships I know will last a lifetime. The surf, sun, and overall atmosphere of this school has made me feel like home.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Any type of club you could want and always something going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Interested in a career in hospitality.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a wellness center with a massage chair.

    Bang for the buck

    My major is highly respected in the industry, and a degree from SDSU will be helpful in my career.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, surf, party, etc. A very lively campus.

    Food and Dining

    I wish there were healthier options.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms and don't know anybody who does.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of work assigned, and it takes time and effort, but is not overly difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the many services this campus offers. Get involved and network, it will help you when if comes time to find internships and a job. Get to know your professors, and make a positive impression.

    In three sentences

    The faculty is friendly and helpful. My professors teach beyond the curriculum and have high expectations. The parking situation is horrible.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe walking around campus. It is well lit at night and there's always a police car around. Emergency poles are never out of site.

    Greek Life

    Almost everyone is in a frat or sorority. If Greek life is not the thing for you, then there is plenty of people who feel the same. Frat parties are always really fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities to join. There is something for everyone. There are lots of club sports for those you don't choose to go out for the school teams.

    Great for these types of students

    There are all different kids of students. Anyone can find a group and feel at home. If Greek life is your thing, SDSU is defiantly the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Aztec Nights was a fun experience. I loved the carnival.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that this is a great school at a decent price. They make it affordable for almost anyone.

    What to do for fun

    I love to have movie nights in my room with friends, going to sports events, taking the public transportation to different places, and going to parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food is nothing special. The Aztec Market could use more options besides different ways to eat pizza (pizza rolls, bagel bites, pizza slices, etc.)

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms. It has given me the opportunity to learn how to stay organized so that people don't think I'm sloppy. I've also made some amazing friends and it helps to know there are people around you experiencing the same kinds of things that you are.

    Academic Rigor

    I have some classes that are easy and some that take a lot of hard work and time. It's not all fun and games; good grades are not that easy to achieve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized and try your best not to procrastinate. Deadlines will come up quicker then expected and no one will be there to fall back on. College is the time to learn how to be independent and responsible.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is awesome. It has a reputation of being a party school but that's the only thing you choose to focus on. A student can achieve the perfect balance of fun and academic rigor at this school.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    San Diego State's campus is relatively open to the public. With our Open Air Theatre, many people come on campus to see concerts and other events. The trolley station is also an invite for the public to stop at our school. While there are many random people, they have installed cameras and there is a 24 hour police station right next to the trolley station. There are also campus escorts that will walk you across campus at night. What's more, visible from any point on campus are poles with blue lights that you can press if you ever feel unsafe. So although our campus is big and pretty public, there are so many different safety measures in place for the students.

    Greek Life

    I highly recommend Greek Life. It's big on campus here, and it helps you make new friends, make career connections, volunteer for your community, keep your grades up, and it gives you something to do at any/all times. I recommend at least rushing if you are unsure; if it's not for you, no harm no foul. I wasn't really for it but I rushed anyways and it was one of the best decisions I've made here! If you find a house that you fit into, you'll fall in love with it!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs and activities, and usually they are organized and led by a responsible upperclassman. If you can't find one that you like, wow- you are way too picky! But all joking aside, if you really can't find one, you can create your own club!

    Bang for the buck

    If you want a great education without the high price of a private school or University, I wouldn't recommend any other school than San Diego State.

    What to do for fun

    There is constantly something going on around campus, and you'll be notified of the events through your dorm RA, emails, and flyers. There is a trolley station right in the middle of campus that you can use to go all over San Diego; I recommend Pacific Beach (they have great shopping boutiques), Balboa Park (it's beautiful and offers multiple museums), or downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The majority of the dining hall main dishes are bland, but they offer a variety of sides and desserts that are yummy! Learn what you like best and go during the nights when your favorites are offered. The markets all offer a few different items, so check out each one if you're looking for something different. The restaurants on campus are mainly composed of fast food, but in West Commons there is an organic sandwich shop called Olive Oil which is incredibly delicious, East Commons offers a fresh salad bar that's tasty, and there are also chefs in East Commons that make a new meal each day. Try these out for healthier options!

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are outdated and a little run-down; however, the dorm life is fun because you are always surrounded by your peers who become your close friends. There are a few new dorms that are nice, too.

    Academic Rigor

    This is completely dependent on your major, class subject, and professor. It will be difficult and you will have to make time to study and teach yourself some of the material. Every class is different, just make sure you understand the material and you will do fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to manage your time; yes you can have fun in college, but you have to make time for the books, too. Also, go to your professor's office hours; it always helps to better understand the content and I've had some sessions where the professor gives you test answers! If you get along with your professor, he or she can be a great mentor on life in general as well. Join social clubs as well as clubs or organizations oriented toward your major. This is an easy way to be involved, make new friends, and make career connections! These will make your college experience the best it can be.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is not only a school that knows how to have a good time, but is also highly-ranked academically and prepares students for a successful life in the real world. It is so well rounded with so many friendly people who hold open doors and surprise you with kindness. There is always something going on around campus, and we have the perfect weather!

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Secure and safe environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    tennis, swimming

    Bang for the buck

    Campus has a fitness club and a wonderful library.

    What to do for fun

    Sports and entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    Great cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    fun educational environment

    Academic Rigor

    Students are expected to maintain good grades in studies, otherwise they have to leave.

    Tips for prospective students

    great professors. Neat and clean campus

    In three sentences

    a great college

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Whats There Law program like?

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    My roommate recently broke his foot in three places while playing soccer, and instead of having to deal with all the insurance hassle and extreme costs, he went to the campus hospital, where he was all fixed and casted up for no charge at all. This amazing perk of being a student, along with free sporting events and tons of discounts, is where your tuition money really gets useful.

    What to do for fun

    Basketball games are the all time best way to have fun at SDSU. With our team ranked high in the entire nation, our basketball arena gets packed with students, parents, and fans all over San Diego. The whole place rumbles as the fans scream for our team and nothing feels more exhilarating than feeling a part of something so great. Not only sports, but also gym activities such as lifting, fitness classes, rock climbing, and also swimming are among the awesome things to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    San Diego State has food stores all over campus and they all taste great. My personal favorite is the Panda Express up in the East Commons building, but there are tons more shops and restaurants around campus as well. The food is delicious and very convenient in between classes or even just to come hang out with friends.

    Dorm Life

    Although I have not lived in a dorm myself, I have many friends in dorms and they absolutely love it. It is such a great way to make a load of new friends and stay active in the campus. One can even sign up with the meal plan and get a bunch of food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dorm life is definitely a fun and exciting way to live in college.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are the top priority for students. Luckily here at SDSU, the professors are so helpful and always willing to make appointments within office hours to see students and talk about grades or even get help in a subject if needed. As long as one seems to take pride and care in their classes, then professors will be most accommodating.

    Tips for prospective students

    When preparing to come to SDSU, one must bring the following: shorts, sunglasses, and an open mind. San Diego weather is beautiful so bring the right clothing. Also, if possible, bring a bicycle. It really helps to have a ride to and from campus. And last, take advantage of the perks of being an SDSU Aztec, such as free sporting events, tons of discounts on local businesses, and intramural sports and activities.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University has some of the best teaching staff in the nation, with professors who are renowned for their own research in their prospective fields. The college area is so much fun to walk around and experience with friends and family. Not only are the classes great and the professors insightful, but also the campus is massive, providing a great workout when traveling from class to class.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are robberies at night sometimes, but there is a service on campus that will take you to your car if you're studying late.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is one of the best in the country. There are tons of frats and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven, motivated and people who love warm weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The library (Love library) is cool, it's a glass dome structure and the first floor is underground.

    Bang for the buck

    Great school, tuition was paid for by tuition assistance for me.

    What to do for fun

    Surf, hike, kayak, mountain climb, party, go to Mexico, workout etc. etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study good!

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    It is extremely hard to be bored on campus there are tons of clubs and activities going on each day.

    What to do for fun

    Join Clubs, Meet new people, go to sport events, Eat out, and create a least one hour of me time a day.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of food to try. Always some place to eat and something new to try.

    Dorm Life

    Be independent, enjoy your time on your own but focus on your long time goals not your short term goals.

    Academic Rigor

    Join as many study groups as you can. Try to make a friend in every class. It don't get easier as you go on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go with your gut, don't let people talk you into joining or doing anything you don't want to do. Live in the moment.

    In three sentences

    Great opportunity to meet new people. Calm environment. Variety of activities and clubs to join.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though SDSU is thought of as an unsafe campus, the only type of crime we get here is phone thefts. If your Iphone is in your pocket whenever you walk somewhere, then you'll be perfectly fine.

    Greek Life

    it's HUGE!!!

    Great for these types of students

    It's a big school, so there are all types of people. I think there are a lot of social and outgoing people so if you like to stay in your room and play video games all the time, maybe you should reconsider.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's an annual undie run, which is very big. Also, one of the best places on campus is the turtle pond. It's a cute, serene place to eat lunch or study.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of people choose to get into Greek life, but it's not for everyone. If you don't have a car you can go to parties or take the trolley to different parts of the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't too bad, but it's also not too healthy and the options get boring after a while. Vendors come outside of University Towers every night, so even if you don't live there, you should try to take advantage of them and come anyways!

    Dorm Life

    If you live at Cuic or University Towers then you have nice suites and personal bathrooms. If you live in the other dorms than your rooms are going to be tiny and you're going to have communal bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most lower division classes aren't too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to be very social and don't skip too many classes, because it may hurt you in the end.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school. Greek life is very big. Everybody is gorgeous looking.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    In three sentences

    It has a very pretty campus.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    depends on the person. a lot of things go on on campus just like they do anywhere else. mainly robberies. just make sure to always walk with someone, know your surroundings and don't present yourself vulnerable to attacks I.E walking with headphones on down a dark alley at night

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Halloween in balboa park is pretty fun and i plan on going every year now. much cheaper then paying for a ticket at universal studies.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a football game, or basketball game, or any sport for that matter. Join the ARC and go work out. also pay attention to what associated student has planned for aztec nights.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU has many dinning options. After experiencing them all within the first month or so you start to get bored of them and seek other options. this is where having a car comes in handy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is something everyone should experience. I personally enjoy the freedom of having my own apartment. Also when i was a freshman i got to choose my dorm, which is now chosen at random for the current freshman

    Tips for prospective students

    Give your all into your school work. Study hard and get your work done on time. partying, play time, and fun will always present it self, just make sure you handle business before indulging in recreational activities.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love SDSU! A side from the wonderful professors, SDSU has a team of wonderful athletic coaches. SDSU provides the best of both world academically and in the world of sports.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SDSU is fairly well paroled by policemen and security. There are plenty of emergency posts around campus. However, I would say the campus could be better lit at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    My favorite activities are attending the basketball and football games which are free to students. These games are a blast! It helps that they win a lot also!

    Bang for the buck

    Beautiful school in a beautiful city. I don't like spending money in general, but going to SDSU is money well spent.

    What to do for fun

    My favorite thing to do for fun was Intramural Sports through the ARC (Aztec Recreation Center). The ARC is incredible, the best gym I have ever set foot in my entire life. The beach is also a great activity for a weekend which is only fifteen minutes from the school.

    Food and Dining

    The places to eat on campus are alright. Since I lived off campus I ate on campus rarely. There is a plethora of options which is helpful.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms. I applied to live off campus with my brother. I've heard good things from friends of mine that experienced it.

    Academic Rigor

    Most courses I've taken at SDSU have pushed me intellectually. However, normally as underclassmen, class sizes are larger which takes away from the professors ability to teach effectively. If you work hard and ATTEND class, you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your classes as quickly as possible when your registration opens up. If you don't get the classes you need, CRASH THEM! I've crashed more classes than I can count, which makes for an extremely stressful week and a half, but it pays off.

    In three sentences

    SDSU offers a beautiful campus and exciting student life. Classes and professors are on average helpful and interesting. The best thing I can say, is that, if I had to do it all over again, I would choose SDSU without hesitance.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is awesome. There is frats and sorties for anyone. You just need to join one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Well there is tons of clubs its just really up to the person to find something of interest. And if they don't they could always start their own.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for any student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    West Commons is a dinning hall which is great for eating. Love library is where most of the students go to study.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is well priced when it comes to tuition and books. But it's expensive to live in the dorms.

    What to do for fun

    Join sports or Go to Aztec Nights. Aztec Nights are events that are hold through out the semester that help student meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food there is great and cheap. I always study and eat at the same time so it's great!

    Dorm Life

    I personally don't live in the dorms. But from I heard from my friends is that they are cool and it's a great way meeting people.

    Academic Rigor

    SDSU is not an extremely hard school. I+The student just need to apply him or her self to studying for a certain amount of time. Balancing your time is important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to meet the dean of your college. And join clubs!

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is great. The weather, students, and professors are great. Professors will go out their way to help a student out and accommodate to their needs.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    From my experiences, San Diego State University has always offered me great professors. I have learned a lot of interesting materials at this university. Other than that, the environment at San Diego State seems outstanding.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Over all campus is safe but you want to be smart about what time you are out on campus. My biggest advice is do NOT walk around campus at night alone because you are exposing yourself to danger. Always have the campus police number on speed dial and if you would like call them so that they can escort you to your destination.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I mentioned above there are a lot of clubs students can take a part in and there is always something for everyone. There is anything from sport clubs, to religious clubs, or even math clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are outgoing and aren't afraid to open up to those around them. In general it is for all types of students really.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Personally I love this location called Scrips Cottage. It is a beautiful green area and it has a pond with lots of fish. I really like hanging out there because it is so peaceful and beautiful and its full of nature.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do for fun. State is known to be a big party school and it is but that isn't the only thing people can do to have fun. There are many clubs on campus students can join, take classes such as rock climbing or surfing , or just take part of all of the fun events SDSU organizes like dances, talent shows, welcome week events etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food at State is really good, especially the food at the dinner. There is something for everyone. Also, every Thursday people come to sell food on campus and there is food from all of the cultures you can possibly think of.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms so I can't really give my opinion. But from what I have heard dorm life gives students the opportunity to meet new people and develop strong friendships. Also, from what I have seen, dorm life is very safe since the entering and leaving of people is monitored at all times.

    Academic Rigor

    Believe it or not, San Diego State really does challenge their students. Even though it is challenging, professors are always willing to help students with what they can. Not only that but the campus offers all the help and tools a student needs to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advice prospective students to take college seriously. While there are a lot of fun activities students can participate in, students should remember that school work comes first. Keeping in mind ones goals and purposes allows one to stay focused. So students try to keep a balance and enjoy yourselfs.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is the University that everyone should consider attending because all the staff want is for students to succeed. This beautiful campus offers everything a student needs to achieve their goals. Also, the people in this campus are very nice and welcoming and that is something that you don't always get to see when you start college.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything San Diego has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    San Diego has some great food.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on getting in.

    In three sentences

    It is great to be so close to downtown. Just a bus ride away from everything. Also, the weather is great.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do around here, you can take the trolley practically anywhere, or stay on campus and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    It's really good for awhile, but you'll miss homemade food too.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on who your roommate is and the people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not hard as long as you do you work and pay attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to campus to see if it feels like home to you. You'll be quickly convinced of how great it is here.

    In three sentences

    I love it here, there's a place for everyone. No matter what you're interested in they're classes, clubs, or sports you can join.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always have police around and emergency buttons around campus

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, smart, goal oriented, love life type of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Aztec Nights, concerts

    Bang for the buck

    Good Education for the price

    What to do for fun

    The campus is always having Aztec nights which are so much fun, we had a carnival night which they bring a whole carnival on campus! snow sledding on campus, bull riding, dancing and so much more. Malls and oldtown are near by and you can travel all over San Diego using the trolley that is on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious food, lots of restaurants to choose from, dining hall is good. Restaurants like rubios, starbucks, vinnies pasta a pizza,fried chicken place, panda, veggie restaurant, juice place, taco bell, sandwich place, and daphine's greek food. The dinning hall is a buffet and has different food everyday, there are also markets that sell like grocery stuff and snacks.

    Dorm Life

    Fun community living, you get to know a lot of people. It is an amazing experience that allows you to make friends and get to know SDSU better. Dorms are cute and safe.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough and a challenge but definitely make you work hard for what you want, tests are equivalent to what you learn in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips, talk to counselors before jumping into classes it truly helps, stay in constant contact with professors, keep a good but distant relationship with your roomate if you are female. Attend all your class days.

    In three sentences

    I think San Diego State University is the best university, professors are amazing, the education you receive is wonderful. The campus is gorgeous, the city itself its beautiful. Going to this university gives you open doors to so many opportunities.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe

    Great for these types of students

    everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Aztec nights are the best!

    What to do for fun

    Beach!

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University has the best staff that I have ever worked with. The students are very friendly and everyone seems to fit in. I've attended two other universities and this is by far the best!

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is very big here, they always have something going on.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of student activities on campus, from athletic games to carnival nights. Make sure to get involved to hear about everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on academics the first semester. Socializing is important but education is first.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State has a great program for International Business. Many good professors and many average ones. Classes fill up fast and many people can not take them.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would say this campus is overall safe however there are frequent robberies by the same usual three African-American men..also some story of rape, so ladies particularlyG, be careful!

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is VERY big at this school. And if you are a girl who doesn't exercise, you might want to get on it because just about every girl here has an amazing body due to the hours they sacrifice at the Arc.

    Great for these types of students

    School is great for guys who want a classroom full of hot girls, people who love to party, people who are very passionate about Greek life, and the overall materialistic type of people.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is nothing better than that of high school and it's actually quite disappointing. The food at the market is nasty and ridiculously overpriced...(similar to airports). Some of the options that they have at the food court are okay.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is good and bad. Good because you will be surrounded by students your age and have activities to do. However, you have an RA, or babysitter, who bothers you all the time if you don't have a cool one. Additionally, I HATE the fact that you have to show your ID cards to get in the building, very unnecessary. Overall, I don't think they are good enough for the price that your forced to pay..& expect bs charges at the end of the year.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors here are very hard and some are easy. It really depends on the subject, but if you are taking Chemistry and science classes, also if you end up with one of those GE teachers that think their class is that important, then your out of luck.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a sunny paradise for guys. It has a thriving Greek life supported by it's relatively un-diverse student body. It can be a dream school for some and the school you transferred from for others.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I love SDSU and am happy I chose to come here.

    What to do for fun

    Obviously, the beach is my favorite thing to do in San Diego. But there is also a cool downtown night life, many intramural sports teams, the ARC(which is our work out center that is free to the students living in the dorms), tons of clubs and organizations to join and lots of other activities.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't like that along with the dorms, your meal plan is forced with payments. You have to eat on campus and in the dining hall, which you get tired of fairly quickly.

    Dorm Life

    I wasn't in love with dorm life. My floor was loud and constantly partying, I didn't feel like I would ever choose to live in the dorms again after my mandatory freshman year there.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes and professors vary from easygoing to super intense. I think it pretty much depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Save money ahead of time because San Diego is an expensive city to live in. Also, be open to meeting people since there are SO many people everywhere.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is diverse and pretty friendly. The campus is huge. The location is beyond amazing.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although I have never experienced any type of crime personally but I get at least 2 or 3 emails about the crimes occurring every week on campus. There is an increase in theft and assault in particular. People are getting their laptop and cell-phones stolen a lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are the greeks, political, multicultural, academic, honors and student government. There are many things to keep you occupied on campus. At the beginning of every semester these organizations are tabling and promoting their organizations and clubs throughout the campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many people don't know that we have an art store on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is not much around the campus but San Diego in general has many things you can do for fun. There are many things within range and you can take the bus/trolley to get to locations. There are also many events on campus by the student organizations that are generally free for students.

    Food and Dining

    Food is not that great. It is not very healthy either. There is the typical fast food chains you can find everywhere i.e panda, rubios ect. Also it is very expensive to buy a meal at least $6 and up.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major academic rigor varies. Budget cuts have caused classes to get larger (up to 500 student classes) this weakens academic rigor because the professor is limited to the assignments they are able to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tuesday and Thursdays are the busiest days on campus keep that in mind when you create your class schedule. Finding parking on campus is hectic. Be advised-theft has increased the past years.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a good university but it is very large and crowded. Many professors actually care about the students. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts your quality of education is diminishing and classes are getting larger.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It can be a little dangerous at night, especially in the surrounding neighborhoods. Be careful and walk around with another person!

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is a great school for students who like a good balance of work and play. Its not all work all the time, but it isn't all fun in games either.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before finals, there's the infamous undie run!!! Release that stress.

    Bang for the buck

    State schools are always a good deal, but budget cuts can be a bummer.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of beaches to enjoy! Also, you are within a few hours of big bear, Los Angeles, and the border so there's lots to do! If you want to stay local, there are plenty of good restaurants and neighborhoods like North Park or downtown to explore.

    Food and Dining

    Cuic!!!!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, it can be a good or a bad time.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more difficult than others, but for the most part I feel that expectations are reasonable.

    Tips for prospective students

    It can get a little sketchy after dark, so make sure to plan ahead and avoid danger!

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a gorgeous campus and the student life is great. There are plenty of places to study and eat. For the most part, everyone is chill with the SD vibe.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do, it would be impossible to list it all. Personally, I partake in several clubs and organizations and I like to go watch the performances that the theater department puts up. Also, just talking to people on campus can be quite fun!

    Food and Dining

    I only eat on campus on Thursdays during the Farmer's Market, but judging off that alone, the food is great because its from local businesses, so it supports that and there is always a wide variety of options from Thai to Mexican to Indian to Greek.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but from what I've heard from my friends who do, there are many parties and everybody is very social.

    Academic Rigor

    SDSU has a 66% graduation rate, which isn't the best, but you get the sense that the people who want to be there for academic purposes are there to graduate and those people are inspiring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just focus on schoolwork and take advantage of professors because they're there to help you and they want you to succeed and they remind you of that constantly. Also make sure you're having fun too, though, whether that means getting involved with athletics or working at the library!

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a lively, large school with a buzzing, active student life. There is always something to do and places to go see, one can get lost and lose track of time easily. Overall, I have enjoyed my experience at SDSU so far!

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always security guards and police officers in patrol.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of sports like basketball and football.

    Great for these types of students

    Any religion, culture, and race.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There was an event this year in which the association of students brought snow to the campus and offered the students a place to slide down the snow, music and food.

    Bang for the buck

    I recommend to have a plan in case it is difficult for the student to afford paying tuition, housing and food. The school offer a lot of job openings and also work study.

    What to do for fun

    From going to the beach to spending all day enjoying the sites of the beautiful city of San Diego.

    Food and Dining

    The school has the usual restaurants: Panda Express, Greek food, Mexican food, Pizza, Salads, Japanese food, and subs.

    Dorm Life

    There are many types of fraternities, sororities, and dorms. All of them have the best place for any student needs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to summer programs that could help you get an idea of what the school looks like and how it works for the students.

    In three sentences

    It has a lot of diversity. Offers a wade range of majors and programs. The school environment is awesome.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is huge. It has a pretty diverse community. The school is known for it's programs in Nursing and Business.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Top- Notch Security!

    Greek Life

    Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Theta, etc; Fraternities & Sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sororities and Fraternities, Drama/Theatre, Music, Intramurals, etc;

    Great for these types of students

    Seeking fun, education, new friends, best friends, fun magnet, etc;

    What to do for fun

    Stay on campus, read a good book, play an intramural, have fun & hang out with friends or drive into town for the best time of your life!

    Food and Dining

    The best it could be... but not better than my moms. LoL!

    Dorm Life

    So thrilling! Live alone or with your best companions/friends.

    Academic Rigor

    SDSU puts Academics and Education 1st!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know what you want, then go and get it. San Diego State University!

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a college that puts education first while giving you the experience of your life. They have any and everything you could ever want or desire. Best choice when choosing a place where you plan to meet above and beyond your expectations.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I can't wait to tour this campus! It looks amazing.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can always find a campus cop in the area, and they send out text message/email alerts to all the students when something is going on.

    What to do for fun

    In the fall they have SDSU Nights were they put on events on campus like dances and a carnival. In the spring they have a Greenfest music festival. Plus your in San Diego, beautiful weather year round and always something to do outdoors.

    Food and Dining

    They have two food courts and various places within walking distance of the school

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but I hear others say its ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have alot of options for class schedules. At times classes you want can fill up quick, especially the online classes. Public transportation to the school is great.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and the professors that I have encountered have been great at presenting the material necessary for my education. I would highly recommend SDSU to other prospective students.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    They offer tons of clubs and organizations for their students to enjoy when outside of the classroom.

    In three sentences

    I have been looking in to San Diego state for quite some time and I am absolutely in love.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great deal!

    What to do for fun

    Lots of on campus events happen throughout the year, and nearby there are many neighborhoods that hold special events regularly. The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and Sea World are great day attractions.

    Food and Dining

    Doesn't apply

    Dorm Life

    Doesn't apply

    Academic Rigor

    In the graduate programs expectations are very high.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research all schools and find the one that fits you best.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is a beautiful college with great on-campus opportunities. The graduate program for Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is very well organized and supportive to all of its students. Located in the city of San Diego there are many opportunities for students to find work after they graduate.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run!!!!!! Usually happens right during finals if your stuck in the library during this time you'll probably still hear it or see it. It has also been done for charity Step 1: Show up in the clothes you want to donate to charity. Step 2: Take them off. Step 3: Run a mile. (No running actually required.) Step 4: Your clothing is donated to nearby shelters and non-profit

    What to do for fun

    Your in San Diego enough said. Beach, Hiking, mall, on campus events such as green Fest, find the right people that you fit in with and it will always be fun.

    Food and Dining

    You get over it pretty quickly especially when you see the good old freshman 15 showing up in your gut. Try to go to grocery store and get some healthy snakes because on the weekends you'll probably be hitting up the taco shops for a delicious burrito.

    Dorm Life

    Depends what dorm you're in. Try to visit them all and choose the one that best fits you. Some dorms have you living with 5 people others on 2.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major but talk to professor attend all classes. If you miss an 8am don't worry we all do but try to attend at least once a week I mean the class is only twice a week. Make sure to attend study sessions, read, do homework. Sounds not to bad but gets more complicated at times

    Tips for prospective students

    Take public transportation if you can. Parking can be quite bad especially after 8am. If you live close to a trolley station take it to SDSU or bike although you have to be very careful not to run over people who walk in the bike lane. My best advice live close and walk. Make sure you talk to your professors after exams because you never know when you'll get some points back for things your TA took off that your professor wouldn't have. It is true sometimes TAs are harder graders than professors. Get involved tones of things to do to meet people no matter who you are. At the beginning of each semester they hold a big even where all the clubs/orgs/Greek life table trying to get you to join. Attend i'm sure you'll find one you like. Take a sport for a class its only one unit but you can rock climb, surf, jet ski tones of cool stuff. Last but not least, Have fun and study hard, I know kind of an oxymoron but hey this is really what college is all about. You'll see!

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SDSU has been known to have a semi-dangerous campus. That being said the only types of crime that occur in the campus area are thefts. It's an issue that is being worked on and can be easily avoided by not walking around on your phone at night by yourself. And by just being aware.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is big here. It's around 32% of the total population. It's something that if you're unsure about it i recommend just checking it out. You might be surprised. It's not something that is necessary for a social life. But they are a community that is a presence on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot of options all depending on personal preference. Most kids look at pre-professional type clubs or clubs that have something to do with their major. Along with any extracurriculars you want to continue on with from high school.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is good for students with a work hard play hard mentality. Kids here are extremely well rounded. They are efficient and studious when they need to be while also being social and extroverted. If you like a relaxed vibe mixed with an academic atmosphere this is your place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Trujillos and Pita Pit are the go to locations for late night meal time. Our student section The Show is a big tradition as well.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one thing that I think was really appealing as an out of state student. The tuition actually has been decreasing over the years. And you're getting a California education for a great price.

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals are always an option if you play sports. The Aquaplex and the ARC are amazing too. The beach is a short 15 minutes away. San Diego is pretty big and has a lot to offer. Obviously there's Sea World and the zoo. There's also Balboa park and Pacific Beach. As far as on campus goes, most kids just relax by the pool, go to sporting events, and hang out.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus and around campus is all good. There's something for everyone, and it's literally all good food. The only downside is the freshmen meal plans could be set up a little better. Some get a declining balance which makes the most sense and some kids get a daily balance which is hard to manage. Aside from that, there's everything from pizza to pasta, sandwiches and paninis, a salad bar, Olive Oil Cafe, Rubio's, Panda Express, and Starbucks. All of which work on the meal plan system.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has great aspects and then it has some not so great aspects. The social component of dorm life is great depending on which hall you're in. Your steps away from kids in all your classes and everyone is pretty much in the same boat as you. The cons are that college kids are messy and loud and sometimes inconsiderate. But that's to be expected when 500 18-year olds all live together.

    Academic Rigor

    This is all dependent upon your major. Some majors are quite intensive. Almost all majors are impacted. Therefore only a certain number of students are let into each degree program. It's not unheard of to minor or double major here depending on what you're into.

    Tips for prospective students

    Southern California lives up to its laidback, breezy vibe here. Don't come into everything as a ball of stress. Everything is very relaxed and very chill most of the time. Of course there's the stress of midterms and finals. But overall, in all aspects of life, people take their time here and don't worry about the little things.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is one of the most well rounded schools in SoCal. SDSU has a great learning environment, incredible weather, and an even better social environment. Academically, SDSU is geared towards helping you discover what you want to do and get you the job you're looking for.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SDSU is currently working on more campus safety on and off campus. Currently SDSU police force are constantly out on bicycles and cars patrolling campus to keep students and staff safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is always something encouraged at SDSU because it allows incoming freshmen to get to know people from all over and gets student involved in the university. You meet some of the most amazing people and are involved in some of the most life changing events for charity, your chapter and much more.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various clubs and activities that fit all students needs and interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Greek life and Athletics

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every beginning of the year they have a red and black dance to celebrate and welcome the new class and throughout the year they have several celebrations such as a carnival with rides and food vendors. Also every Thursday there are food vendors from all over San Diego that sell food on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is very expensive for a public school, but I wouldn't have attended anywhere else. Its a great education and university in general.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, join a mission bay course, club sports, become an active member at the ARC, greek life, and SDSU nights!

    Food and Dining

    SDSU is on the way to improving their food and dinning services. Hopefully it will get better!

    Dorm Life

    Join a living-learning dorm because by doing so you will soon recognize students that lived on your floor in your courses.

    Academic Rigor

    General Education courses can sometimes be more challenging that the actual major courses themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become active in all activities that SDSU has to offer.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is a University open to students from all over the world. Its a university where international studies is recommended and any student can find help for their studies. It is a university full of pride, academics and student involvement.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, go downtown, go to Old Town...there is sooo much to do in San Diego!

    Food and Dining

    There are many great options on campus, such as Taco Bell, Rubio's, and Panda Express!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is dorm life. The dorms are a lot nicer than many other schools I have seen.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard enough for college, but not too hard. The semester system is definitely a plus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into your living options carefully. There are many good on campus options, but there are many off campus options as well that are just as close.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a well-known party school, but it is much more than that. It is an affordable option in comparison to UC's, while still giving you the full college experience. With a beautiful campus in a gorgeous city filled with amazing people, SDSU is the perfect option for a true college experience.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I party, I dance, sometimes if I can't sleep I will take a brief walk around campus at 2 in the morning. Even though I hate running the gym is fun too, especially the rock climbing wall.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets a little gross after a while. I never thought I would miss home cooked meals when I left for college , but trust me you will.

    Dorm Life

    I hated the dorm life, but loved the people I met in them. I definitely met friends and had experiences that would last a life time. It put me in debt $16,000 my first year, nothing is worth that amount of money , but I am glad I gained some relationships out of it.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be tested at this university. I know a lot of people have their doubts on public education, but we really have the best and brightest students around.

    Tips for prospective students

    Two words, GET INVOLVED.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University, is nestled in an area surrounded by a community that is rooting on your success. The faculty and staff push you towards it. Then once you are there, being an Aztec is for life, and your peers definitely and extension of your own family.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Though SD may not be considered the safest place in the entire world, however there are many preventative measures that the SDSU On-Campus Police take to maintain the safety on the campus. There is a 24/7 escort service that is available for students. Just call the service and within 15 minutes of your call a (walking/driving) escort will arrive at your location to take you to any destination that you want. The Police also send out Crime Alerts via email that give all of the specific details of any crimes that occur on campus. The emails also provide tips for safety as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Like pretty much every other school in California, tuition and fees have gone up. It's expensive if you live in the dorms, so if there are any local people who can commute, try to take advantage of free living and make the drive to school! Though it's not cheap to go to school here, I still believe that it is still completely worth it anyways.

    What to do for fun

    The best thing about going to SDSU is the fact that you (obviously) live in San Diego! There are so many fun things to do in San Diego and the SD Trolley can take you almost anywhere you want. Fashion Valley is close to campus with shopping, food, and movie theaters. Sea World and the San Diego Zoo is always fun to visit. Downtown San Diego also offers fun options for more food and shopping. Petco Park for the San Diego Padres baseball team is also located in Downtown. And there are many close/nice beaches close to SDSU. Take a day and explore San Diego! There are many fun activities to do in the city!

    Food and Dining

    Like pretty much every other school in California, tuition and fees have gone up. It's expensive if you live in the dorms, so if there are any local people who can commute, try to take advantage of free living and make the drive to school! Though it's not cheap to go to school here, I still believe that it is still completely worth it anyways.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in University Towers which is considered as one of the better dorms. I had more space in my room and I had to share my bathroom with my room mate and two suite mates instead of using a community bathroom like in the other dorms. It was cool at the beginning of the year to meet new people and live in a new environment. However, if you are not the partying type, living in the dorms becomes very old, very fast. I am not the type of person to party and found it rude and annoying when my drunk suite mates would knock on my door at 3 in the morning to try and get back into their room after getting locked out of their own room. The SDSU dorm experience is honestly nothing exciting after the first month and half. Don't expect extravagant living.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on what your major is. I know that I am taking extremely difficult classes for my major, however the GE courses are not that bad. I don't have to put in too much effort to get a B in the class. The GE courses are not too extremely difficult and make the transition fairly easy for new students to make the transition from high school into college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you get accept and decide to attend SDSU, make sure that you don't get caught up on the party scene at school. I cannot stress the importance of taking your education seriously. One of my best/favorite professors said to my class one day All of you are 'pre-professionals'! I hold this phrase close to my heart because I understand the importance of demonstrating professionalism and good work so that I can go back to my professors and ask them to write a (hopefully good) letter of recommendation for me for future jobs. Everything that you do is an external assessment of yourself. Please take your education seriously because there are so many students who become so heavily involved with partying that they end up leaving school because they cannot keep up with the work.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interested in Study Abroad, Engineering, Hearing and Sound science majors and Art.

    What to do for fun

    Join orgs and travel via trolley to the coolest destinations in San Diego. The nearest mall is 20 min by trolley and 10 min by car. You can also visit the San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to as many scholarships as possible. Be organized and keep track of due dates in college. Choose your major wisely.

    In three sentences

    State is a competitive place for pre-nursing majors. EOP offers great resources to students of color. Study Abroad opportunities are easy to find here.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many athletic programs. Lots of social get-togethers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not slack off. It's pretty easy to think that just because it's college and you spend less hours a day in class, that you can just relax.

    In three sentences

    It's a nice campus. It offers a variety of career options. I enjoy attending here

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SDSU is safe and secure with text alerts students receive in case of emergency's and on campus police.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at SDSU is wide and inclusive to all students. The organizations run from religious to multicultural their is a place for everybody.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is over 300 clubs and organizations on campus and students have their pickings from anime club to ballroom dancing.

    Great for these types of students

    San Diego State is great for students who love great weather, beautiful people, great faculty and staff, and above all bang for their buck.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    San Diego State Students must rub the left foot of our First President Mr. Black before any test, quiz, or final.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is one the most affordable CSU campus schools in California.

    What to do for fun

    At SDSU there is never a slow moment. From attending concerts and games on campus and visiting San Diego beaches and amusement parks. Students are always busy with games, carnivals, and free movie screenings on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU has great eateries on and of campus. Their dining hall serves buffet style meals and their food courts have students favorite eateries like Panda Express and Starbucks. Students have a wide variety of options so they will never grow hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Living at SDSU is an experience like no other. Here is where you build your family away from home and build the bonds and meet the who are going to be in your life for the long run. There are different dorm styles of living from a non smoking section and suites style living.

    Academic Rigor

    San Diego State prides itself in educating the leaders of tomorrow. Apart from having staff that always stays up-to-date in their field, SDSU helps students land their next job and polish their resumes. At SDSU students learn to balance their social life and their academic life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are looking to attend SDSU should schedule a campus tour to see firsthand if the campus is right for them. They should also schedule a meeting with their major advisor and see if the curriculum available at the university meets their standards. I strongly recommend checking our the dorms and compare tuition costs with other colleges.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is where education meets a second home. Apart from being a diverse campus with students from all over the world, SDSU creates bonds with its students. There is never a day where a student feels lost or confused because SDSU is always open to educating and guiding their students towards success.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get to know as many students as possible because you never know who is able to attend amazing basketball and football games.

    Food and Dining

    There's a variety of places for food you can pick.Just make sure to vary the places where you buy your food because you can easily gain weight.

    Dorm Life

    Always make sure to know who your roomate is going to be because it's better than having a random student assigned as your roomate nad later find out both of you have differences.

    Academic Rigor

    The registration dates as you go up the student rank have become harder because some don't always get their classes and there's limited classes for every subject.Some have very big class lectures so for some students this can become a challenge for their learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know your professors expectations the first week of class,get to know a lot of other students like yourself because they will be your support that can help you pass the class.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is an excellent university with understanding professors that are extremely helpful when you need them.Whenever you have a problem staff and other students are a bridge of support that every student needs and as an overall university,those goals are met.SDSU is certaintely one of the best universities out there.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel secure.

    Greek Life

    Fantastic! Great way to make new friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs for any one looking to make new friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Energetic, friendly, and smart.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All traditions are great and not unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    SDSU is a wonderful investment if you look at the professional connections you can make with classmates and professors.

    What to do for fun

    Talk with your classmates, go to the local eateries around the campus, or attend SDSU games.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of options which are fresh, cheap, and delicious.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to study rigoursly, to be

    Tips for prospective students

    Balance life and school efficiently. This is essential now as it will be in the future, when you are a professional.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a dream come true. In the sense that the faculty and students are almost always very friendly and eager to help you. As well, SDSU help you become the professional you strive to be with its highly respected academic agenda.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The best

    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The show

    What to do for fun

    Greek life. Downtown and Pb if your over 21

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to manage your time. Join Greek life

    In three sentences

    A great School with a fair balance of education and social life

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you are a girl don�t walk by your self at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great Drama department. Love the natural history club. If you are a bio major, join a lab as soon as you can.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student can find a nitch here.

    What to do for fun

    Its San Diego, we have the beach, seaworld, balboa park, the zoo, down town, hillcrest, and much more. And even if you can�t get to these places there is stuff to do on campus. There are concerts from big names, plays, sports games, and the gym. There is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Great opportunities for finding good food. Even if you don�t like the food offered on campus there are many great restaurants with in walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be tricky. We can�t always get along with everyone. Don�t spend too much time in your room and the opportunity of you roommate getting on your nerves will decrease greatly. Keep active in school activities and when you need quiet study time use the library.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major your work lode will vary. Bio and engineering are harder then most and require a lot more studying and volunteer work. Prepare your self for the work lode of your major. Sometime your social lives will suffer to ensure better grades, but your real friends will understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    As much as college is for fun, it really is setting the path to your future. Take freshman year to take random interesting classes to better understand what you want to do with your life. Then when the time comes later in college be sure to work hard and get the grades that will allow you a great head start in your career.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a great school. It can be a party school for the people who don�t take it seriously and it can give a grate education to the serious students. If I were to start again from the end of high school, I would go straight to SDSU and skip the community college.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Hopefully you guys have a circle K Other than that I'm really hoping to apply in a year! Keep it up S.D.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    never felt unsafe anywhere on campus ever

    Greek Life

    not involved

    Clubs and Activities

    More clubs and activities then I can begin to list

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of person is excepted here

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Good diners near the school

    Bang for the buck

    More then worth the money I am spending at this school

    What to do for fun

    The beaches are everywhere

    Food and Dining

    decent food with decent prices

    Dorm Life

    Great community everyone is here to learn

    Academic Rigor

    Havent attended yet but should be decently rigorous. Declined the Honor program at this school due to the time you must spend abroad.

    Tips for prospective students

    An amazing school make sure you apply for many scholarships

    In three sentences

    Best college campus I have seen. Was my first choice college and got accepted for mechanical engineering and aero space minor

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of sports clubs, greek life, and other ways to get involved!! The student union is currently being rebuilt, with a bowling alley, arcade, and movie theater!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is absolutely disgusting.

    Dorm Life

    After the initial excitement wears off, the dorms get really lame as people settle into their social circles.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on your major, I did Applied Mathematics and didn't think it was too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Get involved in either Associated Students, Greek Life, or a Sports Club. 2) Work hard but don't stress too much, these are the years to enjoy! 3) Stick to your priorities and focus on your goals!

    In three sentences

    In the heart of San Diego, SDSU is a beautiful campus blessed with amazing weather and very attractive and intelligent students. With A.S., Greek Life, Sports Clubs, and study abroad programs, the social opportunities on campus are endless! San Diego State University provides students with the social and learning opportunities that guarantees their future success.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its not in a very nice neighborhood so there are a fair amount of people who get robbed so make sure you don't walk alone or wear headphones at night. However, there is a police station on campus so if you call them they will show up quickly.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of it. Too much honestly but thats just me.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons

    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    Bang for the buck

    Best bang for your buck for sure. A UC quality education at a CSU price.

    What to do for fun

    My favorite thing to do is to go to Ocean Beach, which is exactly west of SDSU, a ten minute drive on the freeway. I also suggest taking the trolley on campus to various places such as mission or fashion valley malls, downtown, and sea port village.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU has some pretty good food over all, although it can get old after awhile, especially you live in the dorms and your only option is to eat on campus. My favorite place to eat on campus is the Olive Oil Cafe, a vegetarian sandwich, soup, and salad place. Everything they make is amazing. I eat lunch there almost every day. Also, every Thursday there is a farmers market featuring various ethnic food vendors. My favorite, before going vegetarian, was the jerk chicken. Only down side is the farmers market does not accept meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorm buildings, including Zura, the building I was in, are not in very good condition. The elevators are exremely slow and break down sometimes. The bathrooms are not the nicest and the rooms are kind of drab. However, this is typical now with so many budget cuts. I would recommend living in the dorms freshman year, even if you live close enough to live at home like me. You really miss out on the college experience if you don't live on campus. Most people I know that don't live in the dorms have a much harder time making friends and having time to attend campus activities. After freshman year though you will want to move into a nearby apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    SDSU has great academics. The teachers push their students to work hard and learn new things they may never have been exposed to before. Despite its reputation as a party school, SDSU is not a school where you can slack off. Students truly do have to work hard and study hard every day. However, as long you do that there is no reason any student cannot get as A or B in most classes, although some, such as chemistry, are a lot harder than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. Some day you will most likely need letters of rec so make sure you get in good with the faculty. Also, definitely get involved on campus. Last semester I was part of the youth violence research lab, I took a hip hop dance class at the gym, and I mentored a fourth grader at a nearby school. There are also various other clubs and classes you can join. These activities are an essential part of the college experience and look good for your CV, especially if it is volunteering or related to your career. Finally make sure you take some kind of class that explains careers, graduate school, etc. related to your major and take advantage of free services such as heath, psychological, and career services.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is awesome and I am really glad I decided to come here. The academics, extracurriculars, and social aspects are all really great and there is no better place than San Diego. It is truly the best bang for your buck.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I am impressed by the level of academic achievement from this CSU school. It offers students very much in regards to learning. In addition, there are many opportunities to grow as a citizen through the many organizations and clubs on campus.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The San Diego State University campus is beautiful with a lot of adobe buildings and a mission vibe mixed into them. They host concerts, and have a place for it with cheap tickets. They also have a good engineering program

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    San Diego State has there own police station on campus. It is a very secure place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The homecoming football game is huge as well as welcome week where they always have fun activities like dances, and carnivals where you can meet a lot of new people and they also have Green fest every year which is like welcome week but it ends with a concert, last year Macklemore preformed.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in San Diego and the trolley makes it easy to get around town. There's downtown were there is always something to do, there are several malls one of them a 5 story mall, you can go the several beaches,to old town, and little Italy.

    Food and Dining

    The food courts on campus have a variety of delicious food. It also has a buffet style restaurant and many other restaurants spread out around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived at the University Towers on campus and it was an amazing and very fun experience that I recommend everyone who can to take. It was a great way to slowly get use to living alone and meet so many new people in the process. It's also a great way to stay updated and aware of all the activities on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a competitive school and difficult to get in but it is worth the hard work. It does require time and effort in studying and work as much as any other school but they do have many assist programs to help one succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Amazing school in a beautiful city, that is filled with so many fun things to do.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is an amazing college that has taught me a lot. It has a beautiful campus and a great faculty. One of the best choices i have made was applying and becoming an Aztec for life!

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I have not tried the food in SDSU. I hope that it will be good.

    Dorm Life

    I visited the dorms and they look pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic always come first in every university. Teachers look for success in every student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid of meeting new people. Enjoy what you have because college will be one of the best times of your life depending on how you make it. Focus on the books first before having fun.

    In three sentences

    I would say that SDSU has some really unique architecture. SDSU is one of the nation's top research universities. SDSU is one of the best cal states in California.

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Looks safe

    Clubs and Activities

    Great aquatics facility

    Bang for the buck

    Can't wait to go - playing sports there too

    Food and Dining

    ate there during visit - its college food

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are small

    Tips for prospective students

    Be well rounded - GPA alone won't do it

    In three sentences

    Tough to get into. Awesome campus. Looks like a great place to spend 4 years.

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had a problem and we have booths to call for someone to walk you to your destination--usually a big, tough looking guy to make sure no one messes with you!

    What to do for fun

    There's concerts right in the Viejas Arena there, as well as football games, the usual parties, or you can head down to the beach!

    Food and Dining

    The convenience store is such a great place to get some cheap snacks and the food courts give you so many food options!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms but from everyone I've heard they love it!

    Academic Rigor

    It's no Ivy League, but I had a 4.7 weighted GPA in high school and a 2000 on the SAT and I've found most of my classes to be super interesting and hard enough to provide a challenge without being overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't buy your books from the bookstore, it's super expensive, and there are other alternatives like SDtexty or other websites that let you sell your books student to student.

    In three sentences

    SDSU can definitely be considered a party school; professors will make jokes about it come Thursday night, but despite that the classes are still great, the location is great, and plenty of the teachers are great! There's always a chance of getting a boring teacher like at any school, but the good teachers are completely worth it. Not to mention, the weather is great year-round, and you're fifteen minutes from the beach!

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Bang for the Buck is exactly my reasoning for choosing SDSU over other schools. It is a lot more affordable than UCSD.

    What to do for fun

    It's San Diego! There's plenty to do!

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for dining on campus. There are affordable options as well.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but Freshmen are required to and they get free access to the recreation center. Plus, there are many on campus events and clubs to join.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that my classes (within my major) will prepare me for my future career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register as early as possible for your classes. Meet with an advisor (at any school) often to make sure you are on track with classes.

    In three sentences

    The technology available is fantastic. The campus is large. Parking is way better than my last school.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    So far so good.

    Greek Life

    Join it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life is fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Focused and fun students will excel.

    Bang for the buck

    Cool campus and classes but its too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Play on a Sports team or join Greek Life

    Food and Dining

    Although expensive there are many options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are where you meet all of your best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Needs to offer more class options.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all paperwork done as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is an opportunity for everyone to reach their full potential providing they are willing to work hard despite all of the challenges. The current academic standards are shifting and the students often receive all of the negative results and have to pay more money. But despite all the problems the school is heading in a good direction if it keeps the focus on helping the students as a whole.

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations to get involved with at SDSU. The student body is so involved in many activities just walking around campus is a blast!

    Food and Dining

    Their is new food shops that were added and are being added which gives more of a healthy option to eat. For the most part, SDSU has a great food selection for anytime of the day.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm was the best choice I made for my first year of college. I met so many new friends that I still have to this day and will have for the rest of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    You will find difficulty in many classes you take at SDSU. Many classes (especially GEs) have over 200 students in them for one lecture. If you consistently attend the teachers office hours you will get the one-on-on help if you need it that you wouldn't be able to get in class. Study your notes before every class and always make sure to read the book (of course if a teacher has one)!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a subject you enjoy and are passionate about. The key word is STUDY. If you think you can get by with out giving 100% you are setting yourself up for a tough time. Just keep focused but have fun at the same time! College will be the best years of your life.

    In three sentences

    My experience at SDSU has been outstanding for the past 2 years I have attended. I have had a few professors that I would probably never take a class with again, but for the most part, all the teachers I have had are passionate about what they teach. The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere with student involvement is lovely.

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are cops that are posted throughout school grounds, there is a police station on campus, and with the exception of the occasional police report here and there, nothing criminally happens at SDSU. What more can you ask for?

    Greek Life

    Joining greek is a great way to find your niche, to find your rightful place here at SDSU. You will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to have countless brothers and sisters you never had by joining a fraternity or sorority. Your social network will bloom exponentially as you get to know many others in the greek system. Here is where you will solidify unique bonds with others that you will be close to. Here is where you will make close friends that will last a lifetime. Greek is where you can let loose, enjoy that social lifestyle, and graduate SDSU in style and class.

    Clubs and Activities

    The number of clubs on campus are staggeringly high. There's a club for everyone and they welcome all students. Joining one of these school organizations is something you will not forget or regret.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is ideal for those who wish to better themselves and make life-changing decisions that will benefit them in the future. SDSU is perfect for those who want to grow inside and out. SDSU is the right college for those who wish to obtain a worthy and prestigious education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Among all the crazy traditions here at SDSU, one in particular has gained notoriety. The Undie Run is a school sponsored tradition. It involves SDSU students donating their clothes and running around campus in their underwear. Now of course it would not be a school sponsored event if it was not going towards a good cause. The piles and piles of stripped clothing gets donated to local charities. Its a win-win for everyone involved. Students get to see what their fellow peers are made of and clothing is given to the homeless and to people who need them the most.

    Bang for the buck

    There is no doubt that higher education is expensive. You will go zero in that bank account and your wallet will feel empty numerous times throughout your stay at SDSU. But one should not put a price tag on something so priceless. You should not miss out on something just because someone slapped a ridiculously high price tag on it. Being an Aztec at SDSU is a golden and priceless opportunity. One should not shy away from this opportunity because of that high dollar amount. Get loans, scholarships, and a job or two and enjoy the long-term benefits of being a college student.

    What to do for fun

    It's college! The possibility and options for fun and mayhem are endless. Welcome Week alone provides current students with an avenue to have fun and enjoy their time here at SDSU. Sure, there are no playgrounds or jungle gyms in sight, but you're a college student now. You want to enjoy what college has to offer. Join the many school clubs and organizations that enjoy the same passions and aspirations as you do. Join greek and let loose in a lifestyle that will change you socially for the better. Given the fact that SDSU is in pretty close proximity to San Diego beaches, make friends and soak up the rays on the beach. The possibilities for fun here at SDSU are countless.

    Food and Dining

    It is campus cuisine so if you are looking for a five star restaurant, you better look elsewhere. Especially as a freshman who dorms for an entire year, you are going to get too used to the food on campus that you will definitely miss real home cooking. Regardless, the food possibilities are vast on campus to the point where you should not go hungry. It may be overpriced but it is campus food. Once again, what do you expect? As long as it keeps you content enough to survive the entire day without your stomach eating itself, the food and dining here at SDSU has done its job.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm when I was a freshman all those semesters ago. Living in a dormitory is the first time, for most people, to finally separate themselves from parental dependence. It is a true landmark for adulthood, especially for those straight out of high school. Is it a life-changing experience that will challenge your capabilities of living independent for a year? It is undoubtedly so. Is it worth the extremely high cost? In my honest opinion, it is not. But I have come to the realization that I am one of the few who did not completely enjoy the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics here is fully stressed, promoted, and drilled. There is no easy A but as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort to retain information and knowledge, you will do perfectly fine as you pursue that Bachelor's degree. Not every professor at SDSU is perfect, but they are here as mentors and they will go out of their way to see you succeed and achieve you true potential. This is college. What do expect?

    Tips for prospective students

    To all those incoming freshman out there, prepare for a life-changing experience. Life here at SDSU is nothing like the ordinary, everyday lifestyle of high school. Prepare to be bombarded with knowledge and facts from well-trained, fully knowledgeable professors. Be fully aware that you will have to put in a good amount of work as you spend the next 4 years or more of your life here at this university. Get ready to make memories that you will want to remember, and some you will want to forget. Be aware that during this process, you will make a name for yourself and a good amount of friends, some of which you will stick with for the rest of your life. Most importantly, be open-minded and be ready to leave the comforts of your comfort zone. In order to grow here, you must be willing to change for the better.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for a university that will transform you into the intellectual, social butterfly you were always destined to be, San Diego State University is the college for you. There is no other institution currently out there that will provide you with the tools you will need to face the real world and its challenges. SDSU is the true definition of Work Hard, Play Harder.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Theres all sorts of places to hang out or clubs to be affiliated with you just have to have the drive for them. no matter the type of person you are theres something for you to do there and youll be very happy with it.

    Food and Dining

    Very good food but i would say save your money up because youll need it.

    Academic Rigor

    Be on top of your studies because they WILL NOT WAIT for you. If you need help there is always a way to get a tutor there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have everything ready upon registering and make sure all of your aid, scholarships and loans are ready off the bat.

    In three sentences

    It has good teachers and the website is easy to work with. Everything is found on one page and easy to navigate. The actual offices are hard to get people in.

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Study!

    Food and Dining

    I want Taco Bell back. Everything else is great.

    Dorm Life

    I hear it is distracting to live with people who want to party most of their college lives.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic level depends on what major you are, but I can say this is definitely not high school anymore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always carry money in your SDSU ID card! You never know when you might need to print out an essay last minute.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State has excellent professors who focus on teaching you the material you need not only to graduate, but to use that information in your future career. Students here are offered a variety of programs to enter and the chance to work directly with researchers. Attend SDSU, you will become a smart Aztec for life.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Escorts for the ladies late at night. No drugs or alcohol 'allowed' in the dorms.

    Greek Life

    about 10% of the students are in Greek organizations. Not needed to have fun

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything. Lots of intramural sports

    Great for these types of students

    Well rounded types to the unusual. It's a very diverse campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of great looking people on campus. Must be the weather

    Bang for the buck

    They give freshmen priority registration for classes!

    What to do for fun

    Trolly to Old Town, the beach or the Gaslamp district. There were a lot of events the first week of school to get us Freshmen integrated, and they were a lot of fun. Free admission to D1 football and basketball. Must. Focus. On. School!

    Food and Dining

    A lot of choices. Watch out for the Freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    Fun. There is something for everybody. Quiet hours are enforced...

    Academic Rigor

    It's tougher than you think it will be. I slacked off my Senior year of High School so it was challenging to get back into studying. You will need to hit the ground running!

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to visit the campus, and you will fall in love with it. You will need to choose your major when you apply, but your major can be changed after you are admitted. Competition to get in is tougher every year, so make sure that you have strong extracurricular activities.

    In three sentences

    While SDSU may have a reputation as a party school (not anymore), academically it is still challenging and they admitted less than 15% of applicants this fall. The weather and the women are beautiful, and I wish you were here. Dorm life is fun, and there is a great support staff.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It wont be hard to find something to do, they have carnivals, football games, parties, etc. And they all sound fun!

    Food and Dining

    Even if you dont like the food on campus youre only a drive away from other restaurants, drive thrus, etc.

    Dorm Life

    They have a honors program for those more dedicated to school, and if you're in it, you dorm with others in the honors program. That atmosphere is helpful and friendly to studying.

    Academic Rigor

    Specific to their nursing. I'm not sure about the rest of the school... but the nursing program is very prestigious!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get overwhelmed by all the partying!

    In three sentences

    SDSU always has great school spirit. Everyone seems like they're having a blast all the time whether they are at a game or just hanging out! 8 out of 10!

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are an abundant amount of cubs and organizations for anyone and of different interests. The school hosts big events such as Aztec Nights to get you acquainted with other students and to understand the school more. The Aztec Recreation Center holds different physical classes and activities.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food and restaurants on and around campus. Just be careful to not overeat and try to stay active so that you don't gain the freshman or yearly 15 pounds.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter so I don't know much about dorm life at SDSU.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are definitely high here. Though it may be a CSU/State school, doesn't mean it is easy. Many of the classes do challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Don't let parties distract you from your studies. 2) Join as many clubs as you can handle. 3) Always talk to your professors; visit office hours especially if you need help. 4) Don't be afraid to ask for help. 5) Watch your food intake; there are many good restaurants on site.

    In three sentences

    I would give San Diego State University a 7 out of 10. Safety is definitely a big issue in this college area. However, the professors, students, and other staff are very welcoming and work well with you to achieve your goals.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There's a great dining hall that has fresh foods every day, with a changing menu. The commons also have restaurant chains, so it's hard to get tired of eating on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are a great place to make connections that will last outside of college. It's also a great way to get acclimated to the campus and campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are fantastic. Although not every professor may be a great fit, that's the case at every college. All of the professors I've had so far do their best to make sure you have a good understanding of the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep your grades up and be involved in extracurricular activities. It not only helps in the transition, but it can make you eligible for the Honors Program, which is fantastic.

    In three sentences

    I love this school, it has great academics. The clubs are easily accessible and fun to get involved in. The people are friendly.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is a prominent part of San Diego State University. There are several sororities and fraternities that are very active on campus. Each chapter has something going on every weekend, and being a part of this system is a huge part of going to school here.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to be extremely social and are interested in participating in greek life.

    Food and Dining

    There are many food choices at San Diego State University. There is something for everyone, and the dining facilities are very well-kept and clean. The only issue with the dining is that a lot of the restaurants are closed on weekends which can make things very difficult.

    Dorm Life

    University Towers seems to be the best dorm building out of all of them at San Diego State. Most rooms are well- kept and decent in size at all of the dorm buildings on campus. I have been impressed with every dorm location.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my classes have been hard, but maintainable. The professors are easy to work with and always willing to help students if they need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning to attend San Diego State University, make sure you have visited the campus and realize how many students are here. Find out what really interests you towards the beginning of school, because organizations like greek life and sports tryouts happen at the very start of the semester.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a huge school with lots of spirit. It is not the school for me, but is very large and has a lot going on if that is what a student is interested in. All the professors I have had are very helpful and easy to work with.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Aztec nights the first few weeks of school are really fun.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the A.R.C (gym). Explore San Diego, beach weather everyday.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. Usually long lines move pretty fast so your food will definitely wont get cold. You also have a lot of choices around campus so you wont get stuck eating the same food-unless that's your thing.

    Dorm Life

    I commute so I don't really know. The parties are something.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are a joke others you definitely have to study your butt off especially in the science area but if you are struggling there are always people willing to help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved- break out of your shell. Participate in class have your voice heard. Get in shape San Diego State has summer weather all year long!

    In three sentences

    The location is amazing, their is something always going on- you cannot get bored. The professors are genuinely trying to help and going to their office hours makes them really happy because sometimes they are their all alone and they might just curve the exam in a way that benefits you. Meeting new people is so easy even if you are a commuter being part of the Aztec community is only a 'hey' away!

  • 11/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is awful.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is okay. My building always runs out of hot water and the AC usually goes out, but I really love the people that you meet here in the dorms.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a really great school to come to, especially if you're looking for a change in scenery and lots of diversity. The school is very big, and it is not in the best area so the crime rate isn't so hot, but all you have to do is atch yourself and not go out too late. Overall, the school is a good choice.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I usually take lunch with me, but there are lots of cafes and fast food restaurants around, so nobody will stay hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in dorms, but as far as I heard dormitories are nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't try to cheat, neglect the studies, or think you'll be fine just because you have a beautiful smile.

    In three sentences

    It's a great university, with excellent facilities and beautiful campus. The professors are highly professional, have rich experience, are always ready to help and to answer questions (not only during office hours).

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Dangerous campus to walk around at night but there is a campus escort service that is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to use

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of things to get involved with

    Great for these types of students

    Fun-loving and interested in academics

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The koi pond by west commons is adorable and a fun place to study and relax

    Bang for the buck

    Cheapest school around and great education

    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym, aquaplex, join clubs, tour San Diego.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and look up your professors on ratemyprofessors before selecting a class.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is the perfect balance of fun and academics. The professors are passionate about their subjects and teach to make students enjoy learning. The school is located in an amazing city with fun activities to do all year round with perfect weather.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Aztec Recreation Center is great to go to during free time to use the pool, the gym, etc. Also, there are many organizations that one can join in order to keep themselves busy. I also find the bookstore a fun place to go to because there are so many things to look at and buy. Additionally, one can simply go to the library, sit on a bench outside, grab a book and read.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is very clean and has plenty of space for everybody. There is also a market if the students are not looking to get food from the food court. The market's food is also great and there are so many options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I am not living in dorms, but I have various friends living in the dorms. From what I have heard of them, the state of the dorms is great. The space is small but perfect for two to three people in each room. The bathrooms are clean and spacious for the students living there. Overall, I have seen that the dorm life is great.

    Academic Rigor

    Students have to work hard in order to earn a good grade. Sometimes teachers are hard graders or their tests are more difficult than others' but in that way students become more adaptable. Furthermore, it is important to maintain good grades in all classes because in the end, it all counts towards the student's GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very important to not leave scholarships in the forgotten - get scholarships for tuition and studying abroad! Never stay still when you can't figure something out, there are many places and people to go to who are ready to help. If you are undecided in your major, it's okay, because you have time and many students end up changing their majors anyway.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is diverse and full opportunities for everybody. Every student is able to find the help they need on campus in order to accomplish their goals - whether it is to find out what their major is, get information for studying abroad, getting research opportunities, and more. SDSU is a great school that encourages students to succeed in what they want and prepare them to go beyond getting their degree.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I can go to the beach of course, there is the gaslamp, downtown, Tijuana is only 15 minutes away. SDSU is know to be a party school and its quite true.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, just don't go to the same place frequently, change it up a bit there are many resturants around that you might want to try.

    Dorm Life

    I didnt stay at the dorms i rented an apartment off campus (only because i am a San Diego native am i allowed to do this). From what i saw dorm life was great people got to mingle all the time and the dorms are cozy.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not too hard, granted i have only taken mostly GE's but the teachers are there for you with the exception of a few. Go to office hours if you have any questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students, don't get caught up in the party scene too much, you came here to have fun but your number one priority must be school, otherwise you just might not be here to enjoy all of the fun.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State has a great atmosphere for students, there is so much to do around the campus at a very close distance. I love the wether here and so far my experience has been great. I have meet incredible people that i will have in my life forever/

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is well prepared on campus and everywhere you look there is a blue emergency light. However, this doesn't stop things from happening, especially robberies which happen very, very often. The areas surrounding SDSU also aren't very safe and sirens are a nightly thing.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty prevalent at SDSU. There's Rush week and lots of parties among both the frats and sororities. I'm not part of it, but I've heard that it can be pretty exclusive including some that exclude people based on looks which seems a little unfair. Might just be rumors, but either way, It's big on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Party people. Work hard, Play hard people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only one I know of is Welcome Week where they have a bunch of activities and concerts and things. Pretty cool stuff, but half of the students chose to go to the parties instead of the school run events. And even though that happened, some were still so crowded you couldn't get in.

    What to do for fun

    Not a ton that's free. So not much for a college students in other words. There's lots of things that aren't free: going to the malls, going to the Gaslamp in downtown, going to the numerous concerts of big name artists on campus. For free, you can go to parties or you can go to the beach. SD is a big beach town.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad, I especially like the cuic dining hall which has good food. The one negative is that healthy food is more expensive at the market which is unfortunate. So it kind of forces you to eat unhealthy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fine but there is a lot of smoking weed. I got put into Cuic which i think is one of the best residence halls. it's a suite with 6 singles and 1 triple (at least my suite was) and it's been a lot of fun. Researching SDSU before i came i heard that Cuic kids are more antisocial and secluded and i didn't understand why, but now i do. My suitemates and I are all close and some of us don't really have friends outside of the suite. That's not to say that you can't be though. There are three who are in sororities and go out every night and one that is very social and has a group of friends outside as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Not very hard. I've only finished my first semester though and I was also mostly in liberal arts classes so maybe that can't be completely trusted but I have been coasting by with little to no work and the only real effort I put in was for midterms. Super easy other than that.

    In three sentences

    I haven't really liked it here because i'm not a partier. If you are someone who focuses on work more or want to do more low-key stuff for fun then SDSU probably isn't the school for you. It's a big school, fairly impersonal, but lots of opportunities for partying.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The four start is towards UTK, the dinning hall connected to unicersity towers. It's new this year and the food is really good. I personally do not like cuic, the other dinning hall because 1) it's such a far walk for me and 2)the food isn't as good as UTK. of course the dorm food gets tiring after a while, but that is for any freshman living on campus at any school.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman, we embrace our freedom a lot and the dorm life was the heart of that. You make so many new friends. When it comes to your roommate, just have good communication and you'll be fine. I live in University Towers and got really lucky with this place since I live in a suite--so i share a bathroom with three other girls, instead of an entire hall. the floors are co-ed, which is nice.

    Academic Rigor

    All I took were GE classes this semester. Some of them didn't feel like they were GEs because of the time commitment I had to put in.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    i do not live in a dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for future students is, make friends fast or it would be to boring to not have anyone to study with, get to know your teacher and campus.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a great school, but its does not have a very friendly environment it does not feel like a community at all. The university is not very helpful with students that do not live on campus. The teachers are great scholar but because of the big classes they do not take time to teach the lessons in an easier way.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun. San Diego State provides free tickets to any home game, but get in line quick because they sell fast! State also provides the Aztecs with discounted ticket prices for concerts and events at the Open Air Theatre and the Veijas Arena. I was able to go to a OneRepublic concert on campus for only 30 bucks! Different clubs will also hold events throughout the year, but you have to keep an eye out for their posters. The event I like to go to every semester is the A Capella show to support our very own Vocal Vixens. Never miss an opportunity to try something new here at State.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU's food services are normal. Food is food. There are two food courts that should be able to satisfy most hunger needs and four markets for those who want to grab a quick bite. However there is one thing that I enjoy the most, the Farmer's Market. Every Thursday, food stands are set up and the college square becomes filled with wondrous scents from different cultured food. From Mexican, to Thai, to Brazil, and the veggie lovers, there is something for everyone. And let's not forget about coffee. What college can be without coffee stands. Something new that was added to SDSU was a new coffee shop built in the library.

    Dorm Life

    The Resident Halls at SDSU are driven to help the residents connect and become involved. The Learning and Living Communities are the most involved resident halls. There are many different halls/floors for the different needs and intentions of the students here at State. Living in the dorms is one experience that each Aztec should live.

    Academic Rigor

    San Diego State may not seem comparable to a private school, but do not underestimate all of the courses provided. Not every course is designed to break you, however there are some courses that are designed to push you. Figure out which courses those are and attack them. Fight for your grade every chance you get, but you do not have to fight alone. At SDSU, they provide free tutors for certain subjects and the professors ARE there for you. Do not miss-out on a free chance to learn about your curriculum and better your chance on getting that better grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to SDSU, get to know every part of it. Do not wait until your last year to discover something different about State. Start your experience during your first year and make friends. By starting off right, you can become involved in so many things.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is a diverse school, holding many opportunities for each and every student. It is a student-driven college and student-driven community with so many ways to become involved that each student should feel like an Aztec. San Diego State has not received enough credit for what it is worth.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue light campus. There are always cops on campus.

    Greek Life

    The most fun you will have at college. The administration isn't too happy about the frats, especially hazing, but its definitely something to look into.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything. Also, there are many different sports available at various levels (Inter-mural, IFC, club, NCAA). The Arc is also open and always has basketball and volleyball/indoor soccer.

    What to do for fun

    Social life at State is largely dependent on you. The fraternities and sororities are big on campus and there is almost always something to do. Independent parties are fun when a group of friends are together.

    Food and Dining

    Cuic is the stereotypical dinning hall with many different options buffet style. It gets old after a while but it gets the job done. UTK (University Towers Kitchen) makes great food to order. It's a little far from the main cluster of dorms but it is better food for sure.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't that bad. You get used to the communal bathrooms and living with a roommate. You can make really good friends in the dorms. As long as you follow the rules and don't give the RAs reason to write you up, the dorms can be fun too.

    Academic Rigor

    School is what you make it. There are easy classes and there are hard classes but if you can organize yourself and leave enough time to study you should be fine. It also doesn't hurt to find someone in your classes and work together.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the most of your time. It is possible to divide your time between school work, social activities and well-needed sleep. The professors and TAs are there to help - GO TO OFFICE HOURS!

    In three sentences

    San Diego State opens the door to many opportunities for students and for their futures. Your journey through State is largely defined by what you want to do and how you want to do it. SDSU can be the most fun time of your life is you take advantage of the opportunities available to you.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of parties, I mean it is San Diego State after all, Fraternities & Sororities play a big roll on campus, plenty of concert acts come to San Diego, once you're of age Downtown San Diego pretty much becomes heaven.

    Food and Dining

    once again better than high school food, but after a while it gets redundant and you want a home cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    I got stuck in the oldest dorm on campus so you know how that goes. It is a little bit dirty and the R.A.s can be a bit overbearing, but I love the environment and all the people I've met in the process.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot harder than high school but once you get adjusted to it everything is ok. Don't overdue it by taking more units than needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up, don't listen to anyone who tells you you can't do it and apply for plenty of scholarships and financial aid.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State has in short opened my eyes to the real world. I certainly did not think I would be living on my own over two hours away from my parents. However, I love it here and I'm glad I made the choice to attend here.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    HUGE at State.

    Great for these types of students

    There is huge emphasis on Greek life, so if that is something you are interested in, then this is the place for you. Also, if you love to be around different types of people, then come here, and you will be surrounded by tons of unique people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Trujuillos is a must. The best mexican food and they are open almost all night. Its hopping at night especially as the parties start to wind down (its awesome drunk food). Everyone at state knows about it.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you put in here. If you are eager to find your place and have a good time, then it is easy to do!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun! If you are into the party scene, the State is definitely a good option for you. There are good options Wednesday through Saturday. For those of you who aren't really into that scene, there are still tons of options. You can take the trolley downtown, go shopping and eat amazing food. Besides downtown there are other parts of the city to explore, you can make a day out of it. State is a short drive away from the beach if you are a fish at heart.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall near the residence halls is pretty good. There is usually a good variety of food to choose from. There is also the West and East commons which offer a variety of restaurants and chains that are on the meal plan. There are also some places extremely close to campus to choose from but they aren't on the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the best place to live as a freshman, and are where you will meet a majority of your friends. Some residence halls are better than others, but none of them are horrible. If you are lucky, you will get placed in Cuicacalli Suites which are the nicest dorm rooms. Chappy is the most social. And the others aren't bad. All of the dorms are located in the same area except for Chappy.

    Academic Rigor

    It ultimately depends on the class load that you create for yourself, as well as your intended major. Overall, the work load isn't too difficult as long as you don't procrastinate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that it is a huge school, and you can feel a little lost when you first show up. But, there are tons of amazing people for you to meet, and if you just give them the chance you'll love it here. There is a huge emphasis on Greek life, so if that is something you are interested in then go for it! However, if it isn't for you, then thats okay! There are tons of people who aren't involved in the Greek system!

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a huge, diverse campus. There is a place for everyone. Everyone on campus seems to be enjoying life.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SDSU has escort options and safety stations throughout the entire campus. As well as up-to- date crime alerts, informing students of crime, victim, time, location, and suspect description.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is extremely prominent on campus, for those who anticipate joining a sorority or fraternity, there are plenty of options. The frats, however, have problems with drinking and occasionally one will find itself on probation. Hazing is, also, an unspoken problem.

    Clubs and Activities

    A huge variety of clubs, from sports, to social, to interests, to academic.

    Great for these types of students

    A student with a strong sense of self, and a concentrated drive will thrive in this school. Many come to SDSU without proper direction, in hope for a crazy social scene. These students do not do well, and often drop out after the first few semesters.

    Bang for the buck

    The CSU system prides itself on a public education accessible to the masses. While yes, the schooling is cheaper than a private university, prices are increasing rapidly for the same quality of education.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs, organizations, research opportunities for one to take advantage of. As well as great events at the beginning of each semester to familiarize each other with their peers, in which they may not otherwise become acquainted.

    Food and Dining

    SDSU students are offered a rather wide array of eating options, everything from the dining hall to a variety of fast food restaurants. Could they stand to have healthier options? Yeah, but for a school campus it's rather satisfactory. No one can duplicate Mom's cooking.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a suite with 8 other girls, definitely a new experience. This is not a good idea. None of these girls have anything in common, some are wild and rambunctious, and others are responsible and academically driven. These personalities do not mesh and cause an odd living situation. The dorms have policies, but they are not enforced, so unfortunately, drugs, alcohol, and noise tends to be a rather prominent problem. The only positive remark I can add is with all the drama, live is never boring.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic opportunities are amazing, though I am entering only my second semester and still only attend GE, the classes I thoroughly enjoy. There is a good balance of challenging, thought-provoking material, without the classes seeming intimidating and discouraging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to San Diego State with a strong appetite for education, a strong sense of moral identity, and stay true to yourself.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State has amazing academics that both challenge and stimulate the brightest of students. The social scene and living environments, on the other hand, are definitely less than to be desired.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    One word: Unbelievable!

    What to do for fun

    Surf, Hike, Work-out, Party, Eat you name San Diego State has it!

    Food and Dining

    SO MANY CHOICES! From Panda Express to the dining halls this place will not leave your taste buds wanting more or leave your stomach growling.

    Dorm Life

    Not much to say about dorm life except you HAVE to experience it first hand!

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers for all majors with a hands on feel in every class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get excellent grades because admissions are getting tougher every year. The average high school GPA for the class of 2017 was a 3.8.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is a perfect university for students looking for a broad range of majors, social life, and college town feel. San Diego State is located in a great spot with the ocean right down the road and hiking trails close to campus. Overall, San Diego State is a great place to receive a world class education and have fun while doing it!

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus parking lots are dark at night but they have Campus Police ready to walk you to your car if you call.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back people who work hard but enjoy social atmospheres.

    Food and Dining

    They have lots of restaurants with great food, good prices too. The markets are convenient but do not have great selection.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but I have visited several times and people seem to get bored easily or tired of sharing space with other people. The suites are nice with a small kitchen/living room combination.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, but doable when you make time to study.

    In three sentences

    Very nice and accepting people. Teachers encourage meeting with their students one-on-one and care about your success. Interesting classes and subjects.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This is such a gorgeous campus!

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is extremely safe. We have our own police force that patrols all the time. If for any reason you do not feel safe, you can hit one of the hundreds of safety buttons located around the campus. Escort police services are available as well.

    Greek Life

    Greek culture is huge at this school. We are home to over 20 different sororities and fraternities. I recommend joining one if you want to get the full effect of SDSU.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are the best way to meet and befriend people in San Diego I highly suggest joining at least one that interests you.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do in San Diego. You can go on hikes in the hills, visit the beaches surrounding the school, bike rides, and there are a tons of places for nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    The school just opened up a state of the art building that cost over $150 million. Inside it includes: chipotle, Oggi's Pizza, The Habit, and much more. The surrounding area has everything you can imagine!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is extremely fun. They are strict about alcohol so don't get caught. I recommend being a dorm your first year to truly meet great lifetime friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging or not so challenging depending on your major. If you are choosing to do business, be prepared for group assignments. But, see the academics in this way; if they weren't pushing you to do your best then you won't in real life.

    Tips for prospective students

    My only advice is this: Break out of your comfort zone and try new things. Belong in clubs, see everything San Diego has to offer, and as they say at orientation, Network.

    In three sentences

    There are people who seek a college experience that goes beyond what a high school can offer. San Diego State University allows committed students a chance to have the time of their lives while getting an meaningful degree. If you know what's good for you and want to break out of your comfort zone, then SDSU is for you.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe. Police are on call 24/7 and throughout campus there are telephone polls that are directly to campus police. If you don't want to walk late at night you're able to call an escort. Emails are also sent to each SDSU student if a crime has been committed.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for any type of student. You can go around campus and find groups where you feel like you belong. The campus is so diverse that it isn't made for one type of student.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. I think it depends on how use your time at school wether it's worth the amount of money. I think it's worth it if you're making connections that will help you in your future.

    What to do for fun

    There's always events on campus for students to participate. One of the main things at the start of each semester is Aztec Nights, where the school host fun filled events during the first two weeks back. You can also join intramural sports or clubs to have fun. There are always clubs promoting around campus for more members.In the Student you can bowl and play billards in Aztec Lanes, watch premiers of new films in the Aztec Theatre. SDSU isporting events are fun as well. And even if you don't want to be on campus SDSU is only 10-20minutes away frrom the mall, beach, and downtown San Diego.

    Food and Dining

    Around campus there are many places to eat. East and West Commons provide a multitude of eateries such as Rubio's, Panda Express, Starbucks, Subway, etc. There are two dining halls, usually where the freshmen eat, and they provide freshly cooked meals. There are also five markets where you can grab on the go items. All the places to eat are good, but you can get tired of it quick if you eat it constantly.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a great opportunity to make new friends if it's your first year on campus. It's easy to commute from the dorms from classes and it's located by great food eateries. It's not like being at home where you're monitored constantly (Yes there are RAs but they aren't too bad) The only down side about the dorms is you may not like your roommate (you van request to change) and sometimes the showers aren't hot.

    Academic Rigor

    SDSU is a very competitive school, so being able to attend means you have the brains but it's nothing like highschool. Depending on the professor classes can be very rigorous. Studying and going to office hours will help.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Put school work before partying. 2. Go to office hours. 3. Get involved. 4. Don't be afraid to ask someone for help. 5. Don't waste your meal plan money.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a great university with a ton of aspects that can benefit each student. I've enjoyed my time immensely being on this campus. The location is perfect.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety could be improved. There have been some robberies in the parking lots.

    What to do for fun

    The campus life is great! The Associated Students do a good job of providing different activities for students, anywhere from movie nights to midnight pancake study breaks. Plus, SDSU has a trolley stop right on campus, which is very convenient to get to the mall, downtown, and other San Diego attractions.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be improved and they are doing that with the new Student Union. I wish there were more student dinning halls.

    Dorm Life

    The school does a great job of selecting RA's that will do a good job. And, they make sure to get the students involved with activities.

    Academic Rigor

    It sure isn't a walk in the park, but that is a good thing! Students are challenged and I definitely feel prepared to enter the work force upon graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a campus tour! The tour guides are current students, so they know best when it is like to attend this university.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is a beautiful campus that has opportunities for people of all different backgrounds and interests. They also are well equipped with a faculty that allow the students to succeed. I really couldn't have chosen a better school.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Many of the students looked very active, so sports is a good option. San Diego is a great area and the beach is always a fun retreat.

    Food and Dining

    There seemed to be good options for dining.

    Dorm Life

    I don't go here yet so I don't know.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that if you are truly looking for academic rigor you should apply for the honors program.

    Tips for prospective students

    maintain a good GPA and get high test scores. You won't have any problem getting in then.

    In three sentences

    When I came to visit the campus seemed upbeat and a fun environment to be a part of. I did notice however that many groups were not very diverse. The student body seemed very active and friendly.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Because the campus is not private and closed, anyone can step on it. I have had to walk back to my dorm at 10 PM and have felt very nervous; however, you can call campus police and they will escort you right to your dorm. They're really nice and more than happy to walk you back. I did have my bike stolen the first month I came here, but only because I did not buy the proper lock. Always walk with a friend; never walk alone, ever. I have never heard of any major incidents, but just to be safe, always walk with a friend or in a group of people. Sometimes, people that walk alone ask to walk in your group just to be safe, and that's fine too! We're all in the same boat, and here to look out for each other.

    What to do for fun

    The dorms usually have several activities for you to do on any given day. Our new Student Union opened up, and they have several events during the week that any student can participate in! We have a bowling alley and movie theater on campus that are really inexpensive--I went bowling for a dollar the other day with my friends! I wanted to take an elective that I new I was going to be fun, so I decided to take surfing for credit! There are so many options when it comes to electives that are just fun and easy As. The gym has dancing classes that I've taken with friends. We have our laughs, but we exercise too!

    Food and Dining

    If I'm ever hungry or just want a snack, I can just walk downstairs to the market and kitchen and get whatever I need. The kitchen is huge and the market has so many different kinds of snacks and meals you can prepare yourself. Also, there is a small kitchen inside the dorm where you can cook and bake if you want to-- this all depends on what dorm you are placed in. There are so many food options on campus. East commons has a salad bar, Subway, Panda Express, Rubios, Daphnes, Starbucks, and Vinny's Pizza-- and that is only on one part of campus! In front of the ARC (university gym) there is a Shakesmart where you can order post workout shakes, acai bowls, or any other kind of shake. All of the places I mentioned take your meal plan, which is the best part! My favorite part of the food here is the farmer's market on Thursdays. Every Thursday, there are several tents on campus that have different kinds of food from different chained restaurants! I went to Kenya, Africa a few years ago, and whenever I want to remember the food, I go to the Kenyan tent and eat sambasas! The options are endless.

    Dorm Life

    I can honestly say I have met my life-long best friends in my dorm. Luckily, I share a bathroom and shower with three other girls. Whenever I feel like talking to them, I just walk through the bathroom and they're right there! Cleaning service comes along twice a month and they take care of cleaning your sink, bathroom, and floor! Every night, the study room opens up, and it is a private area where you can do your homework and use computers if you don't have one. It's really helpful! It is easy to become friends with people on your floor. Honestly, living in the dorms is one of the best parts about college. You have to really experience it to understand how fun it is. Then again, dorm life isn't for everyone--and that's okay too!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are tough, but if you ever feel confused, they are always willing to give you extra help during their office hours. I had a hard time with economics and thought I was not going to end up passing the semester; fortunately, the tutors on campus helped me, and I was able to do well in my class! There is always help, you just have to find it. For anyone taking GEs, there are several people within your dorm that might share a class with you, so study groups are really helpful. Professors sometimes post study guides and students make huge google doc study guides that the entire class can see, it makes studying a million times easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any student can feel comfortable here. I decided to come all the way from New Jersey for this university, and I have never felt happier in my life. San Diego State University has so many different programs, clubs, and sports for students to get involved in. There is a trolly on campus that takes you to various parts of San Diego, so you can always take a trip around the city without needing a car! I am so glad I made this change, will you make it too?

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is the most welcoming campus I have ever stepped on. The students are friendly, the staff is so helpful, and everyone is willing to help you if you need it. Not to mention the sports teams; our competitive attitude and spirited student body is what makes this university the best!

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Draw.

    Food and Dining

    Too expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    It's acceptable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procratinate

    In three sentences

    It's a good school with a lot of GE options.

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    San Diego State University is located near the Pacific Ocean meaning that during your time off studying you can go to the beach. The university offers credit water sport classes that take place in the beaches. For the students that enjoy other activities their is everything in San Diego except snow.

    Food and Dining

    The food at San Diego State is amazing. For the students that live on campus they are treated with the best food prepared by Chefs the minute they request it, with the ingredients they desire, from the option they have available. The menu changes every day. If the students do not have the time to cook, fast food restaurants are available throughout campus.

    Dorm Life

    It varies on the individual but it can be a fun experience; you meet people from many countries and cities. The dorm life is extremely fun and can be the place where you meet your friends. Dorms are a place where collaboration is required from every individual to keep it a tranquil environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Based on my opinion. I have a science major and the classes that are required for my major are definitely challenging. Tutoring is needed to pass these classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students it is highly recommended for them to become involve in campus and to seek the help when they're struggling in a course. College is extremely fun but it's more fun when they're doing well in school. There are many courses that they can choose from that are extremely interesting.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is a very diverse campus with many skilled professors. Many programs exist for students to become involve with the university. Academically standing this university is challenging but they offer assistance for any student who finds the material difficult.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of campus police around, and you can always call one to escort you somewhere if you feel you need it.

    Greek Life

    I don't know, unfortunately.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are millions of them.

    Great for these types of students

    SDSU is great for students that love excellent weather, a laid back student atmosphere, and the beach.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bell tower that will ring out popular songs.

    Bang for the buck

    It's San Diego; what else could one ask for?

    What to do for fun

    The trolley station is right on campus and you can take it anywhere. Otherwise there is the gym, the Aquaplex, or the millions of books in the library.

    Food and Dining

    Don't really know.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough, but it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead, and stay on top of everything. Don't let things surprise you with regard to your courses.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful! The professors are very knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is around campus is wonderful. It's worth attending.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Hard to get some classes.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun. Aztec nights are offered very often which are free movies, or dances or other fun things. You can go to football or basketball games, go downtown, or of course, go to the many beaches.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and take advantage of everything the school offers.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with a lot of opportunities to meet knew people and have fun experiences. Classes can be hard to get into if you are in your sophomore year. They want their students to enjoy their college experience.

  • 02/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ummm lots of theft. Cell phone theft, Bike theft... basketball ticket theft. Nobody is ever like injured or anything, just people being casual hoodlums. We have the blue light system on campus so if you're ever being attacked or something find one and a cop will save you or something. I've honestly never heard of anyone having to use them but I guess it's cool that they're there.

    Greek Life

    if you aren't in the greek life here then you are missing out on approximately 80% of the experience so start saving your money now because this is expensive and mom and dad will more than likely not be down to pay for you to party (They just don't understand)

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't really know very much about this. sorry! But I do know that Associated Students is a great way to get involved on campus and it looks super great on resumes! (Basically our ASB)

    Great for these types of students

    People that love to have fun! Outgoing people that want to make friends. It is a very social campus and if you don't get along well with others I would imagine that you would have a miserable time here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a statue of a guy with a cane (I honestly don't know who it is, no disrespect) and during finals week people go rub his foot for good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    They charge way too much for student housing and the meal plan but it's only one year so suck it up.

    What to do for fun

    Beach. Party. Skate. Surf. Trolley Rides. Old Town. Beach. People Watch. Downtown. Fashion Valley. Beach. Basketball Games. Concerts. ARC (our gym). Hang by the pool. Talk to attractive humans.

    Food and Dining

    There is no real way to eat healthy unless you are a rabbit. Sort of disappointed in the food. It sounds so exciting and fantastic, until you get here, that is.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are honestly disgusting. I live in the zoo (Zura) and the hygiene is far from up to par. Why a whopping FIVE star rating you might ask? Because the people that I live with have made my college experience worth it. We cry together, laugh together, fail together, and get documented together. It's like the family that college gives you for your freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't underestimate college's ability to make smart kids feel like stupid adults.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't forget why you're going to college, TO LEARN. Although SDSU is full of plenty welcomed distractions, keep your eye on the prize.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a stunningly beautiful campus with the most beautiful people in California enrolled. Our basketball spirit section will literally blow your mind. Being a part of the greek system is an experience that you can't pass up.

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't end up in the wrong parts at night or else you could have your backpack or cell stolen.

    Greek Life

    Only fellow Greeks are allowed in aka not me.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join the row team, surf team, wake board club, or ski club.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone would enjoy it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rush a Fraternity and see how it is to do push ups in the mud while eating a raw onion.

    Bang for the buck

    The little mexican food restaurants near campus are popular hang outs.

    What to do for fun

    You could surf, go to house parties, bowl, skate in the parks in the near by area.

    Food and Dining

    The food is just average.

    Dorm Life

    It is not what I wanted.

    Academic Rigor

    The school work can get tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not expect Disneyland, expect to have to work at it and for money to be tight.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus, with a beautiful climate. The college beach towns are tons of fun. I have learned great things from great teachers.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bike was stolen first semester of school.

    Greek Life

    Definite must if your social and want to party. Lots of clubs and athletics for those that aren't into the greek system.

    Bang for the buck

    Still over priced , but compared to any UC you can't beat it.

    What to do for fun

    San Diego has tons to do and great weather to do it in. Beach, hiking, skiing, and desert trips are all close enough to get to. Greek life gets you instant friends and things to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get a suite dorm room. Join a sorority or fraternity . Use all resources available ,when planning your classes , to get through in four years.

    In three sentences

    Fun outgoing students, Easy campus to get around , Good instructors

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a student center, a gym, athletic teams. The real question is why aren't you having fun?

    Food and Dining

    Food is food, but it's delicious here.

    Dorm Life

    Meeting new people can be scary but you bond with your room mates.

    Academic Rigor

    School is difficult, but here it keeps you engaged at the same time.

    In three sentences

    In my research I have found out how exciting attending this school would feel. San Diego State has strong academics and plenty of athletic and other extra-curricular events on campus as well. This is a school worth attending.

  • 03/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being in the center of San Diego County is pretty self-explanatory. Want to surf? Beach is 20 minutes west. Prefer the mountains? Spend an hour in the car and drive east. Prefer the downtown scene? Hop on the trolley for half an hour and check out the local scene. It's San Diego, for cryin' out loud.

    Food and Dining

    A decent amount of choices across campus and within walking distance. Good hangout and study spots. Most average around $7 a meal.

    Dorm Life

    Rating in the middle because I never actually lived in the dorms. They're pricey, but from what I hear it's a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors know what they're talking about, as most are either active in the industry or have been in it long enough to know its real workings. Courses are challenging, but if you take it upon yourself to do the work, you'll learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! SDSU is popular for good reason. Make sure you have all of your prerequisites ready to go before you apply; you don't want to pay the application fee and be rejected for a missing class. When you are admitted, take advantage of every opportunity. Get involved on campus, join clubs, go to events. The people you meet are going to be your network once you graduate.

    In three sentences

    The best bang for your buck on the West Coast. Professors are professional and knowledgeable, campus community is awesome. Plus, you just can't beat the weather.

  • 03/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a big thing for students. There are campus police, and several emergency phone lines in case you end up in a bad situation. The main thing here is to practice common sense at night because people who are not students can come onto the campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are two gyms and a large field for anyone athletic. For the artistic, there are several art clubs, a band and orchestra, as well as a drama club that puts on several plays. Sorority and fraternity life are very present, and many people enjoy those organizations. There are plenty of clubs to choose from, and if you don't find one you can create one! There are so many options to choose from, it's really hard to be bored on campus. The basketball team is fantastic, so games are hosted at the stadium. Not only that, but tons of concerts are held at the Open Air Theater or Viejas arena, so you don't have to even leave the campus to enjoy great music!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is excellent. There is now a Subway, as well as Panda Express, Starbucks, Daphne's Greek, and Rubios. The new student union has Habit burger grill and will be adding Chipotle. The food is not at all cafeteria food; it's well made and affordable for college students.

    Dorm Life

    I can't accurately review the dorms because I live off campus!

    Academic Rigor

    I have several classes that are intense. It's not easy to get straight A's or B's like you did in high school. In some classes, there may only be a few tests to determine your grade, and you have to stay on top of studying and making sure you understand the material. The main thing to note here is that you must take personal responsibility for your learning, as the professors aren't going to coddle you or make sure that you understand the material. It is worthwhile to take the extra time, and possibly a tutor to stay on track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Taking a tour is a great idea, considering the size of the campus. I would do research on your major and the department before attending, to make sure that you will fit right in once you begin attending. The major thing is to come here with an open mind; not everyone at the school is taking part in Greek life and going out to parties. There are a variety of clubs and organizations to get involved with, or you can simply keep to yourself and pursue your education. The school gives you all these options, without any pressure.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is a diverse, large, and welcoming campus. It offers many opportunities to get involved in your community, take control of your education, and to express yourself without judgement. This school has a club, major, and place for everyone.

  • 05/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe at SDSU; however, occasionally students will receive a campus wide crime alert email detailing a particular crime that has occurred on or around campus, usually phone theft of vandalism.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at SDSU is thriving and the school actively works to make sure all Greeks succeed. Greeks often excel in academics, community service, leadership, and social life at SDSU.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life, Intramural Sport Clubs, and other student organizations can give any SDSU students college experience greater depth.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody who comes to SDSU will find something they can appreciate if they actively put themselves out there to find it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Walking through the Hepner Hall Arch on move in day and Graduation.

    What to do for fun

    At SDSU, students can do almost anything that interests them for fun, be it student organizations, sports, outdoor activities, leadership conferences, you name it. SDSU has everything.

    Food and Dining

    Food at SDSU is great because you have a wide variety of dining options. These dining options include a dining hall, markets, and restaurants all on meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dormitory life at SDSU is amazing. The dorms are clean (compared to other colleges) and relatively new. Freshmen can make some of their lifelong friends in the dorms if they force themselves to meet other students living in their dorms. RA's are not too strict and if you follow the dorm rules you will have a great dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at SDSU are very hard because professors aim to challenge students before they can get into the student's chosen major; however, this does not mean that classes are too hard to pass. Workload at SDSU is very manageable, but students must be disciplined in their studying if they wish to succeed in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out and meet as many people as possible during your entire college career because that is the greatest way to maximize your social life at SDSU. The more people you know, the more opportunities that will be presented to you. Weigh your opportunities before taking action to ensure maximization of your college experience. Also, remember that just because you were above average in intelligence and work ethic in high school (which is what got you in to college), everyone else at college is also above average; therefore, you must work harder to prove yourself to be greater than the average college student.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State University is an amazing school if you're seeking quality academics, networking opportunities, and warm weather. Students at SDSU are generally friendly and happy because the campus is beautiful and booming with life and diversity. The university provides great services to students such as the Aztec Recreation Center, wide selection of food, and the new Aztec Student Union.

  • 05/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is good and healthy on most occasions but very overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    There are several dorms all with disadvantages and advantages. The rules are strict and plenty. don't mess up they will be quick to suspend you.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not to hard the teachers will work with you but it takes effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want be social join greek life or any other organizations, get involved.

    In three sentences

    San Diego State is an active lively place with high expectations. The campus is mostly greek oriented though which can be frustrating and exclusive at times. The campus have a lot of great teachers and good people.

  • 06/01/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs on campus or be involved in sports. It is so much fun and also looks great on a resume.

    Food and Dining

    San Diego State University have such a good restaurants that serve delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    It is a wonderful and great opportunity to live in SDSU's dorm. You'll meet new friends and discover new interesting things. It is easier to get to classes and save money by living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Do the best you can, and don't ever give up. Keep learning and discover what you never knew about, because knowledge is power. San Diego State University offer great opportunities and many majors. The more you'll explore, the easier it will be for you to decide what is best for you and what you're interested at.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on keeping your grades A's, so your GPA will stay as high as possible.

    In three sentences

    My new home.

  • 06/09/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I visited the campus previously and everyone there is so welcoming and I felt like i fit in instantly!

  • 06/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    At State there is never a shortage of things to do. Between all the different recreational and academic clubs, the weekend night life on College Avenue, and the excitement of Aztec sports, there's a lot to choose from. Believe me, it's only boring when you can't choose what to do and end up staying in out of defeat.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different dining options to choose from. The school's dining system is split into East Commons and West Commons. EC has a culturally diverse variety of Americanized-wannabe-cultural foods that are actually quite good. Rubio's is over there, as well as a new Subway, Panda Express, Daphne's and Vinnie's. WC has Starbucks, a sushi place and another sandwich deli I can't remember the name of because I spent most of my time in EC. There's markets everywhere with different varieties of food, the Student Union just opened with a Cici's Pizza Place, The Habit, and Chipotle, and there's two buffet style eateries. There's something for everyone, and if it's not on campus, it's nearby in the College Area!

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in Maya Hall last year as a freshman because it's required of Honors Program members to do so. It was probably one of the best years of my life, but I know the experience is different for everyone. I've heard that other dorms were kind of... let's say mediocre. And Maya itself was the oldest dorm on campus, so it wasn't technologically spectacular. But you won't find any horrible creatures under your bed and the walls won't collapse. And the dorms I saw the insides of weren't half as bad as their occupants complained they were, so I don't understand what there was to complain about.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not a UC school, so the academic competition isn't intense, but you're pushed to take as many classes as you can. A lot of students don't, which is why people make jokes about State being a seven or eight year school (a fate you should try to avoid with everything you have, so keep up with grades and don't skimp out on units!).

    Tips for prospective students

    I would give prospective students 3 pieces of advice, and these apply no matter what college you choose to go to. 1) Apply for scholarships NOW. Do not wait until you're already in college. 2) Try to live on campus. The feeling of rolling out of bed ten minutes before class and then coming back to your room to sleep afterwards is amazing. It's also a great way to build independence and test your character as well as make friends. And 3) keep up with your grades. As liberating and fun as college life is, t's a lot harder than you think to balance extra-curricular activities with grades and jobs, if you choose to be employed. As far as SDSU goes, I'd just say try never to walk alone at night, and take advantage of all the different clubs, sports, and activities!

    In three sentences

    I would give San Diego State University an 8 out of 10. The campus is beautiful, the faculty is friendly, the students are cool and the leaders are motivated and caring. The area around the college is active and there's always something to do and I would give the school a 10 except for two reasons: it's not a UC school, and no school is a perfect 10 out of 10.

  • 06/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have this undie run at the end of the year after final are over.

    What to do for fun

    During the beginning of the academic year they have many activities, they usually do some type of fair. During the year they have intramural sports and clubs. We also have a bowling ally on campus which is really inexpensive for students, or even just a dollar if you have a gym membership. there is also a restaurant/bar for the 21+ students.

    Food and Dining

    I Love that our campus has three Starbucks on campus, perfect during finals season. It has a variety of places to eat from Chipotle, The Habit, Daphne's to a sushi bar and more other options.

    Dorm Life

    Since I was a freshman transfer I did not experience dorm life there, but I did live in the apartments that SDSU offers. I loved it because they allowed you to bring in as many guest as you wanted without having to check them in. They were safe, you need a key to be able to enter the apartment area.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends, if you enjoy the subject in which you are studying, studying becomes enjoyable, whereas if its a general education course that you find no interest it might be a bit more in the difficult side. The course are being taught at a university they will be changeling at times and require your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED! I am a Latina women and going into SDSU I had a bit of a cultural shock, but it wasnt until I got involved in an organization that I realized how diverse this school really is. After joining I became more aware of all the resources SDSU has to offer which is how I found out about the study abroad opportunities it offers. Take advantage of that too.

    In three sentences

    SDSU is what you make, just like any other university. I transferred from a UC to SDSU, and it is the best decision I made. It is a diverse school which makes the environment much more welcoming.