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student life

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There's nothing like the Aztec Experience...

that feeling of being at home, supported by a community who will help you explore new interests, find your passion and prepare for personal and professional success. SDSU -- one of the nation’s most diverse universities -- offers a range of on-campus housing choices and residential learning communities based on student interests, as well as academic and support programs for commuter students. You can play sports at the Division I, club or intramural level -- or cheer on your team. There are over 350 student organizations, so it’s easy to get involved and make new friends.

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First and second-year students from outside of SDSU’s local service area are required to live on-campus, providing easy access to campus resources, academic support and mentoring, and community programming designed to promote student success.

Residential Learning Commnities

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) provide a unique opportunity to connect and learn, both inside and outside the classroom. In an RLC, students live alongside other students with shared academic or co-curricular interests and are enrolled in a connected set of academic courses to help produce smaller, more intentional communities that promote student success.

Meal Plans

We know students want flexibility in their meal plans – flexibility to eat what they want, when they want and where they want. SDSU Dining offers a variety of meal plans to fit the needs of individual students.

It's All Included in One Bill

  • Furnished living space
  • Wi-Fi
  • Philo TV streaming
  • Utilities
  • 24/7 front desk

Commuter Life

Even if you are living off campus, you will have access to robust program offerings, such as academic pathways, peer mentoring, events and workshops. The Commuter Resource Center can be a home away from home, helping you find your place, make friends and connect inside and outside the classroom.

Commuter Life
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diversity & Inclusion

A welcoming environment for all students

SDSU proudly boasts a number of cultural resource centers, including:
  • The Black Resource Center
  • Undocumented Resource Area
  • The Women’s Resource Center
  • The Commuter Resource Center
  • The Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center
  • The International Student Center
  • The Student Ability Success Center
  • The Pride Center
  • Latinx Resource Center

One of the nation’s top LGBTQ+-friendly campuses.

SDSU is ranked as one of the nation's best by for its programs and support, including inclusive, safe and affirming gathering spaces and programs and research on issues related to sexuality and gender.

Recognized for diversity and inclusion.

SDSU has received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for five consecutive years for demonstrating outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

A commitment to serving all members of our community.

The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs serves students from low-income backgrounds and historically underserved communities. We provide transitional services that help students stay at SDSU and be successful.

A community of one.

The campus-wide One SDSU Community initiative brings together students, faculty, and staff to explore issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. By providing these intersectional opportunities, where people can explore what they bring to the table and connect with others, we believe every member of the SDSU community will come together and embrace diversity in all forms, uniting us as one diverse group.

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We Welcome You

The Aztec Experience begins before your first day on campus with orientation, and New Student and Family Convocation marks your entrance into the SDSU family. Your initial welcome is followed by the annual Red and Black Welcome Back Dance, Welcome Week activities and the first semester’s Aztec Nights carnival, dances, performances, movies and other late-night fun.

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Student Organizations

Campus life isn’t all about academics. Joining one of San Diego State’s more than 350 recognized student organizations, including social fraternities and sororities, connects you to the campus, helps you make friends, involces you in the community and enhances your overall college experience.


Prominent Alumni

Hugo Crosthwaite

Contemporary figurative artist

Stephen Strasburg

MLB World Series MVP

Kevin Faulconer

San Diego mayor

Ellen Ochoa

Former astronaut and Johnson Space Center director

Jerry Sanders

Former San Diego mayor

Darla Anderson

“Coco” producer

Kathleen Kennedy

Oscar-nominated Lucasfilm president

Gregory Porter

Grammy-winning jazz singer and songwriter

Lalo Alcaraz

Cartoonist and “Coco” consultant

Jim Sinegal

Costco co-founder and former CEO

Ralph Rubio

Rubio’s founder

Kawhi Leonard

NBA All-Star and Finals MVP

Rashaad Penny

NFL football player

Bernard Rimland

founder of the Autism Society of America

Damontae Kazee

Defensive Back, Atlanta Falcons

Thom McElroy

Co-Founder of Volcom

Wing Lam

Co-Founder of Wahoo Tacos

Marshall Faulk

NFL Hall of Fame member, Super Bowl champion

Tony Gwynn

MLB Hall of Fame member

Jordan Evans

Deputy Director of Engineering and Science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab