San Diego State University lies in the beautiful San Diego, California. They’re the home of the Aztecs, black and red. Thinking of applying? Check out these tips from a former SDSU student.
Before you apply:
It’s highly recommended that you know what your major is prior to applying. Due to the California budget cuts, SDSU has been severely impacted and the competition to register for classes is fierce. Make sure your GPA is high enough to be considered which is usually a 2.0 for incoming freshman and a 2.5 for transfer students. If you’re a transfer student, make sure to fax in/mail your official transcripts to the Admission Office. They won’t send you a reminder to do this. It’s your responsibility to send them your official transcripts so they can match it to your application. Not doing so can result in not getting accepted or a delay in your application.
College is never cheap but with the financial aid and scholarships, it’s definitely doable. The financial aid office assists you with any kind of help in order for you to succeed. It pays off if you live in California, specifically near the San Diego area. For a non resident student, tuition can start from $4,464 with registration fees up to $2,603 for 12 units in one semester. For a more detailed look at it, depending on how many units you take, you’ll be paying $372 per unit. For local students, tuition costs around $1,200 per part time, under 6 units while full time 6.1+ units cost around $2,200. Registration fees for local students range from $120-$490. A parking permit for any semester will cost $135.
Fighting the closed classes:
Register early! Set your alarm for whenever your registration is. Every second counts when it comes to registering. If a class you want is full, email the teacher immediately and tell them you’re interested. On the first day of class, show up even if you’re not enrolled, teachers do take crashers! You have to increase your chances of getting into your desired class, I know how discouraging it is when your “wish list” of classes is full.
Getting the best out of your first year:
SDSU is packed with clubs, organizations and athletics. You can choose football, cheerleading, a fraternity or an environmentally club. SDSU is widely known for their school spirit and dedication to charity events.
Out and about:
SDSU is an ideal school for those who don’t have their own transportation. They have many buses that run as early as 5am and as late as 1am. Another huge convenience is the trolley station that brings you right to campus. Trolley fare ranges from $2-$6. Many students park nearby local housing and walk to avoid parking permit fees and the congestion inside the parking structures. Montezuma Road is the most popular street to park on.
I guarantee that whatever food you’re craving is definitely near campus of some sort. Want something healthy? They have the Pita Pit nearby along with Subway. Craving something sweet? They have Jamba Juice and Cold Stone. Want to grab a burger? They have Jack in the Box and McDonald’s. The great thing about SDSU is that everything is within reasonable walking distance.
Whether you’re completing your undergraduate studies or a post-bachelor graduate program, San Diego State University is amongst one of the most popular schools in California.