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In The Beginning

Serving the San Diego region has always been a core part of SDSU’s mission.

Founded March 13, 1897, San Diego State University began as the San Diego Normal School, a training facility for elementary school teachers. Seven faculty and 91 students met in temporary quarters over a downtown drugstore before moving to a newly constructed 17-acre campus on Park Boulevard.

The curriculum was limited at first to English, history and mathematics. Course offerings broadened rapidly under the leadership of Samuel T. Black, who left his position as state superintendent of public instruction to become the new school’s first president. Black served from 1898 to 1910.

From 1910 to 1935, President Edward L. Hardy headed a vigorous administration that oversaw major changes to the fledgling institution. In 1921, the Normal School became San Diego State Teachers College, a four-year public institution controlled by the state Board of Education. In that same year, the two-year San Diego Junior College, forerunner of today’s local community colleges, became a branch of San Diego State Teachers College. That union lasted until 1946.

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  • Undergraduate Degrees:Bachelor's
  • Undergraduate Enrollment:27099
  • Majors Offered:Accounting, Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering, African American Studies, American Civilization/Culture/American Studies, Anthropology/Archaeology, Art (General), Art Education, Art History, Astronomy, Biology, Business Administration, Business Economics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Family & Child Development, Finance, French, Geography, Geology, German, Gerontology, Graphic Arts/Design, History, Humanities, Information Technology, Interior Design, International Business, International Studies, Japanese, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marine Biology Science, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Science, Physics, Political Science/Government, Pre-Law, Psychology/Behavioral Sciences, Public Administration, Radio & Television, Religion, Resort/Restaurant/Hotel & Hospitality Management, Russian, Sculpture, Social Sciences, Social Work/Social Service, Sociology, Spanish, Special Education/Education of the Exceptional Child, Sports/Fitness/Recreation Management, Statistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Theatre/Dramatic Arts, Travel & Tourism, Urban Studies, Women/Gender Studies, Zoology
  • Type of School:Public;4 year
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  • Room and Board:13812
  • Student Diversity – % Asian/Pacific Islander:Unknown
  • Student Diversity -% Hispanic or Latino:Unknown
  • Student Diversity – % Black or African-American:Unknown
  • Student Diversity – % American Indian/Alaskan Native:Unknown
  • Year Established:1897
  • Accreditation:WASC Senior College and University Commission

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