San Diego State University is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego region, and is part of the California State University system.
Open to the entire community, the school boasts 35,000 students and faculty and offers top-ranking undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs. Through its academic excellence and innovative research activities, San Diego State has evolved into its present-day status by achieving the prestigious Doctoral/Research University-Intensive designation.
The history of San Diego State University begins with the founding of San Diego Normal School, a teacher-training institute, in 1897. In the beginning, it was a two-year teacher-training school composed of seven faculty members and 91 students.
By 1899, the school moved to its own 16-acre campus in University Heights. It became San Diego State Teachers College in July 1921. As the school developed, its campus expansion plans were made and curriculum ballooned to include a broad four-year liberal arts education, in addition to its teacher training program.
In 1935, San Diego State Teachers College became San Diego State College. Additional degree programs were offered beyond teacher education at the institution.
By 1960, the newly created California State College system was founded, and San Diego State received university status in the early 1970ís.
The present location of the campus is 5500 Campanile Drive in San Diego, with a satellite campus in Calexico. The university is composed of the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, the College of Sciences, and the Undergraduate Studies Program.