- The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi
Graduate from San Diego State University
San Diego State University has grown and developed through its 119-year history into one of the nation s major public research institutions. Our 35,000 students and 300,000 alumni are proud to live the ethos Leadership Starts Here. The university offers bachelor's degrees in 94 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU is committed to diversity and to excellence. More than 52 percent of our students are students of color, and the university is nationally recognized for veterans programs that serve more than 3,000 veterans and their families and for sending more than 74 students abroad as Fulbright Scholars since 2005. Students from all backgrounds have opportunities for transformative educational experiences such as undergraduate research, study abroad, internships and entrepreneurship training.Classified as a high-research university, SDSU received $120.6 million in research funding last year. Our researchers focus on real-world challenges, and our students benefit from access to cutting-edge technology and engaging in research alongside mentors who are leaders in their fields. SDSU faculty, staff and students lead the way in fields such as understanding and treating heart disease; engineering brain-controlled robotic devices and alternative energy solutions; studying health issues such as autism, fetal alcohol syndrome and childhood obesity; and learning more about bacteriophages - viruses that kill bacteria and hold important keys to human health problems.SDSU leverages its strategic location on the Pacific Rim and the border of Latin America to advance international study and research. The university has nearly 400 education programs in 52 countries and is among the nation s leaders in the number of students who study abroad. Led by our Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and our Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad, SDSU is recognized as one of the top universities in the nation for entrepreneurship. SDSU engages our greater community by hosting more than 350 on-campus arts events annually and fielding nationally recognized athletics teams. Helping to fuel this academic and research excellence is the university s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The Campaign for SDSU is raising $750 million for student success and faculty and staff support. Generous donors are establishing a culture of philanthropy that ensures San Diego State will thrive throughout this century and beyond.