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I think this school is in a greatNot so brightCivil Engineering
I think this school is in a great location and with all the building construction can really become a good university however, the staff is quite unhelpful, the rules are very dumb and punishments outlandish, besides that the abroad programs are a joke definitely find your own program, the food gets old real fast since it is all fast food, prepare for a delay at any turn you make as the school really cares more about itself then the students.
3rd Year Male -- Class 1921
Social Life: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: D+
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I came here because I earned a fullBrightChemistry
I came here because I earned a full ride scholarship. The school is amazing. I didn't join any sororities but I still have lots of friends here. The students are friendly and open minded. The athletics program here is AMAZING. I went to all the football games and basketball games. The weather is amazing and the trolley system is great. Also you can take the bus to Mission Beach. The tuition is cheap for a good state school.
4th Year Female -- Class 1988
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B
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I attended SDSU for a Master's degree inHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
I attended SDSU for a Master's degree in European history, and I also worked as a teaching assistant. Most of my professors were intelligent, knowledgeable, and capable people who did challenge me and provide the the opportunity to learn and develop independently.

But graduate students comprise only a small part of the overall SDSU community. This is a state college with a predominantly working class and now minority student body. Overall, the admissions standards are quite low. I was repeatedly shocked at the low levels of literacy and general understanding exhibited by most of the undergraduates. I quickly found out that I could not assume any kind of a knowledge base. My students frequently interrupted me because they didn't understand my vocabulary or even what I was talkinga about in the first place. As for my fellow graduate students, well, they were a mixed lot: some were quite capable and engaged, but a large proportion of them were simply frittering their lives away there, and as a result many seminars ended up being a waste of time.

Compared to the UCs, the "public ivies," the Ivy League itself or the "Little Ivies," SDSU is underfunded, and it shows. The campus may be superficially attractive, but in many places it is dirty and poorly maintained, notwithstanding the conspicuous, showy newer buildings that dot the landscape. The administration, while not unusually bad, is fairly typical of schools of this kind: there is a lot of red tape to deal with with, files get lost, and staff can be extremely rude and unhelpful.If you have no other choice due to financial and/or logistical constraints, and you are a self-starter with a lot of initiative, San Diego State is perhaps not the worst option. Even today it is still inexpensive, at least relatively so, and if you work in or around downtown San Diego, the drive isn't too horrendous. But it would definitely not be my first choice.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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