San Diego State University is the oldest higher education institution in San Diego. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. San Diego State University is designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. The national designation provides access to federal grants and scholarships to colleges and universities that serve a high population of Hispanic students.
Renowned for its academic excellence, the university is home to top-ranked graduate programs in business; engineering; public health; psychology; fine arts; biological sciences; public affairs; education; and speech, language, and hearing sciences. Ranked undergraduate programs include business, engineering and international business. Overall, San Diego State students can choose from 91 undergraduate majors, 76 master's programs and 23 doctoral degree programs.
Committed to serving the richly diverse San Diego region, SDSU ranks among the top universities nationwide in terms of ethnic, racial and economic diversity among its student body, as well as in the number of bachelor's degrees conferred upon students of color.
Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, the scientific environment at UC San Diego is outstanding and uniquely conducive to research, training/education, as well as community outreach projects. Partnership faculty are from both the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center (MCC) and the UC San Diego School of Medicine (SOM), a leading institution in the field of medical research and a pioneer in interdisciplinary, cross-collaborative health sciences-related research.
Established in 1978, Moores Cancer Center is one of just 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States, and the only one in the San Diego region. Such centers are prominent among the leading institutions in the nation dedicated to scientific innovation and clinical excellence. This designation — reserved for centers with the highest achievements in cancer research, clinical care, education and community contributions — makes an enormous difference to our patients. Studies show that outcomes are better at NCI-designated centers. In 2005, Moores Cancer Center dedicated its new home on the La Jolla campus of UC San Diego Health. The new facility unites cancer-related research laboratories, clinical trials, prevention and outreach programs, and clinical care under one roof. The building comprises two structures — a three-story facility for clinical services and administration, and a five-story research tower —that share a common base. This design encourages interaction and intellectual exchanges between our world-renowned clinicians and researchers.