SDSU hosts record class of 2026 | Information Center

The freshman class is off to a strong start with record enrollment numbers, high GPAs, and new opportunities.

Following a record number of applications, San Diego State University is on track to welcome the largest class of freshmen to campus this fall.

Between October and December 2021, SDSU received nearly 77,000 first-time student applications, the highest number ever. This number, combined with additional funding from the California State University system, enabled SDSU to admit and enroll the largest class of students for the first time in the university’s history. – with nearly 6,500 students. These students come from all over the region, the country and the world and represent 45 different states and 46 countries.

Brighton Martsolf Tana first-time student from Vermont who will join SDSU’s communications program in the fall, says she always knew she wanted to attend school in California and that SDSU felt right.

“After touring the campus and completing my visit to SDSU, I was eager to apply. I was immediately captivated by the new urban environment, a diverse student population, the many academic opportunities, the great food, and, of course, safe, the beach, and year-round warm weather that I would have access to at SDSU,” Martsolf-Tan said.

The largest class of first-time students also bring with them high grade point averages with an average GPA of around 3.9. Of these high-achieving students, more than 1,900 are from the local service area, a 23% increase from last fall.

One of these students is Ashleigh Quevedo, born and raised in San Diegan and a first-time nursing student. Quevedo says she wanted to stay close to home and family and loved what SDSU had to offer.

“I love the social life at SDSU, there’s a lot going on and the campus is very diverse,” Quevedo said. “I’m a first generation student in my family and it makes me so proud to be able to do something that my immigrant parents didn’t have the opportunity to do. I am so excited to be able to grow and learn more about myself in a new environment with people with similar and different backgrounds.

Stefan Hymanassociate vice president for enrollment management, said the university is especially excited to welcome the class of 2026 this fall.

“Given the challenges they have faced over the past two years and the record number of applicants from which they have been chosen, they have certainly earned their admission and we look forward to supporting them on the next stage of their journey.” , Hyman said.

Local transfers on the rise

Staying local and seeking to transfer students, SDSU hosts one of the largest transfer classes in the university’s history with 3,900 students and two-thirds of them are from the local service area of ​​the University. university. This increase can be attributed to a CSU system-wide effort to strengthen the pipeline from community colleges to CSU campuses and to SDSU’s efforts to expand access to all.

Alexandria Ramseier was born in Okinawa, Japan to a military family. For her, California and San Diego have always felt like home because of the community and military-related resources. She spent two years at MiraCosta College before transferring to SDSU.

“SDSU’s location, finances, and potential all seemed to align with a perfect decision for me. At my community college, our transfer center held workshops on transferring basics and navigating different college apps like than the CSU app and it was easier than expected,” Ramseier said.

“Additionally, while attending community college, I met many former SDSU students who told me about their experiences and encouraged me to apply. I look forward to meeting future friends, learning exciting things for my career and to live this next chapter of my life.

Ramseier believes the key to succeeding in a new environment is finding a community and even before her time on campus begins, she plans to join the Transfer Student Outreach Alliance (TSOA) to connect with other transfer students and help create a community for herself and others.

“I will be transferring to SDSU which will be a once in a lifetime experience, but I am delighted to say that I will be serving with TSOA on their Board of Directors. By meeting other transfers, I learned that there is a certain misunderstanding that surrounds them, whether it involves their social life or the opportunities available at SDSU. Personally, I believe the transfer community is there, but it needs a brighter beacon and I think Future Student Officers and I are going to do our best to shine it on incoming and current transfers this year.

New Opportunities at Imperial Valley at San Diego State University

Efforts to expand access also extend to the SDSU Imperial Valley campus. In fall 2022, SDSU Imperial Valley will welcome its first cohort for two different programs, the first class of students participating in the Archway Program, which provides Imperial Valley students with access to more academic programs on the campus of San Diego and the first class of students enrolled in the new nursing major.

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