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San Diego State University

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Diversity Rankings and Distinctions

“San Diego State should stand up and take a bow. The university is doing a great job of recruiting, retaining and graduating Hispanics. It is clearly a vital part of the education pipeline.”
-- Adalyn Hixson, editor, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

San Diego State University is dedicated to ensuring equal access to higher education for students of all backgrounds. SDSU’s diversity-related achievements and programs include:

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) winning institution.

Hispanic Serving Instutution (HSI) status A Hispanic-serving institution, or HSI, is a term used for a Federal program designed to assist colleges or universities in the United States that attempt to assist first generation, majority low income Hispanic students.


  • SDSU ranks Top 7 in the nation for racial and ethnic diversity of national universities – U.S. News & World Report, America’s Best Colleges 2014/2015.
  • SDSU is No. 6 in the nation for graduating ethnic minoritity undergraduates in Public Admistration and Social Service Professions according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education 2013 rankings
  • SDSU ranks No. 13 in the nation for bachelor’s degrees awarded to minorities, according to the June 2011 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education, which listed the top 100 colleges and universities for minorities.
  • SDSU also ranked No. 49 nationwide for master’s degrees awarded to minorities.
  • SDSU is No. 13 in the nation and No. 13 in California for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education 2013
  • SDSU ranks No. 20 in the nation for granting Hispanic undergraduate and graduates degrees. – Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, April 2014.
  • SDSU ranks a top 50 LGBT Friendly campus for 2014 and holds 5 of 5 Stars ranking for campuses nationwide, according to, July 2014.
  • SDSU ranks in the top 200 Colleges for Native Americans, according to Winds of Change magazine 2011-2015
  • Graduation rates for ethnically diverse students are up from 33 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2010—exceeding the rate of increase by students as a whole.
  • SDSU is recognized as one of the nations best universities for women and a top 25 MBA program for women by Professional Women's Magazine 2014