purewest asked:

So I'm comming up to visit from Buffalo, NY and I'm a senior in high school. Any tips? And my grades were low freshman and sophomore year and I don't have the best SAT score so how hard is it to get into SDSU because it's my dream school.

We get quite a few asks like this! And SDSU is THE dream school. ;) I’m going to post this publicly since there is a lot of good information here that could be useful to many Aztec hopefuls!

My disclaimer before getting started: we are not employed by SDSU, nor is this an official SDSU blog. This blog is just run by people who are proud to be Aztecs. I am speaking from someone who applied and was admitted for the incoming freshman from Fall 2009, so my information is part personal experience, part research I did for the question (like all questions answered here).

The admissions office looks at so many different factors when looking at potential Aztecs. Although grades and SAT scores are big in the process, admissions looks at extracurriculars as well.

With grades I’ve heard that, although a higher GPA is coveted, seeing an improvement in grades throughout your high school years is also looked highly upon (but don’t take my word for it).

The stats for the incoming 2012 Aztecs:
Average high school GPA: 3.76
Average SAT score: 1144
Average ACT score: 25

The SAT being the combination of the reading/verbal score and math score.

Compare you stats to these averages. It’s a little too late for the GPA, but if you fall significantly below the averages, I strongly suggest studying hard and taking the SAT over to try to get as high of a score on that test as possible (if it’s possible to take it again, I don’t know the time frame for registration and whatnot).

SDSU is a pretty competitive school to get into. San Diego State University is one of the top “Up-and-Coming Schools” in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s annual  ranking of America’s Best Colleges, having risen higher in the rankings than any other university in the nation over the last three years (now at No. 14). SDSU received nearly 60,000 undergraduate applications for approximately 6,174 undergraduate enrollment slots for fall 2011.

Also, definitely talk to the actual admissions office; I suggest either calling, firing off an e-mail, or bringing a list of all your questions when you come out to visit. Best of luck in the application process!

- Cara

Forty years ago, when a college education wasn’t required to get ahead financially, the bachelor’s degree was the mechanism for acquiring a broad general education. The skills-training part came later, in graduate and professional schools or from an employer. Now college students are expected to acquire that general education in tandem with skills training—as well as to rack up outside-the-classroom experiences through research projects, internships, or study abroad. And all of that is stuffed into the traditional four-year undergraduate education. As the cost of college has spiraled upward in the past decade, parents and students have become focused more than ever on employment preparation and graduating on time. Intellectual discovery and exploration are no longer a priority. It’s too expensive.

shortformblog:

matthewkeys:

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.
The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.
“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”
Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.
NYTimes: Starbucks to offer free college education to employees

More of this, corporate America.

shortformblog:

matthewkeys:

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.

The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.

“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”

Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.

NYTimes: Starbucks to offer free college education to employees

More of this, corporate America.

iambethjerome asked:

How hard would it be for a transferring junior music Major be to get into sdsu?

Transfers, and even acceptances, are hard to predict just because so many different factors enter into the equation. GPA, extracurriculars, where you are transferring from, your background, and the audition all play a role in admissions decisions. I recommend talking to your advisors at your current college and talking to someone in the office of transfer admissions.

Best of luck in your future endeavors!

- C

Edit: Auditions are for dance and music majors; I’m fairly positive they aren’t going to make business majors do a tap dance.