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!