This is San Diego State University...
San Diego State University has provided "Education That Works" to its community for over 100 years. Back in 1897, it was located above a drugstore downtown. Seven faculty members taught 91 students how to be school teachers. Since then, both the town and its college have grown to positions of prominence. Today, 31,500 students attend classes on a 271-acre campus. They can still choose to be school teachers, but today California's largest state university can prepare them in 68 other disciplines.
Rated by college presidents in a U.S. News and World Report survey in the top 10 percent of national universities, San Diego State provides education in a wide variety of the humanities, physical and social sciences, fine and performing arts and professional disciplines. The University is composed of seven major colleges: Arts and Letters, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Services, Professional Studies, Fine Arts and Sciences.
Approximately 31,500 students each year pursue studies in undergraduate programs that offer bachelor's degrees in 76 areas. Students also are enrolled in 59 master's degree and 11 joint doctoral programs. Of full-time faculty, 88 percent hold Ph.D. or terminal degrees.
SDSU is the leader in research activity among the 20 campuses of the California State University system, blending the best teaching with the latest research. This gives SDSU students working with faculty the opportunities to use modern equipment and experience the excitement of discovery. This year more than $60 million in grants and contracts will be awarded to SDSU faculty and staff to support research and educational programs.
SDSU's students benefit from the University's outstanding mixture of teaching and research. After graduation many put their talents and skills to work locally. The University produces more than half of San Diego's engineers and teachers, as well as many of its finest accountants, geologists, health care specialists and other professionals. SDSU alumni hold the highest leadership positions in regional and state government, business and the arts, offering tangible proof of the quality of education at San Diego State University.
Among those who have attended classes on Montezuma Mesa are: former Mayor Maureen O'Connor, Air Force Chief of Staff General Merrill A. McPeak, State Assemblymen Pete Chacon and Mike Gotch, 1994 National Teacher of the Year Sandra McBrayer, 1992 National Teacher of the Year Janis Gabay, America's first Hispanic female astronaut, Ellen Ochoa, and retired president of Chase Manhattan Bank, George Champion.
Other former Aztecs include America's Cup skipper Dennis Conner; entertainers Raquel Welch, Gregory Peck, Carl Weathers, Marion Ross, and Art Linkletter; golfers Lon Hinkle and Gene Littler; baseball players Bud Black, Tony Gwynn, Mark Grace, Travis Lee and Graig Nettles; football players Brian Sipe, Haven Moses, Webster Slaughter, Don Warren and Marshall Faulk; U.S. World Cup team members Marcelo Balboa, Cle Kooiman, Chris Sullivan and Eric Wynalda; and basketball player Michael Cage.
Through the years, SDSU has enjoyed a close relationship with the community it serves, and today offers a variety of cultural events and activities which enrich the city. Among them are the area's public television and radio stations, musical and dramatic arts productions, and art exhibits.
SDSU delivers "Education That Works" to provide knowledge, cultural enrichment, and athletic achievements to a growing San Diego. The partnership has helped both the city and the University meet the challenges of the past and stand well-prepared to meet the challenges destined for the future.
From its humble beginnings, San Diego State University has evolved into one of the west coast's outstanding universities. The school is one of the nation's fastest rising centers of learning in terms of academic achievement and is at the forefront of major trends in higher education.
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