Jun 22, 2024  
2023/2024 University Catalog 
    
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Programs and Services



Academic Computing

SDSU provides access to a large number of software packages including large research-oriented databases, Microsoft Office Suite (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations), programming languages, relational databases, and statistical software. E-mail accounts are provided to students and server accounts are available for those who want to create websites.

The university has more than 2,000 desktop computers located in 80 departmental/college computer laboratories. The largest laboratories, which are open to all students, are the Student Computing Hub located in Love Library, Room 200 (PCs, Macs, and printing) and the College of Arts and Letters Laboratory, located in Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Room 136 (PCs and printing). Outside of the laboratories, students may connect to the wireless network, which covers the entire campus. Many SDSU instructors use the Canvas learning management system to communicate with students, post grades, distribute materials, and facilitate learning activities beyond the classroom. Student accounts in Canvas are automatically created upon enrollment and use the SDSUid to login. Access to courses in Canvas occurs when instructors make their courses available to students. The Canvas website is https://sdsu.instructure.com.

SDSU Alumni

SDSU Alumni

SDSU Alumni is dedicated to connecting SDSU alumni to the university and each other. “Aztec For Life” serves as the SDSU Alumni slogan while also representing the Lifetime Membership model of involvement.

SDSU Alumni is a dynamic, exciting organization whose purpose is to serve and support the university and its graduates. It offers a number of programs and services for Lifetime Members designed to meet the variety of needs and interests of its alumni, including discounts on purchases at the Aztec Store, library privileges, access to SDSU’s Career Services, and a monthly electronic magazine (SDSU Alumni eNews) is available to all alumni via email.

In addition, SDSU Alumni sponsors awards events including the Alumni Awards of Distinction and Rising Aztecs, alumni provides scholarships for students, organizes Homecoming, provides input regarding university programs and policies, and provides excellent networking opportunities through a myriad of events.

For further information call SDSU Alumni at 619-594-2586 or visit http://www.sdsualumni.org.

Alumni Chapter

The purpose of the SDSU Imperial Valley Alumni Chapter is to advance and establish a mutually beneficial relationship between the university, alumni, and friends. It also provides an avenue for alumni to continue their connection with the university through the SDSU Alumni. The SDSU Imperial Valley Alumni Chapter engages their members in sharing and participating in intellectual and cultural life, as well as social and networking opportunities to enhance professional development. The chapter provides not only the guidance and support to help recognized chapters reach their goals and objectives but also the link for alumni to stay connected to the university.

All graduates, friends, and faculty of the university are eligible for membership. For further information, visit  http://www.ivcampus.sdsu.edu/alumni/ or call 760-768-5540.

Associated Students of San Diego State University

Associated Students (A.S.) is a student-directed auxiliary of SDSU and is one of the largest student governance organizations in the CSU system. The auxiliary operates eight facilities, in addition to offering a multitude of programs and services that serve students, faculty, staff, and the SDSU community. Associated Students can be reached by calling 619-594-6555 or visiting http://www.as.sdsu.edu.

Student Government. There are many leadership opportunities through the Associated Students. Student government leaders ensure that the interests of SDSU students are heard, served, and met. Students who want to get involved are encouraged to visit the A.S. office in person or online to learn about available opportunities. For more information, call 619-594-6555 or visit http://www.as.sdsu.edu/govt. The A.S. office is located on the third floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Double Platinum certified student union in the CSU system and features numerous sustainable “green” building elements. Known as the campus living room, the student union provides a vibrant and welcoming space for students through a variety of programs and services including multiple free events throughout the week hosted by the Aztec Student Union Board. Amenities include the ARC Express (fitness center), Aztec Lanes (bowling and games center), the Backdoor Media Studio, Cal Coast Credit Union, Center for Intercultural Relations, dining options, information center, the Jeffrey W. Glazer Center for Leadership and Service,Office for Graduate Life and Diversity, meeting spaces, student lounge, Student Organization Center, a 300-seat theatre, 11,500-square-foot multipurpose Montezuma Hall, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. To learn more about the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union or to get involved with the Aztec Student Union Board (ASUB), visit http://aztecstudentunion.com. To inquire about meeting space, call Union Programs and Services at 619-594-5278 or e-mail asmtgsvs@sdsu.edu. For general information, call 619-594-6551.

SDSU Children’s Center. The SDSU Children’s Center, a quality service of Associated Students, provides an educational childcare program for children between six months and pre-kindergarten to five years of age. Priority for enrollment starts with SDSU students, followed by children and grandchildren of faculty and staff, and then children of SDSU alumni and the larger community as space is available. Income qualifying students can apply for funding provided by the California Department of Education. The center serves as the laboratory school for the Department of Child and Family Development in the College of Education. In addition, the center collaborates with campus departments to support academic research, observational learning and opportunities to link academic coursework with hands-on learning by working directly with children and families at the center. For more information, call 619-594-7941, e-mail ccc_info@sdsu.edu, or visit https://childcare.sdsu.edu.

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. Located amidst the original landscaping of San Diego State University, this historic venue is ideal for watching your favorite musical group while sitting under the stars. Built in 1934, this 4,600-seat amphitheatre has played host to sold out concerts, lectures, symphonic performances, and university events. Generations of guests have enjoyed the theatre’s natural acoustics which complement the sound of all music genres. For event information, call 619-594-0234 or visit http://calcoastopenairtheatre.com.

Viejas Arena. Home to SDSU men’s and women’s basketball, Viejas Arena is San Diego’s premier venue for everything from concerts to sporting events, family shows, conventions, conferences, and corporate and university events. This state-of-the-art, 12,414-seat facility is complete with award-winning acoustics and a distinctive outdoor concourse area. Viejas Arena is adjacent to the Aztec Recreation Center in the heart of the SDSU campus with nearby parking. Call 619-594-0234 or visit http://www.viejasarena.com for more information.

Aztec Recreation. Aztec Recreation, a department of Associated Students, provides high quality programs, services and facilities that inspire active, healthy living and enhance the SDSU experience. Aztec Recreation manages seven on-campus facilities: Aztec Recreation Center (ARC), ARC Express, Aztec Aquaplex, ENS 700 Field, SDSU Recreation Field, tennis, and racquetball as well as the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC), an off campus water sports facility. Aztec Recreation membership is included for SDSU students enrolled in Fall, Spring, or Summer semester classes and provides access to a wide range of services and facilities, including the ARC, ARC Express, Aztec Aquaplex, Group Fitness classes, Intramural Sports programs, indoor climbing, racquetball, and tennis (https://arc.sdsu.edu/arc/).

Aztec Recreation Center (ARC). The ARC is a 134,000 sq ft. fitness and recreation facility with climbing, gymnasiums, weight training, five fitness studios, a quiet lounge, an indoor track, a Shake Smart healthy eatery, and much more (https://arc.sdsu.edu/arc/).

Aztec Adventures. Aztec Adventures offers leadership development, education and adventure experiences through meet-upda, clinics, team building, ENS credit classes, and climbing programs (https://aztecadventures.sdsu.edu/).

Aztec Aquaplex. The Aquaplex is an outdoor aquatics and tennis facility located on the west side of campus with two large pools, a spa and 12 tennis courts. The facility is available for open recreational play and is home to numerous Sport Club and Aztec Athletics teams (https://arc.sdsu.edu/aquaplex/).

ARC Express. The ARC Express is a 6,000-square-foot fitness center located on the third floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union (https://arc.sdsu.edu/arcexpress/).

Aztec Lanes. Aztec Lanes is the SDSU bowling and games center located on the first floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Featuring 12 bowling lanes, the facility also offers participants a lounge with billiards, table tennis and big-screen TVs (https://arc.sdsu.edu/azteclanes/).

ENS Credit Classes. Aztec Recreation partners with the SDSU Department of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences to provide one unit courses that promote lifelong fitness, wellness and recreational pursuits. Classes are available in dance, fitness, martial arts, mind/body, outdoor skills, sports, and water sports (https://arc.sdsu.edu/creditclasses/).

Group Fitness. Multiple fitness classes are led each week by motivating instructors who engage participants in effective, fun, and safe fitness training in cardio, dance, mind/body, and strength-based formats (https://arc.sdsu.edu/groupfitness/).

Intramural Sports. Intramural sports provides students with opportunities to compete in a variety of team and individual sports through league, tournament and special event formats throughout the year (https://arc.sdsu.edu/intramurals/).

Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC). The world-renowned Mission Bay Aquatic Center is Aztec Recreation’s beachside instructional facility offering rentals, special events, and water sports classes. Every semester, hundreds of students earn university credit while learning to kayak, row, sail, stand up paddle, surf, wakeboard, wakesurf, or windsurf (http://www.mbaquaticcenter.com).

Recreation and ENS Fields. The Recreation and ENS fields feature state-of-the-art turf and lighting systems. The fields host recreational sports activities including daily open recreational play as well as credit classes, fitness, intramural sports and sport club games and practices (https://arc.sdsu.edu/).

Recreational Sports. Recreational sports houses the Performance Center and racquetball courts and is located in PG 181 on the west side of Peterson Gym.

Sport Clubs. The SDSU Sport Club program consists of 22 diverse and competitive collegiate teams with over 800 athletes. Sport Club teams represent SDSU in intercollegiate competitions at regional, state, and national levels and recruit both new and experienced student athletes (https://arc.sdsu.edu/sportclubs/).

Adapted Athletics. The SDSU Adapted Athletics program integrates high-caliber education, coaching, and mentorship for collegiate adaptive athletes with competitive teams in wheelchair tennis and ambulatory track competing regionally, nationally and internationally. Adapted Athletics provides athletes with strength and conditioning training and partners with SDSU Exercise and Nutritional Sciences to offer physical therapy and nutrition counseling.

Associated Students Imperial Valley

Associated Students at SDSU Imperial Valley can be reached by calling 760-768-5621, or on the website at http://www.as.sdsu.edu.

Student Government. Elections held each year allow for the selection of individuals to fill one-year terms on the council. Meetings of the A.S. council are weekly, open sessions. Other student government activities include working with student clubs; monitoring academic policies, programs, and services; appointments to educational or campus-related committees; lobbying to provide student input to city, county, state, and federal governments; and working to do what is best for SDSU students. For more details about student government programs visit http://www.as.sdsu.edu/govt.

Athletics

San Diego State University sponsors a broad array of varsity intercollegiate athletics for women and men. SDSU’s commitment to gender equity in athletics includes 13 sports for women (basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor/ outdoor track and field, volleyball, and water polo) and six for men (baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis). As a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I program, Aztec athletic teams compete at the highest level of intercollegiate competition. All of the teams except lacrosse, men’s soccer, rowing, and water polo compete in the 11-member Mountain West Conference. Lacrosse is a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF); men’s soccer is a member of the Pac12 Conference; rowing is a member of the American Athletic Conference; and water polo is a member of the Golden Coast Conference.

Athletics serves a number of important roles on campus and within the larger San Diego community. In addition to encouraging student athletes to expand their competitive capabilities to the fullest, San Diego State teams provide a catalyst which helps generate pride and a shared esprit de corps among students, faculty, staff, and alumni. This also helps link these groups from generation to generation. Similarly, with nearly 100,000 alumni and former students and tens of thousands of supporters in the county with no other direct connection to the university, Aztec teams frequently carry the aspirations of San Diego in the forum of NCAA Division I Athletics. On-campus athletic events attract both students and members of the community to campus and this reinforces many mutually beneficial town-gown relationships. For more information, please call 619-594-3019 or visit http://www.goaztecs.com.

Student Athlete Support Services

Aztec Athletics Center, Room 3029
619-594‑3395

Involvement with intercollegiate athletics on campus presents many challenges for students. This office provides guidance and assistance for these student-athletes in the areas of admission, registration, new student orientation, counseling, study hall, mentoring, tutoring, and academic advising. The office also serves as a liaison between faculty and the Athletic Department. This individualized program is designed to create an academic support network to ensure all student-athletes comply with university requirements while working toward completion of a degree.

Audiology Clinic and Speech-Language Clinic

Administered by the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, the clinics provide assessment and remediation services for SDSU students, staff, faculty, and the community. In addition, the clinics offer opportunities for research, consultation, supervised field internships, continuing education, and other service activities.

In the Speech-Language clinic, comprehensive diagnostic and treatment programs are available for children and adults in the areas of aphasia, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, delayed speech/language development, fluency or articulation disorders, hearing loss, loss of communication function, and voice. Services are also provided for bilingual/multicultural clients and speakers of English as a second language.

The Assistive Device Assessment Program provides language, cognitive, and technical assessments related to augmentative/assistive devices and systems for individuals who have communication disabilities.

In the Audiology Clinic, audiologic services for children and adults include hearing assessment, hearing aid evaluation and selection, assistive listening device evaluations, earmolds, hearing protection devices, hearing conservation services, and aural rehabilitation therapy.

The clinics are located at 5245 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-1518 and can be reached at 619-594-7747.

Aztec Shops, Ltd.

(Campus Stores, Dining)
http://www.aztecshops.com

Aztec Shops, Ltd., founded in 1931, is a non-profit corporation that functions as an auxiliary of San Diego State University. As a “self-sustaining” non-profit SDSU auxiliary, Aztec Shops operates without subsidy from the University or the State. The corporation manages a diverse portfolio of services including operation of SDSU Campus Stores, SDSU Dining, SDSU Conference Services, SDSU Licensing, and Commercial and Residential Real Estate properties surrounding campus.

Aztec Shops, Ltd. is also committed to promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace culture. Our organization embraces the many dimensions of diversity that make individuals unique and harness a variety of perspectives in order to create better outcomes that will benefit everyone.

Campus Stores

www.shopaztecs.com

SDSU Bookstore. The flagship of Aztec Shops’ retail operations, the SDSU Bookstore is one of the largest campus bookstores in the country. The 25,000 square-foot-facility - located in the heart of campus - carries required and optional course materials for all SDSU and Imperial Valley classes. Course Materials are primarily available in digital format and those titles that are not available digitally, print will be made available. The bookstore’s aztecnology department offers academic discounts on Apple and PC products. Aztecnology also offers a wide array of services including hardware financing, a hardware trade-in program, computer repair at our tecbar, and a free gaming center.

The SDSU Bookstore features an extensive selection of officially licensed SDSU clothing and gifts. Also available in the store is clothing in the latest trends, school supplies, and is the official stop for regalia needs. For more information, visit http://www.shopaztecs.com, or call 619-594-7525.

The Aztec Store. Aztec Shops operates The Aztec Store, the bookstore at the SDSU IV campus in Calexico, CA, located in the campus Library. The store also provides food and beverage services for the campus.

Stadiums: Aztec Shops operates stores and kiosks at Viejas Arena, Tony Gwynn Stadium, and Snapdragon Stadium.

Montezuma Publishing

montezumapublishing.com

As part of its commitment to providing course materials for SDSU and other colleges and universities, Montezuma Publishing prepares customized course materials and readers, securing copyright permissions when necessary, in digital or printed formats. Additionally, they oversee the Thesis/Dissertation review and publishing process on behalf of the University.

Dining Services

www.eatatsdsu.com 

SDSU Dining. SDSU Dining has been providing quality food service for the SDSU campus since 1959. Dining proudly features approximately 50 restaurants and food service outlets on the San Diego campus, including the Faculty-Staff Club, Farmers’ Market, The Garden Restaurant at Cuicacalli Suites, Salad Bistro, SoCal Chicken, University Towers Kitchen (UTK), Vinnie’s, six Aztec Market convenience stores, and three Starbucks locations campuswide. SDSU dining features local, regional and national brands: Panda Express, Halal Shack, Rubio’s, Subway, Big City Bagels, Olive Oil Cafe, Chipotle, The Habit, Oggi’s, Eureka, Which Wich, Poke One Half, Lolita’s, Everbowl, Epic Wings, and Trader Joes on campus. For more information on SDSU Dining,visit https://www.eatatsdsu.com/ or call 619-594-7640.

Concessions and Premium. Aztec Shops operates the concession stands and premium areas at Viejas Arena, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, Peterson Gymnasium, Tony Gwynn Stadium, Aztrack, and Snapdragon Stadium. Snapdragon Stadium features eight strong local brands in addition to fan favorites.

SDSU Catering. SDSU Catering is the recognized caterer for all events on the SDSU campus. For more information visit https://sdsucatering.com/.

Other Aztec Shops Operations

meetatsdsu.com

Conference Services. Aztec Shops manages Conference Services, which offers athletics facilities, food and beverage, housing, and meeting spaces to groups interested in hosting their athletic camps, conferences, events, or meetings at SDSU for groups of all sizes and age ranges. For more information visit https://meetatsdsu.com/

Real Estate. Aztec Shops owns and/or manages a diverse portfolio of properties on campus including student housing, office and commercial space.

 

California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)

Ikhide Imumorin, Executive Director

Created in 1987 as a system-wide program, the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) funds student scholarships, partners with the life science industry, and supports collaborative CSU student and faculty bio-entrepreneurship projects and research. CSUPERB also organizes the annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium and also hosts various forums related to entrepreneurship education, where students can meet and talk with alumni and professionals in the biotechnology industry.

The CSUPERB program office is hosted at San Diego State University but serves and supports faculty and students at all 23 CSU campuses. The program involves more than 700 students and faculty from agriculture, business and computer science departments, clinical sciences, engineering, life sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences annually.

CSUPERB knows that successful biotechnology students have opportunities to integrate coursework, hands-on practice, and participation in interdisciplinary entrepreneurship or team-based research projects. CSUPERB’s competitive award, scholarship, and seed grant programs include Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Awards, CSU I-Corps program, Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award, Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Research Award, Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholars Awards, Presidents Commission Scholar Awards, and student travel grant programs. In total, CSUPERB programs award over $800,000 to CSU faculty and students annually.

Visit the program websites at http://www.calstate.edu/csuperb and http://www.csuperb.org/csuicorps for more information.

Center for Supplemental Instruction

Emily A. Bates, Campus Coordinator

Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides students in high-challenge courses with additional voluntary and non-remedial study sessions focused on active learning strategies. SI Sessions are facilitated by undergraduate students who successfully completed the course and are trained as SI leaders. Since SI focuses on high-challenge courses rather than at-risk students, SI participants range from those excelling in the course to students who may be struggling. SI Sessions are offered throughout the week to maximize student access. Since SI’s implementation at SDSU in 2015, SI-participating students have typically averaged a half to full letter grade higher examination performance compared to non-SI-participating students. 

Information about Supplemental Instruction (SI), courses, and SI Session schedules may be found at caa.sdsu.edu/supplemental-instruction or by contacting the SI coordinator at SILeader1@sdsu.edu.

Honor Societies

An academic honor society is a campus organization that values and reinforces the high academic standards of the university and selects its members, at least in part, on the basis of superior academic performance.

Multidisciplinary Academic Honor Societies

Mortar Board, a national honor society for college seniors, was founded in 1918. The society recognizes in its membership the qualities of superior scholastic ability, outstanding and continual leadership, and dedicated service to the university community. The SDSU chapter of Mortar Board had its beginning in 1932 as Cap and Gown. In 1965 the local honorary was recognized as a member of the national organization. Nationwide there are over 230 active chapters with a membership in excess of 240,000. In 2009, the chapter was renamed the Jane K. Smith Cap and Gown Chapter, in recognition of the pivotal role Dr. Smith has played in the development of the SDSU chapter. At the 2003, 2012, and 2020 National Conferences, the SDSU chapter received the Ruth Weimer Mount Award as the most outstanding chapter  in the nation. Each year, the chapter receives the Golden Torch award for its excellence in supporting the ideals of Mortar Board.

Mortar Board membership means active involvement to benefit the campus and community. Current projects include an annual faculty/staff appreciation event, awarding of scholarships, sale of the Mortar Board Daily Planner and Calendar of Events, support of activities and projects of the San Diego Alumni Chapter, and support of philanthropy projects related to literacy. To be considered for election to membership, students must have senior standing for the fall semester with an overall GPA of 3.2 or better and must have participated and excelled in the areas of scholarship, service, and leadership. All prospective members must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Admission to Mortar Board is highly competitive and is restricted to no more than 45 students per year.

Advisers for the honor society are Dr. Jane K. Smith, Assistant Vice President Emerita for Academic Services; Araujo-Lipine Associate Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities in Student Affairs; and Randi E. McKenzie, Assistant Dean Emerita for Student Affairs, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.

Information is available at http://mortarboard.sdsu.edu.

Phi Beta Delta (formerly Scholars without Borders) officially launched during the 2019-2020 academic year. Phi Beta Delta was the first honor society to recognize the scholarly achievements in international education, giving scholarships to deserving students, and enhancing knowledge about various cultures around the world. Their motto is “Scientia Mutua Mundi,” which means “World’s Shared Knowledge.” The goal is to promote international exchange and service and to recognize the scholarly achievements of SDSU students, faculty, and staff. As a fellowship of international scholars, the honor society supports programs with an international focus and builds campus awareness of international issues and opportunities. Students interested in an international perspective who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement are invited to join.

The adviser is Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Director of the SDSU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Resource Center, vloh-hagan@sdsu.edu.

Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the oldest academic honor society in America. Its 293 chapters recognize academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. In 1974, Nu of California Chapter was established at SDSU, the first CSU campus to be so honored.

Students do not apply for membership in Phi Beta Kappa; rather, seniors and juniors are “elected” each spring by resident faculty. This invitation to membership is extended only once and must be accepted in the semester of election and initiation. Candidates for Members in Course shall have completed a balanced range of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences, 90 percent of which shall be letter graded; for juniors this means at least 75 units and for seniors 90 units. These units shall include 45 units at San Diego State University, one semester of advanced mathematics, and proficiency in a language other than English corresponding to a third-semester university course. Juniors shall have attained at least a 3.75 grade point average both overall and in the liberal arts and sciences. Seniors shall have a 3.60 grade point average both overall and in the liberal arts and sciences and shall have completed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. All candidates shall show depth and breadth of scholarly interests by the number, variety, and rigor of upper division courses taken outside the major.

Chapter activities include the annual initiation, at which several scholarships are awarded; participation on the University Honors Council; and supportive interaction with local schools. Chapter president is Dr. Kathryn Valentine, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, kvalentine@sdsu.edu. Corresponding secretary is Dr. Glen A. McClish, Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, gmcclish@sdsu.edu. For general information consult http://www.pbk.org.

Phi Eta Sigma is a national freshman honor society. The national chapter was formed in 1923; the local chapter was formed in 1955.

Phi Eta Sigma was established to encourage and reward high scholastic achievement among freshmen in institutions of higher education. There are over 350 chapters throughout the United States and more than 500,000 members.

All freshmen, both men and women, who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale with at least 12 units at the close of either semester during their freshman year at SDSU are eligible to join. Students who were eligible but missed induction after their freshman year may join retroactively only during the designated invitation period in the month of September.

Among its activities are induction ceremonies, community service involvement, social events, and national conventions.

The adviser for the honor society is Michele Mignogna, Assistant Director, Student Organizations and Activities, mwhalley@sdsu.edu.

Tau Sigma is a national honor society designed exclusively for SDSU transfer students. Their mission is to recognize and promote the academic excellence of SDSU transfer students. Transfer students in the top 20 percent across campus and who complete one full-time SDSU semester (12 or more units) will be invited to join Tau Sigma. For more information contact: tausigma@sdsu.edu or studentsuccess@sdsu.edu

Discipline-Based Honor Societies

The national honor societies at San Diego State University which accord recognition to students who demonstrate superior scholarship and leadership in specific academic fields include:


Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice)
Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting)
Beta Gamma Sigma (Business)
Chi Epsilon (Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering)
Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Eta Sigma Phi (Classics)
Lambda Pi Eta (Communication)
Phi Alpha Theta (History)
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Music)
Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Affairs and Administration)
Pi Kappa Lambda (Music)
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
Psi Chi (Psychology)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)
Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing)
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering)

Learning Technologies and Environments (LTE)

A unit within the IT Division, Learning Technologies & Environments (LTE) provides vision and leadership to support excellence in teaching and learning through active learning environments, pedagogical research, and learner-centered technologies. Partnerships with faculty, academic leaders and campus stakeholders, as well regional, national and international higher education and industry partners, enable innovation and documentation of results focusing on improving student success. LTE enhances and facilitates the campus IT user experience through four main areas: Academic Technology Research & Strategic Initiatives; the Accessible Technology Initiative; Instructional Technology Services; and IT User Services.

Academic Technology Research and Strategic Initiatives

Academic Technology Research and Strategic Initiatives employs student-centered and data-informed strategies to evaluate new and existing academic technologies. Utilizing research and evaluations, this LTE domain works to connect students and faculty with relevant analytics and interventions to promote positive course performance and experiential results. Projects include learning environment/classroom design evaluations, augmented reality lab beta testing, and ongoing predictive analytics efforts in partnership with Supplemental Instruction and student success initiatives on campus. For more information, please contact Dr. Maureen Guarcello, mguarcello@sdsu.edu.

Accessible Technology Initiative 

As part of SDSU’s ongoing commitment to providing a diverse and supportive academic and work environment, the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) team works to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to and the opportunity to participate in campus programs, activities, and services. The ATI group provides the University with leadership, support, and evaluation in the areas of accessible and universally designed instructional materials, accessible websites, and procurement practices that prioritize accessibility and equitable access. The ATI group consists of an ATI Coordinator, an Instructional Materials Design Specialist, Web Accessibility Specialist and both a Faculty and Student Fellow. 

IT User Services

IT User Services (ITUS) is responsible for the operation and technical support of G Suite, Microsoft O365, SDSUid, ServiceNow, campus email, software licensing\distribution, application support\development, SSO azure application integrations, electronic document signing, and wireless troubleshooting. Desktop services for clients of ITD are also provided by the unit.

Instructional Technology Services

Located on the first floor of Adams Humanities, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) provides support and leadership to the university in the effective uses of technologies for enhancing learning, facilitating research, and supporting strategic initiatives. ITS fulfills its mission by fostering collaboration and innovation with faculty and university stakeholders in the design, development, and effective use of learning environments and educational media.

ITS supports the following resources and training, available to all faculty, year-round:

  • Academic integrity software, technologies, and assessment strategies (e.g., Respondus LockDown Browser, Turnitin);
  • Academic Media Services (e.g., instruction-based video production, photography, graphic design);
  • Canvas Learning Management System support;
  • Course capture technologies (classroom-based, online, and/or mobile);
  • Instructional Design (individual consultation, small group, or workshop settings);
  • Instructional equipment loans (e.g., laptops, video/data projectors, 360 degree cameras, Google Cardboard, and VR headsets);
  • Student response system hardware, strategies, and training;
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) accessibility consultation, software, and support;
  • Virtual, immersive, and augmented reality training and technologies (e.g. the Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning (VITaL) Research Center);
  • Web-based conference system support for virtual instruction, office hours, and meetings.

ITS supports the Faculty Instructional Facility (FIT) Center, located in Adams Humanities, Room 1109. The FIT Center provides an informal environment for faculty consultations, collaboration, and development of instructional, professional, and research materials. There are five ITS Learning Research Studios, each offering different functionality and educational technology support.

The Learning Glass Studio, located in Student Services West, Room 2667, allows instructors to write lecture notes while maintaining face-to-face contact with students; the images are flipped so students can view notes as they are written, through a monitor.

The Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning (VITaL) Space, located in Adams Humanities, Room 1120, offers a variety of augmented and virtual reality tools in a flexible learning environment. Promoting experimentation with curriculum design and the scholarship of teaching and learning, VITaL serves as an incubator to enable experiences that would be impossible or out of reach in a traditional learning environment.

Multi-Display Studios, located in Adams Humanities, Room 1112, Lamden Hall, Room 410, and Student Services West, Room 2649, offer 8 to 10 video displays for faculty to share overhead camera feeds and/or web-based content from the SMART Board or computer. Similarly, students can plug in from each of the learning hubs throughout the rooms to broadcast their content at the local hub or to the entire classroom.

For more information about ITS services and support, call 619- 594-4357 (4-HELP) or go to http://its.sdsu.edu.

Smart Classrooms provide user-friendly, technology-rich equipment, and presentation systems. Each classroom system includes a fixed podium, enabling faculty to instruct using the following:

  • DVD or Blu-ray disc players;
  • Mac and/or Windows computers;
  • Laptop or tablet computers;
  • Visual presenters/document cameras for projection of print and three-dimensional materials.

Projection is achieved via LCD video/data projector or largescreen, high-definition televisions. In larger lecture halls, a public address system with wireless microphone unit and assistive listening device are included.

Today, approximately 98 percent of the teaching spaces on campus are considered smart classrooms. Requests for smart classrooms should be made through your department or school administrative coordinator.

SDSU Imperial Valley faculty have access to onsite support through Instructional Services on the Calexico campus by calling 760-768-5545 or going to East Faculty, Room 124C. On the Brawley campus, faculty members need to check with the coordinator who can be reached by calling 760-768-5787 or by going to the Administrative Office, Room 122.

International Affairs

The mission of International Affairs is to develop and inspire globally-conscious citizens. International Affairs, in consultation with the University Senate International Affairs Council, is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the internationalization of the university. The International Affairs Complex houses the International Student Center, Global Education Office, Faculty International Engagement Office, and SDSU Passport Office.

International Affairs is the primary contact for inbound international and exchange student services; outbound international and virtual global education; global learning outcomes and assessment; curriculum internationalization and global opportunities for faculty; and passport services for the San Diego community. The AVP for International Affairs represents the university on international matters to external agencies and institutions in San Diego, the transborder region, and around the world.

Lavin Entrepreneur Program

The Lavin Entrepreneur Program is a two year, progressive, co-curricular program offered through the Fowler College of Business with the Department of Management and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. The program offers students the opportunity to explore entrepreneurial issues in local, regional, and global environments. Students enroll in a one-unit seminar each semester. The seminars are a blend of academic material and experiential activities designed to prepare students for entrepreneurially oriented career paths. Students participate in activities to promote academic and personal growth and in networking and social events designed to build confidence in entrepreneurial competencies and enhance social and professional networks. Students are accepted into the Lavin Entrepreneur Program before their junior year. The program is open to all majors at SDSU.

Marine Officer Programs

The Marine Officer Selection Office in San Diego is looking for qualified students interested in a career as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. Positions are available in aviation, ground, and law; aviation and law programs may be guaranteed prior to commissioning. Contact the officer selection officer at 619-294-2174 or visit http://marineofficer.com for more information.

Platoon Leaders Class. The Platoon Leaders Class is the most popular route to becoming an officer. For college freshmen and sophomores, the program consists of two six-week training sessions between school years at Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia. For college juniors, it is one 10-week training session during the summer prior to the senior year. Students are paid and travel costs to and from Quantico, meals, textbooks, materials, and clothing are furnished. During the school year, students will not be called to active duty and are not required to wear a uniform. Upon graduation, the student will be commissioned as a Marine Second Lieutenant and advance directly to The Basic School.

Officer Candidates Course. College graduates who want to be officers in the Marine Corps go through one 10-week session at Officer Candidates School. Upon completion, students will move immediately to The Basic School. There are three sessions during the year: fall, winter, and summer. Whatever session is selected, students will be paid and travel costs to and from Quantico will be covered. Meals, textbooks, materials, and clothing for training are also furnished.

Officer Candidates Course-Reserve. Officer Candidates Course-Reserve is similar to Officer Candidates Course, except candidates pursue a reserve commission. College graduates attend the 10-week session at Officer Candidates School, attend The Basic School, and after completing military occupational school, report into their reserve unit. Applicants  competing for these positions select their military job and reserve unit prior to attending Officer Candidates School.

Students are encouraged to seek information and plan ahead if they are interested in pursuing a commission in the United States Marine Corps.

Navy Officer Programs and Scholarships

San Diego State University maintains a liaison with the Navy Officer Programs Office in San Diego. This liaison provides students with access to the many opportunities available to college students throughout the Navy, including scholarships for up to $42,000. Call 1‑800‑USA-NAVY for additional information.

Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program. Sophomores, juniors and seniors who qualify can earn up to $1,800 each month while they finish their last one, two or three years of college - no uniforms or drill required. Scholarships are available to sophomores, juniors and seniors in all majors who have a 2.7 grade point average or above. Positions in aviation, surface warfare, business management, personnel management, and information systems are guaranteed after college graduation.

Navy Engineering Programs. Scholarships are available to students in technical majors who have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Those who are interested and qualified receive more than $1,700 each month plus benefits while they finish their last one or two years of undergraduate study. The scholarship leads to a position as an instructor, research or operating engineer for the Navy, and a commission as a naval officer.

Medical School and Dental School Scholarships. For students applying to medical or dental school, a scholarship is available which will cover the cost of tuition and books and provide a monthly payment while in medical school. Initial requirements are application to an accredited medical school and competitive GPA and MCAT/DAT scores.

Allied Health Profession Opportunities. The Navy Medical Service Corps offers commissions to clinical, scientific and administrative professionals in the health care field. It is comprised of several specialties that require either a baccalaureate, masters or doctorate degree.

Nurse Corps. Limited scholarships are available for junior and senior nursing students with top scholastic performance.

Students are encouraged to seek information and plan ahead if they are interested in adding any of these programs to their career options. More information on all programs is available by calling or writing to the Officer Programs Office, NRD San Diego, ASW Base, Bldg. 2, 33055 Nixie Way, San Diego, CA 92147-5192, 619-524-6760.

Parking and Transportation

When possible, carpooling or use of alternate modes of transportation is recommended for the commute to campus.

Metropolitan Transit System’s Green Line trolley and seven bus routes (11, 14, 115, 215, 856, 936, 955) conveniently connect the San Diego metropolitan area with service to the San Diego State University Trolley Station and Transit Center. Monthly and semester student trolley and bus passes can be purchased through the Aztec Parking Portal.

Further information concerning Metropolitan Transit trolley and bus routes, fares, and services can be found at https://www.sdmts.com. SDSU partners with Zipcar for car sharing in addition to the city’s iCommute programs. For more information, visit http://www.zipcar.com/universities/san-diego-state-university, http://www.icommutesd.com, and http://waze.com/carpool.

On-campus parking is by payment only and overnight parking requires a day/night use payment. Purchase of parking does not guarantee parking. Parking is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis and is located on the perimeter of the campus. Major events at Viejas Arena may require parking location adjustment.

Visitors are directed to the Parking Information Booth at the College Avenue entrance to the campus for directions to several available pay parking lots. Look for PayByPhone signage at select locations to use this phone app in lieu of a pay station. Permits may be purchased ahead of time at https://aztecs.t2hosted.com arrival. For further information on parking at the San Diego campus, contact Parking and Transportation Services, 619-594-6671. For visitor parking at SDSU Imperial Valley, call 760-768-5500.

San Diego State University Research Foundation

Incorporated in 1943, San Diego State University Research Foundation is an auxiliary organization authorized by the Education Code of the State of California. It is a nonprofit corporation chartered to augment the educational, research, and community services objectives of the university. SDSU Research Foundation serves the university in the following major areas:

  • Assisting faculty and staff in developing and administering federal, state, and privately funded projects.
  • Seeking funding sources, offering grant-related workshops, assisting with proposal development and submission, and interpreting agency guidelines and policies.
  • Developing project budgets, obtaining university approvals, and negotiating sponsored grant and contract awards.
  • Providing support and assistance to faculty on the administration, compliance, and fiscal management of grants and contracts, gift funds for The Campanile Foundation, and self-support activities including KPBS and Global Campus.
  • Ensuring that funds are expended in accordance with the terms and conditions of the funding agencies, and federal, state, CSU, and SDSU regulations.
  • Assisting with staff recruitment, hiring, employee relations, leaves, retirements and separations, and payroll services.
  • Providing all accounting and financial support services including procurement, accounts payable, invoicing, financial reporting, audit responses, and tax filings.
  • Providing technology transfer services, protecting intellectual property, commercializing technology developed at the university, and assisting spin-out companies based on SDSU inventions.
  • Identifying, acquiring, and managing real property in support of sponsored programs not housed in university facilities.
SDSU Research Foundation is located in the Gateway Center at 5250 Campanile Drive. More information is available at http://www.foundation.sdsu.edu or by calling 619-594-1900.

San Diego State University Press

As an independent scholarly press administered by the SDSU Senate and housed in San Diego State University’s College of Arts and Letters, San Diego State University Press publishes works of original research, as well as other dynamic academic and creative works that further the intellectual mission of the university. Founded in the late 1950s, San Diego State University Press is the oldest university press in the California State University system. Today, SDSU Press is guided by an internal editorial board made up of seven scholars drawn from faculty within SDSU’s College of Arts and Letters and an external editorial board of eight scholars from leading universities across the country. San Diego State University Press’s various publication programs and imprints include: Amatl Comix, Baja California Literature in Translation, Binational Press/Editorial binacional, Code[x] Books, Hyperbole Books, The Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias, Psychoanalysis on the Couch, and SurText. The current focus of the press is  United States-Mexico border cultural studies, Latin American culture and arts, avant-garde aesthetics, art history, contemporary intellectual history, critical theory, cultural theory, ethnic studies, graphic narrative (comics and animation studies), Latin America, postmodernity, Mexican and Latinx photography, and regional studies of the Pacific Rim and the Pacific Southwest. In addition to books, the press also has a journals division that oversees pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual and Poetry International. San Diego State University Press policy is controlled by its internal editorial board and its director, appointed by the SDSU senate. Financial accounting and coordination are provided by the San Diego State University Research Foundation.

San Diego State University Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center

The SDSU Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center promotes student success by providing drop-in tutoring for lower-division mathematics and statistics courses. The atmosphere at the center is welcoming and encourages discussions about mathematics among friends, classmates, teaching assistants, and tutors. The center employs undergraduate and graduate student tutors with backgrounds in a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Teaching assistants from many of the lower-division mathematics and statistics courses hold office hours in the center. Students are encouraged to drop by to work with a knowledgeable tutor, find other classmates who are working on similar assignments, or work in groups in a study room.

Student support is provided through the following:

  • Drop in tutoring for help with a variety of mathematics questions;
  • Small meeting rooms where students can meet one-on-one with their teaching assistants;
  • Weekly workshops that target specific classes such as precalculus, calculus I, and calculus II.

The center is open when classes are in session. Hours and dates of operation, tutor schedules, and instructional video resources are available at http://mlc.sdsu.edu. The center is located in Love Library, Room 328, and can be reached at 619-594-0487.

San Diego State University Writing Center

The SDSU Writing Center promotes student success with writing across the university. The center works with undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to develop and extend knowledge and performance of academic literacies; through coaching from tutors who engage in conversation about writing and broaden understanding of audience, genre, language, and context. The center also works with faculty to promote success in writing instruction, support teaching of writing across the university, conduct research into writing, tutoring, and understanding of the teaching of writing on campus.

Student support is provided through the following:

  • One-to-one sessions with tutors to discuss any type of academic writing;
  • Workshops to familiarize students with different aspects of writing;
  • Classroom visits to explain how students can best make use of the center;
  • Reference materials about academic writing.

Faculty support is available through the following:

  • Consultation regarding designing writing assignments to help students achieve course learning outcomes;
  • Professional development workshops for faculty and graduate teaching assistants.

The center is open when classes are in session. Hours and dates of operation are available at http://writingcenter.sdsu.edu. Information about appointments, workshops, and other services can also be found at the website. The center is located in Love Library, Room 1103, and can be reached at 619-594-3543.

Global Education Programs

San Diego State University offers more than 350 in-person and virtual global education programs, including study abroad programs, international internships, and international volunteer programs in over 70 countries around the world. These programs range in length and type of program, increasing the possibilities for all students to be able to internationalize their SDSU experience. For a complete listing of available study abroad programs, explore Aztecs Abroad at http://www.sdsu.edu/aztecsabroad.

Global Learning Designation

The Global Learning Course (GLC) designation offers students a transformative academic experience that extends beyond traditional classrooms. These courses facilitate Global Learning Outcomes through activities like international events, research, internships, studying abroad, and collaborative projects, connecting these experiences with course content to expose students to diverse perspectives and global issues. Emphasizing critical reflection, GLCs empower students to explore identities, analyze language and power dynamics, address global challenges, and enhance career readiness by articulating gained global learning knowledge, disposition, and skills. In today’s interconnected world, GLCs play a pivotal role in fostering a vital worldview.

Service Learning and Community Engagement

A Service Learning Course is an academic course that provides students opportunities to participate in organized service activities that meet community needs while linking these experiences to course content. Service Learning courses enhance education by providing activities that expand the scope of the course beyond traditional in-class assignments and group projects. Collaboration and the further development of ongoing relationships between SDSU and partner institutions serve as service learning’s cornerstone.

Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Military and Veterans Program

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

San Diego State University’s Military and Veterans Program (MVP) provides services to all military-connected students on campus. Our Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center (JABVC) in Student Services West, Room 1661, was the first veteran’s resource center in the California State University system. Keeping to our motto of “serving those who served,” the primary mission of the staff is to assist all military-connected students which include - veterans, active duty, reserve, guard, military spouses and children - with the following applicable federal and/or state Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits:

  • California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) College Fee Waiver for Veterans’ Dependents (Cal-Vet Fee Waiver);
  • Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty);
  • Chapter 31 (Veteran’s Readiness and Employment [VR&E]);
  • Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®);
  • Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance [DEA]);
  • Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve);
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship;
  • Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship.

Federal Educational Benefits

Students utilizing their GI Bill® educational benefits (Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, Rogers STEM Scholarship, and Fry Scholarship), must either be a matriculated student at SDSU, applied for admission to a program of study with pre-requirements, or be a “guest student” from another institution of higher education. The following documents are required to be turned into our office in order for students to have their benefits reported to the VA:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
    • Veteran students who are using their GI Bill® for the first time may submit a 22-1990 (Application for VA Education Benefits) until an updated COE is sent to you by the VA.
    • Students using VR&E (CH 31) will need to have their VR&E Counselors provide a PO through tungsten to verify eligibility.
    • Spouse or dependents who are applying for transferred Post 9/11 benefits for the first time may submit a 22-1990E (Transfer of Entitlement) until an updated COE is sent to you by the VA.
  • Provide a signed VA Form 22-5495 (Chapter 35 Dependent/Spouse DEA benefits) to our office’s School Certifying Officials (SCO)
    • Students attending their first semester or first time using benefits at SDSU.
    • Students who have declared and/or changed their major.
  • Provide a Student Responsibility Agreement (SRA) every semester to our office’s School Certifying Official (SCO)
    • SRA’s can only be accepted after students are registered for classes.

Additionally, the following are conditions to the usage of federal VA education benefits apply:

  • Beginning in the 2021-2022 academic school year, Post-9/11 GI Bill® students who receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments are required to verify their enrollment to continue receiving their payments. You can verify your enrollment via text message or by calling the Education Call Center (ECC) 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
  • All classes certified to the VA must be required for the degree objective and must not have previously been successfully completed. Refer to your degree evaluation, graduate program of study, graduate student worksheet, SDSU Academic Advising Center, and/or your department adviser to ensure all classes are applicable towards your degree objective. Deviations from the required classes must have an approved Request for Academic Adjustment Requirement (RAAR) on file with our office.
  • Veterans receive priority registration during their second semester at SDSU. Veteran priority registration is excluded from summer sessions.
  • Any changes to your class schedule (i.e. adds/drops) may have an impact on your VA education benefits. If you change your schedule, notify your SCO as soon as possible to avoid possible retroactive loss of benefits. Federal law requires any changes in enrollment status that may affect VA education benefits be reported within 30 days. Unauthorized withdrawal from courses may result in retroactive loss of benefits and a potential debt to the VA and/or university.
  • Students placed on academic probation may continue to utilize VA education benefits for no more than two semesters. If the academic probation is carried into a third semester, the student will not be certified for VA benefits. Students that are on or facing academic probation should contact your School Certifying Official for possible resources to improve their academic progress.

   GI Bill® Tuition and Fees Policy

  • Tuition Policy - SDSU will defer tuition and fees to students who are eligible to educational benefits under chapter 31(VR&E) or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®) until tuition is reported after the add/drop deadline. Any late fees a student may incur during this time will be waived once the VA submits payment.
  • If you are rated less than 100% under Chapter 33, your portion of tuition and fees must be paid by the schedule adjustment deadline each semester. If you pay tuition and fees that are covered by the GI Bill®, your refund will be processed in accordance with SDSU policy and will be refunded after payment is received by the university from the VA. You can find the refund policy at SDSU Student Account Services Money Matters.
  • To avoid possible overpayment by the VA and additional unexpected costs to the student, all VA benefit users (especially Post 9/11 GI Bill® [Ch. 33]) are encouraged to keep track of their remaining entitlement. 
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay in-state tuition (up to the percentage at which the student is rated), provide a book stipend of approximately $42/unit (capped at $1,000 per academic year), and provide a housing stipend based on the SDSU zip code and calculated at the E-5 with dependents rate established by the Department of Defense.
  • VA is considered  the last payer for tuition and fees. Chapter 33, Fry Scholarship, and STEM Scholarship benefit users will have financial aid specifically awarded for tuition and fees (i.e. State University Grant, Cal Vet Fee Waiver, and scholarships for tuition and fees only, etc.) to be applied first. Any remaining balance may be charged to the VA and they will pay the difference up to the percentage at which the student is rated. Other forms of financial aid (i.e. pell grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) will be released to eligible students.
  • SDSU participates in the VA’s dual certification process. Your initial certification will be reported as $0.00 tuition to the VA at the beginning of the semester in order to allow applicable housing and book stipends to be paid without delay due to factoring out applicable financial aid. The final tuition amount will be reported to the VA 30 days after the semester’s add/drop deadline. Students may receive occasional notifications from the university that their tuition has not been paid. These can generally be disregarded provided the student has been certified to the VA and rated at 100% under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. For questions, students should contact their SCO.
  • Tuition and fees are subject to change annually, students will be notified of increases in accordance with federal, state, CSU, and SDSU policies.

Return of Tuition Assistance Requirements

Student Account Services will perform a Return of Tuition Assistance (TA) calculation when a TA recipient withdraws from his or her course. When a student who has received TA funds withdraws or otherwise fails to complete a period of enrollment for which he or she was charged, the university is required to determine if unearned TA funds must be returned to the appropriate branch of service. Calculations will be based on the withdrawal date and the percentage of the period of enrollment completed.

Return of TA funds process may result in the student owing the university for unpaid tuition and fees. After the drop/add deadline of the semester, schedule adjustments are only permitted for serious and compelling reasons.

A student earns 100 percent of the Tuition Assistance funding once he or she has completed more than 60 percent of the course. For example, if a student withdraws from a 16-week course prior to the last day to receive a refund (see Prorated Refund Schedule), then the return to Tuition Assistance would be calculated and refunded accordingly.

Out-of-State Residency and Military Exemption

Students using VA Educational benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, VR&E, or Dependent Education Assistance may receive military exemption starting August 1, 2022.

Students eligible for VA Educational benefit (the veteran or dependent who was transferred the benefit separated from active duty must provide the following documentation:

  • Veteran’s copy of form DD-214;
  • Verification of student’s physical address (California state ID or driver’s license, rental/lease agreement, or utilities statement);
  • Copy of students Certificate of Eligibility.

Students eligible for VA Educational benefits (the veteran or dependent who was transferred the benefit) while the service member is still on active duty must provide the following documentation:

  • Copy of service member’s most current orders;
  • Memorandum from service member’s commanding officer;
  • Copy of student’s Certificate of Eligibility;
  • Verification of student’s physical address (California state ID or driver’s license, rental/lease agreement, or utilities statement).

California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) College Fee Waiver for Veterans’ Dependents (Cal-Vet Fee Waiver)

The Cal-Vet Fee Waiver benefit waives the mandatory systemwide (California State University, University of California, and California Community College systems) tuition and fees, but the student is still responsible for the campus mandatory fees every semester. Students utilizing the Cal-Vet Fee Waiver Plan A, cannot receive concurrent benefits under Chapter 35, Dependents Education Assistance. Additionally, the waiver does not cover the expense of books, parking, room and board, and may not be applied towards tuition and fees paid through the College of Extended Studies. To qualify, students must meet residency requirements as determined by SDSU, in addition to other qualifying criteria. For additional information on establishing residency, students should contact the Office of the Registrar. Students using the Cal-Vet Fee Waiver must provide a copy of the approval letter to the JABVC every academic year (the letter will cover summer, fall, and spring terms). Applications for the waiver must be submitted to the nearest county veterans service office. For more information about applying for the Cal-Vet Fee Waiver, visit http://www.calvet.ca.gov.

Non-College Degree Programs and External Degrees

Non-college degree (NCD) programs (i.e., certificates and credentials) can be certified for federal VA education benefits if the program has been approved and is listed on the Web Enabled Approval Management System (WEAMS). Programs not listed cannot be certified for federal VA benefits. Students should contact the JABVC staff to ensure their requested NCD program or external degree program is approved for certification before entering into the program. The Cal-Vet Fee Waiver will not waive tuition for programs offered through SDSU Global Campus.

SDSU Global Campus

Some programs offered specifically through the SDSU Global Campus may be certified for VA benefits. Students are encouraged to contact JABVC staff for additional information about policy, program applicability, and certification procedures through SDSU Global Campus.

SDSU Imperial Valley

Students attending SDSU Imperial Valley in Calexico, California should contact Germán De La Peña, Career & Veterans Services Coordinator, by emailing gdelapena​@sdsu.edu for the latest information on certification procedures for federal/state VA education benefits.

Additional Resources and Information

In addition to assistance with educational benefits, several other programs and resources are available for our military-connected students.

  • The Jack McGrory Bunker - a student lounge within the JABVC in which all military connected students can rest, relax, study, and interact with other students before, between, or after classes;
  • SDSU VetSuccess on Campus Counselors who provide full-time assistance on all VA related issues;
  • Participation in the VA work-study program allowing eligible students to work part-time while attending school (dependent upon staffing needs);
  • Assistance with the VA tutorial assistance program;
  • Priority access to designated veterans living spaces on campus through the fraternity row property management office;
  • Partnership with the Student Veterans Organization at SDSU which represents the cultural niche of the military student body;
  • Partnership with the Veterans Alumni Organization at SDSU which provides mentorship, advice, and guidance from former military students to those currently attending;
  • Access to veteran and military connected scholarships;
  • Access to military specific career transition programs to assist with internships, job openings, and career opportunities;
  • Troops to Engineers Program - assists student veteran engineers and computer science majors with career and professional development, paid internships and employment opportunities.
Active duty military, veterans, and military spouses who are upper division transfers may receive additional consideration for admission. For more information, contact our front office at 619-594-5813.

Points of Contact

Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center
Student Services West, Room 1661
http://www.sdsu.edu/veterans
veterans@sdsu.edu
619-594-5813

California Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.calvet.ca.gov

Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.ebenefits.va.gov
888-442-4551

Web Enabled Approval Management System (WEAMS)
http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do


SDSU Imperial Valley

Student Union

The Student Union is operated and maintained by the Associated Students (A.S.) from a portion of the Student Activity Fee. It provides a place where students can relax, watch TV, enjoy refreshments from the vending machines or enjoy the perennial pot of A.S. coffee. The grounds of the Student Union are used for social functions. The A.S. Council office and conference room is located here. For more information, call 760-768-5621.

Research Center, Institute, and Partnership

Center for Individual and Professional Skills Development

Suzanna Fuentes, Director

The Center for Individual and Professional Skills Development at SDSU Imperial Valley offers community programs to the Imperial and Mexicali valleys. The center offers English as a second language (ESL) courses in the local community and a teacher training program in Mexico. Additionally, the Center for Individual and Professional Skills Development presents annual conferences including the Bi-national Conference on Education and the Bi-national Youth Leadership Conference.

San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Borderlands Institute

Carlos R. Herrera, Director

The SDSU Imperial Valley Borderlands Institute was founded in August 2013 to promote border-related scholarship and activities relevant to the Imperial, Mexicali, and Yuma valleys. The institute coordinates cultural exchange programs with Mexican institutions, fosters the university’s role as an active participant in the trans-border community, hosts visiting scholars, and sponsors academic conferences and public lectures.

USDA-HSI and SDSU Imperial Valley Campus Partnership

Roberto González, Jr. is the Regional Director for Southern California and Arizona. The USDA-HSI national program promotes partnerships and collaborations between U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The partnership cultivates knowledge and develops leaders by linking USDA and higher education. For more information, stop by the Library Annex, Room 12B at SDSU Imperial Valley.

Faculty-Student Mentoring Program (F-SMP)

The Faculty-Student Mentoring Program helps students in all academic disciplines deal with a wide range of academic and personal difficulties encountered in the course of their education at SDSU. The program seeks to strengthen and sustain students in their educational and career goals and help make college a rewarding experience. For more information, call 760-768-5535.

Imperial Valley University Partnership

Imperial Valley University Partnership (Freshman Program) is an innovative educational partnership between SDSU Imperial Valley, Imperial Valley College, and the Imperial County Office of Education.

IVUP accepts students every fall. It is an accessible, affordable, high quality educational program with a clear path to a bachelor’s degree in four years. The program is designed to provide students an enriched academic experience. It employs features proven to increase student success, including a cohort structure, guaranteed access to classes, student and parent orientations, and a powerful emphasis on student advising and mentoring. IVUP offers majors in history, liberal studies, psychology, public administration, and Spanish and will include additional majors in the future. The Imperial Valley University Partnership accepts admission applications for fall from October 1 to November 30 of the previous year. For additional information, visit http://www.ivup.org.

Global Education Programs

Graduate and undergraduate students at SDSU Imperial Valley can enhance their education and cultural awareness by taking part in several of the many global education opportunities available.

SDSU offers over 350 education abroad programs in more than 50 countries. In addition to SDSU’s own study abroad programs, students may participate in the California State University International Programs; the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Consortia; and other independent programs.

Alumni Chapter

The purpose of the SDSU Imperial Valley Alumni Chapter is to advance and establish a mutually beneficial relationship between the university, alumni, and friends. It also provides an avenue for alumni to continue their connection with the university through the SDSU Alumni. The SDSU Imperial Valley Alumni Chapter engages their members in sharing and participating in intellectual and cultural life, as well as social and networking opportunities to enhance professional development. The chapter provides not only the guidance and support to help recognized chapters reach their goals and objectives but also the link for alumni to stay connected to the university.

All graduates, friends, and faculty of the university are eligible for membership. For further information, visit the website at http://www.ivcampus.sdsu.edu/alumni/ or call 760-768-5540.

California Mini-Corps, Region 6

SDSU Imperial Valley is one of several campuses that participate in the statewide California Mini-Corps Program. This program is a unique effort to provide direct instructional services to children of migratory farm workers and to increase the number of bilingual professionals who are specially trained, experienced, and committed to provide services to migrant children.

Undergraduate college students with bilingual ability and a migrant background who desire to become teachers serve as instructional assistants from September through May at school sites throughout the county. The Mini-Corps participants are assigned to migrant impacted classrooms promoting the attainment of the California content and performance standards and serve as role models for migrant students.

Mini-Corps participants receive pre-teaching experience, in-service training, and a salary. For more information, contact Livier Pérez, California Mini-Corps Program Coordinator at 760-768-5671.