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San Diego State University Fowler College of Business


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5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
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Tuition & Fees In-State: $155,896*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $234,956*

Average Debt: $19,439

Average Salary: $62,286

Graduates With Jobs 90 Days After Graduation: 77%

International: 3%

Minority: 34%

First generation college students: 35%

Acceptance Rate: 34%

Average SAT: 1,221

Average ACT: 25

Average GPA: 3.87

HS Class Top Ten: 46%**

*The total cost of the degree over four years for the most recent graduating class inclusive of school fees, room, board, or living expenses.

** HS Class Top Ten is the percent of the student population that graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class.

*** Please note that these statistics are provided for the business school major only whenever possible. If a school does not track these statistics separately, then the university-wide statistics are provided.

San Diego State University placed No. 88 in this year’s 2023 rankings, falling only one place behind their No. 87 place in our 2022 rankings. The Southern California school placed 69th in Admissions Standards, 89th in Academic Experience, and 81st in Career Outcomes.Their most recent incoming class had a selective acceptance rate of just 34%. 

As far as internships go, 53% of the Class of 2023 landed at least one business-focused internship before graduation. When it comes to employment, a good 77.11% of 2023 grads secured a job within three months of graduation, down some from last year’s 84.70% rate for the Class of 2022. Among the top employers of Fowler graduates: Amazon, Bank of America, Deloitte, Microsoft, and PepsiCo.

Alumni say:

Rather than a capstone project, I participated in a real life business consultation project. This was important because it allowed me to see how things worked in the real world rather than just an academic or theoretical setting.”

“I had an opportunity to work with the San Diego Regional Apollo Alliance on evaluating San Diego County’s potential for a clean energy economy and found it to be very valuable. I also collaborated with the US Navy on evaluating a storm water treatment technology’s potential for commercial licensing.” 

My capstone project was a business consulting experience where I was paired with a real company with a real business problem that I needed to solve. I presented a business and marketing plan for the company to implement. I also competed in a regional and international competition where I represented my college. The competition was instrumental in showcasing my knowledge of business principles, being able to formulate a strategic and tactical plan, and answering tough questions from executives (VP and up) from real companies about why I proposed a specific solution or plan. I had to defend my work, which led to many job offers from the executives who served as judges during the competition.”

“Aztec Consulting Class. Working with a team of different-minded individuals (accounting, marketing, finance specialties) to accomplish real-life goals for a company.”

“For my business internship I worked for a company on a project to purchase and dismantle a business asset. This was the first of many M&A’s that I performed over the following years after graduating.”