Welcome to San Diego State University, located in southern California. Part of the 23-campus California State University system, SDSU is one of the largest universities in the state and continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education.
Before we get started, let me explain the many ways in which you can explore our campus. You can click on the front facing arrow to start walking around our campus. You can also jump to the next stop by clicking on the Next Stop button. Now, if you already know where you want to go, you can select any location by using the tour stop list or by clicking directly on the map. Lastly, remember that you can explore any particular location in more detail by clicking on the 360, Photos or Video icons.
This building is Hepner Hall, the oldest and most recognizable building on campus. It is the original entrance to SDSU and the most photographed place on campus, which embodies SDSU. You'll also see the Koester Memorial Sundial, which marks the center point of campus, although it's not perfectly accurate since we have expanded and grown. The size of campus is approximately 282 acres.
SDSU is comprised of seven academic colleges and the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement. This area is Hepner Quad, where some classes for majors in the College of Health and Human Services take place. Within this area is the Sharp Simulation Center, which has electronic mannequins that simulate medical scenarios like giving birth; strokes, heart attacks and seizures. This provides a hands-on interactive approach to learning by simulating real medical events.
The tower is Hardy Memorial Tower, which was named after the second President of SDSU, Edward Hardy, and is the original water tower for all of San Diego County, which is now inactive.
On your way to Malcom A. Love Library, you passed the Mediterranean Garden, which is a beautiful area for students to study and relax. You also passed by the statue of Samuel T. Black, the first president of SDSU. The library is composed of two connected buildings, which are six stories high. This main entrance is referred to as "The Dome." The library houses tutoring centers, a 3D printing room, food friendly study areas, quiet zones, comfortable furniture and group study spaces. It is also home to the Writing Center and the Wells Fargo Financial Markets Laboratory, which is equipped with 12 Bloomberg terminals and a stock market ticker display.
On your way to the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex, you passed the Education and Business Administration building, which houses many of the College of Education and the Fowler College of Business classes. The College of Education includes majors like child and family development, liberal studies, and credential programs, which prepare students to be educators in K-12 schools. This complex features many innovative lab spaces and research facilities, which are designed to encourage collaboration in disciplines like engineering, sciences and entrepreneurship. Student invention and innovation are supported by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad. Many students have started their own businesses while still in school.
Scripps Cottage is a meeting place for student clubs and organizations. With the koi and turtle ponds, it's a very scenic place. The trees were planted in honor of students who died in the Vietnam War. Students studying academic programs in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts take classes in buildings near this area. The College of Arts and Letters is diverse, offering majors in humanities, social sciences, languages, and ethnic and gender studies. The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts includes majors from public relations, criminal justice, journalism and media studies, hospitality and tourism management, and visual and performing arts.
Viejas Arena is home to our basketball teams. It was built on the former site of Aztec Bowl, which was the original campus football stadium. Portions of the bleachers were preserved because John F. Kennedy gave a commencement speech here in 1963, which was his last public speaking engagement before his assassination. The arena seats over 12,000 people for basketball games and up to 13,000 for other events. This area also includes the Aztec Recreation Center, known as the ARC, which offers fitness classes, a rock wall, and much more. The rock wall is a part of Aztec Adventures, which enables students to earn credit while participating in outdoor trips.
Tony Gwynn Stadium is one of the top college baseball stadiums in the country. Recognize the name? Tony Gwynn, the San Diego Padres hall-of-famer
and proud SDSU alumnus, was the head baseball coach until his passing. SDSU students can attend all regular season Aztec athletic events for free with a valid SDSU RedID. The ARC membership includes access to the Aquaplex, which has two large outdoor solar-heated pools and a 20-person spa, and the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, which is one of the world's largest waterfront facilities. It is located in Mission Beach and thousands of students rent equipment and take watersport classes there for credit, like surfing and wakeboarding.
The housing community at SDSU is comprised of traditional and suite-style residence halls, learning communities, and apartments. A majority of the rooms are triple occupancy, with limited single, double and quad occupancy options. There are two types of residential learning communities for students to choose from. One type is Residential Learning Communities, which connect students within the same majors, and the other is Thematic Learning Communities, which group students with common interests together. In addition, there are six different apartments on campus, which are available for sophomore housing. Living on campus provides you with access to a diverse collection of dining options, whether it's restaurants, quick-service eateries or Aztec markets.
The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, or Union for short, is the student hub on campus. It was made possible by former SDSU students who voted to build an all new LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Double Platinum student union. Students can watch free films in the theater, take advantage of the office space and resources available to the more than 300 student organizations, workout at the Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) Express, bowl at Aztec Lanes, or just hang out in a variety of comfortable spaces. The Aztec Student Union was named for Conrad Prebys who donated 20 million dollars in support of student scholarships.
The Prospective Student Center is located in the Student Services West building and is your first stop to learning about SDSU and admission requirements. If you have any questions regarding the application and admission process or the status of your application, this is the place to contact to get your questions answered. This is also where you will check in if you join us for an on-campus tour. We encourage you to come check out San Diego State University on your own to see the beautiful campus in person, meet proud SDSU Aztecs, and other prospective students like yourself. Our friendly staff look forward to welcoming you to campus soon.