San Diego State University is the oldest higher education institution in San Diego.
Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 36,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.
Among those who call SDSU their alma mater are Hollywood producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy; former Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris; former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Merrill A. "Tony" McPeak; San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; San Diego County Supervisors Greg Cox, Dianne Jacob, Ron Roberts and Bill Horn; astronaut and Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa; restaurant executives Linda A. Lang, former CEO of Jack in the Box restaurants, and Ralph Rubio, founder and chairman of Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill; and Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal.
The mission of San Diego State University is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. San Diego State University pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.