San Diego State University

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San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area, and is part of the California State University system. In 2003 it had a student body of more than 30,000 and an alumni base of 200,000. The Carnegie Foundation has designated the institution a "Doctoral/Research University - Intensive," and the campus offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a total of 151 fields.

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Location

5500 Campanile Drive San Diego, California 92182

Athletics

The university has organized facilities for baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, rowing (crew), water polo, and swimming. It competes in NCAA Division I (I-A for football). Its primary conference is the Mountain West Conference; its women's water polo team participates in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Crew's championship regatta is WIRA (Western International Rowing Association).

The school colors are scarlet and black, SDSU's athletic teams are nicknamed "Aztecs", and its current mascot is the Aztec Warrior, historically referred to as "Monty - Montezuma".

History

SDSU was founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, then San Diego Teacher's College (1921) and San Diego State College (1935). In the early 1970s, when the college became part of the State University system, it was named California State University at San Diego. However, by popular demand, the name was soon changed to San Diego State University. The campus site is now located at 5500 Campanile Drive in San Diego, with a satellite campus in Calexico.

On June 6, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave the Commencement Address at SDSU. In 1997 the university celebrated its centennial (http://wiktionary.org/wiki/Centennial), and an elaborate Centennial Hall was constructed to mark the event. Expansion continues to the present day. A campus trolley station and tunnel will open in July 2005 as part of a $506 million extension of the San Diego Trolley.

Notable alumni

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