Community Engagement

San Diego State University has a long tradition of community engagement. The university is a place of knowledge, experience and impact. SDSU is one of the oldest institutions in California, with 400,000-plus living alumni, and many more in the community who have a stake in its success and the success of its students. We engage with our community supporters in joint initiatives that advance the welfare of the broader San Diego region and create a campus environment supportive of our faculty and staff.

SDSU’s academic programs in public health, social work, education, the creative arts and many others provide opportunities for students and faculty to engage with the San Diego community in support of shared goals and a collective vision for advancement. The university works extensively with local school districts to create pipelines for local, academically gifted students to attend SDSU.

Our faculty members have consistently expanded their federal research funding and research partnerships with agencies, organizations and private industry throughout the San Diego region. Our alumni and staff are engaged and committed to the future of SDSU.

San Diego State is also a powerful driver of the state and regional economies, generating $5.67 billion in economic activity, supporting 42,000 jobs and creating $2.01 billion in labor income annually, according to a recent economic impact analysis by international consulting firm ICF.

At all levels—from individual student internships to K-12 and transfer pipeline development to faculty research—the community connection is key. Whatever our goals may be for the years to come, the first step will necessarily be to ensure a solid community presence and the foundational relationships that will sustain and support the many generations of Aztecs yet to come.