Leadership Priorities

Strategic Plan

San Diego State University's strategic plan "We Rise We Defy: Transcending Borders, Transforming Lives" is designed to establish SDSU’s vision and mission for the next five years. The plan will elevate the distinctive nature of the university and its campus community. The strategic plan serves as the primary guide for SDSU’s growth and commitment to teaching, research and creativity, with the intention of transforming the lives of students and engaging our communities.

We Rise We Defy

We believe and know that the transformative experience provided at SDSU enriches lives and strengthens communities on our own campus and in our binational region, and has a lasting impact around the world through the work of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Research and innovation

We are one of the top public research universities in the nation. Research, scholarship and creative activities at SDSU engages students in hands-on education and furthers discoveries, interventions and solutions that improve communities and change the world.

Change the world with us.

$164.5 million+

in research-related funding

Research and Innovation

Diversity and Inlcusion

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement. SDSU, a Hispanic-Serving and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution residing on Kumeyaay land, is known for its long-standing efforts advancing diversity and inclusion. At SDSU, we commit to the equitable diversification of both students and employees and to providing and enhancing the ability of our students to contribute to community-minded diversity initiatives.

Aztec Identity

San Diego State University’s Aztec identity is woven into the university's long and rich history. The Aztec moniker was chosen by students in 1925 and has served as a strong identifier for thousands of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.