Located in Calexico, California, the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus is a branch campus of San Diego State University. Today, there is another campus location in Brawley. The Imperial Valley Campus was founded in 1959 and sits in close proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border. The facilities were built to accommodate the needs of students who live in the Imperial County area.
“The mission of San Diego State University shall be to provide well-balanced, high quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and to contribute to knowledge and the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university shall impart an appreciation and broad understanding of human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education shall extend to
1. Diverse cultural legacies,
2. Accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology,
3. The advancement of human thought, including philosophy and science,
4. The development of economic, political, and social institutions, and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment.
The university shall accomplish this through its many and diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the natural and mathematical sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.”
Both Calexico and Brawley campuses are located in urban desert environments where sunlight and heat are abundant. About 800 students attend San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus, and they are divided between 49 faculty members. The entire Imperial Valley Campus covers about eight acres or 32,000 square meters. The Brawley campus houses a research park and a few newer facilities.
The Imperial Valley Campus originally offered undergraduate education for the final two years, a fifth year teacher credential program, and graduate education. Starting in 2007, the campus now provides a complete undergraduate experience lasting a traditional four years. Degree programs are categorized under three separate divisions: Arts and Sciences, Education, and Professional Studies. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in the following majors: criminal justice, English, history, international business, Latin American studies, liberal studies, mathematics, nursing, psychology, public administration, social science, and Spanish. Master’s degrees can be obtained in education-educational leadership, public administration, or social work.
Aztec athletics include a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Men’s sports include: baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women’s sports include: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The total cost of attendance for the 2011-2013 academic year at SDSU-IVC is $22,992 for those living off-campus. This includes $5,706 for the registration fee, $1,717 for books and supplies, $10,891 for food and housing, $1,772 for transportation, and $2,906 for miscellaneous and personal use. The total cost for commuters is $15,838. While registration and book costs stay the same, food and housing costs shrink down to $3,994, transportation to $1,426, and personal costs rise to $2,995.
Federal financial aid is awarded to U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens only. Most students qualify for some amount of aid. To apply, a FAFSA application must be completed by March 2nd and all financial documents received by April 1st.
SDSU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. The school also belongs to the AASCU, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the Southwest Border Security Consortium.
Freshman applications are only accepted for the Fall semester and must be submitted between October 1st and November 30th. All Imperial Valley Campus students must meet the admissions requirements of SDSU. Those basic requirements include: having an overall high school GPA of 2.0 or higher, having zero college credits at the time of applying, and passing the SAT or ACT exam.
For more information about admissions, get in touch with the appropriate contacts at http://www.ivcampus.sdsu.edu/admissions.asp.
San Diego State University
Imperial Valley Campus
720 Heber Ave.
Calexico, CA 92231
Phone (760) 768-5500
San Diego State University
Imperial Valley Campus-Brawley
560 E. Hwy 78
Brawley, CA. 92227
Phone (760) 351-0806