A once in a generation opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for all San Diegans.

SDSU History

Throughout its history, San Diego’s oldest and largest university has financed and built many of their projects using their alumni contributions, fundraising efforts, and revenue bonds.


In their most recent project, the South Campus Plaza, SDSU funded the $143 million project with no state funds, tuition fees or taxes.

1897

SDSU founded as the San Diego Normal School

1921

Normal School becomes the San Diego State Teachers College

1935

San Diego State Teachers College evolves into San Diego State College

1960

San Diego State College becomes part of CSU system

1963

President John F. Kennedy gives commencement address at San Diego State College

1968

Aztec Center opens - first permanent student union on any CSU campus

1974

Normal School becomes the San Diego State Teachers College

1988

Students approve fee for construction and operation of the Student Activity Center (Cox Arena and Aztec Recreation Center)

1997

The long-awaited Student Activity Center (Cox Arena and Aztec Recreation Center) opens its doors in time for the SDSU Centennial celebration

2003

Pedestrian bridge completed connecting dorms to main campus

2009

Installed Solar Panel Generating System

2014

The new Aztec Student Union opens in January

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