San Diego State University

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  1. San Diego State University

    Self Guided Walking Tour


    1. Student Services

      The building under the clock tower is known as Student Services.  Many departments which provide valuable resources to our students are housed in this building, including: The Prospective Student Center, where you can go with questions about applications and admissions; The Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center, which supports more than 3,000 military affiliated students every semester; Career Services, the central campus resource for career development and employment opportunities; the Financial Aid and Scholarship office and the Cashier; and the New Student and Parent Program office. At SDSU we value parents as partners.  Our philosophy of parent involvement is that parents contribute to student success.  Parents are encouraged to become involved and informed of what’s going on with the university to enable them to be the best coach for their student.  The College of Business Administration is also located on the East side of the building.
    2. SDSU Bookstore

      The SDSU Bookstore is our only on-campus bookstore.  You can reserve all your books online before you arrive on campus through “EZ Books.”  The bookstore also has one of the largest Textbook Rental programs in the country, saving millions of dollars every year in out-of-pocket costs. Students can also price match and use competitors’ coupons in the bookstore. The Bookstore, and its online version, is the official source for the latest Aztec gear
    3. East Commons

      East Commons is one of our main eateries on campus. There are over 20 different places to eat on campus.  Some of the eateries in East Commons include Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, which was founded by SDSU alum Ralph Rubio, as well as Panda Express and Salad Sensations. Other dining options on campus include the all-you-care-to-eat Dinning Room at Cuicacalli Suites, and the University Towers Kitchen, featuring a chef-crafted menu by our classically-trained culinary team. Menus from each location are featured on If you are interested in working part time when you are going to school, there are many job opportunities available with Aztec Shops
    4. Malcolm A. Love Library

      Malcolm A. Love Library was named after the 4th President of SDSU.  The library is composed of two connected buildings and is six stories high; the main entrance to the library is referred to as “The Dome.”  In the library you can study 24/7 or print a 3D object or scan material right onto your flash drive-all for free! This is one of the most visited buildings on campus because it offers a newly renovated Library Student Computing Hub, state-of-the-art Library Media Center, Study Rooms, comfortable furniture, quiet study spaces and food friendly areas.
    5. Hepner Hall

      Hepner Hall is the oldest and most recognizable building on campus. It is the original entrance to SDSU. It is our most photographed place on campus and embodies SDSU. Through the arch is Hepner Quad. It was the original location of the campus when we moved here from downtown San Diego in 1931. The tall building at the north end of the quad is Hardy Memorial Tower. It was named after the 2nd President of SDSU, Edward Hardy. It is the original water tower for all of San Diego County. The bells in the tower were given to SDSU commemorate the university’s 50th anniversary and remember the students lost in war.
    6. Scripps Cottage

      At the bottom of the hill is Scripps Cottage which was donated in 1931. It is used as a meeting place for student clubs and organizations. With the koi ponds, it’s a very scenic and relaxing place on campus. The trees surrounding the pond were planted in honor of the students who died in the Vietnam War.
    7. Storm and Nasatir Hall

      The Storm Nasatir Building Complex was renovated in 2014 and offers upgraded program space for eight academic departments from the College of Arts and Letters. The renovations to the buildings, which were originally constructed in 1926, included new and upgraded classroom technologies, academic and research laboratories and faculty offices. Renovations also included two new lecture halls with 275 and 475 seats, and a small food service facility/convenience store with a Starbucks.
    8. College of Arts and Letters Building

      This state-of-the-art facility, overlooking Interstate 8, houses SDSU's largest academic college. Inside, students find a lecture hall, classrooms, and the various department offices that make up the College of Arts and Letters. Many SDSU classrooms feature upgraded presentation equipment, such as multimedia and computer technology with a video/data projector, a computer, internet access, and document readers. These modern classrooms help students learn in more interesting and interactive ways than traditional classrooms and can be found throughout campus.
    9. Performing Arts Plaza

       Performing Arts Plaza includes the Don Powell Theater and the music and dance departments. Throughout the semester there are many plays and productions managed and performed by students. If performances are not free they are at a discounted student rate. Students can sign up for theater, music and dance courses, even if they are not in the major. An interesting fact is that 65% of the music teachers in San Diego are SDSU graduates. Even the voice of Marge Simpson, Julie Kavner, is a graduate of our theater department, as are quite a few performers and technicians working on Broadway and in touring productions.
    10. Exercise & Nutritional Sciences Building

      In addition to our ENS major, the ENS building houses the ROTC program which houses all four branches of the military.
    11. Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl

      Viejas Arena is home to our men’s and women’s basketball teams.  The arena seats 12,414 people for basketball games and up to 13,000 for other events.  New Student and Family Convocation and Commencement takes place in Viejas Arena as well as many concerts. The arena is built on the site of the old Aztec Bowl, which was the on campus football stadium until the team began playing its games at Qualcomm Stadium in 1967.
    12. Aztec Recreation Center

      The ARC is open seven days per week and 24 hours during the weekdays. Membership includes access to the many recreation facilities both on and off campus. The membership fee for students in $19/month and it is included in the residential fees. There is also a satellite gym, the ARC Express, in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Additionally, our recreation department manages the Aquaplex and the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. The Aquaplex is an outdoor multi-pool facility on the west side of campus and the MBAC is the largest waterfront facility in the country and is located in Mission Beach.
    13. Fowler Athletic Center

      The Fowler Athletic Center is home to the SDSU Hall of Fame.  Many of our coaches’ offices as well as training facilities for our athletes are here. SDSU’s teams are Division 1, with the majority of our sports teams competing in the Mountain West Conference.  As a student you get free tickets to all sporting events (as long as they are available).  Next to the Fowler Athletic Center is the new Jeff Jacobs JAM Center, which is our state of the art basketball practice facility. The Sports Deck where our track and field is located for soccer and track is located just next to the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, which provides a venue for the Aztec alumni community to re-connect with each other and SDSU.  This space is also utilized for our current campus community events
    14. Calpulli Center

      Calpulli Center houses Student Health Services, Student Disability Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Health Promotion.  Most of the services are included in the student fees you pay.  Special programs like eye and dental services, and orthopedics are also offered, with costs often much more affordable than going elsewhere. On the first floor there is a pharmacy that has great deals on prescription and over the counter medications.
    15. Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

      The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union opened its doors in January 2014.  The Union is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum-certified student union in the CSU system. It uses 40% less energy than other like-sized buildings. The Union serves as the campus "living room" and has many different offerings for students, such as free film previews in the theater, open mic nights, the Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) Express, bowling at the Aztec Lanes and coffee and dining options. Inside the Union you will find Associated Students, Student Life and Leadership, the Commuter Center, the Center for Intercultural Relations, the Center for Leadership and Community Service and much more. The Aztec Student Union was named for Conrad Prebys who recently donated $20 million dollars in support of student scholarships, SDSU’s largest gift to date.