What You Need to Know for the Spring Semester at SDSU

The start of the holiday season means the countdown to the end of the fall semester for San Diego State University students.

But after just a few short weeks, SDSU students will find themselves back in session with the start of the Spring 2023 semester. To ensure students have the key dates in mind for spring and summer 2023 at SDSU, here’s a rundown of what you need to know to prepare for the upcoming terms at San Diego State University.

How long is winter break at San Diego State?

San Diego State University students have a month off for winter break, which runs from December 19th – January 17th.

The last day of Fall 2022 semester classes is December 12th, and then students go right into final exams, which run from December 13th – 19th. The Fall 2022 final exam schedule is already posted on the Office of the Registrar’s website for students to plan the end of the semester before heading home for winter break.

Grades for the fall semester will be posted after December 30th on a student’s academic portal.

When does the spring semester start at SDSU?

The Spring 2023 semester at San Diego State begins on Wednesday, January 18th.

Students have one week to finalize their spring semester schedule before the registration ends on January 24th, which is the last day to add or drop a course without an academic penalty. January 31st is the last day for students to change the grading basis (graded or pass/fail) for their spring semester courses.

Students planning to graduate at the end of the Spring 2023 semester have until January 31st to submit their application to graduate with the Office of the Registrar.

San Diego State University students get a month off for winter break, which begins December 19th and ends January 17th.

How many hours is a full schedule of classes at SDSU?

Students at San Diego State University are considered full-time if they are enrolled in at least 12 units of courses as undergraduates.

The requirement for graduate students is nine units of coursework. For the average undergraduate student, this amounts to four courses per semester, but that varies by course, some of which offer less than three units.

Most scholarship or grant programs require full-time students to be eligible for the award, and some financial offerings will require students to pay back funds already issued if their status falls below full-time. Students are advised to confirm their eligibility criteria with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to ensure they maintain the units of coursework required for any financial awards offered.

During their time at SDSU, some students may find it necessary to take more than 12 units of coursework during a given semester based on departmental requirements. This is especially the case for majors that involve laboratory hours.

Does SDSU have a spring break?

Yes, San Diego State University has a spring break, and for the Spring 2023 semester, spring break runs from March 27th – 31st.

This is relatively late in the semester, and students only have four full weeks of classes upon their return from spring break until the end of the semester.

The week before spring break is when registration opens for Summer 2023 courses. During this week, students can withdraw from courses without an academic penalty. For the Spring 2023 semester, the deadline to withdraw from courses is March 22nd.

Does SDSU have midterms?

Yes, most San Diego State University courses have either a midterm exam, paper, or project, typically due the week before spring break.

These exams and projects align with the middle of the semester to give students a sense of their academic standing before the deadline to withdraw from courses.

When do spring semester classes end at San Diego State?

The last day of spring semester classes at SDSU is Thursday, May 4th.

As with the fall semester, there is no break between the end of classes and the beginning of final exams, giving students little time to catch up on studying before finals start.

When are the finals at SDSU?

Final exams for the Spring 2023 semester at San Diego State University run from May 5th – 11th.

The Spring 2023 finals schedule is already available on the website of the Office of the Registrar to allow students to plan which days they will need to be on campus for exams.

Commencement for those students graduating in the spring is from May 12th – 14th, and grades will be available on the student portal beginning on May 18th.

Does SDSU offer summer courses?

Yes, San Diego State University offers summer courses.

Course offerings during the summer are often limited to introductory to required courses. Still, they offer students the opportunity to catch up or get ahead on credit hours while opening up time during the Fall and Spring semesters for limited capacity or selective course options.

There are three summer options for summer courses at SDSU in 2023:

  • T1 – Thirteen Week Session: May 24th – August 17th
  • S1 – Six Week Session: May 24th – July 6th
  • S2 – Six Week Session: July 5th – August 17th

Planning for Fall 2023 at San Diego State University

No spring semester would be complete without ensuring you have housing locked in for the upcoming school year.

And for San Diego State University students looking for an off-campus apartment close to the university, there’s no better option than Iconic on Alvarado.

Located right on Alvarado Road, a short walk from the San Diego State University campus, Iconic on Alvarado offers fully furnished apartments with studio, two, and four-bedroom floorplans.

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