New buildings on the City College campus in the East Village. Photo courtesy of City College
The City College campus in the East Village. Photo courtesy of City College

Updated at 11:40 a.m. Aug. 24, 2015

The fall semester began Monday at San Diego State University campuses in the San Diego Community College District, and MiraCosta and Southwestern Colleges.

Around 13,000 new students were among those starting classes at SDSU, including 8,500 undergraduates, plus undergraduate transfers and graduate students. According to SDSU, the freshman class will bring an average grade- point average of 3.69, with 22 members posting SAT scores of over 1,500.

According to SDSU, the freshman class brought an average grade-point average of 3.69, with 22 members posting SAT scores of more than 1,500.

The group of graduate students include three National Science Foundation fellows, four international Fulbright fellows, five campus Fulbright fellows and 20 presidential graduate research fellows.

The Susan and Stephen Weber Honors College at SDSU, which was officially endowed last semester, welcomed its first class. The 245 new students joined those who were previously part of the honors program. The Weber Honors College was created to bring together top students to study in multiple disciplines, with an emphasis on problem solving and creative thinking.

Among recent changes to San Diego State’s campus are a completed renovation of the iconic high-rise dormitory Zura Hall, demolition at the site of the future Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex slated to open in January 2017, a remodeled computing center, and completion of a practice facility for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

More than 53,000 students enrolled at San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar colleges and the Continuing Education Center for the fall semester.

With some community colleges now able to offer certain bachelor’s degrees, Mesa College is debuting its new four-year program in Health Information Management. School officials are planning a launch ceremony for the program on Tuesday morning.

Also, a nursing partnership between City College and Point Loma Nazarene University started, with students able to receive instruction from PLNU on the City College campus.

Classes got underway at Grossmont, Cuyamaca and Palomar colleges last week.

The fall semester begins a week from Monday at Cal State San Marcos, Sept. 1 at Point Loma Nazarene, and Sept. 2 at the University of San Diego. The fall quarter at UC San Diego opens Sept. 24.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.