Construction of the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex which will open in January 2018. Courtesy SDSU
Construction of the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex which will open in January 2018. Courtesy SDSU

San Diego State University will begin the 2016-17 academic year on Monday by welcoming 11,000 new students to a campus bursting with new construction

Construction projects across campus, including the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex, South Campus Plaza, and main campus gateway at Campanile Drive are dramatically changing the university skyline.

A new student lounge has been added to the southwest corner of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, a new recreation field is opening, and new restrooms and concession stands were built at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

“As we enter the fifth year of our strategic plan, ‘Building on Excellence,’ this is a time of unprecedented opportunity for San Diego State,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman.”Through our collaborative campus efforts, we have made extraordinary progress in our core areas of student success, research and creative endeavors, and community and communication. I am excited about the initiatives we will pursue in the coming year and our prospects for achieving even greater excellence and distinction.”

More than 83,000 freshmen and undergraduate transfer students applied for fall 2016 admission to SDSU ― an all-time high for the university. Approximately 8,500 new undergraduates and 2,200 new graduate students are joining the Aztec family.

The incoming class is one of the most internationally diverse to date, with 315 new exchange students and 825 new degree and certificate seeking international students representing 80 countries.

SDSU will also welcome 51 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members, part of a five-year goal to add 300 new faculty members. New faculty members this year come from Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge, Emory and other world-class research universities.

Chris Jennewein

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