Origins of the Associated Students
of San Diego State University

San Diego State College was created by the State Legislature in 1921 by the merging of the State Normal School of San Diego, which was established in 1897, with the Junior College, established in 1914. Due to their separate beginnings, each came into the merger with their own student body organizations, including their own officers. Measures for the joint benefit of the two student bodies required the approval of each campus’ respective student executive committee, often resulting in delay. Despite the best efforts of each, it became impossible to attain effective cooperation between the independent committees of each campus.

Sensing the need for unity and a stronger spirit of cooperation among the student bodies in their efforts to facilitate student government, it was decided in the fall of 1921 to form a Central Committee to coordinate joint legislation and student programming. Although this system was effective initially, it soon proved to be cumbersome. During an election at the end of the school year, the students voiced their desire to completely fuse the student bodies into a single organization.

Under the name of the San Diego State College Student Body, the combined student bodies elected Wilbert Anderson as their first President for the 1922-23 school year. Following the relocation of San Diego State College to the current site of the campus and the continued growth of the student body, the Associated Students of San Diego State College were incorporated as a California non-profit corporation on March 7, 1932.

Today, Associated Students (A.S.) of San Diego State University (SDSU) is an independent student-directed corporation that provides a wide range of services and programs for SDSU students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and the general public. With an operating budget of over $30 million, Associated Students derives 25% of its revenues from student fees and 75% from revenues generated by programs it operates. A.S. SDSU is run by five elected student executive officers and the student Board of Directors. A.S. employs 100 full-time employees and over 1,200 part-time employees.

A.S. Timeline
Important Milestones in the History of the Associated Students