SDSU unveils fundraising campaign

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego State University Monday unveiled a new phase of its fundraising campaign to raise money for its Honors College, build a research endowment, create additional endowed scholarships and professorships, and construct a new engineering and interdisciplinary sciences building.

SDSU reported late last week that it had surpassed the original $500 million goal of the seven-year-old Campaign for SDSU, and would launch a new effort to collect an additional $250 million.

“The Campaign for SDSU has been extraordinarily successful and we are deeply grateful to our generous donors, as well as all of the members of the university community who contributed to the campaign’s achievements,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. “Looking forward, reaching our ambitious goal of $750 million is critical to providing the resources that will support our continuing development as a leading public research university.”

The university plans to endow the Honors College, which is being developed to combine a variety of academic disciplines for about 1,200 high-achieving students. Current plans are to have the college begin operating in the fall semester next year.

At the end of August, the campaign had raised nearly $515.8 million, including 94 gifts of $1 million or more and $49 million from current and former faculty and staff. Sixty percent of those who supported the campaign were first-time donors.

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