According to a 2018 analysis completed by USA News, Schools, & Reports, SDSU ranked last place in San Diego for their real estate program, behind even the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Sources say the school once was a top prospect but has declined since losing its star student, Bharat Madan (pictured), in 2014. SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series’ popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of MTV Networks. As of late 2017, the media franchise has generated $13 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon.