San Jose State University

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1 Washington Square

San Jose, CA 95192

Phone: (408) 924-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#36 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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San Jose State University is a public institution that was founded in 1857. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,157, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 154 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. San Jose State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 36. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,373 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,244 (2013-14).

Students who attend San Jose State University, or SJSU, are situated in the scenic California Bay Area and booming Silicon Valley. The campus is located in downtown San Jose, and there are a variety of on-campus housing options, including student apartments and suites. Freshmen are not guaranteed university housing, though there is usually enough room for all who apply. There are more than 350 student organizations to check out at SJSU, as well as a Greek system that prides itself on its diversity. Students can also get involved by joining or cheering on the school’s Spartans athletics squads, which compete in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference. The San Jose State football team competed in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

For graduate students, the school offers programs through the Lucas Graduate School of Business, among other schools. The university also operates unique research centers that study the lives and works of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and legendary composer Beethoven. About three fourths of SJSU alumni stay in the Bay Area after graduation. Some of the school’s most notable graduates include musician Stevie Nicks and author Amy Tan. More than a dozen Olympic medalists have also graduated from SJSU, including runner Lee Evans and boxer Chuck Adkins.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

San Jose State University is the public university serving Silicon Valley. Many of the engineers, scientists and business professionals who drive this vital engine of the global economy developed their talents at SJSU. In 2012, San Jose State became the epicenter of campus-based experimentation with massive open online courses, an educational innovation made possible by the technology developed right here in our region. Other distinctions including developing the first college-based cyber security center in Silicon Valley, emerging as an NCAA Division I powerhouse after winning the 2012 Military Bowl, and constructing a series of new and renovated structures including a Student Union, Student Health Center and Spartan Complex for kinesiology, club and intercollegiate sports. With 134 bachelor's and master's degrees in 110 degree fields, the university is also home to strong programs in education, art, music, journalism, healthcare and social work, nurturing the broader community. San Jose State students, faculty and staff embrace the notion that education is the gateway to opportunity. The cultivation of intellectual curiosity is a high priority on campus, as the skills and mindsets that students develop now will prepare them for industries and careers that do not exist yet. San Jose State welcomes and supports a diverse student body and is proud of its distinction as a national leader in graduating minority students. SJSU encourages and offers resources to thousands of students who are the first in their families to go to college. Our strength through diversity is reflected in SJSU's more than 350 student organizations, where students share their interests with like-minded peers in areas ranging from ballroom dancing to urban planning. Student life is further enriched by access to unique educational resources. More than 13 million people have visited the award-winning Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, a joint project of the city of San Jose and the university. Beyond our campus, students have easy access to abundant recreational activities, given San Jose State's convenient geographic location between San Francisco and the beautiful Monterey coast. Find out more at

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1857
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $74,813,247


When applying to San Jose State University, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due November 30. The application fee at San Jose State University is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.5%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by November 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at San Jose State University is 27:1, and the school has 22.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at San Jose State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Engineering; Visual and Performing Arts; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 27:1
4-year graduation rate 8%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 28%
Health Professions and Related Programs 9%
Engineering 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

San Jose State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,157, with a gender distribution of 50.1 percent male students and 49.9 percent female students. At this school, 14 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 86 percent of students live off campus. San Jose State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 30,448
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

San Jose State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. San Jose State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at San Jose State University, 47 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at San Jose State University.

Students who have cars on campus 47%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At San Jose State University, 66.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,291.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,373 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,244 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,404 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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