About San Jose State University

Founded in 1857, San Jose State University. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 26,432 full time undergraduate students, and 5,722 full time graduate students.

The San Jose State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 25:1. There are 742 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at San Jose State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate53%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range920-1150
ACT Range20-25

Admissions at SJSU are considered Selective, with ,82% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 10 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

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San Jose State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    214 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    216 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    280 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    300 Students rated campus facilities 3.8 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    300 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    297 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    296 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    300 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of San Jose State University?

127 Students rated San Jose State University

Fabian - 01/17/2023

San Jose State University is a very diverse campus that has everything. This school focuses on academics, arts, sports and much more. This school might not be as big as other campuses but it definitely has very meaningful history. There is also plenty of maternity and sorority life that students are able to join.

Bo - 10/22/2022

At first, San Jose State was not my school of choice, as I had hoped to go elsewhere out of state, but being that out of state is extremely expensive, even with the scholarships, I decided to go here. And since that decision, I have truly enjoyed being in this school. One thing that took me by surprise is that though the campus is small, there is typically so many events happening it never feels empty or boring, and there are more than enough activities to meet people and take part in hobbies that you enjoy. The education system is great, but not perfect of course, as some teachers are more available than others, and provide better learning experiences. The research that the school offers as well is great, and one of the many reasons I decided to go here. The ability to do research before getting into my career is a great opportunity that not many other schools offer, especially with research directly on campus. In addition, due to my specific department being small, I am able to create bonds with students and professors that go beyond the classroom, which has been amazing.

Marijane - 07/04/2021

I've been at San Jose State for four years now, about to graduate this upcoming year, and I absolutely love the community. The animation major is one of the best new families one can find, faculty and other students are always available to help you. For the price, my growth as an artist has skyrocketed tremendously. I also love the one campus events, with people selling at booths and school booths offering things like free food and music. It feels ingrained in the culture of San Jose. With things being online for the past year, San Jose adapted well to us students, offering multiple accommodations and conveniences, like recorded lectures and remote access to school technology.

Chayse - 01/21/2021

My opinion on San Jose State University, overall not a bad school to attend. In hindsight with almost two years on campus under my belt I would definitely suggest the school as an option. But never your first as most people (even seniors) claim that this is more of a backup school than anything else. When you're actually here it's very enjoyable and most facilities are easy to access. Even the staff and RA's are pretty awesome as well and are always willing to help you out. Lots of people to interact with and make your own friend group. When it comes to the academic portion of the school, I would say it's pretty solid, nothing extraordinary but enough and relatively worthwhile in most cases. They have multiple events for almost any club/ activity you're doing. This includes but not limited to: Gaming, Swimming, Dancing, BSU, Skating, even concerts. We had Wacka Flocka and Sage the Gemini once in October even! Overall I would definitely say San Jose State and my time being here has been one of the best times in my entire educational life, and I'm only halfway there, funny actually. These spartans don't play around and it usually gets better. But don't take my word alone for it, come and find out for yourself!

San Jose State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at San Jose State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for San Jose State University is 53%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    As tempting as the opportunity may be, I would not be able to take such a risk on jeopardizing my own perspective of myself. The beliefs that I stand for conflict with the illusiveness of this question. If I were able to give myself advice on my predetermined college life, then I wouldn't have the same mindset and focus that I have at this point, defeating the whole purpose of the advice itself. Honesty and trust within myself was the clay that molded me into the motivated, studious, and slightly entertaining gentleman I am today. Telling my past-self how to live my future ultimately changes what i have worked for at the present. I've always relied on the "honest living" principle to separate me from the next person. My beliefs are equivalent to an artist's painting. I cannot start out to make a painting within an hour and expect depth and consistency. What I can do is start out with a simple stroke of the brush and make every stroke as perfect as I can possibly make it. Sooner or later I will end up with a masterpiece to be proud of.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    General Education, because in general they don't educate.

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  4. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That it was really diverse over here. I like that because you get meet people from all over the world. You can learn different values and ideas from them. It also makes it easier to make friends because people are very friendly and they treat you with respect.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    San Jose State University is a college that encourages its students to do the best that they can do. They want to their students to succeed in life.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates and peers are all extremely outgoing, each with their own unique personality and belief system.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    Many resources, computers, large library for studying. Small shops in the vicinity, tech companies. Culturally diverse city. Close to recreational facilities and other cities.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for their prestigious engineering program as well as their business program. They have the most available classes and funding out of all the majors. Given that we are located in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of opportunities for internships and work experience in this area. Our sports teams, especially football, are also one of the top ranked in California. Jeff Garcia, the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, attended San Jose State as well.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who are avid learners, who really want to strive for an education. This school is great for someone who "just wants a degree". For the educational enthusiast, don't go here.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag mostly about how diverse it is and how the people who are involved are very freindly. It is a good place to try out a lot of things becuase there are alot of different opportunities available.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    San Jose State University encourages students to express themselves no matter what issue it is about.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about San Jose State University are the major budget cuts that effects students, staff and faculty. Many classes have been cut as well as the number of students allowed in each class. Also the implemented furlough days in which the staff and faculty must not be on campus a certain number of days each semester. This decreases the instruction time each semester which does not benefit the students who enjoy learning. Also the tuition rates have increased so we are paying more and recieving less from our school.

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Motivated, determined, and limitless potential. Are those the words that got you saying "hey, that's me!" inside that spontaneous mind of yours? If so, don't hesitate to plan a visit to San Jose State University to decide whether or not you enjoy the atmosphere that the university emits. With a diverse group of people, you are bound to love the campus.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Cheap. And the competition (at least right now) isn't as intense as it was at my high school. Oh, but UNITS. 14 unit cap that lifts later, at an unknown date, to 18 units. It's almost impossible to graduate in 4 years.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    Freshman classes are pretty easy, except for my honors humanities class. Even then, it's not as stressful as it was for me in high school. (But, my high school was INTENSE.)

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  16. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Not really. Are they ever? I got into UCs, but I opted for SJSU instead. I just killed the stereotype, didn't I?

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I don't actually know much about the social life on campus since I'm a commuter. People do often plan stuff and have parties, but I've never really been able to attend them. (1.5 hr commute.)

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Smart, but not smart enough to get into the UCs. That's what I used to think, anyway.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    One of the most common stereotype that is present at my current school is that almost of the students at San Jose State University are either majoring in some form of engineering or in business, yet this is false. While it is true that many students do choose to major in one of the two majors mentioned above many students choose other majors such as art, computer science, or even history. These students are often over looked however and the publicly given to these students is dismally low.

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Student Body

Students

48%

female

52%

male

26,432

Total Undergrad Enrollment

5,722

Total Grad Students

1%

Out-Of-State

94%

In-State

5%

International

Organizations

300

Student Organizations

25

Fraternities

18

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

12%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
36%
% Black or African-American
3%
% Hispanic/Latino
26%
% White or Caucasian
18%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

69% of students attending San Jose State University receive some sort of financial aid. 39% were awarded federal grants. While 36% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$18,578

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,899

Books and Supplies

$14,867

Room and Board

35,344

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$10,038
$30 - $48K
$11,577
$48 - $75K
$15,681
$75 - $110K
$19,808
$110K & UP
$22,068

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