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San Jose State University (SJSU) is located in downtown San Jose, California, the heart of what is known as "Silicon Valley" - a busy area for the high-technology industry. The SJSU location is halfway between San Francisco and Monterey, California. SJSU is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system, and offers more than 134 undergraduate and graduate degrees in 110 concentrations or areas of emphasis.
SJSU boasts many famous and illustrious alumni including author Amy Tan, Olympic medallists Lee Evans and Chuck Adkins, and gorilla researcher and author Dian Fossey, among others. SJSU is one of the top 200 research universities in the U.S.
San Jose State University was founded in 1857 as a frontier school that trained teachers. Over time it matured into a metropolitan university.
San Jose State University follows the semester-format academic calendar, with a fall and spring semester.
Colleges and Schools
San Jose State University offers 69 undergraduate and 65 graduate degrees in a full range of majors, with a selection of minors, from its seven colleges and many departments, including:
- Applied Sciences & Arts
- Humanities & the Arts
- Social Sciences
SJSU also offers many certificate programs.
San Jose State University offers its students the opportunity to participate in more than 150 clubs and organizations as well as NCAA athletics. SJSU also offers on-campus access to many student resources including student housing and dining, events, study abroad programs, student advising and learning assistance, career advising, a health center, and more.
The SJSU athletics department competes in many intercollegiate sports with its "Spartans" teams, including:
- Cross Country
- Cross Country
- Water Polo
Students from San Jose State University benefit from the campus's location in the heart of "Silicon Valley" through the many research programs and internships offered at local Silicon Valley companies. Further, San Jose is a cultural metro center with many opportunities for recreation, arts and entertainment. It also is conveniently located to San Francisco and coastal cities like Santa Cruz and Carmel.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may give an overview of the candidates SJSU accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to see your chances of getting into SJSU.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2012
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||18 - 24|
|ACT ® Math||20 - 26|
|ACT ® Composite Score||19 - 25|
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into SJSU
The table below lists the chances of getting into San Jose State University.
|Granted Admissions||15,967 (63%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||3,384 (21%)|
Total enrollment at San Jose State University is around 33,000 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 18% enrolling as graduate students and 82% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $55 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range estimates:
- State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
- Out-of-State: $17,000-$19,960
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||57%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||42%||$9,863|
|Receiving Student Loans||35%||$4,878|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 3.1%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, San Jose State University may provide services to students like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
- Day care
San Jose State University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 48%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||8%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||25%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||15%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Art and Design Program
- Dance Program (more info)
- Dietetics Program (more info)
- Music Program (more info)
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
- Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
- Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
- Speech-Language Pathology Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- Theatre Program
San Jose State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Western Athletic Conference)
- Basketball (Western Athletic Conference)
- Football (Western Athletic Conference)
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field, X-Country
- Water Polo
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
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