San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest state university in California. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision - a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning, and research. SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning, with a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service, and the arts.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the world’s high-tech capital, San José State University is an exceptional place to pursue undergraduate or graduate study. From its beautiful, tree-lined campus in downtown San José, the university sends more business, engineering, education and computer science graduates into Silicon Valley than any other school. Serving a student body of more than 34,000, San José State offers degrees in more than 134 programs and concentrations. Students benefit from the excitement of studying at a large, urban university—a true crossroads of cultures—in the nation’s 10th largest city. Yet they enjoy the personal attention of faculty within the smaller setting of the university’s seven colleges. Founded in 1857, SJSU is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast. Today the university is recognized for its award-winning faculty, high-achieving students, cutting-edge programs and innovative collaborations with the community and the corporate world.
|Total Undergraduate Students||26,822|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||41||<1%|
|African American / Black||905||3%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||106||<1%|
|Two or More Races||1,420||5%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||1,069||4%|
|Where do SJSU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||1%|
|How old are SJSU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||20%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||20 - 26|
|Math||20 - 27||470 - 610|
|English||19 - 25|
|Critical Reading||450 - 570|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top of graduating class Data Not Available|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.40|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||99%|
The cost to attend San José State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||23 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||49%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||84%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||687|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||49%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||10%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||Data Not Available|
56% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
13% of all undergraduates live on campus
The safety and security of students, faculty and staff at San Jose State is the full-time responsibility of the University Police Department. A force of 32 sworn positions provides protection of the campus itself, ensures the orderly flow of traffic and enforces parking regulations. UPD officers patrol near campus, where many students live, and works with other police agencies on enforcement and investigation.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at San José State University in 2014-15|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15|
|Business Administration, Management and Operations.||23%|
|Fine and Studio Arts.||5%|
|Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods.||4%|
|Communication and Media Studies.||4%|
|Links to degree programs at San José State University|
First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 86%