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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
San Jose State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
Website
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San Jose State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
53%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
920-1150
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,777/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,038/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,577/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,681/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,808/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,068/ year
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Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.229 responses
22%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.243 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.244 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,613Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 157 responses
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  • Mixed. some are party students others study
    44%
  • Persistant
    15%
  • Trying to get by
    13%
  • Hard-studying
    11%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Unique
    4%
  • Community
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.299 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.355 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 175 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    59%
  • Awesome
    15%
  • Engineering-Oriented
    6%
  • Welcoming
    6%
  • Overly concerned with student diversity
    4%
  • Accessible.
    3%
  • Boring
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.154 responses
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One thing special about San Jose State University is the beautiful diversity. All around campus, there are a variety of different races, religions, backgrounds. You'll never feel like a minority here. If you're a STEM major, there are many companies in close proximity along with career fairs and networking opportunities. The campus is located right in downtown, so all around campus there are tons of food and drink places to go with friends, a long with museums, a rock climbing studio, there's even a cat lounge! The campus is pretty small so everything is very walkable. Something I dislike is that on weekends the campus is pretty empty. Also, some majors are impacted making it very difficult to get into, and some of the classes in the first 2 years can be hard to get into because of so many people trying to get in/retake, so that can get stressful. If you have priority registration, this problem can be reduced.
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SJSU is an AWESOME college campus and has a AMAZING education system. The university was built in the 1850's and is one of the oldest in the West Coast college systems!

SJSU is VERY WELL CONTAINED I.e. Campus housing; academic, social and athletic activities; campus police/policing; MANY food choices. There is definitely not a need or reason for FROSH (freshmen) to leave campus.

We love the university is DIVERSE ethnically, academically and socially. SJSU is centrally located in the heart of San Jose. It's surrounded by a lot of great culture and beautiful old architecture.
SJSU is a highly diverse school which is what made it stand out to me the most out of all the universities in California. There is so much school pride here. There are school spirit events going on all of the time and there are so many opportunities for campus involvement. There are a lot of clubs and organizations to choose from. Additionally, there are so many concerts on campus. In my two years of being here, I've seen DJ Carnage, Future, YG, Young Thug, Fifth Harmony, DJ Alan Walker. Some of these were free to SJSU students!