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- Campus FoodB-
- Student LifeB+
San Jose State is an above-average public university located in San Jose, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 23,099 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the San Jose State acceptance rate is 55%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Early Childhood Education. Graduating 65% of students, San Jose State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $42,200.
San Jose State University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.229 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.265 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.266 responses
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Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.321 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.377 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.154 responses
San Jose State University Reviews
San Jose State University has a beautiful campus with lots of important history. Teachers are great at hands-on learning, there is a very diverse and inclusive community, and there is great support for those struggling regarding any aspect in life. The only thing I would recommend is to have a straight-forward academic plan (for all 4 years) because advisors sometimes don't do much of a good job. If you don't investigate yourself, you might end-up falling a little behind. But other than that SJSU is a great school!
I said I would never apply to San Jose State because I wanted to get out of my hometown of San Jose. After being there for a year now, I cannot imagine being anywhere else. I have made so many new friends through summer orientation, living in the dorms, and all my classes. You can tell that administration truly cares about the well being of all of the students on campus, for I have had great professors thus far. I understand that because the school is located in downtown, which has a reputation of not being the safest, people may shy away from this school. However, the campus ensures that all students and faculty are safe. There is a police department right on campus as well as blue lights located at many spots around campus if you feel like you are in danger. You can even call for an escort if you feel unsafe, and to get into dorms you must have your key card and there are people are the front desk who check your ID to make sure you live there. High recommend this university!
Living close to San Jose University made it more affordable for me. Campus life was great! Everyone made you feel welcome, and there are various clubs and organizations you can join. I loved how San Jose State University is very diverse! Everyone is welcome no matter your background. I'm glad I chose to go here! However, the one thing I didn't like is how impacted the school was and how difficult it was to get the classes you wanted. You were lucky if you had an early registration date.