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  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
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  12. Safety
    C+
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 23,097 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the San Jose State acceptance rate is 67%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Communications. Graduating 57% of students, San Jose State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,100.
About San Jose State University...
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
67%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1000-1210
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,906/ 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
    $10,130/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,898/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,953/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,412/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,912/ year
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Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
27:1
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.247 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.248 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
23,097Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 161 responses
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  • Mixed. some are party students others study
    45%
  • Persistant
    14%
  • Trying to get by
    14%
  • 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.303 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.359 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 179 responses
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  • Diverse
    59%
  • Awesome
    15%
  • Welcoming
    7%
  • Engineering-Oriented
    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
57%
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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Amazing school for business students!
I attended from 2006-2010 as a Business Student with emphasis in Finance
We had amazing professors and a great Honors program in Business school that had us working with top companies in Bay Area for internships as our projects - helped to network and get to know other top performers. I have had a very successful career - now working at a Fortune 500 company as a Director just 8 year later - much lower cost that UC schools in area, and if you apply yourself you will be rewarded
This school is basically a square in the middle of nowhere so if you want to go explore, you either buy or bring a car down in order to go places. However, the school itself is a very beautiful school with lots of diversity with ethnicity, sports, and events. In order to have fun, you need to put yourself out there and enjoy yourself. There is a lot to do like clubs. For example, I am in the gymnastics club and I just learned how to do a backflip which is insane!