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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
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  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 23,099 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.
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference

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.

SJSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
55%
Application Deadline
December 4
SAT Range
1030-1260
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,519/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,363/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
74%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.229 responses
23%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.265 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.266 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    28%
  • On Campus
    71%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
23,099Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,228
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 177 responses
  • Mixed. some are party students others study
    44%
  • Trying to get by
    15%
  • Persistant
    13%
  • Hard-studying
    11%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Unique
    4%
  • Community
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.321 responses
Poll
46%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.377 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 197 responses
  • Diverse
    57%
  • Awesome
    14%
  • Welcoming
    7%
  • Engineering-Oriented
    7%
  • Overly concerned with student diversity
    4%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Accessible.
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.154 responses
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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!
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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.