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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
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
San Jose State is a 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 $42,200.
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

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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,545/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
73%

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.253 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.254 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
23,097Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,681
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 167 responses
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  • Mixed. some are party students others study
    44%
  • 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.309 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.365 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 185 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    58%
  • Awesome
    15%
  • Welcoming
    6%
  • Engineering-Oriented
    6%
  • Overly concerned with student diversity
    4%
  • Accessible.
    3%
  • Boring
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
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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My experience at SJSU so far has been great! The diversity made me feel right at home while also expanding my cultural knowledge. Student Life is wonderful, there are plenty of friendly faces and opportunities to mingle with other students, inside and out of your own field of study. The things I would have to complain about are the safety of the students as there are several incidents that occur on campus as well as very near campus throughout the school year. I understand that it's to be expected since we are right in the middle of downtown but it is a concern. The academics and professors are great, but I have experienced some difficulties with my school schedules changing as late as the week right before the new semester which can be frustrating.
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San Jose State University is such a diverse and fun school. There is a variety of different majors and minors to choose from plus the campus is fairly easy to navigate. My experience has been really smooth. The professors are helpful in every way and are easy to talk to. Also, there are a lot of resources available to make your experience easier and nicer. The Student Union is a great place to hang out, do some school work, and eat! The students are also mostly friendly and willing to help you out. Overall, the school is great and I would recommend it for anybody.
San Jose State is an amazing school- the campus is beautiful, instructors are knowable, and the students are passionate! The school is incredibly diverse, and as students, we have a chance at meeting people who we can relate to but are different. Each and every instructor is there to see you and help you walk across that stage. The resources are vast, and most importantly there are so many resources for students that may be struggling, such as our new weekly food pantry that's open to all students.