San Jose State University

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San Jose State University, or San Jose State for short, is a large public university located in San Jose, California. Part of the California State University system, it is the oldest institution in that system, having been founded in 1857, and also claims the distinction as being one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast.

Physical Campus and Facilities

The 55-building campus is situated on 154 acres of land and is located in downtown San Jose. Given the age of the campus, the buildings are a mix of both modern and Victorian-era architecture.

The campus is home to an assortment of buildings that provide support for students in various ways. Some are dedicated to academic achievement and resources while others are dedicated to student activities. The Aquatic Center, for example, is home to an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is open year-round. The Events Center Arena, which seats up to 5,000 people and is the venue for concerts, is also home to the University's athletics center. The athletics center itself houses weights and cardio equipment, basketball and racquetball courts, and holds fitness classes.

Academic Programs and Colleges

San Jose State is home to fifteen academic colleges/schools through which the University's 81 undergraduate and 65 graduate programs are administered to 31,000 students through various formats. Of the 31,000 students studying at the University, 25,000 are undergraduates while 5,500 are graduates.

Among the most impacted programs at the University, the business program, which claims 23% of the total student enrollment, engineering, and visual and performing arts were the top three most impacted. Other popular programs include nursing, education, psychology, and justice studies.

The University, like many others, is allocating resources to the development of an extensive online, extended campus learning platform known as International and Extended Studies. IES, as it is known, allows students to take courses via online delivery and allows international students the opportunity to study at the University.

Rankings and Distinctions

San Jose State is the recipient of a significant number of rankings and distinctions that supplant its position as a progressive, efficient, and modern institution.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked San Jose State as 8th among western regional universities which is an improvement from its previous position as 10th on the list. San Jose State’s business school holds accreditation from AACSB International which itself is a distinction held by less than 5% of business schools worldwide. The University’s engineering school is ranked as 2nd among public engineering programs and is ranked 13th worldwide.

The University has also been ranked as 20th in terms of educational value which assesses the projected 30-year return-on-investment for alumni.

Research

Out of the 23 institutions that are part of the California State University system, San Jose State ranks 2nd with respect to research and development expenditure. The University holds research and development relationships with NASA, Moffett Field, Cisco Networking, and the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

San Jose State is also the vanguard for conducting high-profile, large-scale market and consumer research surveys, which are administered through the California Consumer Confidence Survey.

Recently, a San Jose State professor and his students designed a zero emissions vehicle, which made national headlines.

General Information

Admission Office

One Washington Square

San Jose, CA 95192-0011

(408) 283-7500



Contact: Fernanda Karp

Undergraduate Admissions Manager
Main Address

One Washington Square

San Jose, CA 95192-0001

(408) 924-1000

www.sjsu.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 25,187

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,594

Degree-seeking undergrads: 25,187

Graduate enrollment: 7,559

Setting

Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 66%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 80%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $3,632 $3,992 $5,054 $5,370 +6.25%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,656 $1,734 $1,704 -1.73%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,505 $10,153 $10,438 $10,438 0.00%
Other $3,672 $3,990 $4,110 $4,074 -0.88%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,734 $11,472 $11,970 $12,414 +3.71%
Other $3,798 $4,008 $4,128 $4,086 -1.02%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $18,195 $19,791 $21,336 $21,586 +1.17%
In-state Off Campus $18,550 $21,128 $22,886 $23,574 +3.01%
In-state with Family $5,018 $5,648 $6,788 $7,074 +4.21%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,812 52%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,380 40% $9,492,674 $6,879
• Federal grants 895 26% $3,930,266 $4,391
• Pell grants 894 26% $3,317,669 $3,711
• Other federal grants 668 19% $612,597 $917
Institutional scholarships or grants 977 28% $2,082,525 $2,132
Institutional grants or scholarships 969 28% $3,479,883 $3,591
Student loan financial aid 1,048 30% $4,421,413 $4,219
• Federal student loans 1,046 30% $4,333,359 $4,143
• Other student loans 8 0% $88,054 $11,007

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 5078 2757
Architecture and Related Services 39
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 39
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 5 9
African-american/black Studies 5
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 9
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 115 45
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 83 36
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 8
Microbiology 31 1
Zoology/animal Biology 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1531 252
Accounting 22
Business Administration and Management 1443 175
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 23 5
Hospitality Administration/management 65
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 20
Taxation 30
Communication and Journalism Programs 284 18
Advertising 80
Journalism 50
Public Relations/image Management 70
Radio and Television 84
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 18
Computing and Information Sciences 70 59
Computer Science 70 59
Education 158 479
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 158 7
Education 445
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 27
Engineering 384 766
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering 17 4
Chemical Engineering 19 23
Civil Engineering 90 43
Computer Engineering 38 80
Computer Software Engineering 12 176
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 95 213
Engineering 151
Industrial Engineering 15 32
Materials Engineering 8 10
Mechanical Engineering 90 34
Engineering Technology 2
Quality Control Technology/technician 2
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 234 29
Creative Writing 6
English Language and Literature 89 14
Rhetoric and Composition 145 9
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 69 28
Chinese Language and Literature 3
French Language and Literature 6 7
German Language and Literature 2
Japanese Language and Literature 13
Linguistics 14 9
Spanish Language and Literature 31 12
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 307 169
Communication Sciences and Disorders 30
Dietetics/dietitian 52 19
Occupational Therapy/therapist 40 78
Public Health 41
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 185 31
History 75 18
History 75 18
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 196 9
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 196 9
Human Services 92 159
Public Administration 27
Social Work 92 132
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 67
Humanities/humanistic Studies 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 59
Library Science 465
Library and Information Science 465
Mathematics and Statistics 34 5
Applied Mathematics 19
Mathematics 15 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 52 3
Behavioral Sciences 44
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 6 2
Natural Sciences 2 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 31 6
Environmental Science 31 6
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 168 57
Health and Physical Education/fitness 134 47
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 34 10
Physical Sciences 62 14
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 8 4
Chemistry 40 3
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other 1
Geology and Earth Science 4 3
Physics 9 4
Psychology 302 39
Industrial and organizational Psychology 15
Psychology 302 24
Social Sciences 376 43
Anthropology 34 3
Economics 45 28
Geography 11 2
International Relations and Affairs 10
Political Science and Government 79
Social Sciences 28
Sociology 169 10
Transportation and Materials Moving 30
Aeronautics/aviation/aerospace Science and Technology 30
Visual and Performing Arts 436 44
Art/art Studies 204 1
Dance 9
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 12 3
Fine/studio Arts 70 23
Graphic Design 24
Industrial and Product Design 23
Interior Design 34
Music Performance 25
Music 11 17
Visual and Performing Arts 24
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Conservation Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B
Microbiology B
Molecular Biology B
Physiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer Systems Analysis B
Information Sciences/Systems B
Information Technology B

Education

Early Childhood Education B

Engineering

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Industrial Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Software Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Quality Control B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Communication Disorders B
Health Services – General B
Health System Administration B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B

History

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics

Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Accounting/Computer Science B
Behavioral Sciences B
Natural Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Forensic Technologies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Transportation B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


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