San Jose State University

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School Overview

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.


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

Total undergrads: 25,187

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,594

Degree-seeking undergrads: 25,187

Graduate enrollment: 7,559


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

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


Early Childhood Education B


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 – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


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 – 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.

San Jose State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (408) 924-1000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 36,085
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 57%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 23,347 (65% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,852
Out-of-state Tuition: $19,732
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 73%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,425

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

San Jose State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at San Jose State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 142
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 825
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 51
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 15
Engineering 21111
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 22
English Language and Literature/Letters 23
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 63
Health Professions and Related Programs 74
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Library Science 12
Mathematics and Statistics 22
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 55
Natural Resources and Conservation 21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 22
Philosophy and Religious Studies 21
Physical Sciences 54
Psychology 22
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 12
Social Sciences 275
Transportation and Materials Moving 1
Visual and Performing Arts 104
Grand total 148671

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at San Jose State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,852
Out-of-state $19,732
Books and supplies $2,058

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,286
Out-of-state $18,790

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,717 73%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,503 68% $9,425
Student loan aid 1,248 34% $5,908

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 16,591 61% $8,831
Federal student loans 7,382 27% $6,105

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for San Jose State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled San Jose State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 35,307 17,435 17,872
Percent admitted 100% 57% 70%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 11% 11%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

San Jose State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 36,085
Undergraduate enrollment 27,905
Graduate enrollment 8,180

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

San Jose State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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