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San Jose, CA 95192-0001
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San Jose State University

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Introduction

Founded in 1857, San Jose State is the oldest institute of higher education on the West Coast. Originally it was a normal school for teachers in the western frontier of the United States. It was also the first school established in what would later become the California State University System. The San Jose campus eventually spawned 22 other campuses to establish the massive System as the largest university system in the country.

The University awards a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It defines its mission as “to enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it to the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.”

Academics

The university houses eight colleges: he College of Applied Sciences and Arts, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Humanities and the Arts, the College of Science, the College of Social Sciences, and the College of Social Work. There is also a School of Library and Information Science and the Office of International and Extended Services (Continuing Education).

Collectively, these schools offer roughly 70 bachelor’s degrees in an even larger number of concentrations. Some of the more stand-out majors include Aviation, Transportation Management, Child and Adolescent Development, Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Hospitality Management, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Criminal Justice Administration, Linguistics, Nutritional Science, Occupational Therapy, and Recreation.

Master’s degrees are also awarded in roughly 70 fields, including nursing, public health, business administration (MBA), counselor education, elementary education, engineering, art, English, creative writing, chemistry, marine sciences, economics, history, social work, and interdisciplinary studies. A Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) is also awarded. A certificate is available in gerontology. There are no doctoral programs.

Accreditation is granted by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Recreation and Leisure Studies program emphasizes health community development through personal growth in recreation. Parks and tourism programs are the primary areas of professional focus. Students learn how to coordinate various community events including festivals, parades, therapy, outdoor adventures, and leisure activities. Graduates with this focus can serve in various areas of government or higher education.

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences in the School of Education prepares students to work with youth and adults in the fields of speech, language, and hearing services.

Admissions

San Jose State uses the same eligibility index as other California State System campuses, combining and applicant’s GPA with their SAT or ACT test score to determine if they meet admissions requirements. Students should have taken two years of history and social science, four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of science with laboratory, two years of a foreign language, one year of visual and performing arts, and one year of electives.

The eligibility index uses the applicant’s GPA multiplied by 800 and added to the SAT score or multiplied by 200 and added to ten times the ACT score to determine their admissions eligibility. For California residents the minimum eligibility index is 2900 with the SAT score or 694 with the ACT score. Nonresident students are subject to stricter admissions requirements and a tougher index. Most students with a GPA above 3.0 do not have to provide SAT or ACT scores, although they are encouraged to take at least one of those exams anyway.

Graduate students should consult with the particular department or program which they are interested in to find out specific admission requirements in addition to the university application.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Financial aid applicants are given seven very simple steps to applying for financial aid: Complete the FAFSA, receive the Student Aid Report (SAR), complete the necessary applications and forms from SJSU, paperwork is evaluated, award recipients are notified, and funds are disbursed. Federal student loan borrowers must attend an Entrance Loan Counseling session, which can be completed online or by appointment.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5008th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The campus offers students a wide range of amenities, including a 6,500 seat arena, a full service box office, and a large Sports Club. With over 200 student organizations available ranging from academic to recreational, most students find exactly what they want to occupy their time. There is also a very active Greek community on campus that dates back to the late nineteenth century and a flourishing intramural sports program.

The library offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site or available through interlibrary loan. Special collections include the University archives and local historical collections. The library also has a partnership with the city public libraries, which allows students access to a wide range of materials, both academic and beyond.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic department, known as the Spartans, competes in the Western Athletic Conference in the sports of baseball, football, softball, basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer, among others. SJSU has receive the NCAA Division I status of “Certified,” an acknowledgement only obtained by nine other universities in the country and intended to demonstrate the University’s steadfast compliance with NCAA rules and policies.

Sports facilities include a multi-purpose stadium, and aquatic center, a softball complex, a baseball stadium, and an indoor arena. Students and fans can send athletes, coaches, or officials questions they have about athletic issues, controversies, and events via a form available on the university athletic web site.

Traditions

Outstanding athletes are annually awarded the “Order of Sparta,” signifying the recognition they receive for their amazing accomplishments. Each year these students athletes are recognized and inducted into the campus Sports Hall of Fame.

Local Community

The city of San Jose is located in Northern California, at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. It is known as the capitol of Silicon Valley, and is the third largest city in the state. The area enjoys excellent weather and offers an extensive selection of recreational and entertainment venues. Some of the regional favorites include Farallone Islands whale watching expeditions, the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival (featuring garlic-flavored ice cream), Mavericks Big Wave Surfing at Half Moon Bay, and the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Other popular attractions include the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, and the Winchester Mystery House.

Information Summary

Ranks 51st in California and 610th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 27 0.09
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 12 0.04
Arson 4 0.01
Burglary 31 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 24 0.08
Arrest 77 0.25

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,840 0.19
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 39 0.00
Forcible Rape 226 0.02
Robbery 1,101 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,223 0.44
Larceny 12,628 1.32
Vehicle theft 5,121 0.54

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District619

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 971st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,472 $5,472 $16,632
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,871 $1,871 $1,871
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
FT Graduate Tuition $6,738 $6,738 $17,898
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,871 $1,871 $1,871
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,629 $23,629 $34,789
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,682 $24,682 $35,842
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,964 $11,964 $23,124

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,828 $6,852 $6,828 $6,852 $17,988 $18,012
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,748 $1,754
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,733 $10,998
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,362 $4,475
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,276 $12,403
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,128 $4,499
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,398 $4,771

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 25,155 (12,190 male / 12,965 female)
Admitted 15,967 (7,498 male / 8,469 female)
Admission rate 63%
First-time Enrollment 3,384 (1,793 male / 1,591 female)
FT Enrollment 3,300 (1,746 male / 1,554 female)
PT Enrollment 84 (47 male / 37 female)
Total Enrollment31,278

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Western Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

615th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 24%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

619th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1150

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,524
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,634
Board Fee$4,850

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 530 231 1,409 2,178 17 2,309 483 7,561
Accounting 2 10 5 2 20
Advertising 1 2 12 24 14 5 62
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 1 1 2 9 6 20
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 2 3 12 13 2 38
African-American/Black Studies 1 1
Anthropology 1 1 4 2 14 1 23
Applied Mathematics, General 4 1 3 2 2 14
Art/Art Studies, General 5 3 28 51 3 65 15 188
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 3 6
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 1 2 9 13
Behavioral Sciences 5 32 12 20 5 84
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 3 3 8 2 1 18
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 2 12 68 1 47 15 152
Business Administration and Management, General 77 38 242 552 2 288 63 1,333
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 1 7 5 14
Chemical Engineering 5 4 3 10 10 33
Chemistry, General 1 2 7 31 7 2 53
Chinese Language and Literature 4 4
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 1 3 12 15 2 36
Civil Engineering, General 9 4 20 51 51 4 153
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 1 12 3 18 1 38
Computer Engineering, General 62 2 2 46 16 7 136
Computer Science 38 1 2 49 29 6 130
Computer Software Engineering 87 1 94 6 5 194
Creative Writing 1 2 1 6
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 11 91 28 3 64 8 214
Dance, General 2 1 7 2 12
Dietetics/Dietitian 1 3 11 22 1 28 9 80
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2 2 11 1 20
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 7 6 46 61 57 12 201
Economics, General 5 1 5 20 26 7 70
Education, General 4 11 59 32 1 96 16 224
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 108 2 14 72 1 18 18 236
Engineering, General 7 3 36 16 63
English Language and Literature, General 1 5 22 11 45 8 100
Environmental Science 1 11 9 26 10 62
Fine/Studio Arts, General 4 1 18 35 49 12 129
French Language and Literature 3 4 2 9
Geography 3 2 6 1 13
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 1 1 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 5 2 8
German Language and Literature 1 1
Graphic Design 1 2 8 7 3 22
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 2 10 26 72 26 10 151
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 5 13 30 43 1 61 14 180
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 9 1 10
History, General 16 5 35 2 61
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 1 22 42 42 4 122
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 1 3 1 8
Industrial Engineering 10 2 7 18 8 49
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 5 13 3 1 23
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2 2 4 2 11
Industrial and Product Design 1 6 8 3 1 20
Interior Design 1 7 7 7 3 26
International Relations and Affairs 1 10 2 6 1 20
Japanese Language and Literature 1 1 3 4 1 12
Journalism 4 14 10 14 5 51
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 24 10 33 6 78
Library and Information Science 13 7 72 47 339 53 551
Linguistics 4 6 3 10 3 28
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 2 4 3 8 17
Marine Sciences 1 2 1 4
Materials Engineering 3 3 6 4 1 18
Mathematics, General 2 1 2 4 1 11
Mechanical Engineering 6 5 21 47 41 8 133
Microbiology, General 2 5 9 7 2 26
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 3 1 2 8
Music Performance, General 1 8 8 19 6 44
Music, General 2 4 6 4 16
Natural Sciences 2 2
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 2 2 10 41 54 9 130
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 1 4 6 17 3 32
Philosophy 1 4 3 11 2 22
Physics, General 1 1 5 5 4 16
Political Science and Government, General 2 16 11 22 3 56
Psychology, General 8 16 82 73 2 86 15 306
Public Administration 1 5 6 6 3 23
Public Health, General 1 14 11 12 2 46
Public Relations/Image Management 5 23 18 21 6 81
Quality Control Technology/Technician 1 1
Radio and Television 2 15 14 1 26 3 66
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 5 17 98 47 11 189
Religion/Religious Studies 1 2 3
Rhetoric and Composition 4 10 40 22 67 15 167
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 2
Social Sciences, General 1 13 1 13 28
Social Work 3 9 70 31 1 43 3 167
Sociology 1 17 75 40 41 11 196
Spanish Language and Literature 27 1 3 2 33
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 2 1 1 7
Statistics, General 1 1 2
Taxation 1 2 19 10 3 36
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 5 3 4 6 1 20
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 2 8 3 16

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 537th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $84,687 ($88,186 male / $78,758 female)
Number of FT Faculty 696 (362 male / 334 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,731
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $41,151,839
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