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Study at San Jose State University

San Jose State University, or SJSU, is the founding campus of what later became the California State University system. It was originally established as the California State Normal School by the California Legislature on May 2, 1862 and is the oldest public university in California. SJSU offers more than 60 bachelors degrees with over 80 concentrations, and more than 60 master's degrees with over 25 concentrations. The university is organized into seven colleges and six schools, which are:

  • College of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and the Arts
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • School of Library and Information Science
  • School of Music and Dance
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
San Jose State University's sports teams are nicknamed the Spartans.

Profile of San Jose State University

The campus of San Jose State is in San Jose, California. which is a large city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at San Jose State include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in engineering, art studies, and computer science and engineering.

San Jose State Selectivity

Admission at San Jose State is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 430. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 450 and 580.


San Jose State has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, San Jose State had 31, 906 students enrolled (26, 233 full-time equivalent). The school has a large minority student population.

Student Life

A lot of students at San Jose State attend part-time. The school offers students meal plans. San Jose State values student athletics, and belongs to the Western Athletic Conference.

San Jose State Tuition and Affordability

The school is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

San Jose State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management1, 387business management, business administration, taxation, accounting, logistics
Liberal Arts1, 145library science, sociology, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, English, history, economics, political science, . . .
Engineering641electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials engineering
Education and Teaching572education, early childhood education, ESL instruction
Computer Science and Engineering446computer science, software engineering, computer engineering
Therapy and Counselling282psychology, behavioral sciences, organizational psychology, communication disorders
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy277health and physical education, occupational therapy, dietitian, parks and recreation studies
Media229advertising, radio and television, public relations, journalism, communication studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine219registered nursing
Family and Social Work190social work, public administration
Security and Law Enforcement184criminal justice and safety
Science180biology, chemistry, microbiology, physics, geology, marine biology, atmospheric sciences, natural sciences, . . .
Art Studies161art studies, visual and performing arts
Fine Arts79fine arts
Design57interior design, industrial design, graphic design
Medical Support and Technology53health service and sciences
Hospitality46hospitality management
Transportation42aviation tech
Religion and Philosophy28philosophy, religion
Music26music, music performance
Conservation and Resource Management25environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts23dance, drama
Mathematics22mathematics, applied mathematics
Medicine21public health
Architecture and Planning17urban planning
Engineering Technician3quality control tech

Contact: San Jose State

San Jose State University

1 Washington Sq

San Jose, California 95192-0001

General Phone: (408) 924-1000


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