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San Jose State University Overview

San Jose State University is a public institution situated in San Jose, California. The city atmosphere of San Jose makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is San Jose State University Known For?

23,097 Full-Time Undergraduates
$15,270 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at San Jose State is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest degree offered at San Jose State is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 42% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, San Jose State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $56,100 a year. That's about 38% more than their peers at other schools.

San Jose State University Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, San Jose State is ranked #530 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. Out of the 116 colleges in California, it is ranked at #48.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that San Jose State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for San Jose State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 17
Best Colleges for Veterans 30
Best Colleges for International Students 246
Best Colleges for Diversity 458
Best Colleges 530
Best Colleges for the Money 1,058

Where Is San Jose State University?

Location of San Jose State University

Contact details for San Jose State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Phone: 408-924-1000
Website: www.sjsu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sanjosestate
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/sjsu

How Do I Get Into San Jose State?

You can apply to San Jose State online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for San Jose State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into San Jose State?

67% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
86% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at San Jose State is 67%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 61%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to San Jose State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for San Jose State University  ( 500 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for San Jose State University  ( 500 to 610 )
200
800
San Jose State received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 27. Composite scores were between 19 and 26.

ACT English Scores for San Jose State University  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for San Jose State University  ( 18 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for San Jose State University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford San Jose State University?

$15,270 Net Price
38% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of San Jose State is $15,270. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for San Jose State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,033 $12,456 $16,690 $20,625 $23,545

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At San Jose State, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $5,810 a year. That adds up to $23,240 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at San Jose State is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

San Jose State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

23,097 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 27,778 undergraduate students at San Jose State, with 23,097 being full-time and 4,681 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  San Jose State

There are also 8,057 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 23,097 full-time undergraduates at San Jose State, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  San Jose State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of San Jose State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of San Jose State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8,360
Black or African American 822
Hispanic or Latino 6,465
White 3,609
International Students 1,816
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,025

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at San Jose State University. At this time, 23 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 97 countries are represented at San Jose State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at San Jose State University

2,633 Took All Classes Online
10,747 Took At Least One Class Online
247.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 10,747 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at San Jose State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 36th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of San Jose State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at San Jose State University was 247.9%. This is the #218 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at San Jose State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of San Jose State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Social Sciences 6%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at San Jose State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at San Jose State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Social Work #2
Library Science #3
Library & Information Science #3
Computer Engineering #3
Public Health #4
Public Administration & Social Service #5
Engineering #8
General Education #12
Nursing #34
Education #37
Business Administration & Management #50
Health Professions #60
Business, Management & Marketing #66

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

San Jose State University Majors

In 2017-2018, San Jose State University awarded 13,652 undergraduate degrees and 5,690 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 26 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 70 19 0
Air Transportation 0 37 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 7 0 0
Anthropology 0 13 9 0
Applied Mathematics 0 67 0 0
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 8 5 0
Behavioral Science 0 49 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 53 11 0
Business Administration & Management 0 1,634 116 0
Chemical Engineering 0 65 10 0
Chemistry 0 61 4 0
Civil Engineering 0 135 49 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 236 22 0
Communication Sciences 0 49 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 252 516 0
Computer Science 0 188 83 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 239 1 0
Criminology 0 0 10 0
Dance 0 7 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 63 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 17 0 0
East Asian Languages 0 15 0 0
Economics 0 130 12 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 10
Electrical Engineering 0 151 203 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 28 59 0
Ethnic Studies 0 5 5 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 341 12 0
General Biology 0 162 43 0
General Education 0 0 277 0
General Engineering 0 0 39 0
General English Literature 0 104 8 0
General Psychology 0 418 35 0
General Social Sciences 0 12 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 7 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 10 1 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 10 3 0
Health & Physical Education 0 188 34 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 15 0 0
History 0 46 12 0
Hospitality Management 0 93 0 0
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 39 0
Industrial Engineering 0 65 44 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 102 0 0
International Studies 0 14 0 0
Journalism 0 34 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 70 0 0
Library & Information Science 0 0 554 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 24 11 0
Marine Science 0 0 5 0
Materials Engineering 0 16 13 0
Mathematics 0 10 8 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 173 60 0
Music 0 41 8 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 61 7 0
Natural Sciences 0 1 0 0
Nursing 0 180 22 0
Nutrition Science 0 58 7 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 9 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 33 0 0
Philosophy 0 16 7 0
Physics 0 16 6 0
Political Science & Government 0 78 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 16 0
Public Health 0 218 45 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 81 0 0
Quality Control Technology 0 0 2 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 67 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 74 0
Romance Languages 0 32 11 0
Social Work 0 71 168 0
Sociology 0 178 7 0
Statistics 0 0 13 0
Taxation 0 0 29 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 193 9 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 5 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 8 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 26 0
Writing Studies 0 0 7 0
Total 0 13,652 5,670 20

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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