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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?

6,826 Undergraduate Awards
$32,654 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 award 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.

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San Jose State University Rankings

San Jose State landed the #458 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

San Jose State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#44 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at San Jose State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Social Work Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Natural Resources Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best General Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards San Jose State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#22 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#40 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#69 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#73 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#95 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#197 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search

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?

$32,654 Net Price
38% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of San Jose State is $32,654. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

23,593 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 27,905 undergraduate students at San Jose State, with 23,593 being full-time and 4,312 being part-time.

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

There are also 8,180 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 23,593 full-time undergraduates at San Jose State, 50% are male and 50% 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 8,567
Black or African American 851
Hispanic or Latino 6,883
White 3,198
International Students 2,013
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,081

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 1,634 12 116 0 1,762
Computer Engineering 252 39 516 0 807
Library & Information Science 0 8 554 0 562
General Psychology 418 0 35 0 453
Electrical Engineering 151 0 203 0 354
Fine & Studio Arts 341 0 12 0 353
General Education 0 0 277 0 277
Computer Science 188 0 83 0 271
Public Health 218 0 45 0 263
Communication & Media Studies 236 0 22 0 258
Criminal Justice & Corrections 239 0 1 0 240
Social Work 71 0 168 0 239
Mechanical Engineering 173 0 60 0 233
Health & Physical Education 188 0 34 0 222
General Biology 162 0 43 0 205
Teacher Education Grade Specific 193 0 9 0 202
Nursing 180 0 22 0 202
Sociology 178 0 7 0 185
Civil Engineering 135 0 49 0 184
Economics 130 0 12 0 142
General English Literature 104 0 8 0 112
Industrial Engineering 65 0 44 0 109
Industrial Production Technology 102 0 0 0 102
Hospitality Management 93 0 0 0 93
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 70 0 19 0 89
Engineering-Related Fields 28 0 59 0 87
Public Relations & Advertising 81 0 0 0 81
Political Science & Government 78 0 0 0 78
Chemical Engineering 65 0 10 0 75
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 74 0 74
Liberal Arts General Studies 70 0 0 0 70
Natural Resources Conservation 61 0 7 0 68
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 67 0 0 0 67
Applied Mathematics 67 0 0 0 67
Nutrition Science 58 0 7 0 65
Chemistry 61 0 4 0 65
Biomedical Engineering 53 0 11 0 64
Design & Applied Arts 63 0 0 0 63
History 46 0 12 0 58
Communication Sciences 49 0 0 0 49
Behavioral Science 49 0 0 0 49
Music 41 0 8 0 49
Romance Languages 32 0 11 0 43
General Engineering 0 0 39 0 39
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 39 0 39
Air Transportation 37 0 0 0 37
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 24 0 11 0 35
Accounting 0 8 26 0 34
Journalism 34 0 0 0 34
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 33 0 0 0 33
Taxation 0 0 29 0 29
Materials Engineering 16 0 13 0 29
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 26 0 26
Philosophy 16 0 7 0 23
Physics 16 0 6 0 22
Anthropology 13 0 9 0 22
Mathematics 10 0 8 0 18
Urban Studies 0 18 0 0 18
Drama & Theater Arts 17 0 0 0 17
Public Administration 0 0 16 0 16
East Asian Languages 15 0 0 0 15
Health Sciences & Services 15 0 0 0 15
International Studies 14 0 0 0 14
Statistics 0 0 13 0 13
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 8 0 5 0 13
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 0 3 0 13
General Social Sciences 12 0 0 0 12
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 11 0 0 11
Geography & Cartography 10 0 1 0 11
Educational Administration 0 0 0 10 10
Ethnic Studies 5 0 5 0 10
Criminology 0 0 10 0 10
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 9 0 0 0 9
Teaching English or French 0 0 8 0 8
Writing Studies 0 0 7 0 7
Allied Health Professions 7 0 0 0 7
Dance 7 0 0 0 7
General Visual & Performing Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 5 0 5
Marine Science 0 0 5 0 5
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 3 0 0 3
Quality Control Technology 0 0 2 0 2
Natural Sciences 1 0 0 0 1
Zoology 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6,826 99 2,835 10 9,770

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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