San Jose State University

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 & Arts
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities & the Arts
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Journalism & Mass Communications
  • School of Library & Information Science
  • School of Music & 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.

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San Jose State University
1 Washington Sq
San Jose , CA 95192-0001
General Phone: (408) 924-1000

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San Jose State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,571business management, logistics, business administration, accounting, taxation
Liberal Arts1,169African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, linguistics, Chinese language, Japanese language, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, ...
Engineering829engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering
Education and Teaching629education, early childhood education, ESL instruction
Computer Science and Engineering602computer science, computer engineering, software engineering
Therapy and Counseling323behavioral sciences, psychology, organizational psychology, communication disorders
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy304parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, occupational therapy, dietitian
Media278communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations, advertising
Security and Law Enforcement226criminal justice and safety
Nursing and Emergency Medicine218registered nursing
Family and Social Work214public administration, social work
Science210biology, microbiology, marine biology, natural sciences, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics ...
Art Studies184visual and performing arts, art studies
Medical Support and Technology79health service and sciences
Fine Arts78fine arts
Design59industrial design, interior design, graphic design
Hospitality55hospitality management
Conservation and Resource Management42environmental studies
Mathematics34mathematics, applied mathematics
Transportation27aviation tech
Drama and Performing Arts27dance, drama
Architecture and Planning26urban planning
Music26music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy23philosophy, religion
Medicine22gerontology, public health
Engineering Technician3quality control tech

Number of programs and degrees for San Jose State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,66274
Master's degree2,59661

San Jose State Student Body

In 2007-2008, San Jose State had a total enrollment of 31,906 students (25,683 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 94%
Part-Time 6%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 25%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 27%
Black 5%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 31%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 17%
20-21 17%
22-24 28%
25-29 20%
30-34 8%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

San Jose State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %
Part-Time 62 %

San Jose State Room and Board (2007)

San Jose State offers campus housing for 3,421 of its 25,683 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of San Jose, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 17 meals per week.

San Jose State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430530
SAT Math450580
ACT Verbal1623
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT17%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

San Jose State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,992
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,162
Room and board $ 10,153
Room charge $ 4,968
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,695
Books and supplies $ 1,656
Other expenses $ 3,990

Financial Aid:
San Jose State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 115500)

San Jose State Faculty

San Jose State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track9695
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3747

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year21$124,13022$112,605
Associate professorcalendar year0*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Lecturercalendar year1*4$83,820
No academic rankcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year23$126,58329$106,467

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year196$95,283104$93,614
Associate professoracademic year80$79,92581$77,528
Assistant professoracademic year85$70,83386$68,904
Lectureracademic year35$65,84843$62,601
No academic rankacademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year397$84,504315$78,641

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

San Jose State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Western Athletic Conference
Basketball Western Athletic Conference
Baseball Western Athletic Conference
Track Western Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports28122150

San Jose State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Logistics and Materials Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Quality Control Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Microbiology, General
Natural Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Communication Disorders, General
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General

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