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Colleges / San Jose State University

About SJSU

San Jose State University is a public, state school in an urban setting in San Jose, California. SJSU was founded in 1857 and now enrolls around 32,563 students a year, including 27,680 undergrads.

As of 2021, the total market value of SJSU's endowment was $204.409 million The institution spends around $7,270 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 SJSU Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 67%
Average GPA 3.6
In-State Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State $15,246

SJSU Regular Decision Deadline 2022

January 31 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants should hear back from SJSU by January 31.

SJSU Early Admission

San Jose State University does not offer early decision or early action.

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SJSU Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into SJSU. In 2021, SJSU accepted 67% of applicants. Out of 32,348 applications received in 2021, 21,796 students were offered admission.

SJSU Waitlist

SJSU reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into San Jose State University?

SJSU is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to SJSU, applicants must submit the following items.

SJSU Application Requirements

SJSU Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 /4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to SJSU.

Is SJSU Test Optional?

SJSU is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Dorms at SJSU

Yes! SJSU provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Weeks of Welcome, Spartan Speaker Series, and and Homecoming are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at SJSU.

Financial Aid at SJSU

SJSU meets 83% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend SJSU full-time are awarded $18,986 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is SJSU a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SJSU

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at SJSU, around 86% return for their sophomore year.

Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for SJSU Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $18,012 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does SJSU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is SJSU a good school for you?

Interested in Applying to San Jose State University?**

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Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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Where is SJSU?

SJSU is located in the urban setting of San Jose, California, less than an hour from San Jose.

If you want to see SJSU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 280 to San Jose, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what SJSU and San Jose are like without leaving home.

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College Info

One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0001

Campus Setting: Urban

SJSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 8

Transfer Applications are Due

Jan 8

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SJSU is Jan 8.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SJSU is Jan 8.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wondering what life at SJSU is like? There are approximately 32,563 students enrolled at SJSU, including 27,680 undergraduate students and 4,883 graduate students. 84% percent of students attend school full-time, 99% percent are from CA and 1% percent of students are from other states.


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