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San Jose State University

San Jose, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate67%
Acceptance Rate67%

About SJSU

San Jose State University Overview

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. SJSU provides housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at SJSU! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of SJSU's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? SJSU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? SJSU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? SJSU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at SJSU on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at SJSU on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to SJSU for Fall 2022 is January 8. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from SJSU by January 31.

2021 SJSU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 67%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
In-State Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State $15,246
Percent of Need Met 83%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $18,986

Is SJSU a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a clearer idea of what SJSU offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

SJSU Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into SJSU. Around 67% of applicants get into SJSU each year. Last year, 32,348 students applied to SJSU and 21,796 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SJSU

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 86% of students who start at SJSU return for their second year of college.The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for SJSU Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with SJSU directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

SJSU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $204.4 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, SJSU spends about $7,270 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SJSU

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. 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.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $18,012 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

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

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served 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! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at SJSU. 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?

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Where is San Jose State University Located?

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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Student Life

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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