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Colleges / San Jose State University

SJSU Admissions

If you want to apply to SJSU, the regular decision application deadline is January 8 and the fee for the application is $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than January 31.

SJSU Admissions Stats at a Glance

SJSU 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not even considered

Applying Early to SJSU?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is SJSU Hard To Get Into?

Getting into SJSU is moderately difficult. SJSU has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2021, SJSU accepted 67% of all applicants, around 21,796 of the 32,348 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like SJSU, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student. For applicants who are not residents of California, getting into San Jose State University is extremely difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to SJSU?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at SJSU

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Important
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

SJSU Application Requirements

Double check with SJSU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SJSU?

Students admitted to SJSU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

SJSU doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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.

Transferring to San Jose State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to SJSU.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is January 8. Applicants should hear back by January 31.

Transfer students can enroll in SJSU during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

SJSU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SJSU?

Students who are admitted to SJSU must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does SJSU accept transfer credits?

SJSU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. SJSU accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does SJSU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

SJSU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to SJSU?

SJSU is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is SJSU's acceptance rate?

SJSU's acceptance rate is 67%.

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SJSU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into SJSU? SJSU is a somewhat selective institution. The SJSU acceptance rate is 67%. This means that the institution accepts 67 out of every 100 applicants.



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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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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SJSU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.55. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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