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Colleges / San Jose State University

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate84%
Acceptance Rate84%

SJSU Admissions

If you are applying to SJSU, the regular decision application deadline is December 15 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Students who apply to SJSU for fall semester should anticipate a decision by January 8.

SJSU Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of SJSU's admissions stats.

SJSU 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 19%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3%
Waitlist No

San Jose State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for San Jose State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes December 15 January 8

Considering Applying Early to SJSU?

San Jose State University may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with SJSU directly for more information about early applications.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on San Jose State University Admissions

How To Get Into San Jose State University

It is moderately difficult to get into SJSU.

In 2021, SJSU accepted 84% of all applicants, approximately 25,683 of the 30,442 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.

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into San Jose State University is extremely difficult.

Transferring to San Jose State University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to SJSU

SJSU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does SJSU Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at SJSU

Wondering what factors are considered by SJSU during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Geographical Residence Important
First Generation Important
State Residency Important

Make sure to check with SJSU for more information on admission factors.

SJSU Application Requirements

To apply to SJSU, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with SJSU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SJSU?

SJSU has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school. SJSU considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

SJSU does not 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.

In 2022, 19% of SJSU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be competitive with other SJSU applicants, you should aim to score between 1030 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SJSU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1030, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SJSU students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SJSU students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

To be most competitive at SJSU, you should strive to earn between 20 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SJSU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SJSU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on 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 December 15. Applicants should hear back by March 1.

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 • DSST/DANTES

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 has an acceptance rate of 84%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at SJSU?

🟨 SJSU may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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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 84%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.


SJSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Dec 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SJSU is Dec 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SJSU is Dec 15.

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



ACT Range

20 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


20 to 31


20 and Less


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Composite SAT Range

1030 - 1310


Math SAT Range

520 - 680


Reading SAT Range

500 - 640


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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