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San Jose State University

California, United States | Public

About

San José State University (SJSU) is a public comprehensive university located in San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley. SJSU was founded in 1857 and is the oldest public university on the West Coast, as well as the founding campus of the California State University system. SJSU’s student population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation and has the highest foreign student enrollment of all master’s institutions in the United States. It ranks #33 according to U.S. News' 'Regional Universities West' list.

Cost

Reasonable

$22,090

Average Living Expenses (Bachelors)

$22,090

Average Living Expenses (Masters)

Rankings

#1467

US News ranking

Admissions

55%

Avg acceptance rate (Bachelors)

$68 - $70

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Location

San José State University (SJSU) is located in the heart of Silicon Valley at the south end of the San Francisco Bay Area. The SJSU campus is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area and is easily accessible from area freeways.

While San Jose is a pretty cool place to live in by itself, it’s also helped by the fact that there are a number of equally awesome places to visit if you want to get out, say on a weekend. Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento are all within a couple of hours driving distance from the university.

Campus

Built over 150 acres, the SJSU campus has a nice blend of some nearly-ancient and some very modern buildings. There is a great amount of history behind what the campus looks like today, complete with fires and earthquakes and mass demolition. But the one thing that cannot be doubted is that the infrastructure is excellent, and the facilities are top-notch. From its beginnings as a normal school that trained teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university. The campus infrastructure is excellent and the facilities are top-notch. They have a fantastic athletics center near the main campus, and they have a stunning 8-storey library which won the Library of the Year award in 2004. Coming in Spring 2019, SJSU will have a new Recreation & Aquatic Center.

Residing Options

Minutes away from classes and the library, surrounded by recreation and dining facilities, close to public transportation, SJSU’s University Housing is your home away from home!

Faculty

Even though SJSU is in the Silicon Valley, it can sometimes be overshadowed by the other highly prestigious universities in the bay area (like Stanford and UC Berkeley). But what this university can boast about, is the fact that all the professors are highly dedicated and committed, and are more than willing to do anything in their considerable power to help students. Also, at San José State University (SJSU) you’ll get the opportunity to learn from some industry experts and some nationally-recognized professors in preparation for your academic and career goals. SJSU is best known for engineering, although they do offer 145 fields of study and 108 concentrations.

Jobs and placements

Companies in Silicon Valley employ more graduates from SJSU than from any other university in the U.S. Their career center is quite brilliant. Most students get placed quite well, and the career center goes out of their way to ensure that the ‘career fairs’ are successful. Explore the Career Center if you would like to learn about other career building services available through SJSU.

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