#13 Best Public Universities in California

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

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San Jose State University overview
Location San Jose, California
Online sjsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
San Jose State University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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San Jose State University (SJSU), a major public university within the California State University system, offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Founded in 1857, it stands as the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast, located in downtown San Jose, a bustling urban center just 50 miles south of San Francisco. The campus is recognized for its diverse architectural styles ranging from historic to modern, reflecting its evolution over time. SJSU hosts a vibrant student body with residence halls available for on-campus living. Academically, the university is known for popular majors including business, engineering, and nursing, as well as a robust computer science program, resonating with its proximity to Silicon Valley. While the university maintains a competitive admissions process, it combines accessibility with a focus on quality education. SJSU Spartans compete in a range of NCAA Division I sports, with the football team garnering recognition.

In the most recent statistical year 34,002 prospective students applied, and 26,083 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,037 enrolled in the school.  26,030 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 9,721 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,742 plus fees of $2,157. San Jose State is ranked 558 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












San Jose State is rated within the top 49% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

San Jose State University overview
SAT 1010/1240
ACT 19/26
Estimated GPA 3.35

Applications Accepted

San Jose State University overview
Applications Due Dec 15, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition

In State Costs for San Jose State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,110
Other Fees$2,157
Room and Board $18,568
Budget for Other Expenses$3,273
Total One Year Cost$30,850

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for San Jose State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,110
Other Fees$2,157
Room and Board $18,568
Budget for Other Expenses$3,273
Total One Year Cost$42,730

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$59,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

46% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by San Jose State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 30%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Health Professions 8%
Social Sciences 7%
Engineering 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122755 IPEDS survey data for San Jose State University.

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