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Chances of getting into San Jose State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
63.6%
Admission Difficulty for San Jose State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into San Jose State and can I get accepted? The school has a 64% acceptance rate ranking it #53 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 22,446 out of 35,307 applicants were admitted making San Jose State a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 60 percent. San Jose State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

San Jose State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1020-1260
Applicants Submitting SAT
91%
SAT Scores for San Jose State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for San Jose State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1260
Average SAT Score 1140

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to San Jose State University?

San Jose State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. The school ranks #38 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 91 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

San Jose State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1260 and Above Good >75%
1140 to 1260 Avg + 64%-75%
1020 to 1140 Avg - 51%-64%
900 to 1020 Reach 38%-51%
Less than 900 Low <38%
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San Jose State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
25%
ACT Scores for San Jose State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for San Jose State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into San Jose State?

Admission data indicates that San Jose State regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #42 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to San Jose State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

San Jose State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >76%
22 to 27 Avg + 64%-76%
18 to 22 Avg - 53%-64%
14 to 18 Reach 41%-53%
Less than 14 Low <41%
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San Jose State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.31
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into San Jose State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into San Jose State. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at San Jose State University was 3.31 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #56 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as San Jose State accepts 64% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted San Jose State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 13% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Good
3.25 to 3.50 24% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 27% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 16% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

San Jose State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,872 17,435 35,307
Accepted 12,507 9,939 22,446
Acceptance Rate 70% 57% 64%
Enrolled 2,051 1,913 3,964
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 19% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 10, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 10, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to San Jose State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

San Jose State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at San Jose State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does San Jose State University prefer SAT or ACT?

91% of students submit their SAT scores to San Jose State. 25% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into San Jose State University?

64% of those who apply are granted admission to San Jose State. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for San Jose State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1260. 91% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for San Jose State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 27. 25% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.