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San Jose State University

San Jose State University
San Jose State University

Official telephone: (408) 924-1000
Fax number: (408) 924-2050

Website: www.sjsu.edu


Screen last updated on: September 1, 2014

The admissions information below is valid for the 2012-13 academic year.

San Jose State University

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:
Deanna Gonzales,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office:
408 283-7500
408 924-2050 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?
Priority filing date for fall:
Oct 1 - Nov 30
Final filing date for fall:
November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:
Application fee:
Can the application fee be waived?
Are refunds available on the application fee?
Is the Common Application form accepted?
Admissions requirements:
Minimum grade of "C-" in listed secondary school courses required.

Formula for SAT is GPA in college prep courses taken in 10th, 11th and 12th grades X 800 + SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics scores.
ACT formula is (GPA in college prep courses taken in 10th, 11th and 12th grades X 200) + (10 X ACT composite score).
Minimum eligibility index of 2900 for SAT (694 for ACT) required of in-state applicants; minimum eligibility index of 3502 for SAT I (842 for ACT) required of out-of-state applicants.
Test scores taken no later than November of the senior year are required of all frosh applicants
High school graduation is:
required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:
Campus visit is:
Interview is:
neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview:
not available
Standardized test requirements:
SAT or ACT required, SAT Subject Test not used
School's test preference:
no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:
counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received:
December 22, 2011 for SAT/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
1 required, 1 recommended
4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language:
2 required, 2 recommended
1 required, 1 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
3 required, 3 recommended
Social studies:
1 required, 1 recommended
Academic electives:
1 required, 1 recommended
15 required, 15 recommended
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:
School has formalized early decision program:
School has early action program:
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind:
Average secondary school GPA:
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:
Percent of student body in each high school class rank:
Top tenth: 0%
Top quarter: 0%
Top half: 0%
Bottom half: 0%
Bottom quarter: 0%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission:
by February 24, 2012, Preliminary admission offer may be posted on the student's MySJSU account. Hard copy admission packets go out in late February for frosh and transfers.
Acceptance of admission:
must accept by May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:
Number of applicants offered admission:
17,470 (76%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:
3,999 (23%)
School has a waiting list policy:
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:
Tuition deposit amount:
nonrefundable; There is a Frosh orientation fee that must be paid no later than May 1.
Room deposit amount:
$600, partially refundable
Admission may be deferred:

Additional Information

SJSU receives applications from more eligible students than there is space for, thus meeting the minimum requirements may not be sufficient to gain you admission.

For detailed information about SJSU's impaction plan, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/home/admission.html

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