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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

Student Life

Screen last updated on: August 1, 2012

Student Profile

Total undergraduates:
18,556 total
Total graduate students:
3,606 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates:
U.S. region where majority of students come from:
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state:
First-year student enrollment breakdown:
  • 0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3.1% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 23.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • 26.5% White, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 33.1% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.9% Nonresident Alien
  • 3.7% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown
Degree seeking undergraduate student breakdown:
  • 0.3% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4.2% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 22.7% Hispanic/Latino
  • 25.9% White, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 33.0% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.2% Nonresident Alien
  • 6.2% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown
San Jose State University

Campus Environment

Campus size:
154 acres
City or town school is located in:
San Jose
Population of city/town:
Online campus map:

Living on Campus

Institution offers housing:
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year:
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (11%)
  • single-student apartments (34%)
  • special housing for disabled students (1%)
  • special housing for international students (1%)
  • other housing including International House
    International House is a co-ed residence for 70 US and International students attending San Jose State University. The House is located within five minutes walk of the SJSU campus and is a large, comfortable home with friendly interaction among students of many cultures.

    360 South 11th Street
    San Jose, CA 95112
    Tel: (408) 924-6570
    Fax: (408) 924-6573
    Email: ihouse@sjsu.edu
Students required to live on campus:
All frosh who graduate from a high school outside of a 30-mile radius of SJSU are required to live on campus.
Percent of all students who have cars on campus:
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, Campus Integrity Policy; Code of Student Conduct
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age:

Study Facilities

Every student is required to lease or own a computer:
Every student is required to take a computer course:
Computer equipment is provided in:
residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students:
Other computer facilities/services:
San Jose State University-
The HP Mobility Lab supports interdisciplinary courses (including Management Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Health Science, Urban Planning, and Education) where student teams build prototypes and business cases of mobile technology solutions for community based organizations. The lab is a resource center where students can check out and learn about mobile technologies (TabletPCs, Laptops, PDAs), development environments, and access collaboration tools.
Internet access provided to all students:
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students:
School has a library on campus:
Additional library facilities/collections:
MOSAIC, the Adaptive Technology Center, Distance Learning Web site Program, Interlibrary Loan Division, wireless access in the library, laptop and portable media equipment loans
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
Special Collection Division, Beethoven Center and John Steinbeck Center.

Assistance Services

Remedial learning services:
reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, women's center, day care, health insurance, LGBT Center
Counseling services:
minority student, military, veteran student, older student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological
Career placement services:
co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training, Pre-employment job fairs, placement services for students with severe disabilities
Services for students with disabilities:
note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, special housing, adaptive equipment, braille services, Adaptive Technology Center and Alternative Media Center
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped:

Social Activities

Number of social fraternities on campus:
Number of fraternities that have chapter houses:
Percent of men who join fraternities:
Number of social sororities on campus:
Number of sororities that have chapter houses:
Percent of women who join sororities:
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, radio station, television station
School newspaper(s):
The Spartan Daily
Newspaper homepage:
Number of honor societies:
Total number of registered organizations:
Campus-based religious organizations:
Devotional Motion Dance Ministry, CDS Graduation Club, Saltworks College Ministries, Christians on Campus, Divine Youth Associates, Nurses Christian Fellowship, Chinese Campus Fellowship, Every Nation Campus Ministries, Catholic Campus Ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ, Muslim Students Association, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Soka lion-buddhists for peace, Episcopal Canterbury Community, Pulse College Ministry, Newman Community, Community Bible Study at SJSU, Asian American Christian Fellowship, Chinese Mandarin Bible Fellowship
Minority student organizations:
Indian Student Organization, Circulo Hispanico (The Spanish Circle), Vietnamese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Ethiopian Students Association, SIKH Students Association, Thai Students Association, Akbayan Pilipino American Organization, Pilipino Commencement, Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol de San Jose State University, Chicano Commencement Committee, Jewish Student Union, Nigerian Student Association, Japan Club at San Jose State University, Armenian Student Association, Malaysian Students Association, Pride of the Pacific Islands, Black Student Union, Chinese Culture Club
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Student Technology and Emerging Media Club, Women in Aviation, Concrete Canoe Team at San Jose State University, Women in Science and Engineering, Amateur Radio Club, California Nursing Student Association, Art History Association, Urban Planning Coalition, Public Relations Student Society of America, Q-TIP (Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice), Shrunkenheadman Club: Illustration/Animation, Nutrition and Food Science Club, Entrepreneurial Society, Ballroom Dance Club, Chess Club, The Math Club, Table Tennis Club, Art of Living Club, International Martial Arts Team, Lyrical Discipline, Students for Academic Freedom, American Civil Liberties Union, Liberal Studies Society, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Psychological Society, Computer Science Club


School has an athletic program:
Athletic director:
Tom Bowen,
Athletic Director
Athletic department's mailing address:
1393 S. 7th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 924-1200
(408) 924-1291 - FAX
Athletics homepage:
School colors:
Gold, white and blue
School mascot:
Athletic conference memberships:
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (Division I); Western Athletic Conference (Division I, Football I-A)
Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballyesNCAA Div. I
Men's basketballyesNCAA Div. I
Men's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. I
Men's footballyesNCAA Div. I-A
Men's golfyesNCAA Div. I
Men's socceryesNCAA Div. I
Women's basketballyesNCAA Div. I
Women's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. I
Women's golfyesNCAA Div. I
Women's gymnasticsyesNCAA Div. I
Women's socceryesNCAA Div. I
Women's softballyesNCAA Div. I
Women's swimmingyesNCAA Div. I
Women's tennisyesNCAA Div. I
Women's volleyballyesNCAA Div. I
Women's water poloyesNCAA Div. I
Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports:
Athletic facilities:
aquatic, basketball center; baseball, softball field, baseball stadium, football stadium, and gymnasium

Intramural/Recreational sports:
badminton, basketball, billiards, dodgeball, flag football, foosball, kickball, punt-pass-kick, soccer (indoor/outdoor), softball, tennis, tug-of-war, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, softball
Club sports for men:
badminton, bowling, boxing, handball, ice hockey, ice skating, judo, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, sailing, water polo, volleyball, wrestling
Club sports for women:
badminton, bowling, handball, ice skating, judo, racquetball, rugby, sailing

Getting Away

Public transportation serves campus:
Nearest international airport:
San Jose (5 miles)
Nearest other airport:
San Francisco (45 miles)
Nearest passenger train service:
San Jose (1 mile)
Nearest passenger bus service:
San Jose (1 mile)

Paying the Bills

Institutional employment is available:
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus:
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are:
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term:

After Graduation

Percent of graduates who pursue further study:
10% immediately
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
San José State University
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major:
69% within six months of graduation, 94% within one year of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Abbott, Stringham & Lynch, Charles Schwab, Cisco Systems, Inc., City of San Jose, Disneyland, Dow Jones & Co., Inc., eBay, EMQ Children & Family Services, Ernst & Young LLP, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Inc., Adobe Systems, Genentech, Inc., General Electric Co., H&R Block Financial Advisers, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corp., Intel Corporation, Interstate Hotels Corp., JCPenney Co., Kaiser Permanente, Knight Ridder, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Lifescan, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies-OMD, Marriott Hotels, Resorts & Suites, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Inc. , NASA-Ames Research Center, Novell, Inc., American Lung Association, Oracle Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Peace Corps, Rockwell Automation, Texas Instruments, Xerox Business Services, Yahoo!, Apple Computer, Incorporated, AT&T, BEA Systems, Inc., Cadence Design Systems, Inc., CALTRANS
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Amy Tan, novelist
  • Luis Valdez, playwright, film director
  • Tommie Smith and John Carlos, notable Olympians
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Honda
  • Jessica McClintock, fashion designer
  • Gordon Moore, founder of Intel

Additional Information

San José State recognizes that learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom. Campus life encompasses participation in formal and informal programs, services, and experiences primarily outside the classroom that foster personal development, engaged citizenship, a commitment to social justice, and student success. Campus life is enhanced by promoting the available avenues for involvement and providing quality opportunities for students to make connections with their peers, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.

A prime example of quality connections occurs in SJSU Living Learning Communities, which bring students together who have similar interests.  Programming is designed around student interests and often has a component tied to an academic department. 

Opportunities for student leadership and involvement abound. Student Involvement oversees orientation and transition programs; fraternity and sorority life; student organizations and leadership development; as well as advising for student government.  In addition, more than 300 student organizations spanning the range of cultural, political, professional or academic, social, sports and more provide students with numerous avenues to participate in a rich campus experience.  

Cultural Crossroads
San José State is the number one supplier of education, engineering, computer science and business graduates to Silicon Valley, the world’s high tech capital. The oldest and one of the largest universities in the CSU system, SJSU attracts students from throughout California, the United States and 100 countries of the world. SJSU reached cultural pluralism, with no ethnic majority, in 1993 and remains an example of diversity for other universities.

About 80 percent of San José State’s nearly 200,000 alumni of record live in the San Francisco Bay Area. The other 20 percent are scattered around the globe, with concentrations in Southern California, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York City. More than 200 SJSU graduates have founded, co-founded, served or serve as senior executives or officers of public and private companies reporting annual sales between $40 million and $26 billion.

Housing information

San José State University

On Campus:

There are more than 3,400 students who live in campus-sponsored housing and an estimated 5,000 additional students who live within walking distance or an easy bike-ride to SJSU. Note: On-campus housing is required of all new frosh who graduate from a high school outside of a 30-mile radius of SJSU.

Options include:

Residence halls

Costs are approximately $10,500.00 -11,470.00 per academic year, double occupancy with meals.

Campus Village Apartments

Rents are approximately $9,660.00 per year, including utilities, for single occupancy, without meals.


International House

Located just off campus, the I-House is home to U.S. and international students. Please visit www.sjsu.edu/ihouse to get more information about average costs.

360 South Eleventh Street,
San José, CA 95112-2217
(408) 924-6570

Sorority and Fraternity Housing

Costs vary according to meal plans, membership fees, and other services provided
Fraternity average costs: $2,400 to $4,200 per academic year
Sorority average costs: $3,000 to $5,000 per academic year
Recruitment occurs in the fall semester.

Contact: (408) 924-5950

Off Campus:

Private off-campus housing includes apartments and houses and the monthly rents range from $1,800 to $2,500 a month, depending on number of bedrooms.

Contact: (408) 924-6190


San Jose State University


All residence halls are coed.

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