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San Jose State University
"San Jose State"
SJSU Seal.svg
San Jose State University seal
Motto Powering Silicon Valley
Established c. 1857; 157 years ago
Type Public
Space-grant university
Endowment $99.9 million (2013)1
President Mohammad Qayoumi
Provost Andy Feinstein (Interim Provost and V.P. of Academic Affairs)2
Academic staff 1,978 (Fall 2012)3
Admin. staff 1,102 (Fall 2012)3
Students 31,278 (Fall 2013) 4
Undergraduates 25,862 (Fall 2013)
Postgraduates 5,416 (Fall 2013)
Location San Jose, California, U.S.
Campus Urban, 154 acres (62 ha) on main campus and 62 acres (25 ha) on south campus
Former names Minn's Evening Normal School (1857–1862)
California State Normal School (1862–87)
State Normal School (1887–1921)
State Teachers College at San Jose (1921–35)
California State Colleges (1935)
San Jose State College (1935–72)
California State University, San Jose (1972–74)
Colors Gold, Blue and White             
Athletics 17 Varsity Sports
NCAA Division I
Mountain West Conference
Nickname Spartans
Mascot Sammy the Spartan
Affiliations California State University system
Western Association of Schools and Colleges56 (WASC)
SJSU Logo.svg

San Jose State University (often abbreviated San Jose State or SJSU) is a comprehensive public university located in San Jose, California, United States. It is the founding school of the 23 campus California State University (CSU) system, and holds the distinction of being the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast of the United States.78

Located in downtown San Jose, the SJSU main campus is situated on 154 acres (62 ha), or roughly 19 square blocks. SJSU offers 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations.9 The university also offers three joint doctoral degree programs and will launch its first independent doctoral program in 2014.10 SJSU's total enrollment was 31,278 in Fall 2013, including over 4,900 graduate students, the largest graduate student enrollment of any campus in the CSU system.1112

SJSU's student population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation, with large Asian and Hispanic enrollments, as well as the highest foreign student enrollment of all master's institutions in the United States.13

As of Fall 2013, the five most popular undergraduate majors at SJSU were psychology, accounting, biological sciences, business management and marketing.11 As of Fall 2013, the five most popular graduate majors were software engineering, library and information sciences, electrical engineering, social work and education.11

San Jose State University claims to provide Silicon Valley firms with more engineering, computer science and business graduates than any other college or university,1415 and philanthropic support of SJSU is among the highest in the CSU system.16

SJSU sports teams are known as the Spartans, and compete in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in NCAA Division I.

SJSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).17



What is now San Jose State University was originally established in 1857 as the Minns' Evening Normal School in San Francisco. The school was founded by George W. Minns.7

An 1880s lithograph of the original California State Normal School campus in San Jose.

In 1862, by act of the California legislature, Minns' Evening Normal School became the California State Normal School and graduated 54 women from a three-year program.7

The school eventually moved to San Jose in 1871, and was given Washington Square Park at Fourth and San Carlos Streets, where the campus remains to this day.

In 1881, a large bell was forged to commemorate the school. The bell was inscribed with the words "California State Normal School, A.D. 1881," and would sound on special occasions until 1946 when the college obtained new chimes.18 The original bell appears on the SJSU campus to this day, and is still associated with various student traditions and rituals.

The California State Normal School Bell, forged in 1881, still graces the San Jose campus.

In August 1882, a southern branch campus of the California State Normal School opened in Los Angeles, which later became the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).1920 The southern branch campus would remain under administrative control of the San Jose campus until 1919, when by act of the California state legislature the campus became the second campus of the University of California and was renamed the Southern Branch of the University of California.21

In 1921, the California State Normal School changed its name to the State Teachers College at San José. In 1935, the State Teachers Colleges became the California State Colleges, and the school's name was changed again, this time to San Jose State College. In 1972, upon meeting criteria established by the Board of Trustees and the Coordinating Council for Higher Education, SJSC was granted university status, and the name was changed to California State University, San Jose.22

Finally, in 1974, the California legislature voted to change the school's name to San Jose State University.22

Historical milestones

  • In 1930, the Justice Studies Department was founded as a two-year police science degree program. It holds the distinction of offering the first policing degree in the United States. A stone monument and plaque are displayed close to the site of the original Police School near Tower Hall.23
  • In 1942, the old gym (now named Yoshihiro Uchida Hall, after SJSU judo coach Yosh Uchida) was used to register and collect Japanese Americans before sending them to internment camps. Coincidentally, Uchida's parents and siblings were among those processed in the building.24
  • In 1963, in an effort to save Tower Hall from demolition, SJSU students and alumni organized testimonials before the State College Board of Trustees, sent telegrams, and provided signed petitions. As a result of those efforts, the Tower, a prime campus landmark and SJSU icon, was refurbished and reopened in 1966. The Tower was again renovated and restored in 2007. Tower Hall is registered with the California Office of Historic Preservation.2526
  • During the 1960s and early 1970s, San Jose State College witnessed a rise in political activism and civic awareness among its student body, including major student protests against the Vietnam War. One of the largest campus protests took place in 1967 when Dow Chemical Company - a major manufacturer of napalm used in the war - came to campus to conduct job recruiting. An estimated 3,000 students and bystanders surrounded the Seventh Street Administration building, and more than 200 students and teachers lay down on the ground in front of the recruiters.27
  • In 1972–1973, the economics department experienced political turmoil as the administration conducted a purge of left-leaning professors. For several years thereafter, the economics department was under censor by the American Association of University Professors.28
  • In 1999, San Jose State and the City of San Jose agreed to combine their main libraries to form a joint city-university library located on campus, the first known collaboration of this type in the United States. The combined library faced opposition, with critics stating the two libraries have very different objectives and that the project would be too expensive. Despite opposition, the project proceeded, and the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Library opened on-time and on-budget in 2003. The new library has won several national awards since its initial opening.30
  • During its 2006-2007 fiscal year, SJSU received a record US$50+ million in private gifts and US$84 million in capital campaign contributions.31
  • In 2008, SJSU received a CASE WealthEngine Award in recognition of raising over US$100 million. SJSU was one of approximately 50 institutions nationwide honored by CASE in 2008 for overall performance in educational fundraising.32
  • In 2010, SJSU president Don Kassing officially launched the public phase of SJSU's first-ever comprehensive capital fundraising campaign dubbed "Acceleration: the Campaign for San Jose State University." The goal of the campaign was to raise US$200 million by 2014. By the time the public phase was officially launched in October 2010, the campaign had already raised over US$128 million.33

University Principals and Presidents

Principals (1857-1899):

  • George W. Minns (1857–62 and 1865–66)
  • Ahira Holmes, Principal (1862–65)
  • Henry P. Carlton, Principal (1866–67 and February to May 1868)
  • George E. Tait, Principal (July 1867 - February 1868)
  • William T. Lucky, Principal (May 1868 – August 1873)
  • Charles H. Allen, Principal (1873–89)
  • Charles Childs, Principal (1889–96)
  • Ambrose Randall, Principal (1896–99)

Presidents (1900–present):

  • James McNaughton, President (1899-1900)
  • Morris Elmer Dailey, President (1900–18)
  • Lewis Ben Wilson, Acting President (1919–20)
  • William Webb Kemp, President (1920–23)
  • Alexander Richard Heron, Acting President, (July – September 1923)
  • Edwin Reagan Snyder, President (1923–25)
  • Herman F. Minssen, Acting President (1925–27)
  • Thomas William Macquarrie, President (1927–52)
  • John T. Wahlquist, President (1952–64)
  • Robert D. Clark, President (1964–69)
  • Hobert W. Burns, Acting President (1969–70)
  • John H. Bunzel, President (1970–78)
  • Gail Fullerton, President (1978–91)
  • J. Handel Evans, Acting President (1991–94)
  • Robert L. Caret, President (1995-2003)
  • Joseph N. Crowley, Interim President (Fall 2003)
  • Paul Yu, President (Summer 2004)
  • Jon Whitmore, President (August 2008 - July 2010)
  • Don W. Kassing, President (May 2005 - June 2008), Interim President (August 2004 - April 2005, August 2010 – July 2011)
  • Mohammad Qayoumi, President (August 2011 – present) 34


Aerial view of San Jose State campus.

The SJSU main campus comprises approximately 55 buildings situated on a rectangular,154-acre (62.3 ha) area in downtown San Jose. The campus is bordered by San Fernando Street to the north, San Salvador Street to the south, South 4th Street to the west, and South 10th Street to the east. The south campus, which is home to many of the school's athletics facilities, is located approximately 1.5 mi (2.4 km) south of the main campus on South 7th Street.

California State Normal School did not receive a permanent home until it moved from San Francisco to San Jose in 1871. The original California State Normal School campus in San Jose consisted of several rectangular, wooden buildings with a central grass quadrangle. The wooden buildings were destroyed by fire in 1880 and were replaced by interconnected stone and masonry structures of roughly the same configuration in 1881. These buildings were declared unsafe following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and were being torn down when an aftershock of the magnitude that was predicted to destroy the buildings occurred and no damage was observed. Accordingly, demolition was stopped, and the portions of the buildings still standing were made into four halls: Tower Hall, Morris Dailey Auditorium, Washington Square Hall, and Dwight Bentel Hall. These four structures remain standing to this day, and are the oldest buildings on campus.

Beginning in the fall of 1994, the on-campus segments of San Carlos Street, Seventh Street and Ninth Street were closed to automobile traffic and converted to pedestrian walkways and green belts within the campus. San Carlos Street was renamed Paseo San Carlos, Seventh Street became El Paseo de César Chávez, and Ninth Street is now called the Ninth Street Plaza. The project was completed in 1996.

Completed in 1999, the Business Classroom Project was a US$16 million renovation of the James F. Boccardo Business Education Center.

Tower Hall
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.
Carlos & Smith Olympic Salute monument.

Completed in 1999, the US$1.5 million Heritage Gateway project was unveiled. The privately funded project featured construction of eight oversized gateways around the main campus perimeter.

In the Fall of 2000, the SJSU Police Department, which is part of the larger California State University Police Department, opened a new on-campus, multi-level facility on 7th Street.

The new US$177 million Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, which opened its doors on August 1, 2003, won the Library Journal's prestigious 2004 Library of the Year award, the publication’s highest honor.35 The King Library represents the first collaboration of its kind between a university and a major U.S. city. The library is eight stories high, has 475,000 square feet (44,100 m2) of floor space, and houses approximately 1.3 million volumes.36 San Jose's first public library occupied the same site from 1901 to 1936, and SJSU's Wahlquist Library occupied the site from 1961 to 2000.

In 2002, three of SJSU's six red brick residence halls were demolished and replaced with the new Campus Village residence complex. The US$200 million housing facility comprises three buildings ranging from seven to 15 stories tall. The project increased student capacity for on-campus housing to roughly 3,500, and provides housing options for first-year students, upper-class students, graduate students and faculty, staff and guests of the university. Campus Village officially opened in 2005.

In 2006, a US$2 million renovation of Tower Hall was completed. Tower Hall (state historic landmark No. 417) is the oldest and most recognizable building on campus. It was dedicated in 1910 after previous campus structures were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. Tower Hall, along with Morris Dailey Auditorium, Washington Square Hall, and Dwight Bentel Hall are the four oldest buildings on campus.37

In September 2010 a US$90 million renovation and 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) expansion of the SJSU student union commenced. The project will feature new ballrooms, food court, theater, meeting rooms, and student program spaces. The project is slated for completion in summer 2014.38

The Spartan Complex, which houses open recreation spaces, gymnasia, an indoor aquatics center, the kinesiology department, weight rooms, locker rooms, dance and judo studios, and other classroom space, is currently undergoing a US$55 million renovation. The primary project objectives are to upgrade the existing complex structures to make them compliant with current building codes, correct ADA deficiencies, correct fire safety deficiencies, expand and modify existing structures, and hazmat abatement.

A new three-story, 52,000 square feet (4,800 m2) on-campus health center is currently under construction at 7th Street and Paseo de San Carlos. The building will house the student health center, counseling services and wellness center. At a cost of US$26 million, the project is projected to be completed by 2015.39

Construction of a new 850-bed student residence hall is currently in the planning stages. The building will be part of the new Campus Village (Phase 2) construction project, which is projected to commence in June 2014. The proposed location of the new on-campus structure is the corner of 9th Street and Paseo de San Carlos. It is expected to be a 10-story high rise building with a projected cost of US$100 million.40

Additional on-campus facilities

In 2007, the School of Library and Information Science41 opened a virtual campus in Second Life, complete with faculty offices, classrooms, student lounge and library e-resources.

SJSU is home to the 10,000-square-foot (930 m2), three-story Nuclear Science Facility. It is the only nuclear science facility of its kind in the California State University system.42

Located on the main campus, the SJSU Aquatic Center features an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool. The pool is open year-round and is believed to be among the largest outdoor pools in California.43

Located on the main campus, The Event Center Arena seats approximately 5,000 people for athletic events and over 6,500 for concerts, and features an attached recreation center that includes a basketball court, racquetball courts, a weight room and cardio equipment. The recreation center also hosts over 40 hours of group fitness classes per week during the fall and spring academic semesters.44

The SJSU Student Union is a four-story, stand-alone facility that features a food court, the Spartan Bookstore, a multi-level study area, ballrooms, a bowling alley, music room, and a large game room. In June 2010, a US$91 million renovation and expansion project of the SJSU Student Union commenced. The project is expected to take three years to complete, with the new facility opening its doors sometime in 2014.38

South campus

Many of SJSU's athletics facilities, including Spartan Stadium and Blethen Field (baseball), along with the athletics department administrative offices and multiple training and practice facilities, are located on the 62-acre (25.1 ha) south campus approximately 1.5 mi (2.4 km) south of the main campus near 7th Street. The south campus also is home to student overflow parking. Shuttle buses run between the main campus and south campus every 10 to 15 minutes Monday through Friday.

A north end zone building addition is planned for Spartan Stadium and is projected to commence in early 2014 at an approximate cost of US $38 million. The 61,000 square feet (5,700 m2) facility will house sports medicine and athletic training space, a football team locker room, football coaching staff offices, meeting rooms, a hall of fame, and an auditorium. The facility will serve the day-to-day operations of the athletic department, and provide hospitality space on game days. It will be located at the South Campus site, north of Spartan Stadium and is projected to be completed in 2016.40

Off-campus facilities

SJSU Simpkins International House (360 South 11th Street, San Jose) provides housing for domestic as well as international students of the university. International House (also known as I-House) accommodates 70 residents from approximately 35 countries worldwide each semester.

The SJSU Department of Aviation and Technology maintains a 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) academic facility at the Reid-Hillview Airport.

SJSU manages the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Moss Landing, California, on the Monterey Bay. MLML is a cooperative research facility of seven CSU campuses. Construction of a new aquaculture laboratory at the MLML site is scheduled for 2013-2014. The project will include construction of a 1,400 square feet (130 m2) aquaculture lab building and installation of a 1,584 square feet (147.2 m2) tank slab area. The project was made possible by grants from the Packard Foundation.40

Art and Metal Foundry (1036 South 5th Street, San Jose)

Associated Students Child Development Center (460 South 8th Street, San Jose)

SJSU International and Extended Studies facility (384 South 2nd Street, San Jose). This off-campus classroom building houses SJSU's International Gateway Programs, a collection of classes geared toward introducing international students to English language and American culture.45

University Club (408 South 8th Street, San Jose), is a 16-room, multi-level dining, special events, and bed-and-breakfast style residence facility for faculty, staff, visiting scholars and graduate students of the university. This building is currently occupied by Alpha Omicron Pi sorority in agreement with the university.

Known simply as North Fourth Street (210 North 4th Street, San Jose), this four-story facility houses the Global Studies Institute, Governmental & External Affairs, International and Extended Studies, the Mineta Transportation Institute, the Processed Foods Institute, and the SJSU Research Foundation.


As a member institution of the California State University System, San Jose State falls under the jurisdiction of the California State University Board of Trustees and the chancellor of the California State University.

The chief executive of San Jose State University is the university president. The current president is Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi. Qayoumi was named president of SJSU March 23, 2011. Qayoumi previously served as president of California State University, East Bay.

San Jose State offers 69 bachelors degrees with 81 concentrations, 65 masters degrees with 29 concentrations, three joint doctoral degrees, and one independent doctoral degree program.

The university is organized into eight colleges:

  • College of Applied Sciences & Arts46
  • Lucas College and Graduate School of Business 47
  • Connie L. Lurie College of Education 48
  • The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering 49
  • College of Humanities & the Arts 50
  • College of International & Extended Studies 51
  • College of Science 52
  • College of Social Sciences 53

Additionally, SJSU has 7 focused schools:

  • Donald and Sally Lucas Graduate School of Business54
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Journalism & Mass Communications55
  • School of Library & Information Science56
  • School of Music & Dance
  • The Valley Foundation School of Nursing57
  • School of Social Work58

SJSU also is home to a burgeoning e-Campus community called International and Extended Studies (IES), which coordinates continuing education and professional development programs.


Tower Hall, San José State University - DSC03886.JPG


San Jose State enrolls approximately 31,000 students in over 130 different bachelor's and master's degree programs. There are approximately 26,000 undergraduate students and 5,400 graduate and other post-baccalaureate students enrolled at SJSU.11

The university offers three joint doctoral degree programs including a Ph.D. program in library science through Queensland University of Technology,59 a joint Ph.D. program in engineering through Mississippi State University,60 and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree program administered in collaboration with California State University, Fresno.61 Additionally, the SJSU College of Education is developing an Ed.D. program in educational leadership set to launch in 2014. The Ed.D. program represents SJSU's first independent doctoral degree offering.10

As of fall 2009, the fields of study in highest demand at SJSU were (in descending order of popularity): business, engineering, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, psychology, justice studies, library and information science, biology, kinesiology, journalism, and computer science.62 Programs somewhat unique to SJSU include aviation science, transportation management, meteorology, software engineering, and sustainable and green manufacturing technology.6364

Business-related programs account for the single most popular field of study at SJSU. As of fall 2009, roughly 23% of all undergraduates at SJSU were business majors.62 The university's College of Business, with almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, is the second largest college at SJSU65 and among the largest business schools in the country.66 It is accredited by the AACSB International at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, a distinction held by less than 5% of business programs worldwide.67

Engineering-related programs make up the second most popular field of study at SJSU. As of fall 2009, the university's seven engineering disciplines accounted for roughly 12% of all undergraduate majors.62 The university's Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, with over 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students and approximately 350 faculty and staff members, is the third largest college on campus behind the College of Applied Sciences and Arts and the College of Business.68

As of fall 2009, visual and performing arts programs accounted for roughly 8% of all undergraduate majors at SJSU, and amounted to the third most popular field of study at SJSU behind business and engineering.62 The university's School of Art and Design enrolls over 1,900 students and employs nearly 100 faculty and staff members.69 SJSU's School of Music and Dance comprises approximately 300 students and 60 faculty and staff members.

As of fall 2009, pre-nursing and nursing students comprised roughly 6% of undergraduate enrollment, followed by psychology at 5%, justice studies at 4%, biology, kinesiology, and journalism all weighing in at 3%, and computer science rounding out SJSU's top-ten most popular undergraduate fields of study at 2%.69

As of fall 2009, engineering-related programs accounted for approximately 30% of graduate student enrollment, followed by library and information science at approximately 15%, education at 12%, social work at 5%, and visual and performing arts at 4%.62


University rankings
Forbes70 272
U.S. News & World Report71 36
Master's University class
Washington Monthly72 209

According to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 college rankings, San Jose State ranks 8th among western regional public institutions and 36th among all regional universities in the western United States .73

SJSU ranks 272nd out of 650 institutions nationwide on the 2013 Forbes America's Top Colleges list,74 and Washington Monthly ranks SJSU 209th nationally out of 553 master's universities.75

San Jose State ranks 20th for educational value among all public colleges and universities in the U.S., with a projected 30-year net return on investment (ROI) of $983,000, according to the PayScale 2013 "College Education ROI Rankings."76 The PayScale ROI Rankings place San Jose State 83rd nationally among all 1,511 U.S. colleges and universities—public and private—included in the rankings.76

SJSU ranks 29th nationally by salary potential among all public colleges and universities in the U.S., according to the PayScale annual salary survey (2012–2013). According to the survey, the median annual starting salary for SJSU alumni is $51,100. The median annual mid-career salary for SJSU alumni is $90,100.77

SJSU’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering ranks second in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees (excluding service academies), and 13th overall among more than 200 engineering schools nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report (2014 edition).78

Business Insider ranked SJSU's engineering school among the 50-best engineering schools in the world in 2012.79

SJSU's graduate school of Library and Information Science ranks 33rd in the nation, and its School Library Media specialty ranks 13th nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 rankings.73

SJSU's graduate programs in occupational therapy, social work and fine arts all rank among the top 100 academic programs of their kind in the nation, and SJSU's graduate program in public affairs ranks 104th nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 rankings.73

SJSU's graduate program in speech language pathology ranks 131st in the nation, and its graduate program in nursing ranks 193rd nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 rankings.73

SJSU ranks 3rd among regional universities in the West for least amount of student debt at graduation, according to U.S. News & World Report (2012).80

SJSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications was named one of the 50-best journalism schools in the United States by College Media Matters (2012–2013).81

The Princeton Review lists San Jose State's Lucas Graduate School of Business among the best 300 business programs in the nation (2011).82

In 2009, the city of San Jose was named the nation's top mid-size metro college destination, according to the American Institute for Economic Research College Destinations Index for 2009-2010.83 The index analyzes the academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunity in more than 360 cities across the U.S.

In 2007, SJSU's School of Art and Design appeared on BusinessWeek's list of the "60 Best Design Schools in the World."84


Fall Freshman Statistics48586878889909192

  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Freshman Applicants 27,679 25,155 22,978 23,002 21,836 24,079
Admits 17,733 15,967 17,265 13,013 16,251 15,896
 % Admitted 64.0 63.5 75.1 56.6 74.4 66.0
Enrolled 3,736 3,384 3,947 2,761 2,764 3,594
GPA 3.31 3.29 3.19 3.28 3.21 3.15

Admission to SJSU is based on a combination of the applicant's high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores. These factors are used to determine the applicant's California State University (CSU) eligibility index. More specifically, the eligibility index is a weighted combination of high school grade point average during the final three years of high school and a score on either the SAT or ACT.

The CSU eligibility index is calculated by using either the SAT or ACT as follows:

(Sum of SAT scores in mathematics and critical reading) + (800 x high school GPA) or (10 x ACT composite score without the writing score) + (200 x high school GPA)

A total of 25,155 first-time, first-year (freshman) applications were submitted for Fall 2012 admission. A total of 15,967 applicants were accepted (63.5%), and 3,384 enrolled.85

Among first-time, first-year (freshman) students who enrolled in Fall 2012, SAT scores for the middle 50% ranged from 440-550 for critical reading, 470-600 for math, and 450-560 for writing. ACT composite scores for the middle 50% ranged from 19–25.85 The average high school GPA for incoming freshmen was 3.29.85

In recent years, enrollment at SJSU has become impacted in all undergraduate majors, which means the university no longer has the enrollment capacity to accept all CSU-eligible applicants, including some from local high schools and community colleges. Although an applicant may meet the minimum CSU admission requirements, CSU-eligible applicants are no longer guaranteed admission.9394

The university maintains a cross-enrollment agreement with National Hispanic University. Students enrolled at one institution are able to enroll in up to 6 credits per semester at the other institution. Additionally, students may transfer between institutions with up to 60 credits.

Graduation and Retention Rates

SJSU granted 5,206 undergraduate degrees during the 2011-2012 academic year. The average number of years to degree completion for these students was 4.27. SJSU granted 2,351 graduate degrees during the 2011-2012 academic year. The average number of years to degree completion for these students was 2.59.11

Among first-time freshmen students who enrolled at SJSU in Fall 2007, 47.1% graduated within six years. Among new undergraduate transfer students who enrolled at SJSU in Fall 2010, 53.7% graduated within three years. Among first-time graduate students who enrolled at SJSU in Fall 2010, 64.1% graduated within three years.11

The percent of Fall 2012 students returning in Fall 2013 was 87% for full-time freshman students, 85.8% for new undergraduate transfer students, 68.6% for new credential students, and 86.6% for first-time graduate students.11

Faculty and research

San Jose State University employs approximately 2,000 faculty members, 84 percent of whom are classified as instructional faculty, including nearly 1,200 full-time equivalent faculty (FTEF).95

According to the National Science Foundation's latest published survey data (2010), San Jose State's research and development expenditures totaled US$38.2 million, placing it second in total R&D expenditures out of all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses, and 211th out of 741 colleges and universities nationwide.96 According to the 2010 survey, SJSU placed first out of all 23 CSU campuses and 57th out of 480 institutions nationwide for federally funded R&D in environmental sciences;96 and SJSU placed second out of all 23 CSU campuses, third among all ten University of California campuses, and 27th out of 441 institutions nationwide for federally funded R&D in psychology.96

Research collections located at SJSU include the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies. SJSU research partnerships include the SJSU Metropolitan Technology Center at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, the Cisco Networking Laboratory, and the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. SJSU is also home to the Mineta Transportation Institute.

Since 2001, the university has operated the Survey and Policy Research Institute (SPRI), which conducts the quarterly, high-profile California Consumer Confidence Survey and many other research projects.

In spring 2007, an SJSU engineering professor and his students made headlines with their development of the ZEM (Zero EMissions) Car, a Human Hybrid Powered Vehicle (HHPV). The vehicle won the National I2P (Idea-to-Product) Competition for EPICS and Social Entrepreneurship at Princeton University.97 The ZEM car is the first of its kind to be powered by human, solar, and electric energy.

On 21 July 2012, SJSU launched its first miniaturized satellite used for space research, TechEdSat, in a partnership with NASA Ames Research Center.98


Demographics of student body (Fall 2013)11
African American 3%
American Indian/Alaskan <1%
Asian 32%
Hispanic 22%
White (non-Hispanic) 24%
Foreign Nationals 9%
Other 9%

As the oldest and one of the largest universities in the CSU system, SJSU attracts students from throughout California, the United States and 100 countries around the world.99 According to the Institute of International Education, San Jose State had the highest foreign student enrollment of all master's institutions in the United States in 2008.13

As of the fall semester 2013, 31,278 students were enrolled at SJSU.11 There are approximately 26,000 undergraduate students enrolled at SJSU, and 5,000 graduate students. As of 2013, enrollment comprised 15,285 men and 15,764 women. The average age of full-time undergraduates at SJSU is 22.7.11

Approximately 3,500 students live in campus housing, and community impact studies show an estimated 5,000 more students live within easy walking or biking distance of the campus.99 Additionally, approximately 45% of all first-year (freshman) students live in campus residence facilities.100

As of April 2013, there are 394 active student organizations at SJSU. These include academic and honorary organizations, cultural and religious organizations, special interest organizations, fraternities and sororities, and a wide variety of club sports organizations.

Fraternities and sororities

SJSU is home to 42 social fraternity and sorority chapters managed by Student Involvement. Eighteen of them maintain chapter homes in the residential community east of campus along South 10th and 11th streets, north of campus along San Fernando Street, or south of campus along San Salvador Street, South 8th Street, and East Reed Street, in downtown San Jose. An additional twenty-six fraternities are co-ed and are either major-related, honors-related, or community service related. Approximately 6% of male students join social fraternities, and 6% of female students join social sororities.

Spartan Squad

Spartan Squad official logo*

Founded in 2005, the Spartan Squad is the official student booster program at San Jose State. The Spartan Squad is run by the Associated Students and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at San Jose State. Its stated mission is to increase student attendance at sporting events and cultivate school pride throughout the campus community. The Spartan Squad members are easily recognized wearing the group's signature gold T-shirts designed by San Jose State graphic design student Dang Nguyen. Class of 2006 graduates Matthew Olivieri and Brad Villeggiante are credited with founding the group.

Student press

The school newspaper, The Spartan Daily, was founded in 1934 and is published four days a week when classes are in session. The publication follows a broadsheet format and has a daily print circulation of over 6,000, as well as a daily on-line edition. The newspaper is produced by journalism and advertising students enrolled in SJSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Update News is a weekly, student-produced television newscast that airs every weekend on KICU, Channel 36 in San Jose. The newscast is produced by San Jose State broadcast journalism students, and has aired in the Bay Area since 1982.101 Update News also features a daily live webcast.

Equal Time is a news magazine show produced by the San Jose State School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Each half-hour episode examines a different issue in depth, and ends with a roundtable discussion featuring professors and other experts in search of solutions. Equal Time airs Saturday afternoons on KQED+ (Channel 54 or Comcast Channel 10) in the Bay Area.102

Established in 1963, KSJS, 90.5 FM, is the university's student-run radio station. KSJS features live broadcasts of San Jose State athletic events, various types of music including electronic, urban, jazz, subversive rock, and rock en espanol, as well as specialty talk shows.103


California State Normal School football 1910

San Jose State University has participated in athletics since it first fielded a baseball team in 1890. SJSU sports teams are known as the Spartans, and compete in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in NCAA Division I.

San Jose State University sports teams have won NCAA national titles in track and field, golf, and boxing. As of 2012, SJSU has won 10 NCAA national Division 1 team championships and produced 50 NCAA national Division 1 individual champions.104 SJSU also has achieved an international reputation for its judo program, winning 45 National Collegiate Judo Association (NCJA) championships in 51 years (as of 2012).105

SJSU alumni have won 19 Olympic medals (including seven gold medals) dating back to the first gold medal won by Willie Steel in track and field in the 1948 Olympics. Alumni also have won medals in swimming, judo and boxing.

San Jose State vs. Utah at Spartan Stadium - 2009

The track team coached by "Bud" Winter earned San Jose the nickname "Speed City," and produced Olympic medalists and social activists Lee Evans, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Smith and Carlos are perhaps best remembered for giving the raised fist Black Power salute from the medalist's podium during the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City.

As of April 2012, current head coaches from the women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men's soccer, women's soccer and women's swimming and diving programs had all received conference “Coach of the Year” honors.106

After an 11-2 finish in 2012, SJSU's football team achieved its first-ever BCS ranking and first national ranking since 1990.107 SJSU was ranked #21 in both the 2012 post-season Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches' Poll.


A heated debate was held in 1925 over the effort of some students to change the school colors from gold and white to purple and white. Tradition won out, and it was decided to keep the original colors—gold and white. This same issue came before the students again in 1946, when after many weeks of discussion the question was put to another vote. Once again, tradition won.108

Each year during the Fall semester SJSU hosts a series of events where students can watch films at the Campus MovieFest Finale and show school pride at the Fire on the Fountain leading up to the homecoming football game at Spartan Stadium.109

Noted people

About 60 percent of San Jose State’s nearly 220,000 alumni of record live in the San Francisco Bay Area. The other 40 percent are scattered around the globe, with concentrations in Southern California, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York City.110

Nearly 200 SJSU graduates have founded, co-founded, served or serve as senior executives or officers of public and private companies reporting annual sales between US$40 million and US$26 billion.99

Notable companies founded by SJSU students and alumni include Intel Corporation (1968), Specialized Bicycle Components (1974), Oracle Corporation (1977), Seagate Technology (1979) and WhatsApp (2008).111112

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