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San José State: Admissions

Admissions Office

Admissions officer: Sharon Wiley,
Associate Vice President Administration and Enrollment Services
Contacting the office: 408 283-7500
408 924-2050 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?yes
Final filing date for fall:November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:yes
Application Fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:0
Admissions Requirements:Minimum grade of "C" in listed secondary school courses required. Minimum eligibility index of 2800 for SAT Reasoning (694 composite ACT) required of in-state applicants; minimum eligibility index of 3402 for SAT Reasoning (842 composite ACT) required of out-of-state applicants. In-state applicants with minimum 3.0 GPA and out-of-state applicants with minimum 3.6 GPA are eligible regardless of test scores.
High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:recommended
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 12 for SAT/ACT
High School units required or recommended:​English:4 required, 4 recommended
​Foreign Language:2 required, 2 recommended
History:1 required, 1 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
Math:3 required, 3 recommended
Science:2 required, 2 recommended
Social Studies:1 required, 1 recommended
Academic Electives:1 required, 1 recommended
Other:1 required, 1 recommended
Total:15 required, 15 recommended
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP, Provisional admission for applicants not normally admissible.
School has formalized early decision program:no
School has early action program:no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

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 important
  • state residency important
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.4
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 99%
Average SAT: 510 verbal, 540 math, 505 writing, 1040 combined
Combined SAT middle 50% range: 910 - 1170
Average ACT: 22 English, 24 math, 23 composite
ACT writing middle 50% range: 7 - 8
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 20 - 26
Test taken by majority of applicants: SAT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores: 90%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 32%

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received: 30,583
Number of applicants offered admission: 16,890 (55%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 3,461 (20%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 2%
Tuition deposit amount: $100, nonrefundable
Room deposit amount: $600
Admission may be deferred: no

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