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San José State: Student Life

Student Profile

Total undergraduates:14,012 men, 12,810 women, 26,822 total
Full-time undergraduates:11,318 men, 10,320 women, 21,638 total
Part-time undergraduates:2,694 men, 2,490 women, 5,184 total
Total graduate students:2,735 men, 3,216 women, 5,951 total
Full-time graduate students:1,780 men, 2,053 women, 3,833 total
Part-time graduate students:955 men, 1,163 women, 2,118 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates:22
U.S. region where majority of students come from:West
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state:1%
First-year student enrollment breakdown:
  • 0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 37.2% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 3.8% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 28.8% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 14.2% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 5.8% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 6.5% Nonresident Alien 
  • 3.1% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown
Degree seeking undergraduate student breakdown:
  • 0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 36.0% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 3.4% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 25.5% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.4% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 19.1% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 5.3% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 6.2% Nonresident Alien 
  • 4.0% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown

Campus Environment

Campus size:154 acres
City or town school is located in:San Jose, CA
Population of city/town:998,537
Online campus map:

Living on Campus

Institution offers housing:yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year:yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms
  • women's dorms
  • men's dorms
  • sorority housing
  • fraternity housing
  • single-student apartments
  • special housing for international students
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing:56%
Percent of students who live in school housing:13%
Percent of students who live off campus:87%
Student conduct policies: class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age:yes

Study Facilities

Every student is required to lease or own a computer:no
Every student is required to take a computer course:no
Computer equipment is provided in:residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students:1355
Internet access provided to all students:yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students:yes
School has a library on campus:yes
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus: Beethoven and John Steinbeck centers.

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
Counseling services: minority student, military, veteran student, older student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological, religious
Career placement services: co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, 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 and alternative media centers.
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped:100%

Social Activities

Number of social fraternities on campus:25
Number of social sororities on campus:18
Student activities: student government, student newspaper, radio station
School newspaper(s):The Spartan Daily
Total number of registered organizations:300
Campus-based religious organizations: Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Campus Ministry, Christians on Campus, Community Bible Study, Divine Youth Associates, Jewish Student Union, Korean Campus Crusade for Christ, Latter-day Saints Student Association, Muslim Students Association, Muslim Jewish Christian Coalition, Pulse College Ministry, Saltworks College Ministries, Episcopal Canterbury Community, Soka Lion-Buddhists for Peace, Unbound Sound, Zen Buddhism club; Asian American Christian, Chinese Campus, InterVarsity Christian, Mandarin Bible, and Nurses Christian Fellowships
Minority student organizations: African American Commencement Committee, Akbayan Pilipino American Organization, Black Student Union, Chicano Commencement Committee, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Circulo Hispanico, Collegiate 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley, Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol, Pilipino Commencement, Pride of the Pacific Islands; Disabled Students, Serbian American, and Sikh Students Associations
International student organizations: Indian Student Organization; Armenian, Assyrian, Ethiopian, Indian, Korean, Malaysian, Nigerian, Pan-Afrikan, Thai, Vietnamese, and Vietnamese Nursing Associations; German and Japan clubs


School has an athletic program:yes
Athletic director:Gene Bleymaier,
Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
School colors:gold, white, and blue
School mascot:Spartans
Athletic conference memberships:Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Western Athletic Conference (Football I-A)
Sports offeredScholarships?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
Athletic facilities: aquatic and basketball centers; baseball and softball fields; baseball and football stadiums; gymnasium
Intramural/Recreational sports: badminton, basketball, billiards, dodgeball, flag football, foosball, kickball, soccer (indoor/outdoor), softball, tennis, tug-of-war, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball
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:yes
Nearest international airport:San Jose, CA (5 miles)
Nearest other airport:San Francisco (30 miles)
Nearest passenger train service:San Jose, CA (1 mile)
Nearest passenger bus service:San Jose, CA (1 mile)

Paying the Bills

Institutional employment is available:yes
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are:good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term:no

After Graduation

List of firms that most frequently hire graduates: Abbott, Adobe Systems, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., American Lung Association, Apple Computer, AT&T, BEA Systems Inc., Cadence Design Systems Inc., CALTRANS, Charles Schwab, Cisco Systems Inc., City of San Jose, Disneyland, Dow Jones & Company Inc., eBay, EMQ Children & Family Services, Ernst & Young LLP, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc., Genentech Inc., General Electric Co., H&R Block Financial Advisors, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corp., Intel Corporation, Interstate Hotels Corp., JCPenney Co., Kaiser Permanente, Knight Ridder, Lifescan, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies-OMD, Macromedia, Inc., Marriott Hotels Resorts & Suites, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Inc. , NASA-Ames Research Center, Novell, Inc., Oracle Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Peace Corps, Rockwell Automation, Silicon Graphics, Stringham Lynch, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Texas Instruments, Xerox Business Services, Yahoo! Incorporated.
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Amy Tan, novelist
  • Bill Walsh, former coach, San Francisco 49ers.

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

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 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.

(408) 924-6190

San Jose State University All residence halls are coed.