San Jose State University

California, United States

About San Jose State University

San José State University (SJSU) is a public comprehensive university located in San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley. SJSU was founded in 1857 and is the oldest public university on the West Coast, as well as the founding campus of the California State University system. SJSU’s student population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation and has the highest foreign student enrollment of all master’s institutions in the United States.

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San José State University (SJSU) is located in the heart of Silicon Valley at the south end of the San Francisco Bay Area. The SJSU campus is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area and is easily accessible from area freeways.

While San Jose is a pretty cool place to live in by itself, it’s also helped by the fact that there are a number of equally awesome places to visit if you want to get out, say on a weekend. Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento are all within a couple of hours driving distance from the university.


Built over 150 acres, the SJSU campus has a nice blend of some nearly-ancient and some very modern buildings. There is a great amount of history behind what the campus looks like today, complete with fires and earthquakes and mass demolition. But the one thing that cannot be doubted is that the infrastructure is excellent, and the facilities are top-notch. From its beginnings as a normal school that trained teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university. The campus infrastructure is excellent and the facilities are top-notch. They have a fantastic athletics center near the main campus, and they have a stunning 8-storey library which won the Library of the Year award in 2004. Coming in Spring 2019, SJSU will have a new Recreation & Aquatic Center.

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Minutes away from classes and the library, surrounded by recreation and dining facilities, close to public transportation, SJSU’s University Housing is your home away from home!


Well, it’s California. The climate is just like the Mediterranean which, if you’re wondering, means that it’s amazing. However, San Jose has over 300 days of sunshine a year and average temps are 29 degrees Celsius in the summer and 10 degrees Celsius in the winter.

Faculty and pedagogy

Now, San Jose State is certainly not among the best schools around, and it certainly doesn’t have the kind of professors that, say, UC-Berkeley or UIUC or Stanford has to offer. But what this university CAN boast of, is the fact that all the professors are highly dedicated and committed, and are more than willing to do anything in their considerable power to help students. Also,, at San José State University (SJSU) you’ll get the opportunity to learn from some industry experts and some nationally-recognized professors in preparation for your academic and career goals. SJSU is best known for engineering, although we offer 145 fields of study and 108 concentrations.

Financial aid

San Jose State University does not offer admission-based scholarships to International students. It does provide an excellent education with an affordable tuition fee. SJSU is one of the “Top 10 Best Value College in California” and #17 “Best Return on Investment in the U.S.”.

However, since it’s a public university, scholarships are possible to obtain, but they’re never easy to come by. You have to maintain rather high academics throughout, plus you need to, well, need the scholarship. What’s much easier to get is a teaching or research-based assistantship.

Jobs and placements

Companies in Silicon Valley employ more graduates from SJSU than from any other university in the U.S. Their career center is quite brilliant. Most students get placed quite well, and the career center goes out of their way to ensure that the ‘career fairs’ are successful. Explore the Career Center if you would like to learn about other career building services available through SJSU.

Crowd and campus life

Since the school has such a massive intake, you can be certain to meet a wide range of people from different cultural, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. One thing is certain – you will definitely find enough people who you can relate to. The friendships and connections that you will build here are lifelong and what better place to plan your future than in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most forward-looking, dynamic and innovative places in the world. SJSU are one of the most inclusive and diverse universities on the West Coast of the United States.

As for things to do when you aren’t drowned in your books (or a pool of booze), well there’s no place better than San Jose to start exploring California. There is something for everyone, be it bars, coffee shops, the beach – it has it all.


  • Ed Oates - Co-founder of Oracle Corporation
  • Jon Iwata - Senior Vice President of IBM
  • Donald Beall - Retired Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation
  • Omid Kordestani - Senior VP for Global Sales at Google
  • Amy Tan - author of “The Joy Luck Club"


The opportunities at San Jose State University are endless, so no matter where you’re from or what your path to success, you will find a place here at San Jose State University. Also, there’s no place like California.

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