San Jose State University
San José State University (San Jose State or SJSU) is a public university in San Jose, California. SJSU is the oldest public university on the West Coast and the founding campus of the California State University (CSU) system.
|Motto||Powering Silicon Valley|
|California State University system|
|Endowment||$150.1 million (2018)|
|Budget||$372 million (2018)|
|Provost||Vincent Del Casino|
|2,037 (Fall 2018)|
|1,305 (Fall 2018)|
|Students||33,282 (Fall 2019)|
|Undergraduates||27,834 (Fall 2019)|
|Postgraduates||5,448 (Fall 2019)|
|Campus||Urban, 154 acres (62 ha) on main campus and 62 acres (25 ha) on south campus|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|NCAA Division I FBS|
Located in downtown San Jose, the SJSU main campus is situated on 154 acres (62 ha), or roughly 19 square blocks. SJSU offers 145 bachelor's and master's degrees with 108 concentrations and five credential programs with 19 concentrations. The university also offers four doctoral degrees as of fall 2019. SJSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
SJSU's total enrollment was 33,282 in fall 2019, including over 5,400 graduate and credential students. As of fall 2019, graduate student enrollment at SJSU was the highest of any campus in the CSU system.
SJSU's student population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation. As of fall 2019, both Asian and international student enrollments at SJSU were the highest of any campus in the CSU system.
SJSU is consistently listed as one of the leading suppliers of undergraduate and graduate alumni to Silicon Valley technology firms, and philanthropic support of SJSU is among the highest in the CSU system.
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. The original bell appears on the SJSU campus to this day, and is still associated with various student traditions and rituals.
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). The southern branch campus remained under administrative control of the San Jose campus until 1887.
In 1921, the California State Normal School changed its name to the State Teachers College at San Jose.
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.
- 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.
- In 1942, the old gym (now named Yoshihiro Uchida Hall, after legendary 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In 1972–73, 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.
- In 1982 the English department began sponsoring the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.
- 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 $177 million 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.
- During its 2006–07 fiscal year, SJSU received a record $50+ million in private gifts and $84 million in capital campaign contributions.
- In 2007, SJSU president Don Kassing launched SJSU's first-ever comprehensive capital fundraising campaign dubbed "Acceleration: the Campaign for San Jose State University." The original goal of the multi-year campaign was to raise $150 million, but was later increased to $200 million because of the rapid success of the campaign. The campaign would eventually exceed its goal one year earlier than anticipated, raising more than $208 million by August 2013.
- In 2008, SJSU received a CASE WealthEngine Award in recognition of raising over $100 million. SJSU was one of approximately 50 institutions nationwide honored by CASE in 2008 for overall performance in educational fundraising.
- In 2012, the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, awarded SJSU $73.3 million to participate in the development of systems for improving the safety and efficiency of air and space travel. NASA scientists, along with SJSU faculty members and graduate students, will collaborate on this effort, funded by the largest federal award in SJSU history.
University principals and presidents
- 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 W. Childs, Principal (1889–96)
- Ambrose Randall, Principal (1896–99)
- 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 – August 2015)
- Susan Martin, Interim President (August 2015 – June 2016)
- Mary Papazian, President (July 2016 – present)
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 subsequently transformed 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 $16 million renovation of the James F. Boccardo Business Education Center.
Completed in 1999, the $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 $177 million Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, which opened its doors on August 1, 2003, won the Library Journal's 2004 Library of the Year award, the publication's highest honor. 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. 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 2006, a $2 million renovation of Tower Hall was completed. Tower Hall (California Historical Landmarks in Santa Clara County, California No. 417) is among the oldest and most recognizable buildings on campus. It was dedicated in 1910 after numerous campus structures were either destroyed or heavily damaged in the 1906 earthquake. Tower Hall, Morris Dailey Auditorium, Washington Square Hall and Dwight Bentel Hall are the four oldest buildings on campus.
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 September 2010, a $90 million expansion and renovation of the student union commenced. The project added approximately 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) including construction of new ballrooms, food court, theater, meeting rooms, and student program spaces. The expansion phase of the project was completed in June 2014. The renovation phase of the project was completed in August 2015.
Construction of a new, three-story, 52,000 square feet (4,800 m2) on-campus health center at 7th Street and Paseo de San Carlos was completed in March 2015. The building houses the Student Health Center, Student Affairs office, Counseling Services and Wellness Center. The project was completed at a cost of over $36 million.
In August 2015, a $55 million renovation of the Spartan Complex was completed. The Spartan Complex houses open recreation spaces, gymnasia, an indoor aquatics center, the kinesiology department, weight rooms, locker rooms, dance and judo studios, and other classroom space. The primary project objectives were to upgrade the structures to make them compliant with current building codes, correct ADA deficiencies, correct fire safety deficiencies, expand and modify existing structures, and hazmat abatement.
The SJSU on-campus housing community comprises six residence halls, which can accommodate a combined total of 4,350 students. The residence halls are identified as follows:
- Campus Village – In 2005, the Campus Village residence complex opened, replacing three of SJSU's six red brick residence halls known as "The Bricks." The $200 million housing facility comprises three buildings ranging from seven to 15 stories tall. The complex can accommodate up to 2,600 students, and provides housing options for first-year students, non-freshmen, upper-classmen, graduate students, faculty, staff and guests of the university. The facility also includes a two-story underground parking garage for on-campus residents.
- Campus Village (Phase 2) – Campus Village (Phase 2) was completed in 2016. CV2 is an 850-bed, 10-story residence facility located on the SJSU campus near the intersection of 9th Street and Paseo de San Carlos. It is designated for first-year freshman. The high-rise facility increased total on-campus housing capacity to 4,350. The estimated cost of the building was $126 million.
- Joe West Hall – Also referred to as a "Classic," Joe West is a 12-story residence hall reserved for first-year freshmen. This hall houses a total of 650 students.
- Washburn Hall – After Hoover Hall and Royce Hall were demolished in 2016, Washburn Hall became the only remaining red brick residence hall on the SJSU campus. Also known as a "Classic," Washburn Hall is reserved for first-year freshmen students only. Washburn offers a smaller living-learning environment for up to 250 residents.
Additional on-campus facilities
Located on the main campus, The Event Center Arena seats approximately 5,000 people for athletic events and over 6,500 for concerts.
A new student recreation and aquatic center opened in April 2019. At a cost of $132 million, the new facility houses multiple gymnasiums, basketball courts, multiple weight and fitness centers, exercise rooms, rock climbing wall, indoor track, indoor soccer fields, and competition and recreation pools with support spaces. The new facility is located on the main campus at the corner of 7th Street and San Carlos on the site of the old aquatic center, which was demolished in 2017.
A new interdisciplinary science building is currently under construction. At a projected cost of $181 million, the new facility will house teaching labs, research labs, faculty offices, a dean's suite and interdisciplinary spaces totaling 164,000 gross square feet. The project site is located on the southwest quadrant of campus just north of Duncan Hall. Construction commenced in April 2019, with an estimated completion date of December 2021.
Many of SJSU's athletics facilities, including the newly-named CEFCU stadium (formerly known as Spartan Stadium) and the recently constructed Spartan Golf Complex, along with the athletics department administrative offices and multiple training, practice and competition 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 Thursday.
A CEFCU Stadium east-side building addition is currently underway and will cost approximately $40 million. The proposed facility will house a new football operations center, which will include locker rooms, offices, an auditorium and seating on the 50-yard line. The project will also include a major renovation of the stadium's entire east side. The east-side building addition and stadium improvement project officially broke ground on June 5, 2019.
In April 2014, a new $75 million master plan to renovate the entire South Campus was unveiled. The estimated cost has since been increased to $150 million including the cost of the new football stadium addition. The plan calls for construction of a golf training facility, new baseball and softball stadia, new track and field facilities, new soccer and tennis facilities, and three beach volleyball courts. The new golf, soccer and tennis facilities opened in 2017, and the new softball facility opened in 2018. The remaining projects are currently in the planning stages.
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) is a co-ed residence facility for 70 U.S. and international students attending San José State University. The building has served as a residence hall since 1980, and offers cultural exchanges for U.S. students as well as residents from abroad.
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 was officially completed in August 2014. The building project included 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.
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.
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 José State University is the university president. The current president is Dr. Mary A. Papazian.
The university is organized into nine colleges:
- Lucas College and Graduate School of Business
- Connie L. Lurie College of Education
- Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
- College of Graduate Studies
- College of Health and Human Sciences (Formerly known as the College of Applied Sciences and Arts)
- College of Humanities and the Arts
- College of Professional and Global Education (Formerly known as the College of International and Extended Studies)
- College of Science
- College of Social Sciences
Additionally, SJSU has seven focused schools:
- School of Art and Design
- Donald and Sally Lucas Graduate School of Business
- School of Information
- School of Journalism and Mass Communications
- School of Music and Dance
- The Valley Foundation School of Nursing
- School of Social Work
San José State University offers 145 bachelor's and master's degrees with 108 concentrations and five credential programs with 19 concentrations. The university also offers one joint doctoral degree and three independent doctoral degrees as of 2019. SJSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The doctoral degree offerings include a Ph.D. program in library and information science offered jointly through Queensland University of Technology, a doctor of audiology (Au.D.), an Ed.D. program in educational leadership, and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP).
As of fall 2018, the top five most popular undergraduate majors at SJSU were (in descending order of popularity) psychology, design studies, kinesiology, business administration/marketing and justice studies.
As of fall 2018, the top five most popular graduate programs were (in descending order of popularity) software engineering, library and information science, electrical engineering, computer engineering and industrial/systems engineering.
Programs somewhat unique to SJSU include aviation, transportation management, meteorology, software engineering, and sustainable and green manufacturing technology.
As of fall 2018, the university's Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, with just over 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students, was the third-largest college at SJSU. Enrollment wise, it is among the largest business schools in the country. The Lucas College and Graduate School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, a distinction held by less than 5% of business programs worldwide.
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|U.S. News & World Report||24|
|Master's University class|
|Regional Universities West||24|
|Best Colleges for Veterans||13|
|Best Undergraduate Teaching||18|
|Best Value Schools||41|
|Most Innovative Schools||10|
|Top Performers on Social Mobility||5|
|Top Public Schools||7|
|Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs||17|
|Library and Information Studies||34|
- According to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, San Jose State is ranked No. 7 academically out of 43 public regional universities in the western United States and No. 24 among all 128 regional universities, both public and private, in the western U.S.
- SJSU's engineering program is ranked No. 17 nationally among 210 public and private colleges that do not offer doctoral degrees, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report college rankings.
- SJSU is ranked No. 295 out of 650 institutions nationwide on the 2019 Forbes America's Top Colleges list. SJSU is ranked No. 99 nationally on the Forbes list of top public universities and colleges. Forbes also ranked SJSU No. 40 nationally out of approximately 300 colleges and universities on the 2019 Forbes list of America's Best Value Colleges.
- SJSU is ranked No. 287 out of more than 800 U.S. colleges and universities in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2020. The ranking is based on 15 individual performance indicators and responses from more than 170,000 current college students.
- The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which provides an assessment of the scholarly contents, visibility and impact of universities on the web, ranked SJSU No. 646 out of approximately 12,000 universities worldwide, and No. 189 out of approximately 3,200 U.S. universities (2019).
- Washington Monthly ranked SJSU No. 67 nationally out of 606 master's universities (2019). Washington Monthly ranks colleges based on their "contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service."
- Money Magazine ranked San Jose State No. 104 nationally out of approximately 750 schools it evaluated for its 2019 "Best Colleges For Your Money" ranking. Money also ranked SJSU No. 8 nationally on its 2019 list of "Most Transformative Colleges."
- As of 2015, San José State University is ranked No. 1 on the list of top feeder schools for Apple Inc., which employs over 1,000 SJSU graduates. SJSU ranks No. 9 on the list of top feeder schools for Facebook.
- In 2015, Business Insider reported SJSU ranked No. 1 nationally among universities that are most likely to land you a job in Silicon Valley.
- The Princeton Review listed San Jose State's Lucas Graduate School of Business among the best 296 business programs in the nation (2015).
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 the applicant's high school grade point average during the final three years of high school and either the SAT or ACT score.
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)
Among first-time, first-year (freshmen) students who enrolled in fall 2018, SAT scores for the middle 50% ranged from 1040–1260. ACT composite scores for the middle 50% ranged from 19–26. The average high school GPA for incoming freshmen was 3.45.
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.
Graduation and retention rates
Among all first-time freshmen students who enrolled at SJSU in fall 2012, 64.8% graduated within six years. Among new undergraduate transfer students who enrolled at SJSU in fall 2012, 28.8% graduated within two years and 66.6% graduated within three years. Among first-time graduate students who enrolled at SJSU in fall 2012, 53.3% graduated within two years and 78.6% graduated within three years.
The percentage of students from the fall 2012 cohort returning in fall 2013 was 87.9% for full-time freshman students, 88.4% for new undergraduate transfer students, and 90.4% for first-time graduate students.
Faculty and research
In the fall of 2017, San José State University employed 2,101 faculty, 1,267 of whom (or about 60%) were full-time or equivalent (FTEF). Of those 2,101 total faculty, 673 (or about 32%) were tenured or on a tenure track.
According to National Science Foundation survey data, in 2017 San Jose State's research and development expenditures totaled $39.2 million, placing it second in total R&D expenditures out of all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses and No. 214 out of more than 900 colleges and universities nationwide.
Research collections located at SJSU include the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, the J. Gordon Edwards Entomology Museum and the Carl W. Sharsmith Herbarium.
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.
Additionally, the university operates the Survey and Policy Research Institute (SPRI), which conducts the quarterly, high-profile California Consumer Confidence Survey and many other research projects.
The SJSU Department of Kinesiology operates the Timpany Center (located at 730 Empey Way), a non-profit therapeutic facility open to all and owned by the County of Santa Clara. The center is dedicated to the health and fitness of those with a disability or age-related concerns.
SJSU is a member institution of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.
In 2016, San Jose State was awarded a $375K Research Experiences for Undergraduates program grant by the National Science Foundation. The program is called Research by Undergraduates using Molecular Biology Applications (RUMBA), and will fund 31 research positions for underrepresented minority and female undergraduates at SJSU.
Since 2014, SJSU has operated the Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center (BDCC). The center serves as a cybersecurity research and knowledge hub by creating multidisciplinary collaborations between faculty members from across the university and Silicon Valley tech companies.
In 2012, the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, awarded SJSU $73.3 million to participate in the development of systems for improving the safety and efficiency of air and space travel. NASA scientists, along with SJSU faculty members and graduate students, will collaborate on this effort, funded by the largest federal award in SJSU history.
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. The ZEM car is the first of its kind to be powered by human, solar, and electric energy.
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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. 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.
As of fall 2018, 32,828 students were enrolled at SJSU including 27,271 undergraduate students and 5,557 graduate and credential students. Male enrollment was 16,348 (49.8%), and female enrollment was 16,480 (50.2%). Graduate student enrollment at SJSU was the highest of any campus in the CSU system. Combined undergraduate and graduate student age distributions (2017) were as follows: 20% are <19, 52% are 20-24, 18% are 25-29, 5% are 30-34, 5% are 35-59, and less than 1% are >60.
Approximately 4,400 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. Additionally, approximately 45% of all first-year (freshman) students live in campus residence facilities.
As of 2017, there are over 400 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
|Fraternities (NIC)||Sororities (NPC)||United Sorority & Fraternity Council (USFC)||National Pan-hellenic Council|
Fraternities and sororities have existed at SJSU since 1896. SJSU is home to 43 social fraternity and sorority chapters managed by Student Involvement. The 43 Greek organizations include social (NIC & NPC) and cultural (NPHC & USFC) . 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. The only SJSU Greek organization not a part of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils that maintains a chapter house is Alpha Phi Alpha. Alpha Sigma Phi and Pi Kappa Phi of the Interfraternity Council do not yet have chapter homes. An additional twenty-six fraternities are co-ed and are either major-related, honors-related, or community service related. The United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC) at San José State University was established in 2003. USFC is the coordinating body for the 17 cultural interest fraternities and sororities at SJSU.Approximately 6% of male students join social fraternities, and 6% of female students join social sororities.
Spartan Marching Band
The Spartan Marching Band comprises students from every field of study on campus, from first year undergraduates through graduate students, as well as several "open university" members. At each home football game, the Spartan Marching Band performs a completely new halftime show, plus a pre-game show and a post-game concert. The band reflects all the color and fanfare of major university sports pageantry. The band is unofficially known as "The Pride of the Spartans", and generally performs with a color guard and dance team.
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.
The school newspaper, The Spartan Daily, was founded in 1934 and is published three 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. The journalism school, including The Spartan Daily newsroom and other student press facilities, are housed inside Dwight Bentel Hall. The building was named after the department's founder and long time chairman, Dwight Bentel. The journalism school also runs an on-campus advertising agency, Dwight, Bentel and Hall 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. The newscast previously aired on educational station KTEH. 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.
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 Español, as well as specialty talk shows.
San José 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 José State University sports teams have won NCAA national titles in track and field, golf, boxing, fencing and tennis. As of 2019, SJSU has won 10 NCAA national Division 1 team championships and produced 50 NCAA national Division 1 individual champions. SJSU also has achieved an international reputation for its judo program, winning over 50 National Collegiate Judo Association (NCJA) championships in 58 years (as of 2019).
SJSU alumni have won 19 Olympic medals (including seven gold medals) dating back to the first gold medal won by Willie Steele in track and field in the 1948 Summer Olympics. Alumni also have won medals in swimming, judo and boxing.
The track team coached by "Bud" Winter earned San Jose State 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 salute from the medalist's podium during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. The track and field program was canceled in 1988 after a series of budget cuts and Title IX related decisions decimated the program. The program was restored in 2016.
After an 11-2 finish in 2012, SJSU's football team achieved its first-ever BCS ranking and first national ranking since 1990. 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.
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 the newly-named CEFCU stadium (formerly known as Spartan Stadium).
In addition to its various NCAA Division I sports programs, San José State University also has a very active club sports community consisting of 25 sports and 30 teams. Many of the club sports teams are run and organized by students, although some of the more established teams enjoy strong alumni support. The list of club sports active at SJSU includes:
Archery, badminton, bowling, boxing, cycling, dance, fencing, ACHA Division II and Division lll ice hockey, judo, MCLA Division III men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, mountain biking, power lifting, quidditch, roller hockey, men's rugby, salsa, men's & women's soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, track & field, triathlon, ultimate frisbee, men's & women's volleyball, men's water polo, and wrestling.
About 60 percent of San Jose State's 226,000 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.
SJSU is consistently listed as one of the leading suppliers of undergraduate and graduate alumni to Silicon Valley technology firms. As of 2015, San José State University is listed as the top feeder school for Apple Inc., which employs over 1,000 SJSU graduates. SJSU ranks 9th on the list of top feeder schools for Facebook.
Nearly 200 former SJSU students and 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. This list includes former Intel Corporation CEO, Brian Krzanich, and current Crown Worldwide Group CEO, billionaire James E. Thompson.
Notable companies founded by SJSU students and alumni include Dolby Laboratories (1965), Intel Corporation (1968), Specialized Bicycle Components (1974), Oracle Corporation (1977), Seagate Technology (1979) and WhatsApp (2008).
Musicians Doug Clifford and Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers), Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) and Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane) all attended San Jose State.
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