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This public university, located in San Jose, California, offers an education to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. The student population is large, with as many as 35,400 students enrolled in a single year. Undergraduate students number a little more than 27,000 of that total. Students can opt for campus housing so they can save a little money rather than living in an apartment off-campus. The student-to-faculty ratio is 26 to 1, meaning that students will likely need to schedule appointments with their professors if they need to discuss academic issues.

Overview of San Jose State University

The campus is large, offering students plenty of space to enjoy themselves as they walk, skateboard, or ride a bus from one side of campus to the other. San Jose is described as a big city as well. Looking at a map, it’s easy to see that, when students have free time, they will likely have plenty of recreational activities to choose from while they are on campus. These include going into nearby natural areas to hike or just relax. In addition, students will be able to leave campus and head into town for meals or movies with friends.

Students who are able to prove relevant life experience, want dual credit (high school and college credits simultaneously), or who have passed AP exams are able to receive credits.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 26:1
Graduation Rate 65%
Year Founded 1857

Student Enrollment

Total Students35,400


Undergraduate Student

Male 13,937
Female 13,390

Graduate Student

Male 4,117
Female 3,956

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Male 18,150
Female 18,093


Male 8,712
Female 11,218

Acceptance Rate55%

Male 48%
Female 62%

Enrollment 3,787

Male 757
Female 682
Application Fee $70
High School GPA Required
High School Rank -
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations -
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) -
Application Deadline April 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total price combines the cost of tuition (both in- and out-of-state), room/board, books, supplies, and other costs; this number is around $30,000 each year. However, in-state tuition is just $7,800, while out-of-state tuition is closer to $19,700. Room and board costs $16,900; books and supplies, $2,000; other costs total around $3,200.

Once financial aid kicks in, this can significantly lower the amount owed by students and their families. This is called the average net price. In a recent academic year, this was $14,519. You can see how much it was based on a families’ income below.

  • Families earning up to $30,000 pay around $11,033
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $12,456
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $16,690
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $20,625
  • Families who earn at or above $110,001 pay around $23,545

Student financial aid for students is awarded to 3,188 students in the incoming class. Grants or scholarships are awarded to 2,903 students in the average amount of $9,363. Institutional grants and scholarships have been awarded to 1,750 students in the amount of $6,526.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $14,519
Average Total Aid $9,363
Students Receiving Financial Aid 74%
Room & Board $16,946

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,852
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $19,732
  • Books and Supplies - $2,058
  • Room & Board - $16,946
  • Other - $3,209


The retention rate for first-year students at SJSU is 83%, meaning that a large number of students opt to return to this university for their second academic year.

The 4-year graduation rate is 14%; this means that the large majority of the student body will graduate at the 6-year mark—but some students will likely withdraw from the university. The 6-year graduation rate is a much better 65%.

Students needing to gain access to classes outside traditional school hours do not have the option of evening classes. However, they can request distance learning or online education. If these students are taking care of family or working, an online program may be ideal for them.

Student Population Total

Student Population 35,400

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1726 Total Graduates / 25%
Business Administration and Management, General 1634 Graduates
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 92 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 980 Total Graduates / 14%
Mechanical Engineering 173 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 151 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 135 Graduates
Computer Engineering, General 129 Graduates
Computer Software Engineering 123 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 474 Total Graduates / 7%
Art/Art Studies, General 229 Graduates
Fine/Studio Arts, General 110 Graduates
Music Performance, General 27 Graduates
Graphic Design 25 Graduates
Industrial and Product Design 21 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 469 Total Graduates / 7%
Public Health, General 218 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 180 Graduates
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 49 Graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 15 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 7 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 419 Total Graduates / 6%
Sociology 178 Graduates
Economics, General 130 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 77 Graduates
Anthropology 13 Graduates
Social Sciences, General 11 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 40%

Outcome & Salary

While San Jose State is a public, state university, it still provides an excellent return on investment (ROI) for its graduates. The average graduate’s salary is $84,000; their early-career salary is $63,000 and their mid-career salary is as high as $114,700.

The 4-year cost of this education (net price) is $58,076. A graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $840,000 and their 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,987,000. This makes their 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) $781,924 and their 20-year projected ROI $1,928,924.

On the other hand, high school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792; their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is around $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $62,000
College Grads Average Salary $84,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $114,700
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $840,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,987,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $58,076
10 Year Projected ROI $781,924
20 Year Projected ROI $1,928,924
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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