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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.
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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.
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||26:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||-|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||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|
|Average Total Aid||$9,363|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||74%|
|Room & Board||$16,946|
- 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
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%|
|Economics, General||130 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||77 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.
|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|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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