San Jose State is Silicon Valley's largest institution of higher learning with more than 30,000 students, and 2,400 faculty and staff members. SJSU's 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation's 10th largest city.

SJSU Facts: 2000 to Present

King Library

2003 - Innovative partnership with the city of San Jose results in the opening of a new $176-million library, jointly designed, constructed and managed by the city and university. The library boasts great features on every floor.

Campus Village

2005 - SJSU's new housing complex, Campus Village, opens its doors to students, faculty and staff. Consisting of three buildings, with the tallest a 15-story high-rise, the residential complex can house up to 3,000 students.


2005 - The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies is located in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. It is the only research and study center in North America devoted to Beethoven. Founded in 1983, the center is supported by SJSU and the American Beethoven Society. The center also owns a lock of Beethoven's hair.

Donald and Sally Lucas

2006 - San Jose State University receives a $10 million donation from business leaders and SJSU alumni Donald and Sally Lucas. The gift is used to support the Graduate School of Business in the College of Business.

150th, 1857

2007 - A yearlong sesquicentennial celebration in 2007 includes an historical exhibit, sesquicentennial concert, Founders' Week activities and the premiere of an hour-long video on the university. A banner year for fundraising, SJSU renames two colleges, the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering and the Connie Lurie College of Education, in honor of generous gifts from Davidson and Lurie.

Cesar Chavez monument

2008 - The César E. Chávez Monument: Arch of Dignity, Equality and Justice, designed by Judith F. Baca, is constructed and dedicated.


2016 - Mary A. Papazian formally invested as the 29th president of San Jose State.