Points of Pride

"Few institutions have been as crucial to Silicon Valley's success as San Jose State University, which trains many of the engineers, software designers and tech savvy business people who keep the Valley's technology machine rolling."

-- San Jose Mercury News

The number one supplier of education, engineering, computer science and business graduates to Silicon Valley, the world's high tech capital.

Ranked in the top 15 master's-level public universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report in its annual survey of "America's Best Colleges."

First in the nation to open a joint city-and-university library. Since 2003, when the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library first opened its doors, nearly 13 million people have visited the award-winning facility and more than 11 million books, videos and other materials have been circulated.

A national leader in graduating minority students.

A wirelessly connected 154-acre campus offering 552 access points.

Home to the only research facility in North America dedicated solely to the study of the life of Beethoven. The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies has the largest collection of Beethoven material outside of Germany, including a lock of the great composer's hair.

Home to the premier center for the study of Nobel Prize-winning American author John Steinbeck, with a collection of 40,000 items including manuscripts, original letters, inscribed first editions and the author's published works.

Ranked among the top 200 universities in the nation for total research spending. (National Science Foundation)

A research partner with NASA Ames Research Center.

Celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2007.


San Jose State is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its 226,000 alumni, 75 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area. See a list of some of our distinguished alumni.

Our Olympians

  • Kevin Asano, judo, 1988, silver
  • Chuck Adkins, boxing, 1952, gold
  • Bob Berland, judo, 1984, silver
  • John Carlos, track and field, 1968, bronze
  • Jim Doehring, track and field, 1992, silver
  • Lee Evans, track and field, 1968, two gold
  • Mitch Ivey, swimming, silver in 1968 and bronze in 1972
  • Marti Malloy, judo, 2012, bronze
  • John Powell, track and field, bronze in 1976 and 1984
  • Ronnie Ray Smith, track and field, 1968, gold
  • Tommie Smith, track and field, 1968, gold
  • Willie Steele, track and field, 1948, gold
  • Jill Sudduth, synchronized swimming, 1996, gold
  • Mike Swain, judo, 1988, bronze
  • Lynn Vidali, swimming, silver in 1968 and bronze in 1972

Outstanding Faculty

Gwendolyn Mokprofessor and coordinator of keyboard studies in the College of Humanities and the Arts, School of Music and Dance, is this year’s President’s Scholar. She is a leading expert in the music of French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)She returned from a sabbatical that took her to back to Paris—and to Amsterdam, Vienna and London, where she visited historic keyboard collections and performed concerts. She also visited Taiwan, where she taught students from middle school to graduate school.

Kenneth Peterprofessor and chair of political science, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award. His ability to foster meaningful relationships with his students leads them back to him when they need a reference for a scholarship or an application for graduate school. During his 25 years of teaching political theory courses in the College of Social Sciences, he has penned hundreds of letters of recommendation.

Maria Luisa Alanizprofessor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Science, is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Alaniz is engaged with Student Academic Success Services on a U.S. Department of Education grant to create a mentorship program that will pair students with faculty and staff mentors, and she has served as a mentor through the McNair Scholars Program.

Stephanie Trewhittlecturer in biological sciences, is the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Lecturer Award. After 14 years as a lecturer, she says the most meaningful part of her job is teaching undergraduate students to be thoughtful researchers. She takes students through the process of selecting an interesting question, meeting people who work in their areas of interest, analyzing their findings and writing up their results.