Points of Pride

"Few institutions have been as crucial to Silicon Valley's success as San José 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 and fragments of his skull.

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.

The only campus of the CSU system that has undergraduate and graduate programs in nuclear science.

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 José State is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its 205,000 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
  • 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

Karen A. Singmaster, chemistry professor and recipient of San José State's 2007-08 Outstanding Professor Award, offers unique and highly successful teaching techniques that attract students to her classes.

Jeanne Linsdell, recipient of the university's Outstanding Lecturer Award for 2007-08, is director of technical communications for the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, where she is known for her exceptional commitment to students and their learning, as well as contributions beyond teaching.

Marlene Turner, professor of organization and management in the College of Business, received the 2007-08 Distinguished Service Award for her efforts to boost the assessment of student learning within the college and her design of initiatives to promote faculty development.

Richard Tieszen, professor of philosophy and an international expert on the philosophy of mathematics, was awarded the 2007-08 President's Scholar Award for the quality of his scholarship and research on philosopher Edmund Husserl and logician Kurt Godel.