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

Kevin Jordanprofessor of psychology, is this year’s President’s Scholar. In 30 years of service to the university, Jordan has supervised 80 master’s theses, secured nearly $200 million in research funding, and authored or co-authored (often with students) some 80 academic papers and presentations.

Anne Marie Toddprofessor and associate chair of communication studies, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award. She is a dedicated mentor and advisor who has chaired 16 master’s committees, served on more than 20 graduate committees across three departments and has an extensive record of publications, workshops and conference presentations.

Scot Guenterprofessor of American studies, is the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Guenter also serves as American studies program coordinator and director of the SJSU Campus Reading Program.

Cynthia Baerlecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, is the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Lecturer Award. Stimulating minds is what she has continued to do in everything from freshman English to upper-division literature courses.