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Newsletter Issue V: October–December, 2015

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Admissions & Outreach


CSU Mentor DashboardFall 2016 Undergraduate Admissions Cycle

SJSU will open for Fall 2016 admission on October 1 and close on November 30, 2015.  Students apply at csumentor.edu and can contact admissions@sjsu.edu with questions or call 408-283-7500. Last year SJSU received 30,634 first time freshman applications and 16,451 upper division transfer applications. Our Student Outreach & Recruitment (SOAR) Team is currently on the road attending over 200 high school, community college and regional events to encourage students to apply to SJSU. On September 12, SOAR team members attended the American Indian Heritage Celebration for the first time. This fall we are returning to the Feria de Educacion at Sacramento State, Univision Feria de Educacion at CSU Dominguez Hills and A Taste of Soul in Southern California. Thank you for helping us to encourage qualified students to apply to SJSU for Fall 2016.

As a result of changes to our impaction plan made to support timely graduation, SJSU will be giving admission preference to upper division transfers who have completed identified major preparation coursework and/or completed an Associate Degree for Transfer in specific programs/majors. The list of majors and coursework is available on the impaction website.  While the courses and/or Associate Degree for Transfer are not an admission requirement, applicants who have completed them will be given preference. For example, an applicant who has completed one or more of the courses will be given preference over other applicants who have the same GPA. Similarly, if two applicants have completed the same number of major preparation courses, preference will be given to the applicant with the higher GPA.

SJSU will require all upper division transfer applicants to complete a supplemental application shortly after the application period has ended. Students will receive several communications regarding the requirement to complete the supplemental application.  Applicants will confirm the information submitted through CSUMentor including Associate Degrees for Transfer as well as identify major preparation coursework if they are applying to one of the programs giving preference to these applicants. For questions or more information, please contact admissions@sjsu.edu or call 408-283-7500.


Financial Aid and Scholarships Office 


Fall 2015 Direct Loan Deadline

December 1 will be the last day to accept a Fall 2015 Direct Loan within MySJSU. This includes the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loan and Grad PLUS Loan.

Middle Class Scholarship BannerMiddle Class Scholarships

Middle Class Scholarships from the California Student Aid Commission for the 2015–2016 school year are beginning to be awarded. This program provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 and a maximum household asset amount of $150,000, a scholarship to attend California State University campuses. Other criteria are considered in the awarding process.

Perkins Loan imagePerkins Loans

The Federal Perkins Loan program is being discontinued after October 1, as the program was not renewed by Congress. Lack of congressional action is expected to end funding on September 30, 2015 for the low-interest Federal Perkins Loan program. Universities and colleges, including San José State University, are not allowed to make Federal Perkins Loans to new borrowers after this date. New borrowers may be awarded a Perkins Loan for 2015–16, but not in future years. It is important for students to sign their master promissory note in MySJSU so the loan can be disbursed by September 30. If new borrowers do not sign the note, they will not receive a Perkins Loan.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Hold Appeals

November 13 will be the the last day to submit the appeal for students with a Satisfactory Academic Progress hold for the Fall term. Students who appeal after this date will be considered for Spring 2016 financial aid only. 


Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluation 


Graduation imageAdvancement to Candidacy Deadline

October 1 is our largest filing deadline for advancement to candidacy. Students filing in the Fall are slated to graduate May 2016. Questions about this deadline and requirements can be directed to graduate@sjsu.eduPlease visit our Candidacy and Graduation Deadlines website for more information.

Graduation Tassel imageDecember 2015 Graduation

The GAPE Office is currently accepting applications for December 2015 graduation. For assistance, please contact graduate@sjsu.edu. Please visit our Candidacy and Graduation Deadlines website for more information.

Spring 2016 Graduate Admissions

We are currently open for Spring 2016 graduate admissions. You can view our list of open programs here. Please visit our Admission Deadlines website for more information.


Office of the Registrar 


Coming Soon!  SJSU E-Transcript Delivery for Official Transcripts

The anticipated date of implementation will be in late October/early November.

Fall 2015 Graduation 101 Workshops

The Graduation Team has changed its workshop schedule in order to accommodate the new Graduation Application deadlines. For Fall 2015 the GT has received over 2,500 applications.  This is a slight increase from Fall 2014, for which the GT received approximately 2,300 applications. Please see the Workshops Schedule (PDF).

FERPA imageFERPA and Data Security Training

The FERPA and Data Security Training event for the campus community is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21 in ENG 285-287 from 9–11:30 a.m. This event is led by the Office of the Registrar and co-hosted with the ITS Data Security Office.

Graduation Application – Revised!

With input from the Advising Council, the Graduation Application has been revised to include additional deadlines and more information about priority registration. Please see the revised Graduation Application (PDF).

Live Chat iconLive Chat

Our Live Chat service for students launched Fall 2014 and is going well. We expanded the hours during the first 3 weeks of Fall 2015, and the number of chats and visits is increasing. We also received good Text&Tell feedback and ratings from students. We will continue our website service. Live Chat is available Monday–Friday from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:30–4:00 p.m.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Winter and Spring 2016 Enrollment Appointments will be posted online on Tuesday, October 27
  • Spring 2016 Advance Registration period is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3—Monday, January 25
  • Last Day to Withdraw from Fall 2015 courses is Friday, November 13
  • Last Day of Fall 2015 Instruction is Tuesday, December 8
  • Fall 2015 grades are due from Faculty on Monday, December 21 (preliminary deadline) (final deadline is January 1, 2016)
  • First posting of Fall 2015 grades entered into PeopleSoft online will be on Tuesday, December 22


Testing Office 


Testing graphicIntroduction

The Testing Office, staffed by three professionals and three student assistants, serves over 56,000 students and applicants each year. The Testing Office administers the Writing Skills Test, Entry Level Mathematics Test, English Placement Test, Test of Essential Academic Skills, College Level Examination Program, waiver exams and the Test of English as a Foreign Language. In addition, the Testing Office administers makeup exams as well as provides test scoring services for faculty. 

The Writing Skills Test will be administered on Saturdays, October 31, February 20, and April 2. More information about the Testing Office is available on our website.


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