Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply for admission to sjsu?

2. How do I find out if the courses I am taking at another institution or college is transferable to SJSU?

3. How do I transfer credit from another institution or college?

4. I completed all my lower division GE and I have passed the WST. I currently have FEWER than 60 units completed and I would like to register for SJSU Studies (Area R, S, V, & Z) courses requiring upper division standing, but MySJSU says I do not meet the requirements. How do I register for these courses?

5. If a course I have taken at another institution or college is not articulated, but I would like to petition to see if the course can be accepted for a particular GE area, what form will I use?

6. How can I get a list of GE courses?

7. Do I have to take the Writing Skills Test?

8. What happens to me if I don’t pass the WST?

9. When should I take the WST?

10. What are SJSU Studies courses?

11. Do I have to reapply to SJSU after I have been disqualified?

12. How will I be notified if I have officially graduated?

13. How do I change/add my major/minor?

14. What is Special Major?

 

 

1. How do I apply for admission to sjsu?

Interested applicants should submit their application for admissions on csumentor.edu. Applicants should check admission deadlines prior to applying.

 

2. How do I find out if the courses I am taking at another institution or college is transferable to SJSU?

Student can visit the SJSU Articulation website for complete listings of course articulations from a variety of local and statewide institutions or colleges.

 

3. How do I transfer credit from another institution or college?

To transfer credit from another university or college, students should request official transcripts to be sent to the Admissions Office for processing. Transcripts may be mailed or submitted in-person at the Admissions Office, located in the Student Services Center.

 

4. I completed all my lower division GE and I have passed the WST. I currently have fewer than 60 units completed and I would like to register for SJSU Studies (Area R, S, V, & Z) courses requiring upper division standing, but MySJSU says I do not meet the requirements. How do I register for these courses?

Students who have been matriculated at SJSU for at least one semester, who have fewer than 60 units completed at the time of registration, and would like to register for SJSU Studies courses requiring upper division standing will need to file a petition requesting enrollment. Students will need to complete the Petition to Enroll in SJSU Studies with Fewer Than 60 Units and obtain the major advisor or Department Chair's signature before submitting the petition to the Office of Undergraduate Studies. If approved, students are eligible to enroll in SJSU Studies courses no earlier than first day of instruction. Enrollment is not guaranteed.

 

5. If a course I have take at another institution or college is not articulated, but I would like to petition to see if the course can be accepted for a particular GE area, what form will I use?

Undergraduate students who are matriculated at SJSU and have completed or plan to complete coursework that satisfies the requirements of a particular GE Area that is not currently articulated, can submit the CORE GE Equivalent Course petition for review.

 

6. How can I get a list of GE courses?

A list of required General Education courses can be found in the SJSU A-Z Policy.

 

7. Do I have to take the Writing Skills Test?

All CSU students must meet the California Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as part of their degree requirements.  At SJSU, for first baccalaureate students, successful completion of the GWAR means: 1) passing the WST and then 2) passing 100W. At SJSU, all first baccalaureate students must pass the WST as a pre-requisite for 100W and the SJSU Studies (Advanced GE) courses (Areas R, S, V, and Z). Starting in Spring 2010, SJSU will offer courses [LLD 100A and ENGL 100A (Formerly LLD 96S and ENGL 96S)] that satisfy the WST requirement.

 

8. What happens to me if I don’t pass the WST?

You will not be able to take the SJSU Studies courses. If you fail the WST twice, it is recommended to take LLD 100A or ENGL 100A. Failure to pass the WST will delay your graduation. Workshops on the WST can be found at the Peer Connections webpage. You can only take your required 100W course after you pass the WST, and many majors require you to successfully complete your 100W requirement before taking any major upper division coursework.

 

9. When should I take the WST?

You should take the WST immediately after successfully completing English 1B.

 

 

10. What are SJSU Studies courses?

SJSU Studies courses are additional GE classes you have to take after you pass the Writing Skills Test (WST). Students must have at least sixty units in order to take Advanced GE courses. Please note that Area Z is for major courses and you should check with your major department.

 

11. Do I have to reapply to SJSU after I have been disqualified?

Yes, students will need to submit an application for admission through csumentor.edu and submit a completed Petition for Reinstatement. Students must obtain the appropriate approvals and signatures prior to approval.

 

12. How will I be notified if I have officially graduated?

Once the degree is posted, student can see their current status by viewing the Unofficial Transcript. Official proof of graduation is the student's official transcript, which can be requested as soon as the degree appears on the unofficial transcript.  For more information, students should contact the Registrar’s Office.

 

13. How do I change/add my major/minor?

Students will need to complete and file a Change of Major or Minor form the Registrar’s Office. Students will need to obtain signatures from the desired major or minor department before submitting the completed the form to the Registrar’s Office, located in the Student Services Center.

 

 

14. What is Special Major?

The Special Major is an individually designed course of study leading to a BA or BS degree when academic professional aims are not adequately accommodated by existing university-level SJSU undergraduate degree majors. The purpose of the Special Major is to give a student with a definite educational objective the opportunity to accomplish that goal. The Special Major Guidelines provide specific information about how to apply for the program.