Freshman Steps to Admission

Meet All Deadlines

If you miss an SJSU deadline, we will withdraw your application for admission, and you will not be able to attend SJSU for the term in which you applied. If you have an extreme hardship or unusual circumstance that may cause you to miss one of our deadlines, contact admissions@sjsu.edu prior to the deadline date.

Preference for “local” applicants

San José State gives preference to “local” applicants. Freshmen are considered “local” if they will graduate from a high school in Santa Clara County. Transfers are considered “local” if they will earn the majority of their transferable units at a college located in Santa Clara or Santa Cruz counties.

Your path to admission to San Jose State and becoming a Spartan involves 10 steps. These steps are designed to help you navigate through the process toward admission. We look forward to receiving your application.

Congratulations on completing the Steps to Admission!
If you are admitted, you will also need to complete the Steps to Enrollment, which include submitting final high school transcripts, attending orientation, and registering for classes.

Submit SAT/ACT Scores (Optional)

For the Fall 2021 application cycle, Freshman applicants are not required to take the SAT (Math and EBRW) or ACT. The suspension of this requirement is temporary and applicants for the Fall 2022 term will be required to submit official test scores to be considered for admission at SJSU.