Key Themes

These key themes clarify the meaning of “powering Silicon Valley.” When you write or speak about San Jose State, use them to frame the conversation. 

Practical intelligence

At SJSU, real-world, hands-on experiences allow students to integrate theory and practice in pursuit of their goals and dreams. Our faculty members combine research, scholarship and creative activity with industry or practical experience—incubating a problem-solving and entrepreneurial mindset. Students and faculty members both benefit from partnerships with organizations throughout Silicon Valley and beyond.

Global access

Spartans get a world-class education in the global capital of innovation and creativity that prepares them for social and civic engagement. Through our dynamic campus community and international network of more than 260,000 alumni, opportunities abound for sharing a broad range of perspectives. Silicon Valley is the springboard for interdisciplinary careers and collaborations with far-reaching impact.

Destination for learning

Students discover what inspires and drives them through a breadth of majors, unique programs and award-winning specialties. Our faculty experts, along with nearly 400 student organizations and Division I athletics, prepare students to adapt within their fields and for lifelong learning. Spartans enjoy the best of Northern California: urban living in a top-10 U.S. city, as well as learning and recreation in the surrounding mountains and the Pacific Ocean.