Info For New Graduate Students

Congratulations on being admitted to San José State University’s Electrical Engineering program! We’re here to guide you through a few essential steps you should take when starting your journey with us. Below is a list of things to do, things to avoid, and some resources to help get you started.

More important information for new Graduate students is available in the Graduate FAQ page.


What You Need to Know and Do After Being Accepted



  • Carefully follow the instructions in your acceptance letter. Remember, the requirements in your letter may be different from the requirements of other students. Your acceptance letter will be the most reliable resource of information on how to continue into the program.


General Steps to Enrollment

  • Please check SJSU’s Steps to Enrollment for information on what you should do as a new student in the university.

  • The link above contains general information about steps that all students need to complete after being admitted to San José State. 



  • Make sure that your email address and telephone number are up-to-date on your MySJSU account.

  • Check your email regularly to obtain information and to address requests on time.


During the first semester at SJSU:



Important Websites:



  • After attending orientation, you can change your schedule by dropping and adding classes.

  • If you want to enroll in a class that is already full, attend the first lecture and ask the professor for a permission code. If there is still space available, you may add the class.

  • Note that the waiting list is only for the instructor to know the status of their class, and it does not guarantee that you will be automatically enrolled when space is available.

  • Make sure to enroll in your classes on time and pay all fees by their deadline. Timely payments will help you avoid possible admission problems.

  • If you cannot enroll in the classes you want, enroll in other courses that are still open and pay your tuition on time to avoid possible admission problems.

  • The EE Department guarantees that new students will be able to enroll in two core courses during their first semester at SJSU. Note that these courses may not be your preferred sessions.

  • You can obtain catalog descriptions of all EE courses by searching in the SJSU Catalog.



  • If you are admitted as “Conditionally Accepted” and are required to complete four Undergraduate courses, we recommend you enroll in four undergraduate courses for your first semester at SJSU.

  • Suppose you are admitted as “Conditionally Accepted” and are required to complete two core courses before becoming a classified student. In that case, we recommend you enroll in two of the following courses during your first semester at SJSU: EE 210, EE 221, or EE 250. We also recommend that you register in EE 295 to complete the GWAR requirement. 


For International Students:


Do’s and Don’ts

  • Don’t contact the EE Department for add-codes/permission-codes. Professors will give these codes at the beginning of the semester after their class starts.

  • Don’t contact the EE Department requesting an advisor. You will select your area advisor after attending the orientation session.

  • Don’t contact the EE Department regarding payments or financial questions. You can find financial information at the Bursar’s Office.


  • Do attend all orientation sessions mentioned in your acceptance letter. Students that skip the orientation session tend to face difficulties during their time in the program.