Accomplishments

From topping the charts in national rankings to taking home the gold medal on the world's biggest athletic stage, SJSU has reached the pinnacle of excellence often during its more than 160 year history. Here are some of the recent and historic achievements.

Sections:

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Rankings
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Faculty Fellowships
Olympic medal icon.Olympic Medalists

Rankings

Money Magazine (2020) - National Rankings

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#1

Most Transformative University

#5

Best College Where 50%+ Get In

#6

Best Colleges for Business Majors

#15

Best Public Colleges

#24

Best Colleges

#30

Best Colleges for Engineering Majors

U.S. News and World Report (2021)

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National Ranking

#3

Best Undergraduate Engineering Program among Public Universities

Regional Rankings (West)

#3

Top Performers in Social Mobility

#7

Top Public School

#8

Most Innovative School

#10

Best Undergraduate Teaching

#14

Best Colleges for Veterans

#22

Best Regional University

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (2020) - National Rankings for Undergraduate and Graduate

Total Minority

#1

Engineering - Graduate

#1

Library Science - Graduate

#3

Business Administration, Management and Operations - Undergraduate

#4

Engineering - Undergraduate

#6

Visual And Performing Arts - Undergraduate

#7

Public Health - Undergraduate

Asian American

#1

Business Administration, Management and Operations - Undergraduate

#1

Engineering - Graduate

#2

Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields - Undergraduate

#2

Visual And Performing Arts - Undergraduate

#3

Public Health - Undergraduate

#4

Engineering - Undergraduate

Hispanic

#1

Library Science - Graduate

#7

Public Health- Undergraduate

#8

Business Administration, Management and Operations- Undergraduate

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings (2021) - National Rankings

Based on U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Top 10

Life Below Water
From Times Higher Ed (THE) - How "universities are protecting and enhancing aquatic ecosystems like lakes, ponds, streams, wetlands, rivers, estuaries and the open ocean.”

Top 15

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
From THE - Focused on “universities’ research on law and international relations, their participation as advisers for government and their policies on academic freedom.” 

Top 25

Sustainable Cities and Communities
From THE - Highlights the “interaction between universities and their communities, urban and rural” and how higher education institutions must “act as custodians of heritage and environment in their communities, a sustainable community must have access to its history and culture in order to thrive.” 

Sustainability - National & International Rankings

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Top 50

Sierra Club Cool Schools 2020
Based on academics, engagement, operations and planning

Top 15% in Sustainability

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings
Based on environmentally friendly policies that support sustainability.

Green Colleges for 2021

The Princeton Review
Recognizes environmentally responsive schools—based on a review of nearly 700 colleges.

Top Performer in Sustainability [pdf]

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas.


Faculty Fellowships

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Magdalena Barrera

College of Social Sciences, Chicana and Chicano Studies

  • 2011 Recipient - WWNFF Career Enhancement

Faustina DuCros

College of Social Sciences, Chicana and Chicano Studies

  • 2011 Recipient - WWNFF Career Enhancement

Rebeca Burciaga

Connie L. Lurie College of Education, Educational Leadership

  • 2007 Recipient - National Institutes of Health

Ellen Middaugh

Connie L. Lurie College of Education, Child and Adolescent Development

  • 2020 Recipient - Spencer Fellows

Robert Marx

Connie L. Lurie College of Education, Child and Adolescent Development

  • 2020 Recipient - Society for Research in Child Development

Olympic Medalists

Tommie Smith reaching the finish line at the Olympics.

San José State has been a part of nearly every Summer Olympic Games since 1924. Spartans have competed, coached or earned medals, while representing the United States and countries around the globe.

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Gold Medals

  • Jill Sudduth, 1996, synchronized swimming
  • Lee Evans, 1968, 4x400 meters
  • Lee Evans, 1968, 400 meters
  • Ronnie Ray Smith, 1968, 4x100 meters
  • Tommie Smith, 1968, 200 meters
  • Chuck Adkins, 1952, boxing
  • Willie Steele, 1948, long jump

7

Silver Medals

  • Jim Doehring, 1992, shot put
  • Kevin Asano, 1988, judo
  • Bob Berland, 1984, judo
  • Steve Hamann, 1984, water polo
  • Mitch Ivey, 1972, 100 meter backstroke
  • Mitch Ivey, 1968, 200 meter backstroke
  • Lynn Vidali, 1968, 400 meters IM

6

Bronze Medals

  • Marti Malloy, 2012, judo
  • Mike Swain, 1988, judo
  • John Powell, 1984, discus
  • John Powell, 1976, discus
  • Lynn Vidali, 1972, 200 meters IM
  • John Carlos, 1968, 200 meters