Freshman Undergraduate Admissions

Ranked as one of the top universities in the West, San José State University provides a wide range of programs for undergraduates looking for success in their education and career. 

Admission Requirements 

*A freshman applicant is a student who has graduated from (or is still in) high school and who has not enrolled in a regular (non-summer) session course at any college or university following graduation.

How to Apply- Freshman Undergraduate

Required Documents

  • Transcripts
  • Official electronic transcripts can be sent to Undergraduate Admissions at by a school official from a verifiable school email address or via a transcript submission service.
  • Official physical transcripts can be mailed in a sealed and signed/stamped envelope to
    " Office of Undergraduate Admissions - San Jose State University
    One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0016 "
  • Academic Records
    Official academic records, including transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas, and degrees from every secondary and post-secondary school you attended, must be sent directly to SJSU's Office of Undergraduate Admissions in separate sealed envelopes. There are no exceptions. Copies of documents sent directly by the applicant will not be accepted or processed.

Note: Your grade 9th-12th transcripts must be in English or with certified English translation. Transcripts can be submitted electronically (strongly preferred) to by your school official and from a verifiable school email or mailed to the following address in a sealed envelope:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions - San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0016

  • Test Scores
  • Official test scores, such as TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/Duolingo and SAT/ACT must be sent directly from the testing company. If possible, please have your test scores sent electronically by the testing company. For proper identification, be sure to register for tests using the name you provided on your application, and that is on your passport. Score reports for TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo over two years old are not valid. The school code for SAT and TOEFL results is 4687.
  • Financial documents 
  • As part of the application process for international applicants (i.e. those seeking F-1 status), you must submit a Declaration of Finance along with supporting financial documents. Upload your documents through the Document Upload Form.
  • Passport
  • Submit a copy of your current passport with your current legal name. The name on your passport MUST match the name you used when you submitted your application. Your passport must be current and not less than three months from expiring. Upload your passport through the Document Upload Form.

Please note that documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations by an approved government or school official. Notarized translations will not be accepted.

Steps to Admission

It is important to submit your application early to ensure time to be admitted, receive your I-20, and apply for your visa. 

11 Steps to Admission

Your path to admission to San José State and becoming a Spartan involves 11 steps. These steps are designed to help you navigate through the application process. There may be additional steps. Please read through each step carefully and be sure to meet all deadlines; if you miss a deadline, your application will be withdrawn. We look forward to receiving your application.

Been Admitted:

If you have been admitted, congratulations! We are excited for you to begin your journey as a future Spartan. Please read all messages from admissions and content from your admissions packet thoroughly.

Freshman Been Admitted


Application deadlines vary depending on your program. To view a list of programs and their deadlines, International Freshman Deadlines

Steps to Admission Fall 2024 brochure. 

Stem Programs:

The following programs are recognized as STEM programs. STEM programs are experimental with hands-on learning and promote an innovative mindset. 

Spotlight programs

Our spotlight programs offer a great return on investment in an innovative field. Check out the list of programs while deciding your path at SJSU and our International Undergraduate Brochure

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