We are Spartans

At San Jose State University, you can discover who you want to be — for yourself, for your family and for your community. Different and unexpected begin here — at the heart of a transforming Silicon Valley. We are Spartans. What powers us changes our world.

Discover who you want to be

SJSU students on the lawn (Photo: Enrollment Services)
A welcoming, inclusive environment encourages students to discover who they want to be.

Power Portraits from My Story is Here (Photos: Thomas Sanders)
Through real-world, hands-on learning and teaching, students and faculty members integrate theory and practice in pursuit of their goals. Read personal stories of Spartans.

Aerial view of SJSU campus (Photo: David Schmitz)Located in the global capital of innovation and creativity, SJSU’s multifaceted relationship to Silicon Valley provides a springboard to meaningful careers. View Spartans at work (video).

Student reading the Student Union wall artwork (Photo: David Schmitz)A commitment to academic excellence and dynamic learning opportunities promotes responsible social and civic engagement. SJSU launches Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (video).

Faculty member with students in the classroom (Photo: David Schmitz)Faculty members combine academic excellence with industry and practical experience, preparing students to solve 21st-century problems. Spartans cycle in a climate ride (video).

SJSU students at football game rally (Photo: David Schmitz)

SJSU Points of Pride

  • As a Spartan, you get the best Silicon Valley has to offer, while having fun nearby in the Pacific Ocean, Yosemite National Park and San Francisco.
  • Silicon Valley companies hire more San Jose State students and alumni than any other college or university in the country.
  • SJSU was ranked sixth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees by U.S. News and World Report.

SJSU graduates celebrating at commencement (Photo: Christina Olivas)

  • San Jose State was named one of the Nation's Best Value Colleges by Forbes magazine (one of 17 CSU campuses recognized) for delivering the best bang for the buck based on tuition costs, academic quality, post-grad earnings, student debt and graduation success.
  • The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, SJSU grants bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study through its eight colleges.
  • Get involved in one of the 450 student-led organizations, an NCAA Division I athletics program and a professional network of more than 200,000 alumni worldwide.
  • Spartan pride shines from SJSU's long tradition of creating leaders including distinguished faculty, alumni and olympians.

Did you know...

Student Body32,773 students, 1% credential, 17% graduate, 82% undergraduate

Student to Faculty Ratiolower division 30 to 1, upper division 26 to 1, graduate courses 21 to 1

Average Class Size

lower division 35 students, upper division 28 students, graduate courses 16 students

Additional facts and figures (fall 2016)

SJSU students on El Paseo de Cesar E. Chavez (Photo: David Schmitz)

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SJSU student ambassador (Photo: Chelcy Garrett)


"I chose SJSU because of the location and also the amazing campus itself.  I was also very interested in attending a university with a football team and also Greek life.  Attending SJSU has been one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I couldn’t be happier with the endless opportunities and memories it has given me!" 

— Cemone from Hanford, CA, '15 Psychology

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Welcome to Sparta message in sidewalk chalk (Photo: Clifton Gold)

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