San Jose community event at San Pedro Square Market

Experience the Heart of Silicon Valley

SJSU Loves SJ is a showcase of the strong, collaborative relationship between San José State University and the city of San José. As the capital of Silicon Valley—a vibrant city at the center of innovation, creativity and technology—there is so much to love and celebrate about this place we call home. With SJSU located in the heart of the city, the SJSU Loves SJ initiative, in collaboration with Visit San José, the Downtown Association, Japantown Business Association, and San José City Hall, further connects and and integrates students, faculty and staff with the culture of the thriving local community.

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Students throwing paper airplanes.

Spartan Pride Points

What happens in Silicon Valley changes the world — and SJSU is the university changing Silicon Valley. Discover the many ways Spartans are impacting the campus, the city of San José and beyond.

City Hall Flag Raising 2023 photo by Robert Bain


San José State University is a fixture in the local community because of the robust and storied partnerships that help craft the vibrancy that defines life in Silicon Valley. Learn more about how SJSU's involvement can be found all over the region.

Golf cart parade during Homecoming Week

Weeks of Welcome

The start of every semester begins with Weeks of Welcome (WOW) programs and events designed to provide support for students as they transition into SJSU and connect with the Spartan and San José community.

View of downtown San Jose skyline from the Hammer Theater Center

Explore San José Together

Get to know your new home and explore all the great things San José has to offer with our interactive Google Map. Students will be able to explore the best places to grab coffee, catch a show, taste delicious food, discover which places have student discounts and experience local landmarks. 

Sammy Spartan at a parade

SJSU Bucket List

Make your college experience a memorable one and take advantage of our SJSU Bucket List to help you check off different ways to prove you’re a true Spartan.

San José Local Alumni Stories

Community Relations

President Cynthia Teniente-Matson with San Jose City Manager Jennifer Maguire.
Photo by Robert Bain

Community and Government Relations

Learn about how SJSU's Community and Government Relations team works to maintain collaborative relationships at all levels of government.

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