Who We Are

With more than 300,000 current and former Spartans, SJSU’s transformative influence extends far beyond the downtown San José campus. Here’s San José State University by the numbers.

Sections:

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University
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Students
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Faculty
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History

University

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SJSU provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study. SJSU is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and California.

36k+

Enrollment

As of Fall 2020, 36,110 students are enrolled at SJSU.

20

Athletic Teams

Spartan Athletics consists of 12 women’s teams and eight men’s teams.

275k+

Jobs Placed

The Alumni Association consists of 275,211 members worldwide.

3k+

Employees

As of fall 2020, 3,719 Faculty and Staff are employed by SJSU.

8k+

Degrees Granted

From 2019-20, 8,906 degrees granted.

9

Colleges

SJSU offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees and certificate, credential and added authorization programs.


Students

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Students discover what inspires them through a breadth of majors, unique programs and opportunities for research.

27k+

Undergraduates

As of fall 2020, 27,702 undergraduates are enrolled in more than 140 majors and concentrations.

4k+

Graduates

As of fall 2020, 4,892 graduate students are enrolled in more than 100 majors and concentrations.

9k+

First-Year/Transfers

SJSU accepted 9,452 first-year and transfers for fall 2020.

28.3%

First Generation

SJSU provides resources and opportunities to those that are the first in their family to attend a higher education institution.

2k+

International

With 2,497 international students in fall 2020, SJSU has one of the largest international enrollments in the CSU.

300

Students Involved in Research

300 SJSU students engaged in extramurally sponsored research projects.

Student Ethnicity and Residence

Ethnicity Percentage of Student Body

Asian

34.4%

Hispanic

28.0%

White

15.2%

Non-resident Alien

10.1%

Two or More Races

4.7%

Unknown

3.7%

Black

3.4%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

0.5%

American Indian or Alaskan Native

.01%

Where Students Live Percentage of Student Body

Santa Clara

42.8%

East Bay

19.4%

West/South Bay

9.0%

Other California

8.2%

International 

8.0%

Southern California

6.5%

North Bay

5.1%

Outside of California

1.0%


Faculty

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Our 2,120 faculty members combine research, scholarship and creative activity with industry or practical experience—incubating a problem-solving and entrepreneurial mindset. 

$50m+

Annual Research Expenditures

200

Faculty Members Involved in Sponsored Research Projects

67

New Faculty Members Hired in 2020


History

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SJSU began as the first State Normal School, training teachers—all women in the earliest years—who set out to educate the pioneering people of a young California.

1857

Our Founding

Minns' Evening Normal School is established in San Francisco.

1st

Public University in the West

San José State College later renamed San José State University.

23

CSU Campuses

23 campuses spread throughout state make up the California State University system.