San Jose State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Tower Hall, San Jose State University, California.
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San Jose State University admits just over half of applicants. While this may seem low, students with solid grades and test scores still have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants will generally need grades of "C" or higher to be considered for admission, and, if your scores are within or above those posted below, you are on track to be admitted. Along with an application, prospective students will need to send in high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Be sure to visit the school's website for complete requirements and application information.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • San Jose State Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • San Jose State GPA, SAT and ACT Graph
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 450 / 560
    • SAT Math: 470 / 590
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 20 / 25
    • ACT English: 18 / 25
    • ACT Math: 18 / 26

San Jose State Description

San Jose State University's 154-acre campus is located on 19 city blocks in downtown San Jose. The university offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in 134 fields. Business administration is the most popular major among undergraduates, but communications studies, engineering, and art are also strong. At the master's level, library science is well respected. The school's Silicon Valley location provides many opportunities for students in technical and professional fields. In athletics, the SJSU Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference. San Jose State is one of the 23 Cal State schools.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 32,154 (26,432 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,418 (in-state); $18,578 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,899 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,867
  • Other Expenses: $2,855
  • Total Cost: $27,039 (in-state); $38,199 (out-of-state)

San Jose State Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 69%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 63%
    • Loans: 37%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,653
    • Loans: $5,650

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Engineering, English, Health Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology
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Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 4%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 11%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 62%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Water Polo, Cross Country, Baseball, Golf, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Gymnastics, Golf, Basketball, Water Polo

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics