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San Jose State University

Archived Work by Year


1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95112
San Jose, CA
95192 US





In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, SJSU faculty and staff are dedicated to achieving the university's mission as a responsive institution of the state of California: To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.



Enrolled Students

31,049 (2013)

Tuition Undergraduate

In State: $9,373 | Out of State: $13,244

Notable Alumni

Arts and Entertainment
Coby Bell, '97 Radio/TV/Film, actor and producer who has appeared on television shows Burn Notice and Third Watch
Mary Blair, artist, graphic designer and illustrator who helped create Disney's Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953)
Irene Dalis, 1946, former Metropolitan Opera star and founder of Opera San José, Tower Award 1974
Robert Graham, internationally acclaimed sculptor whose work includes the Olympic Gateway in Los Angeles
Edith Harvey Heron, 1918 & 1929 (1895-1980), watercolorist
Jerry Juhl, (1937 - 2005), head writer and producer for The Muppets and Fraggle Rock
Omar Benson Miller, actor
Stevie Nicks, member of Fleetwood Mac
Steve Silver, founder of Beach Blanket Babylon, a popular cabaret show in San Francisco
Tom and Dick Smothers, popular comedy duo
Luis Valdez, 1964 (English), prize-winning playwright, film actor and director
Donald Beall, retired chairman and CEO of Rockwell
Charles W. "Chuck" Davidson, major Bay Area home builder, and chair of the SJSU Tower Foundation
Robert Foster (BA public administration), president of Southern California Edison, CSU trustee (1997 - 2006); elected mayor of Long Beach in 2006
Robert W. Foy, chairman of the board, California Water Service Group
Charles Gingold, vice president, Discovery Channel
Carl Guardino, president and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
William Hauck, 1963 (BA social science), president of California Business Roundtable, CSU trustee (1993 - 2009)
Omid Kordestani, Google's senior VP for Global Sales and Business Development
Donald Lucas, retired founder of the Lucas Dealership Group, and philanthropist
Jessica McClintock, fashion designer
Jenny Ming, former president, Old Navy
Gordon Moore, philanthropist and founder of Intel Corporation
Barry Swenson, 1963 (Accounting) Barry Swenson Builder
Peter Ueberroth, 1959 (Business), former Baseball Commissioner, head of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Time Man of the Year for 1984
Charles W. Childs, 1867, San José State Normal School principal, 1889-96
Dr. Marshall "Mark" Drummond, (BS Management and Economics, and MBA), former chancellor of the California Community College system, former chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, former president of Eastern Washington University and currently Provost of Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
John Maupin, president, Morehouse School of Medicine
William Pence, National Science Teachers Association “Outstanding Biology Teacher”
Margaret Shallenberger McNaught, 1880, first state commissioner of elementary schools, first woman to teach in the School of Education at Stanford University (1891)
Henry Zuzallo, 1895, (former) president of the University of Washington
Valerie Coleman-Morris, former anchor for CNN Financial News
Eric Grigorian, photojournalism, recipient of the 2002 World Press Photo of the Year Award
David Willman, 1978 (B.A. in Journalism), Los Angeles Times reporter who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting
Lorna Dee Cervantes, poet and author of Drive: The First Quartet and other poetry collections, and numerous anthologized poems
James D. Houston - author of Farewell to Manzanar, Continental Drift, Snow Mountain Passage, and others; Lurie Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at SJSU in Spring 2006
Jayne Ann Krentz (Master's in Library Science) author; also writes under Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle and others
Edwin Markham, 1872, poet (1852-1940)
Sandra McPherson - poet
Amy Tan, 1972 (B.A. English and Linguistics), novelist, author of The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate, and others
Olympic Medalists
Kevin Asano, judo, 1988, silver
Chuck Adkins, boxing, 1952, gold
Bob Berland, judo, 1984, silver
John Carlos, track and field 200 meters, 1968, bronze
Jim Doehring, track and field shotput, 1992, silver
Lee Evans, track and field 4x400 meters & 400 meters, 1968, two gold medals
Steve Hamann, water polo, 1984, silver
Mitch Ivey, swimming, silver in 1968 and bronze in 1972
John Powell, track and field discus, bronze in 1976 and 1984
Ronnie Ray Smith, track and field 4x100 meters, 1968, gold
Tommie Smith, track and field 200 meters, 1968, gold
Willie Steele, track and field broad jump, 1948, gold
Jill Sudduth, synchronized swimming, 1996, gold
Mike Swain, judo, 1988, bronze
Lynn Vidali, swimming, silver in 1968 and bronze in 1972
Politics and Law Enforcement
Ralph Abascal, founding director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment and the 1995 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award
James T. Beall, Jr., (BA in Political Science) California Assemblyman; San José City Council 1980 - 1994; Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (District 4) 1994 - 2006
Lee P. Brown, 1964 (Masters in Sociology) former mayor of Houston; professor; law enforcement
Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, the first Native American to serve in the U.S. Senate
Albert E. Carter, 1903, (former) U.S. congressman (Oakland)
Cindy Chavez, San José City councilmember, District 3
Judy Chirco, San José City councilmember, District 9
Mike Deaver, influential member of Ronald Reagan's staff in California and the White House
Robert C. Doerr, (former) mayor of San José (mayor during SJSC's Centennial year - 1957)
Robert Foster (BA public administration), president of Southern California Edison, CSU Trustee (1997 - 2006); elected mayor of Long Beach in 2006
Leslie C. Francis, 1965 (BA in Social Science) and 1966 (Secondary Teaching Credential) Democratic political consultant. Served in the Carter administration
Congressman Mike Honda, 1968 (BA Biological Sciences and Spanish; MA Education, 1974) representing San José
Lou Henry Hoover, 1893 (1874-1944), first lady (Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. President)
Peter Kutras, Jr., county of Santa Clara, county executive
Linda J. LeZotte, San José City councilmember, District 1
Nancy McFadden, deputy chief of staff in the Clinton Administration; currently VP governmental relations for PG&E
Gaylord A. Nelson, 1939 Political Science; 1960 Honorary Master of Arts degree; founder of Earth Day, former U.S. Senator and governor of Wisconsin
Lyn Nofziger, 1950 (BA in Journalism) (1924 - 2006), aide to Governor Reagan, advisor to Presidents Nixon and Reagan, campaign advisor for Steve Forbes and Pat Buchanan
Ed Rollins, political strategist
Laurie Smith, first California female sheriff, Santa Clara County
Fernando Torres-Gil, 1970 (BA in Political Science) first assistant secretary for aging at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Clinton Administration; currently associate dean of the School of Public Affairs at UCLA
Susanne B. Wilson, former member of San José City Council and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors; recipient of the SJSU Tower Award in 1996
Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor; San José City councilmember, District 6
Ray Dolby, founder of Dolby sound systems
John Farley, 2000 (MS Meteorology), NBC 11 chief meteorologist (San José)
Dian Fossey, 1954 (Occupational Therapy) (1932-1985) gorilla researcher, author, teacher
Gordon Moore, founder of Intel Corporation, "Moore's Law" creator
Ed Oates, 1968 (Science/Math) co-founder of Oracle
Tariq Abdul-Wahad (Art History Major; attended SJSU as Olivier Saint-Jean), player for Dallas Mavericks
John Carlos, 1970, "Speed City" athlete and bronze medal winner in the 200-meter race at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City; USATF Hall of Fame (2003)
Rashied Davis, player for Chicago Bears
Steven DeBerg, former NFL quarterback
Harry Edwards, sports sociologist, activist, professor, and sports consultant (for 49ers)
Jeff Garcia, NFL quarterback
George Frederick Haines, 1950, (1924 - 2006), swim coach, founder of the Santa Clara Swim Club, 3 time head coach of US Olympic swim team
Pat Hurst, pro golf
Julie Inkster, pro golf
Patty Sheehan, pro golf
Tommie Smith, 1968, "Speed City" athlete and gold medal winner in the 200-meter race at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City; USATF Hall of Fame (1978)
Yosh Uchida, SJSU judo coach, entrepreneur
Ken Venturi, pro golf
Dick Vermeil, 1958 (BA) and 1959 (MA), coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, former coach St. Louis Rams
Bill Walsh, former head coach and general manager/vice president of the San Francisco 49ers; former head coach of Stanford football team


San Jose State University consists of seven colleges that offer a total of 69 undergraduate degrees with 81 concentrations. These colleges include specializations in the arts, science, education, humanities and other areas. Together they create a university of abundant opportunities which lead to successful careers for our students. You can begin planning your studies at SJSU by exploring our college to find information about their departments and the programs they offer.

College of Applied Arts and Sciences

College of Business

College of Education

College of Engineering

College of Humanities and Arts

College of Science

College of Social Sciences


The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office administers three types of scholarships: SJSU campus based, department based, and private based. Students should apply for as many scholarships as possible to lessen the need for loans or part-time work to attend school.

Application Procedure

When applying to San Jose State University, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due November 30. The application fee at San Jose State University is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.5 percent.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts in Chinese
Bachelor of Arts in French
Bachelor of Arts in German
Bachelor of Arts in Japanese
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Minor in Chinese
Minor in French
Minor in German
Minor in Italian
Minor in Japanese
Minor in Latin American Studies
Minor in Portuguese
Minor in Spanish
Special Minor in Portuguese Studies
Teacher Preparation

Graduate Programs

General Information
The M.A. degree programs provide advanced preparation for the teaching of French or Spanish in high schools or community colleges, and for further graduate study. Following is information pertaining to admission to the program, requirements for conferral of degrees, graduate seminars list, graduate seminars schedule as well as the reading lists.

Continuing Education

In collaboration with SJSU faculty, CIES creates new programs that reach across disciplines. These programs address the increasingly complex issues facing professionals in many fields.

Some innovative formats include the cohort format, online delivery, independent study, blended independent study with traditional classroom enrollment or with cohort retreats. Web supplements to "on-ground" seminars, or movement of program classes to varying locations.

On Campus Clubs

African American Commencement Committee
Alpha Kappa Omicron
American History Association
American Water Works Association
AMS Club
Anthropology and Behavioral Science Club @SJSU
Ballroom Dance Club
Board Games @ SJSU
California Nursing Students' Association (CNSA)
Chinese Student Association
Chinese Student Fellowship
Circulo Hispanico
Christians on Campus
Coalition of Makers
Cycling Club at SJSU
Democratic Caucus
Dunamis Theatre Club
Environmental Club
Environmental Resource Center
Game Dev Club at San José State
Golden Key
Health Science Undergraduate Student Organization
Hindu YUVA
Hmong Student Culture Enrichment Association
Humanities Club at SJSU
Indian Student Association
International Business Association
International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering Student Chapter of San Jose State University
Khmer Students Organization
Korean Entertainment Student Association
Linguistics and Language Development Student Association
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M. E. X. A.)
MPA Student Association
MPH Student Association
National Student Speech Language-Hearing Association
Nigerian Student Association
Performance Art and Design Collaborative
Persian Students Association
Phi Alpha Theta
Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice (QTIP)
Shrunkenheadman Club
Sigma Alpha Zeta
Sigma Delta Alpha
Sigma Pi Alpha
Sigma Theta Psi
Sikh Students Association
SJSU Salsa Club
SJSU Triathlon Club
Spartan Mambo
Spartan Table Tennis
Spartans Toastmasters - SJSU
Sport Management Club
Student Advocates for Higher Education
Undergraduate Social Work Association
Zeta Chi Epsilon
Related Information

Department Chairs

Meldal, Sigurd