San Jose State University (often abbreviated San Jose State or SJSU) is a public university located in San Jose, California, United States. It is the founding school of the 23 campus California State University (CSU) system, and holds the distinction of being the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast of the United States.
Located in downtown San Jose, the SJSU main campus is situated on 154 acres (62 ha), or roughly 19 square blocks. SJSU offers 134 bachelor’s and master’s degrees with 110 concentrations. The university will launch its first independent doctoral program in 2014. SJSU’s total enrollment was 31,278 in 2013, including over 4,900 graduate students, the largest graduate student enrollment of any campus in the CSU system.
SJSU’s student population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation, with large Asian and Hispanic enrollments, as well as the highest foreign student enrollment of all master’s institutions in the United States.
Popular undergraduate majors at SJSU include business, engineering, visual and performing arts, nursing, psychology, justice studies, biology, kinesiology, journalism and computer science. Popular fields of study among graduate students include engineering, library and information science, education and social work.
SJSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
San Jose State University claims to provide Silicon Valley firms with more engineering, computer science and business graduates than any other college or university, and philanthropic support of SJSU is among the highest in the CSU system.
SJSU sports teams are known as the Spartans, and compete in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in NCAA Division I.