Forbes Names SJSU to 2019 Best Value College List

Graduates celebrate at Avaya Stadium during San Jose State University's College of Social Sciences Graduation in 2018. Photo: David Schmitz

Graduates celebrate at Avaya Stadium during San Jose State University’s College of Social Sciences Graduation in 2018.
Photo: David Schmitz

Forbes again named San Jose State University to its 2019 list of America’s Best Value Colleges. The university moved up from #55 on the list in 2018 to #40 this year. SJSU was listed as #13 in California.

Forbes evaluated 650 top colleges in the nation to measure what they believe students care about most. Instead of ranking colleges based on student SAT scores and acceptance rates, the Forbes methodology evaluates institutions based on alumni salary, debt, student experience, the American Leaders List (based on Forbes roster of successful people and their alma maters), academic success and graduation rates. Forbes listed SJSU as #314 on its overall list of top colleges, #103 of public colleges and #64 in the west.

SJSU, which has a student population of more than 33,000 offers in-state tuition of $5,742 and offers financial aid to nearly 70 percent of its students.

Other national rankings

Money ranked SJSU as #2 among public universities and #8 overall, SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and #4 Most Transformative University for 2018.

U.S. News & World Report listed SJSU as #3 in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, #5 among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, #18 among the nation’s top veteran-serving academic institutions, ranking #20 overall and  #4 among public universities.