U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Fifth Overall Among Best Regional Public Universities in the West

Campus gateway. Photo: David Schmitz

Photo: David Schmitz

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SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University continues to excel in the U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings, as reflected in the 2019 edition available now online.

  • San Jose State ranks fifth among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • San Jose State ranks seventh among the West’s top public universities for best value.
  • San Jose State ranks fifth among universities in the West for ethnic diversity.
  • San Jose State ranks 18th for best colleges for veterans.

“These rankings confirm San Jose State University is among Silicon Valley’s most important assets,” President Mary A. Papazian said. “San Jose State sends 10,000 graduates into the workforce annually, providing all students with the opportunity to obtain an excellent education at an affordable price in the heart of the world’s most dynamic economic engine.”

Engineering

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering received top marks, ranking third in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies.

“We are honored to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top engineering programs in the nation,” Dean Sheryl Ehrman said. “We are the program of choice for our incoming freshmen and transfer students, who benefit from our hands-on curriculum and dedicated faculty. Our graduates go on to do great things in Silicon Valley and beyond.”

Business

In addition, SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business was ranked third in the Bay Area among accredited business bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

“We’re delighted to be recognized for robust undergraduate programs that help students develop organizationally-valued competencies,” Dean Dan Moshavi said. “By emphasizing experiential education and professional readiness, we enable our students to become key contributors in the Silicon Valley and beyond.”


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area. 

Diversity Rankings: SJSU Among the Nation’s Top Universities for Granting Degrees to Minority Students

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SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University is among the nation’s top universities for granting degrees to minority students, according to the publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

“San Jose State University is proud of its role in providing all students with the opportunity to earn a college degree,” President Mary A. Papazian said. “SJSU is among Silicon Valley’s greatest educational assets, sending more than 9,000 graduates annually into the workforce and on to advanced degrees.”

The August 2018 issue of Diverse Issues provides the following details on San Jose State’s national rankings in terms of number of degrees granted in 2016-17 in comparison to other institutions:

  • Sixth for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Asian American students
  • 31st for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students
  • 14th for bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students
  • Eighth for master’s degrees awarded to Asian American students
  • 32nd for master’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students
  • 24th for master’s degrees awarded to minority students

The recognition comes on the heels of MONEY magazine’s ranking of San Jose State as the fourth most transformative university in the nation.

Supporting All Students

Studying national figures, Diverse Issues found that the total number of degrees awarded to minority students increased two percent over the previous year. However, “minorities as a group are still underrepresented relative to their share in the U.S. population,” the magazine said.

San Jose State University data shows 73 percent of bachelor’s degrees and 66 percent of graduate degrees were awarded in 2016-17 to students who identified as Native American, Black, Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Hispanic, including those who specified two or more races.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 58 percent of San Jose residents identify as a member of one of these groups, other races, or two or more races. (The SJSU and U.S. Census figures incorporate international students under the ethnicities they report, and the SJSU graduate data encompasses master’s and doctoral degrees.)

The data source for the Diverse Issues analysis is the Collections Survey of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collected by U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area. 

MONEY Rankings: SJSU is Fourth Most Transformative College

The Diaz-Compean Student Union is a student life center (Photo: Christina Olivas).

The Diaz-Compean Student Union is a student life center (Photo: Christina Olivas).

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Pat Lopes Harris, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
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SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University is pleased to announce that it has been ranked fourth in the nation on MONEY magazine’s list of most transformative colleges.

“San Jose State University takes great pride in providing our students and their families with life-changing opportunities through higher education,” President Mary A. Papazian said.

San Jose State is the only four-year public comprehensive university to place in the top five. MONEY estimates average SJSU student debt at $15,000 and early career earnings at $58,500 annually, resulting in an earnings premium over peers of $12,100.

Exceeding expectations

“It’s not surprising that elite schools report high graduation rates or alumni success.” MONEY said. “What’s impressive is when a college helps students do far better than would be expected from their academic and economic backgrounds. We call this a college’s value add.”

In addition, MONEY ranked San Jose State 61st in the nation on its list of 727 best colleges for your money. SJSU received this ranking because its alumni earn high salaries after accruing little student debt.

“College is a great investment—if you choose the right school. MONEY analyzed graduation rates, tuition charges, family borrowing, and alumni earnings (plus 22 other data points) to find the country’s top values,” MONEY said.

An Affordable Price

The publication estimates 93 percent of San Jose State students who need aid receive grants averaging $14,000 annually to cover estimated costs of $28,800 annually.

“San Jose State University offers an excellent education at an affordable price,” President Papazian said. “This is why an increasing number of students are choosing SJSU as the place where they would like to prepare for a lifetime of meaningful contributions to our world.”


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area. 

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Sixth Overall

SJSU celebrates Commencement in May at CEFCU Stadium. Nearly 10,000 students received degrees in 2016-17 (Photo: James Tensuan, ’15 Photojournalism).

SJSU celebrates Commencement in May at CEFCU Stadium. Nearly 10,000 students received degrees in 2016-17 (Photo: James Tensuan, ’15 Photojournalism).

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 SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University maintains its rank as sixth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, available now online.

“San Jose State University continues to excel, with record numbers of applicants, freshmen, transfers and graduates from our region and around the world,” President Mary A. Papazian said. “This fall, we are welcoming our largest-ever class of new students—more than 9,000 strong. With an estimated 15,000 students living within three miles of campus, San Jose State has become a destination campus.”

SJSU celebrates the grand opening of the Veterans Resource Center in September 2016 (Photo: David Schmitz).

SJSU celebrates the grand opening of the Veterans Resource Center at the Diaz Compean Student Union in September 2016 (Photo: David Schmitz).

Veterans

San Jose State ranked 20th in the best colleges for veterans category, based on SJSU’s overall ranking, the number of veteran and active duty service members enrolled, GI Bill certification and affordability.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top colleges for veterans,” Associate Vice President for Student Services Romando Nash said. “As we increase the number of veterans on campus, we are committed to making sure that they have the support that they need to be successful and engaged with all aspects of the college-going experience.”

The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering focuses on experiential learning as part of the core curriculum (Photo: Lorrie Chan).

The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering focuses on experiential learning as part of the core curriculum (Photo: Lorrie Chan).

Engineering

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering received top marks, ranking third in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies. The rank is the same as last year.

“We are honored to be recognized again as one of the top engineering programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report,” Dean Sheryl Ehrman said. “As the largest supplier of engineering talent to Silicon Valley, our faculty and staff members are committed to preparing our students fully for wherever they choose to go next, whether that is a start-up, a global company, or the next step in higher education.”

At the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge, industry professionals and seasoned entrepreneurs guide student entrepreneurs (Photo: Robert Bain).

At the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge, industry professionals and seasoned entrepreneurs guide student entrepreneurs (Photo: Robert Bain).

Business

In addition, SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business was ranked third in the Bay Area among accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, the same as last year.

“We are delighted to see our undergraduate business program, with 13 concentrations serving almost 5,000 students, be recognized as a tremendously high-quality opportunity that results in our graduates finding success in Silicon Valley and beyond,” Dean Dan Moshavi said.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Sixth Overall

(Photo: David Schmitz)

(Photo: David Schmitz)

(Photo: David Schmitz).

“Every day, our faculty, staff, and administrators do everything we can to create a valuable experience for our students.”—Ping Hsu, interim dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering (Photo: David Schmitz).

SJSU Media Relations contact:
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SAN JOSE, CA – The 2017 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, available now online, ranks San Jose State University at sixth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Last year, SJSU was ranked eighth.

“I am delighted but not surprised to see San Jose State University rising in these rankings,” President Mary Papazian said. “SJSU offers students a top-quality education and unrivaled access to diverse cultural experiences and career opportunities in the heart of San Jose and Silicon Valley.”

Engineering

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering received high marks, ranking third in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies. Last year, SJSU was ranked fourth.

“We are honored to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report in this manner,” said Ping Hsu, interim dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. “Every day, our faculty, staff, and administrators do everything we can to create a valuable experience for our students. We are very pleased to see their efforts again recognized by top rankings.”

Business

In addition, SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business was ranked third in the Bay Area among accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, the same as last year.

“We are honored that the Donald and Sally Lucas College and Graduate School of Business has yet again earned this ranking, underscoring our commitment to student success and to providing students with an education that prepares them to make significant contributions to Silicon Valley and beyond,” said Marlene Turner, interim dean of the College of Business.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 8,900 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 250,000 alumni, 65 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

 

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Eighth Overall

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Students lounging on the second floor of the recently expanded Student Union (photo by David Schmitz).

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SAN JOSE, CA – The 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, available now online, ranks San Jose State University at eighth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, keeping SJSU in the region’s top 10.

“San Jose State University sends more graduates to work in Silicon Valley than any other institution of higher learning,” said Interim President Susan Martin. “As a pillar of such a vibrant economy, SJSU excels in business, engineering and far more—from teaching and nursing to economics and the arts—providing a springboard for careers shaping our region and our world.”

Engineering

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering received high marks, ranking fourth in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies.

“To once again be ranked as one of the top engineering programs in the country by the U.S. News & World Report is a well-deserved honor,” said Andrew Hsu, dean of the College of Engineering. “We are incredibly proud that our students are receiving the education they need to compete with graduates from other top universities. Our commitment to our students is evident in our job-placement success rates; our college is the largest supplier of engineers to Silicon Valley.”

2015 College of Engineering Convocation. Photo: Neal Waters, ’07 Geography, ’15 MS Mass Communications

Students preparing to enter the Event Center for the College of Engineering Convocation last spring (photo by Neal Waters, ’07 Geography, ’15 MS Mass Communications).

Business

In addition, SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business was ranked third in the Bay Area among accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

“Since the naming of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business by Don and Sally Lucas in 2013, the college has enhanced its educational offerings and its focus on student success,” said Dean David M. Steele.

Read more from U.S. News & World Report.

About San Jose State

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Eighth Overall

Students shop for books in the newly renovated Student Union (Stan Olszewski photo).

Media contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, Calif., — The 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, available now online, shows San Jose State University at eighth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, keeping SJSU in the region’s top 10.

“San Jose State has firmly established its reputation as a leading institution of higher learning in the West,” said President Mohammad Qayoumi. “SJSU offers more than 130 degree programs and 400 student organizations, providing a wide range of opportunities including hands-on learning in a global setting provided by our Silicon Valley location.”

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering received top marks, ranking third in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies. In addition, SJSU’s computer engineering program was ranked first in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering has earned its reputation for being among the best in the nation by providing our students with outstanding opportunities for hands-on learning directly addressing 21st century challenges here in Silicon Valley,” Dean Andrew Hsu said.

Read more from U.S. News & World Report.

San Jose State University — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Eighth Overall

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Eighth Overall

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Eighth Overall

“Our ranking reflects the academic achievements of our students, the quality of our programs, and San Jose State’s role powering Silicon Valley,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said. (Christina Olivas photo)

Media contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, Calif., — The 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, available now online, shows SJSU at eighth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, up from ninth overall last year.

“Our ranking reflects the academic achievements of our students, the quality of our programs, and San Jose State’s role powering Silicon Valley,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said. “More students than ever are applying to San Jose State because SJSU offers over 130 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 110 fields, including excellent programs in business, engineering, science, education, art, humanities, social sciences, and applied sciences and arts.”

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering also received top marks, ranking second in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies, up from third last year.

“There is no doubt about it. A huge percentage of the engineers, scientists and business professionals powering Silicon Valley chose to develop their talents at San Jose State University because SJSU offers moderately priced, nationally recognized programs right here in the epicenter of innovation,” President Qayoumi said.

Read more from U.S. News & World Report.

San José State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 31,300 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

SJSU Ranked Among Best Investments

SJSU Ranked Among Best Investments

SJSU Ranked Among Best Colleges

There are lots of ways to measure the value a college education. But in terms of relatively low tuition and high starting salaries, it’s tough to beat San Jose State, especially in California.

We all know going to college is expensive. But is it worth it? Check this out. According to a new study, San Jose State ranks among the 50 best college investments in terms of low tuition and high starting salaries. AffordableCollegesOnline.org “reviewed 875 colleges to compile a list of the 50 schools that are both affordable and provide students with the best bang for their buck after graduation. The return on college investment comes in the form of higher salaries throughout the careers of graduates from these colleges.” San Jose State came in third among California institutions and 31st out of the 875 campuses included in the rankings. And SJSU is in great company. Others in the top 50 included the University of Virginia, University of Washington and Texas A&M.

SJSU's Best of 2012

Olympian Tops SJSU’s Best of 2012

SJSU's Best of 2012

SJSU’s 2012 Olympian Marti Malloy is welcomed home by her coach, the legendary Yosh Uchida (Christina Olivas photo).

We’ve had an absolutely amazing year, Spartans!

When the time came for us to select the Best of 2012, it was super tough to choose just 10!

We would like to send a huge thanks to everyone who visited all of our online channels, whether it was our news, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn or Pinterest pages.

We counted up all your clicks, likes, pins and tweets and SJSU’s 2012 Olympian Marti Malloy came out on top. Read her story and join us on Pinterest to add a comment.

Ripped From the Headlines

Many more of our top stories were ripped right out of the headlines, with students loving the passage of Prop. 30 and the tuition rollback that came along with it.

Our football team making it to the Military Bowl also touched off an avalanche of national media coverage.

Whether led by an enterprising professor or intrepid students, campus research boomed with a $73.3 million NASA grant and a mind-boggling motorcycle with spherical wheels.

We also scored in the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings, coming in ninth overall among the West’s top public universities.

Enriching the Educational Experience

Student life thrived, too. In May, two undergrads and two graduate students from the class of 2012 earned accolades for their outstanding work.

This summer, we welcomed incoming frosh with a super fun orientation program followed this fall by our largest career fair in five years.

We even set the stage for 2013, launching an initiative to roll out a whole bunch of online tools enriching the educational experience here at SJSU.

Stay tuned because things can only get better next year!

U.S. News Rankings: SJSU Ninth Overall

U.S. News Rankings 2013: SJSU Ninth Overall Among the West’s Top Public Universities

“Our ranking reflects the academic achievements of our students, the quality of our programs, and San Jose State University’s position at the center of one of the most influential and innovative regions in the world—Silicon Valley,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said.

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, Calif., — Once again, San Jose State University has excelled in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The 2013 edition of “Best Colleges,” available now online, shows SJSU at ninth overall among the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, up from 10th overall last year.

“Our ranking reflects the academic achievements of our students, the quality of our programs, and San Jose State University’s position at the center of one of the most influential and innovative regions in the world—Silicon Valley,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said. “Our peers know SJSU offers over 130 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 110 fields, including excellent programs in business, engineering, science, education, art, humanities, social sciences, and applied sciences and arts.”

San Jose State’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering also received top marks, ranking third in the nation among public engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, excluding service academies, up from seventh last year.

“A huge percentage of the engineers, scientists and business professionals driving Silicon Valley developed their talents right here at San Jose State University,” President Qayoumi said. “San Jose State students, faculty and staff have earned a reputation for cultivating intellectual curiosity, lifelong learning and practical experience, given that the skills and mindsets students develop now will prepare them for industries and careers of the future.”

Read more from U.S. News & World Report.

San José State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,500 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.