Students: Share your thoughts about SJSU in survey

San José State University freshman and senior students will be receiving an email from the National Survey of Student Engagement by March 18. Students are encouraged to take the survey, which provides valuable information about their experience at the university.

Students who participate in the survey will be entered into a drawing that will give away more than $5,000 in Gold Point gift cards to use at Spartan Shops on campus. The university will be giving away five gift cards valued at $250 and 75 valued at $50.

The email will be sent to student’s SJSU email address and will come from

The survey assesses student experiences in the following areas:

Academic and intellectual experiences

Mental activities

Reading and writing

Challenges of examinations

Quality of advising

Enriching Educational Experiences

Time Usage

Educational and personal growth

Institutional environment

Quality of relationships


For a summary of analysis of past surveys, visit


CASA transfer students: RSVP for orientation by Nov. 15

More than 1,000 students will be enrolling in San José State University as transfer students for the spring 2014 semester. San Jose faculty and staff will be hosting an orientation day to help students learn to navigate the campus and create a plan to reach their educational goals.

Students who will be transferring into San Jose State University have their choice of two mandatory orientation days, both with RSVP deadlines on Nov. 15. The Transfer orientation for students starting courses in Spring 2014 will be Dec. 10 and Jan. 17.

The mandatory orientation has a $70 fee. It will give students a chance to get acquainted with the campus and their home department or school. They can RSVP at

Michelle Randle, the interim director of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ Student Success Center, said transfer students will have lunch at the Student Success Center where they will learn about the College and get acquainted with the services offered through SSC. She will also be coordinating with department and schools to set students up with advising sessions with a faculty advisor.

During the orientation day, various campus departments will be available to:

  • Discuss and explain key university services
  • Review what’s next before students start classes in the spring
  • Provide a General Education advising workshop
  • Explain SJSU Studies requirements (formerly Advanced GE) and preparation for the Writing Skills Test (WST)
  • Introduce students to their college and major department, where they will meet with major advisors

For more on the transfer orientation day and what items to bring, visit For more information on the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Student Success Center, call 408-924-2910 or visit