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Rank: 104

San Jose State University

San Jose, CAwww.sjsu.edu
California's oldest public institution of higher education, SJSU is located in downtown San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley -- an advantage for students interested in exploring professional opportunities or internships at one of the many tech companies and startups in the area. Apple, Intuit, Salesforce, PayPal, and IBM are among the companies that have hired SJSU students, and alumni in the tech sector include Intel's Gordon Moore, Dolby Labs' Ray Dolby, and Oracle's Ed Oates. SJSU students have likewise excelled in other areas: look no further than singer Stevie Nicks, writer Amy Tan, and the late gorilla researcher and advocate Dian Fossey. The cost is relatively inexpensive, less than the national average; the university offers students an average $8,000 in financial aid. There are more than 450 student organizations on campus, including 40 fraternities or sororities, multiple cultural and religious groups, and over 50 club sports. The cultural center on campus, MOSAIC, hosts conferences and events supporting social justice issues for marginalized groups. The school is remarkably diverse. Less than a fifth of the student body is white, Hispanic students make up a quarter of the student population, and Asians comprise 36%. And its graduation rate is about 30% higher than at universities with similar demographics.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$29,400
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,800
Average price for low-income students
$10,130
admissions
Acceptance rate
67%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1110/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
27,591
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
89%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
$1,489
student success
Graduation rate
57%
Average time to a degree
5.1 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$61,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
47%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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