San Jose State University

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San Jose State University is the oldest public university in the West and the founding campus of the California State University system. It offers over 150 undergraduate majors, the most popular of which are business, engineering, and nursing. Students at SJSU can participate in more than 400 student organizations, including several Greek chapters.

  • SJSU boasts several iconic buildings, including the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, a museum featuring the largest collection of Beethoven memorabilia outside of Europe.
  • Every year SJSU provides more than $425 million in financial assistance. 
  • Qualifying students can receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work study, and loans. 
  • The university also has several recreational venues on campus, such as the Event Center and the Hammer Theatre Center. 
  • SJSU has adopted the motto “Powering Silicon Valley,” because more graduates of SJSU are hired by Silicon Valley companies than from any other institution. 
  • Notable alumni include Intel cofounder Gordon Moore, Oracle cofounder Ed Oates, and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum.