San José State University (commonly referred to as San Jose State or SJSU) is a public comprehensive university located in San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest public university on the West Coast, as well as the founding campus of the California State University (CSU) system.
Located in downtown San Jose, the SJSU main campus is situated on 154 acres (62 ha), or roughly 19 square blocks. SJSU offers 145 bachelor's and master's degrees with 108 concentrations and five credential programs with 19 concentrations. The university also offers two joint doctoral degree programs and one independent doctoral program as of 2018. SJSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
SJSU's total enrollment was 32,828 in fall 2018, including over 5,500 graduate and credential students. As of fall 2018, graduate student enrollment at SJSU was the highest of any campus in the CSU system.
SJSU's student population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation, with large Asian and Hispanic enrollments, as well as the highest foreign student enrollment of all master's institutions in the United States.
SJSU is consistently listed as one of the leading suppliers of undergraduate and graduate alumni to Silicon Valley technology firms, and philanthropic support of SJSU is among the highest in the CSU system.
|San José State University|
|Motto||Powering Silicon Valley|
|California State University system|
|Endowment||$150.1 million (2018)|
|Budget||$372 million (2018)|
|Provost||Joan Ficke (Interim)|
|2,037 (Fall 2018)|
|1,305 (Fall 2018)|
|Students||32,828 (Fall 2018)|
|Undergraduates||27,271 (Fall 2018)|
|Postgraduates||5,557 (Fall 2018)|
|Campus||Urban, 154 acres (62 ha) on main campus and 62 acres (25 ha) on south campus|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|NCAA Division I FBS|
The school eventually moved to San Jose in 1871, and was given Washington Square Park at Fourth and San Carlos Streets, where the campus remains to this day.
In 1881, a large bell was forged to commemorate the school. The bell was inscribed with the words "California State Normal School, A.D. 1881," and would sound on special occasions until 1946 when the college obtained new chimes. The original bell appears on the SJSU campus to this day, and is still associated with various student traditions and rituals.
In August 1882, a southern branch campus of the California State Normal School opened in Los Angeles, which later became the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The southern branch campus remained under administrative control of the San Jose campus until 1887.
In 1921, the California State Normal School changed its name to the State Teachers College at San Jose.
In 1935, the State Teachers Colleges became the California State Colleges, and the school's name was changed again, this time to San Jose State College.
In 1972, upon meeting criteria established by the board of trustees and the Coordinating Council for Higher Education, SJSC was granted university status, and the name was changed to California State University, San Jose.
Finally, in 1974, the California legislature voted to change the school's name to San José State University.
The SJSU main campus comprises approximately 55 buildings situated on a rectangular,154-acre (62.3 ha) area in downtown San Jose. The campus is bordered by San Fernando Street to the north, San Salvador Street to the south, South 4th Street to the west, and South 10th Street to the east. The south campus, which is home to many of the school's athletics facilities, is located approximately 1.5 mi (2.4 km) south of the main campus on South 7th Street.
California State Normal School did not receive a permanent home until it moved from San Francisco to San Jose in 1871. The original California State Normal School campus in San Jose consisted of several rectangular, wooden buildings with a central grass quadrangle. The wooden buildings were destroyed by fire in 1880 and were replaced by interconnected stone and masonry structures of roughly the same configuration in 1881. These buildings were declared unsafe following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and were being torn down when an aftershock of the magnitude that was predicted to destroy the buildings occurred and no damage was observed. Accordingly, demolition was stopped, and the portions of the buildings still standing were made into four halls: Tower Hall, Morris Dailey Auditorium, Washington Square Hall, and Dwight Bentel Hall. These four structures remain standing to this day, and are the oldest buildings on campus.
Beginning in the fall of 1994, the on-campus segments of San Carlos Street, Seventh Street and Ninth Street were closed to automobile traffic and converted to pedestrian walkways and green belts within the campus. San Carlos Street was renamed Paseo San Carlos, Seventh Street became El Paseo de César Chávez, and Ninth Street is now called the Ninth Street Plaza. The project was completed in 1996.
Completed in 1999, the Business Classroom Project was a $16 million renovation of the James F. Boccardo Business Education Center.
Completed in 1999, the $1.5 million Heritage Gateway project was unveiled. The privately funded project featured construction of eight oversized gateways around the main campus perimeter.
In the fall of 2000, the SJSU Police Department, which is part of the larger California State University Police Department, opened a new on-campus, multi-level facility on 7th Street.
The $177 million Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, which opened its doors on August 1, 2003, won the Library Journal's 2004 Library of the Year award, the publication's highest honor. The King Library represents the first collaboration of its kind between a university and a major U.S. city. The library is eight stories high, has 475,000 square feet (44,100 m2) of floor space, and houses approximately 1.3 million volumes. San Jose's first public library occupied the same site from 1901 to 1936, and SJSU's Wahlquist Library occupied the site from 1961 to 2000.
In 2006, a $2 million renovation of Tower Hall was completed. Tower Hall (California Historical Landmarks in Santa Clara County, California No. 417) is among the oldest and most recognizable buildings on campus. It was dedicated in 1910 after previous campus structures were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. Tower Hall, Morris Dailey Auditorium, Washington Square Hall and Dwight Bentel Hall are the four oldest buildings on campus.
In September 2010 a $90 million expansion and renovation of the SJSU student union commenced. The project added approximately 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) including construction of new ballrooms, food court, theater, meeting rooms, and student program spaces. The expansion phase of the project was completed in June 2014. The renovation phase of the project was completed in August 2015.
Construction of a new, three-story, 52,000 square feet (4,800 m2) on-campus health center at 7th Street and Paseo de San Carlos was completed in March 2015. The building houses the Student Health Center, Student Affairs office, Counseling Services and Wellness Center. The project was completed at a cost of over $36 million.
In August 2015, a $55 million renovation of the Spartan Complex was completed. The Spartan Complex houses open recreation spaces, gymnasia, an indoor aquatics center, the kinesiology department, weight rooms, locker rooms, dance and judo studios, and other classroom space. The primary project objectives were to upgrade the structures to make them compliant with current building codes, correct ADA deficiencies, correct fire safety deficiencies, expand and modify existing structures, and hazmat abatement.
The SJSU on-campus housing community comprises six residence halls, which can accommodate a combined total of 4,350 students. The residence halls are identified as follows:
SJSU is home to the 10,000-square-foot (930 m2), three-story Nuclear Science Facility. It is the only nuclear science facility of its kind in the California State University system.
Located on the main campus, The Event Center Arena seats approximately 5,000 people for athletic events and over 6,500 for concerts, and features an attached recreation center that includes a basketball court, racquetball courts, a weight room and cardio equipment. The recreation center also hosts over 40 hours of group fitness classes per week during the fall and spring academic semesters.
The SJSU Student Union is a four-story, stand-alone facility that features a food court, the Spartan Bookstore, a multi-level study area, ballrooms, a bowling alley, music room, and a large game room. In June 2014, the first phase of a $90 million expansion and renovation project of the SJSU student union was completed. The second and final phase of the project was completed in August 2015.
A new student recreation and aquatic center is currently under construction. At a projected cost of $139 million, the new facility will house a gymnasium, weight and fitness center, exercise rooms, rock climbing wall, sports club organizations, and competition and recreation pools with support spaces. The new facility will be located on the main campus at the corner of 7th Street and San Carlos on the site of the old aquatic center, which was demolished in 2017. The estimated project completion date is set for December 2018.
A new interdisciplinary science building is currently in the planning stages. At a projected cost of $148 million, the new facility will house teaching labs, research labs, faculty offices, a dean's suite and interdisciplinary spaces totaling 160,000 gross square feet. The proposed project location is the southwest quadrant of campus north of Duncan Hall. Construction is anticipated to begin in January 2019, with an estimated project completion date of June 2021.
Many of SJSU's athletics facilities, including the newly-named CEFCU stadium (formerly known as Spartan Stadium) and the recently constructed Spartan Golf Complex, along with the athletics department administrative offices and multiple training, practice and competition facilities, are located on the 62-acre (25.1 ha) south campus approximately 1.5 mi (2.4 km) south of the main campus near 7th Street. The south campus also is home to student overflow parking. Shuttle buses run between the main campus and south campus every 10 to 15 minutes Monday through Thursday.
A CEFCU Stadium east-side building addition is currently in the planning stages and will cost approximately $40 million. The proposed facility will house a new football operations center, which will include locker rooms, offices, an auditorium and seating on the 50-yard line. The project will also include a major renovation of the stadium's entire east side. The east-side building addition and stadium improvement project is scheduled to commence on June 5, 2019.
In April 2014, a new $75 million master plan to renovate the entire South Campus was unveiled. The estimated cost has since been increased to $150 million including the cost of the new football stadium addition. The plan calls for construction of a golf training facility, new baseball and softball stadia, new track and field facilities, new soccer and tennis facilities, and three beach volleyball courts. The new golf, soccer and tennis facilities opened in 2017, and the new softball facility opened in 2018. The remaining projects are currently in the planning stages.
SJSU Simpkins International House (360 South 11th Street, San Jose) provides housing for domestic as well as international students of the university. International House (also known as I-House) is a co-ed residence facility for 70 U.S. and international students attending San José State University. The building has served as a residence hall since 1980, and offers cultural exchanges for U.S. students as well as residents from abroad.
The SJSU Department of Aviation and Technology maintains a 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) academic facility at the Reid-Hillview Airport.
SJSU manages the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Moss Landing, California, on the Monterey Bay. MLML is a cooperative research facility of seven CSU campuses. Construction of a new aquaculture laboratory at the MLML site was officially completed in August 2014. The building project included construction of a 1,400 square feet (130 m2) aquaculture lab building and installation of a 1,584 square feet (147.2 m2) tank slab area. The project was made possible by grants from the Packard Foundation.
Art and Metal Foundry (1036 South 5th Street, San Jose)
Associated Students Child Development Center (460 South 8th Street, San Jose)
SJSU International and Extended Studies facility (384 South 2nd Street, San Jose). This off-campus classroom building houses SJSU's International Gateway Programs, a collection of classes geared toward introducing international students to English language and American culture.
University Club (408 South 8th Street, San Jose), is a 16-room, multi-level dining, special events, and bed-and-breakfast style residence facility for faculty, staff, visiting scholars and graduate students of the university. This building is currently occupied by Alpha Omicron Pi sorority in agreement with the university.
Known simply as North Fourth Street (210 North 4th Street, San Jose), this four-story facility houses the Global Studies Institute, Governmental & External Affairs, International and Extended Studies, the Mineta Transportation Institute, the Processed Foods Institute, and the SJSU Research Foundation.
As a member institution of the California State University System, San Jose State falls under the jurisdiction of the California State University Board of Trustees and the chancellor of the California State University.
The chief executive of San José State University is the university president. The current president is Dr. Mary A. Papazian.
The university is organized into eight colleges:
Additionally, SJSU has 7 focused schools:
SJSU is also home to a burgeoning eCampus community, which is administered by the College of International and Extended Studies (CIES). CIES coordinates continuing education and professional development programs across campus.
San José State University offers 145 bachelor's and master's degrees with 108 concentrations and five credential programs with 19 concentrations. The university also offers two joint doctoral degree programs and one independent doctoral program as of 2017. SJSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
SJSU's two joint doctoral degree programs include a Ph.D. program in library and information science through Queensland University of Technology, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program administered in collaboration with California State University, Fresno. In 2014, the Connie L. Lurie College of Education launched an Ed.D. program in educational leadership. The Ed.D. program represents SJSU's first and only independent doctoral degree offering.
As of fall 2017, the top five most popular undergraduate majors at SJSU were (in descending order of popularity) psychology, design studies, kinesiology, biological sciences, and business administration/marketing. As of fall 2017, the top five most popular graduate programs were (in descending order of popularity) software engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, library and information sciences and industrial/systems engineering. Programs somewhat unique to SJSU include aviation, transportation management, meteorology, software engineering, and sustainable and green manufacturing technology.
As of fall 2016, the university's Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, with nearly 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students, was the largest college on campus. As of fall 2016, the most popular fields of study within the engineering college were (in descending order of popularity) electrical engineering, software engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering.
As of fall 2016, SJSU's College of Applied Sciences and Arts was the second largest college on campus with a total enrollment of over 5,300 undergraduate and graduate students. As of fall 2016, the most popular fields of study within the College of Applied Sciences and Arts were (in descending order of popularity) kinesiology, justice studies, health science, journalism and social work. The College of Applied Sciences and Arts is home to SJSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the School of Social Work, The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, and the School of Information. As of fall 2016, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications was the largest of these focused schools with a total enrollment of approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students.
As of fall 2016, the university's Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, with just over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, was the third-largest college at SJSU and among the largest business schools in the country. The Lucas College and Graduate School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, a distinction held by less than 5% of business programs worldwide. As of fall 2016, the most popular fields of study within the college of business were (in descending order of popularity) marketing, accounting, management, finance and management information systems.
As of fall 2016, SJSU's College of Social Sciences was the fourth largest college on campus with a total enrollment of approximately 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students. As of fall 2016, the most popular fields of study within the College of Social Sciences were (in descending order of popularity) psychology, communication studies, sociology, political science and anthropology.
As of fall 2016, SJSU's College of Humanities and the Arts was the fifth largest college on campus with a total enrollment of over 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students. As of fall 2016, the most popular fields of study within the College of Humanities and the Arts were (in descending order of popularity) design studies, art, English, television-radio-film and music.
|U.S. News & World Report||33|
|Master's University class|
USNWR Best Colleges Rankings
|Regional Universities West||33|
|Best Colleges for Veterans||18|
|Best Value Schools||52|
|Top Public Schools||5|
|Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs||18|
USNWR Best Graduate School Rankings
|Library and Information Studies||34|
|SAT composite (middle 50% range)||1040-1260||1030-1230||920-1150||920-1180||900-1200||880-1160|
|ACT composite (middle 50% range)||19-26||19-26||20-25||20-26||18-27||19-26|
|Average High School GPA||3.45||3.35||3.41||3.40||3.38||3.31|
|Average Transfer GPA||3.13||3.15||3.17||3.13||3.13||3.12|
Admission to SJSU is based on a combination of the applicant's high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores. These factors are used to determine the applicant's California State University (CSU) eligibility index. More specifically, the eligibility index is a weighted combination of the applicant's high school grade point average during the final three years of high school and either the SAT or ACT score.
The CSU eligibility index is calculated by using either the SAT or ACT as follows:
In fall 2017, a total of 31,909 first-time, first-year (freshmen) applications were submitted, with 21,340 applicants accepted (66.9%) and 4,489 enrolling (21.0% of those accepted).
Among first-time, first-year (freshmen) students who enrolled in fall 2017, SAT scores for the middle 50% ranged from 510-610 for critical reading and 520-620 for math. ACT composite scores for the middle 50% ranged from 19–26. The average high school GPA for incoming freshmen was 3.35.
In recent years, enrollment at SJSU has become impacted in all undergraduate majors, which means the university no longer has the enrollment capacity to accept all CSU-eligible applicants, including some from local high schools and community colleges. Although an applicant may meet the minimum CSU admission requirements, CSU-eligible applicants are no longer guaranteed admission.
Among all first-time freshmen students who enrolled at SJSU in fall 2011, 42.9% graduated within six years. Among new undergraduate transfer students who enrolled at SJSU in fall 2013, 58.1% graduated within four years. Among first-time graduate students who enrolled at SJSU in fall 2013, 55.4% graduated within four years.
The percent of fall 2016 students returning in fall 2017 was 86.8% for full-time freshman students, 89.4% for new undergraduate transfer students, and 88.4% for first-time graduate students.
In the fall of 2017, San José State University employed 2,101 faculty, 1,267 of whom (or about 60%) were full-time or equivalent (FTEF). Of those 2,101 total faculty, 673 (or about 32%) were tenured or on a tenure track.
According to National Science Foundation survey data, in 2016 San Jose State's research and development expenditures totaled $41.6 million, placing it second in total R&D expenditures out of all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses and 208th out of more than 900 colleges and universities nationwide.
Research collections located at SJSU include the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, the J. Gordon Edwards Entomology Museum and the Carl W. Sharsmith Herbarium.
SJSU research partnerships include the SJSU Metropolitan Technology Center at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, the Cisco Networking Laboratory, and the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. SJSU is also home to the Mineta Transportation Institute.
Additionally, the university operates the Survey and Policy Research Institute (SPRI), which conducts the quarterly, high-profile California Consumer Confidence Survey and many other research projects.
The SJSU Department of Kinesiology operates the Timpany Center (located at 730 Empey Way), a non-profit therapeutic facility open to all and owned by the County of Santa Clara. The center is dedicated to the health and fitness of those with a disability or age-related concerns.
SJSU is a member institution of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.
In 2016, San Jose State was awarded a $375K Research Experiences for Undergraduates program grant by the National Science Foundation. The program is called Research by Undergraduates using Molecular Biology Applications (RUMBA), and will fund 31 research positions for underrepresented minority and female undergraduates at SJSU.
In 2012, the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, awarded SJSU $73.3 million to participate in the development of systems for improving the safety and efficiency of air and space travel. NASA scientists, along with SJSU faculty members and graduate students, will collaborate on this effort, funded by the largest federal award in SJSU history.
In spring 2007, an SJSU engineering professor and his students made headlines with their development of the ZEM (Zero EMissions) Car, a Human Hybrid Powered Vehicle (HHPV). The vehicle won the National I2P (Idea-to-Product) Competition for EPICS and Social Entrepreneurship at Princeton University. The ZEM car is the first of its kind to be powered by human, solar, and electric energy.
|California Resident (Nonlocal)||16,496 (49%)|
|California Resident (Local)||13,300 (40%)|
|Domestic Nonresident||417 (1%)|
As the oldest and one of the largest universities in the CSU system, SJSU attracts students from throughout California, the United States and 100 countries around the world. According to the Institute of International Education, San Jose State had the highest foreign student enrollment of all master's institutions in the United States in 2008.
As of fall 2017, 33,409 students were enrolled at SJSU including 27,778 undergraduate students and 5,631 graduate and credential students. Male enrollment was 17,023, and female enrollment was 16,386. The graduate student enrollment at SJSU was the highest of any campus in the CSU system. Combined undergraduate and graduate student age distributions were as follows: 20% are <19, 52% are 20-24, 18% are 25-29, 5% are 30-34, 5% are 35-59, and less than 1% are >60.
Approximately 4,400 students live in campus housing, and community impact studies show an estimated 5,000 more students live within easy walking or biking distance of the campus. Additionally, approximately 45% of all first-year (freshman) students live in campus residence facilities.
As of 2017, there are over 400 active student organizations at SJSU. These include academic and honorary organizations, cultural and religious organizations, special interest organizations, fraternities and sororities, and a wide variety of club sports organizations.
|Fraternities (NIC)||Sororities (NPC)|
Fraternities and sororities have existed at SJSU since 1896. SJSU is home to 43 social fraternity and sorority chapters managed by Student Involvement. The 43 Greek organizations include social (NIC & NPC) and cultural (NPHC & USFC) . Eighteen of them maintain chapter homes in the residential community east of campus along South 10th and 11th streets, north of campus along San Fernando Street, or south of campus along San Salvador Street, South 8th Street, and East Reed Street, in downtown San Jose. The only SJSU Greek organization not a part of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils that maintains a chapter house is Alpha Phi Alpha. Alpha Sigma Phi and Pi Kappa Phi of the Interfraternity Council do not yet have chapter homes. An additional twenty-six fraternities are co-ed and are either major-related, honors-related, or community service related. Approximately 6% of male students join social fraternities, and 6% of female students join social sororities.
The Spartan Marching Band comprises students from every field of study on campus, from first year undergraduates through graduate students, as well as several "open university" members. At each home football game, the Spartan Marching Band performs a completely new halftime show, plus a pre-game show and a post-game concert. The band reflects all the color and fanfare of major university sports pageantry. The band is unofficially known as "The Pride of the Spartans", and generally performs with a color guard and dance team.
Founded in 2005, the Spartan Squad is the official student booster program at San Jose State.
The Spartan Squad is run by the Associated Students and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at San Jose State. Its stated mission is to increase student attendance at sporting events and cultivate school pride throughout the campus community. The Spartan Squad members are easily recognized wearing the group's signature gold T-shirts designed by San Jose State graphic design student Dang Nguyen. Class of 2006 graduates Matthew Olivieri and Brad Villeggiante are credited with founding the group.
The school newspaper, The Spartan Daily, was founded in 1934 and is published three days a week when classes are in session. The publication follows a broadsheet format and has a daily print circulation of over 6,000, as well as a daily on-line edition. The newspaper is produced by journalism and advertising students enrolled in SJSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The journalism school, including The Spartan Daily newsroom and other student press facilities, are housed inside Dwight Bentel Hall. The building was named after the department's founder and long time chairman, Dwight Bentel. The journalism school also runs an on-campus advertising agency, Dwight, Bentel and Hall Communications.
Update News is a weekly, student-produced television newscast that airs every weekend on KICU, Channel 36 in San Jose. The newscast is produced by San Jose State broadcast journalism students, and has aired in the Bay Area since 1982. The newscast previously aired on educational station KTEH. Update News also features a daily live webcast.
Equal Time is a news magazine show produced by the San Jose State School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Each half-hour episode examines a different issue in depth, and ends with a roundtable discussion featuring professors and other experts in search of solutions. Equal Time airs Saturday afternoons on KQED+ (Channel 54 or Comcast Channel 10) in the Bay Area.
Established in 1963, KSJS, 90.5 FM, is the university's student-run radio station. KSJS features live broadcasts of San Jose State athletic events, various types of music including electronic, urban, jazz, subversive rock, and rock en Español, as well as specialty talk shows.
San José State University has participated in athletics since it first fielded a baseball team in 1890. SJSU sports teams are known as the Spartans, and compete in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in NCAA Division I.
San José State University sports teams have won NCAA national titles in track and field, golf, boxing, fencing and tennis. As of 2017, SJSU has won 10 NCAA national Division 1 team championships and produced 50 NCAA national Division 1 individual champions. SJSU also has achieved an international reputation for its judo program, winning 51 National Collegiate Judo Association (NCJA) championships in 56 years (as of 2017).
SJSU alumni have won 19 Olympic medals (including seven gold medals) dating back to the first gold medal won by Willie Steele in track and field in the 1948 Summer Olympics. Alumni also have won medals in swimming, judo and boxing.
The track team coached by "Bud" Winter earned San Jose State the nickname "Speed City", and produced Olympic medalists and social activists Lee Evans, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Smith and Carlos are perhaps best remembered for giving the raised fist salute from the medalist's podium during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. The track and field program was canceled in 1988 after a series of budget cuts and Title IX related decisions decimated the program. The program was restored in 2016.
After an 11-2 finish in 2012, SJSU's football team achieved its first-ever BCS ranking and first national ranking since 1990. SJSU was ranked #21 in both the 2012 post-season Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches' Poll.
A heated debate was held in 1925 over the effort of some students to change the school colors from gold and white to purple and white. Tradition won out, and it was decided to keep the original colors — gold and white.
This same issue came before the students again in 1946, when after many weeks of discussion the question was put to another vote. Once again, tradition won.
Each year during the fall semester SJSU hosts a series of events where students can watch films at the Campus MovieFest Finale and show school pride at the Fire on the Fountain leading up to the homecoming football game at the newly-named CEFCU stadium (formerly known as Spartan Stadium).
In addition to its various NCAA Division I sports programs, San José State University also has a very active club sports community consisting of 25 sports and 30 teams. Many of the club sports teams are run and organized by students, although some of the more established teams enjoy strong alumni support. The list of club sports active at SJSU includes:
Archery, badminton, bowling, boxing, cycling, dance, fencing, ACHA Division II and Division lll ice hockey, judo, MCLA Division III men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, mountain biking, power lifting, quidditch, roller hockey, men's rugby, salsa, men's & women's soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, track & field, triathlon, ultimate frisbee, men's & women's volleyball, men's water polo, and wrestling.
About 60 percent of San Jose State's 226,000 alumni of record live in the San Francisco Bay Area. The other 40 percent are scattered around the globe, with concentrations in Southern California, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York City.
SJSU is consistently listed as one of the leading suppliers of undergraduate and graduate alumni to Silicon Valley technology firms. As of 2015, San José State University is listed as the top feeder school for Apple Inc., which employs over 1,000 SJSU graduates. SJSU ranks 9th on the list of top feeder schools for Facebook.
Nearly 200 former SJSU students and graduates have founded, co-founded, served or serve as senior executives or officers of public and private companies reporting annual sales between $40 million and $26 billion. This list includes former Intel Corporation CEO, Brian Krzanich, and current Crown Worldwide Group CEO, billionaire James E. Thompson.
Notable companies founded by SJSU students and alumni include Dolby Laboratories (1965), Intel Corporation (1968), Specialized Bicycle Components (1974), Oracle Corporation (1977), Seagate Technology (1979) and WhatsApp (2008).
Musicians Doug Clifford and Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers), Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) and Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane) all attended San Jose State.
Brooke E. Sheldon was an American librarian and educator who served as the president of the American Library Association from 1983 to 1984.Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (BLFC) is a tongue-in-cheek contest, held annually and sponsored by the English Department of San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Entrants are invited "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels" – that is, deliberately bad.
According to the official rules, the prize for winning the contest is "a pittance". The 2008 winner received $250, while the 2014 winners' page said the grand prize winner received "about $150".The contest was started in 1982 by Professor Scott E. Rice of the English Department at San Jose State University and is named for English novelist and playwright Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, author of the much-quoted first line "It was a dark and stormy night". This opening, from the 1830 novel Paul Clifford, continues:
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
The first year of the competition attracted just three entries, but it went public the next year, received media attention, and attracted 10,000 entries. There are now several subcategories, such as detective fiction, romance novels, Western novels, and purple prose. Sentences that are notable but not quite bad enough to merit the Grand Prize or a category prize are awarded Dishonorable Mentions.Camila Alire
Camila Alire is an American Librarian and was President of the American Library Association from 2009–2010. Alire is Dean Emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She is also the former Dean of Libraries at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has served as a Professor of Practice for Simmons College’s PhD program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions and as adjunct professor at San Jose State University Executive MLIS program.In 2012 President Barack Obama appointed Alire as a member of the National Council on the Humanities. Her appointment began on January 7, 2013 and will expire on January 26, 2018.Dave Meltzer
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Since 1983, he has been the publisher and editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON). He has also written for the Oakland Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo! Sports, and The National Sports Daily. He has extensively covered mixed martial arts since UFC 1 in 1993 and currently covers the sport for SB Nation. He has been called "the most accomplished reporter in sports journalism" by Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated.He is also a frequent lecturer on many aspects of the business of MMA, professional wrestling, and boxing at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.David Willman
David Willman (born October 18, 1956) is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library (also known locally as the MLK Library) is a 136-foot (41 m) tall public library and university library, located in downtown San Jose, California, which had its grand opening on August 16, 2003. As of 2018, it is the largest library building in the western United States built in a single construction project, with over 475,000 square feet (44,000 m²) of space on eight floors and approximately 1.6 million volumes. The King Library is a collaboration between the City of San José and San José State University: it is the main library for both San José State University and the San José Public Library system. In 2004 it was honored as Library of the Year by Library Journal and Thompson Gale, for its collaborative combination of the two functions as well as for the building. On its tenth anniversary in 2013 it was still the largest joint university-municipal library in the United States.The Library building can accommodate over 2000 visitors.Event Center Arena
The Event Center Arena, also known as the Event Center at SJSU, is a complex consisting of an indoor arena and a fitness club on the main campus of San Jose State University in downtown San Jose, California. The Event Center was built in 1989 for the purpose of supporting and providing entertainment as well as recreational opportunities for the student body and university community. The facility is home to the San Jose State Spartans men's and women's basketball teams, which both compete in the Mountain West Conference.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Event Center at SJSU is the premier mid-sized venue in Northern California. The Event Center was designed to accommodate many different events, including musical concerts, sporting events, conferences and corporate parties. The facility has played host to numerous national entertainment acts such as Eric Clapton, George Lopez, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Clarkson, Conan O'Brien, Korn, and Pearl Jam. It also hosts the fall and spring convocation ceremonies for both the College of Engineering and the College of Business at San José State University. It also played host to NXT on the Friday before Wrestlemania 31.
Annually, the Event Center hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition Silicon Valley Regional. The San Jose State University Career Center also uses the arena to host its fall and spring career fairs, which generally feature hundreds of potential employers for students of San José State University.
The Event Center also has a fully equipped gym including basketball and racquetball courts and a weight room for students.Gordon Moore
Gordon Earle Moore (born January 3, 1929) is an American businessman, engineer, and the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corporation. He is also the author of Moore's law. As of April 2019, Moore's net worth is reported to be $10.4 billion.Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies serves as a museum, research center, and host of lectures and performances devoted solely to the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven. It is the only institution of its kind in North America and holds the largest collection of Beethoven works and memorabilia outside Europe. The center is operated by San Jose State University and the American Beethoven Society. It is located on the fifth floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, which is located on the San Jose State campus in downtown San Jose, California.Jim Hughes (Canadian football)
Jim Hughes (born December 11, 1933) is a former Canadian football player who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He won the Grey Cup with them in 1957. He played college football at San Jose State University and was selected in the 1956 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns.John Steinbeck Short Story Award
The John Steinbeck Short Story Award is an annual short story competition by Reed Magazine of San José State University. There is an open call for submissions for judging. The winning entrant receives $2,000 and publication of the submitted story in the magazine.KSJS
KSJS (90.5 MHz) is a college radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of San Jose State University in San Jose, California, United States. The brainchild of Professor Clarence Flick, it went on the air on February 11, 1963, with only 85 watts of power. The studio is located in Hugh Gillis Hall, easily accessible to RTVF majors. Originally, its transmitting antenna was installed atop the Walquist Library Building on campus, but broadcasting range was adversely affected due to the nearby Bank of America Building's superior height. Today, however, its transmitter atop Coyote Peak broadcasts 1,500 watts, allowing the station to be heard by the entire Santa Clara Valley and much of the San Francisco Peninsula. Currently, the station features five musical formats: urban, electronic, alternative rock, rock en Español, and jazz.
KSJS carried regular news programs produced by San Jose State's Radio-Television News Center, which had been started by Professor Gordon Greb in 1957. The programs in the 1960s included a world and national news program, broadcast shortly after the daily sign-on, and "Spectrum," a college news program with emphasis on San Jose State news.
From the 1970s through the early 1980s, KSJS was heavily-formatted, with students learning to "talk up" records, play public service announcements at appropriate times and even "backtime" songs to a top-of-the-hour newscast. In recent years, the station has taken on more of a free-form approach. KSJS has been named "Station of the Year" twice by the National Association of College Broadcasters.Notable alumni include longtime oldies DJ Dennis Terry, Kim Vestal, a longtime San Jose radio star, currently on KRTY; Craig Bowers, production director at KGO in San Francisco; Steve Scott, drivetime news anchor at WCBS-AM in New York City; Mark Nieto news and traffic anchor at KMVQ-FM in San Francisco; Lynn Gold, weekend news anchor at KLIV; and Tony Kovaleski, an investigative TV reporter at KMGH-TV in Denver.
KSJS also carries all San Jose State Spartans home football games and all men's basketball games, as well as select women's basketball and baseball games. They also now carry Women's volleyball games as well as SJSU Hockey.Kurtwood Smith
Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film actor. He is known for playing Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop (1987) and Red Forman in That '70s Show, as well as for his many appearances in science fiction films and television programs (Star Trek, The X-Files). He also starred in the seventh season of 24.Mahmoud Vaezi
Mahmoud Vaezi (Persian: محمود واعظی, born 22 May 1952) is an Iranian engineer, politician, former diplomat and current Chief of Staff of the President of Iran. He was formerly Minister of Communication from 2013 until 2017.
He obtained B.S. and M.S. in degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sacramento State University and San Jose State University and was PhD student in Telecommunications engineering at Louisiana State University which he left unfinished. He holds M.A. and Ph.D in International Relations from Tehran and Warsaw Universities respectively.
He is Center for Strategic Research Deputy of Foreign Policy and International Relations. He was Managing Director and Chairman of Board of Directors of Telecommunication Company of Iran and also the First Deputy Minister of Post and Telecommunication from 1980 to 1987. From 1990 to 1997, he was Political Deputy of Foreign Minister in Europe and American Countries Affairs. He was deputy foreign minister of Iran in Europe and American Countries Affairs before and an adviser to Hassan Rouhani in his 2013 presidential campaign and was considered a potential foreign minister in his first government but he was nominated for the communication ministry. He was announced on 26 July 2017 that he will not continued as communication minister in Rouhani's second cabinet. On 20 August 2017, he was named as Chief of Staff of the President of Iran.
During his tenure at foreign ministry he played role in signing Tehran Communiqué about Karabakh dispute.Mike Buncic
Michael ("Mike") Buncic is a two time US Olympian and former NCAA record holder in the men's discus throw. Born to Yugoslavian parents he represented the US in international competition. He participated at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics. In addition he competed in three World Track and Field Championships representing the United States, 1991 Tokyo, Japan, 1993 Stuttgart, Germany, and 1995 Goteborg, Sweden. He is a four time Olympic and World Championship finalist in the Men's Discus Throw
Buncic had the world's longest Discus Throw for the 1991 season on April 4, 1991 of 227'7" at Fresno, California. He was the US National Champion in 1995. This US championship followed having previously finished as runner-up a total of six times. He retired from competition in 1996.
Buncic competed for the University of Kentucky where he was a multiple SEC Champion , record holder, and All-American in the shot put and discus throw. He represented the US in the World University Games twice; 1985, Kobe, Japan; 1987, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
He was the US National Junior Champion in the Discus Throw in 1981
He holds a Masters of Science degree in Molecular Biology from San Jose State University.
Buncic is now a human physiology teacher at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, California.Omid Kordestani
Omid R. Kordestani (Persian: امید کردستانی, born 1963) is an Iranian-American businessman who has been the Executive Chairman at Twitter since October 2015. He was previously a Senior Vice President, the Chief Business Officer, and a special advisor to the CEO and founders at Google during July 2014 to October 2015 and was a director of Vodafone from March 2013 to October 2014. Kordestani had also previously been at Google from May 1999 to April 2009, reaching the position of Senior Vice President for Worldwide Sales and Field Operations.San Jose State Spartans men's basketball
The San Jose State Spartans men's basketball team represents San José State University in NCAA Division I college basketball as a member of the Mountain West Conference.Sigma Delta Alpha
Sigma Delta Alpha (ΣΔΑ) is a Greek-lettered Latino-based fraternity established in fall 1991 at San José State University.
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