San Jose State University Admissions 2023: Requirements, Programs, Tuition Fees ,,USA

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Shilpa Saxena

San Jose State University, commonly known as San Jose State or SJSU, is the oldest public university on the West Coast of California. As the founding campus of California State University (CSU) system, it is considered as one of the 23 campuses of CSU.

SJSU Highlights

Acknowledging the impact of research works conducted by SJSU’s scholars and faculty members, the university has made research a top priority. Its faculty is known to combine research with its vast industrial and practical experience that helps its students to incubate an analytical and entrepreneurial mindset.

Home to approximately 36,000 students and 4,300 employees, SJSU offers quality education in its dynamic campus community. Its international network connects current students with fresh graduates and over 270,000 global alumni.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

SJSU offers more than 140 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs in 250 areas of study. International students may choose their program and specialization through the following faculties:

SJSU Courses


Thousands of scholars, scientists, and professors collaborate in the university to research on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Wildfire Weather
  • Mexican Philosophy
  • Ultra-Compact Dwarf Galaxies
  • Water Delivery Devices
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Silicon Valley Culture

SJSU offers major research programs through:

  • Mineta Transportation Institute
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
  • Human Factors Research at NASA

SJSU Research Highlights

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

The minimum program-wise eligibility criteria that international applicants need to meet before applying to SJSU are given below:

Undergraduate Level Eligibility Requirements

Basic Education (a combination of):

  • Grade 12 in relevant discipline from a recognized board of education
  • GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 as per the US grading scale or an average of ‘B’ grade
  • Completion of three-year College Preparatory Mathematics with ‘C’ grade or higher

English Proficiency (either of):

Accepted Exam

Internet-Based Score

Paper-Based Score

IELTS Academic

At least 6.0 bands


TOEFL for Engineering courses

Minimum 80

Minimum 550

TOEFL for all other courses

Minimum 61

Minimum 500

PTE Academic

44 or higher


Duolingo English Test (DET)

At least 95


Standardized Exams:

  • SAT: Accepted (not mandatory)
  • ACT: Accepted (not mandatory)

Graduate Level Eligibility Requirements

Basic Education (a combination of):

  • Four-year full-time bachelor degree in relevant discipline from a recognized and accredited/approved institution
  • CGPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 as per the US grading scale or at least a GPA of 2.5 GPA in the last two years of a full-time degree
  • Overall good academic standing

English Proficiency (either of):

Accepted Exam

Internet-Based Score

Paper-Based Score

Computer-Based Score

IELTS Academic

At least 6.5 bands

At least 6.5 bands



Minimum 80

Minimum 550

Minimum 213

PTE Academic

53 or higher



Duolingo English Test (DET)

At least 120



Standardized Exams (either of):

  • GMAT: Required in a few courses (no standard minimum score mentioned)
  • GRE: Required in most of the courses (no standard minimum score mentioned)

Please note that these are the minimum requirements to apply to certain programs offered by the university. These requirements vary with every course and specialization. Some programs may have higher selection criteria. Merely meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance in any of the programs.

It is recommended to learn about detailed and specific entry requirements by visiting the exact page of the intended course on the official website.

What documents are needed for the application?

International students need to prove their eligibility for applying to different undergraduate and graduate programs offered by SJSU with the help of the following set of documents:

  • Academic transcripts (original and English-translated)
  • English proficiency test score
  • Standardized exam scores (wherever applicable)
  • Proof of financial capability:
    • Bank statement of the sponsor
    • Declaration of finance form
  • Scanned copy of the biographical page of a valid passport

Note: These are general requirements for applying to SJSU and may vary with different courses. It is recommended to check the exact requirements from the course page on the official website of the university.

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

The fee for international students required during application at SJSU is as follows:

Course Type

Application Fee* (in USD)

Bachelor degrees


Master degrees


Source: San Jose State University

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?

The annual tuition fee chargeable to international students at SJSU is as follows:

Course Type

Tuition Fee (in USD)

Bachelor degrees


Master degrees


Source: San Jose State University

Note: An additional cost of USD 396 per unit is chargeable to international students.

Mandatory Annual Campus Fee Explained

The campus fee chargeable at SJSU is explained below:

Type of Fees

Cost (in USD)

Student association fee


Student union fee


Student success fee


Instructionally related activities fee


Course support fee


Document fee


Health center facility fee


Health center operations fee




Source: San Jose State University

A Voluntary Student Involvement and Representation Fee of USD 2 per term has not been included in the fee above.

Tuition Fee Explained

The cost per unit at SJSU can be understood as follows:

Credential Fee

Cost (in USD)

1.0 to 6.0 units


6.1 or more units



1.0 to 6.0 units


6.1 or more units


Graduate/Post Baccalaureate

1.0 to 6.0 units


6.1 or more units


Source: San Jose State University

Note: Discussed above is a tentative fee. Tuition fees and related costs vary depending on the course and progressive years. It is recommended to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

SJSU’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office (FASO) looks after the availability of the scholarship for all its national and international students.

International students are not eligible to avail of merit or need-based scholarships or financial aids offered by the university. However, students are recommended to check with their respective departments for any program-based awards or bursaries granted to students in general.

They may also check their eligibility to apply for fellowships and student assistant jobs are offered by external organizations and agencies. These include churches and fraternal organizations.

Students may search for relevant scholarships through the following search engines of the university:

  • IEFA: Resource for financial aid, scholarship, and grant information
  • FastWeb: Scholarship search engine

For more information, international students may directly visit SJSU FASO.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

The university follows a semester-based calendar, where admission is offered through the following intakes:

Refer to the tentative deadlines given below:

Undergraduate Admission Cycle

International undergraduate aspirants may apply in either Fall or Spring Intake. Summer intake is not open to undergraduates.


Deadline for Action Requirement

Spring Intake

Early August to September-end

Application period and deadline

Early November

ACT/SAT official scores (If available)

Early November

Documents deadline

Early December

Intent to enroll deadline/enrollment deposit

Fall Intake

Early October to Early April

Application period

Early April

Application deadline

Early May

Housing application priority deadline and payment deadline for the initial deposit

Early May

Complete intent to enroll process/register for mandatory orientation/enrollment deposit

Late June

International document deadline

End of Spring

Complete admission requirements


Final transcripts

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Graduate Admission Cycle

International undergraduate aspirants may apply in either Fall, Summer, or Spring Intake.

Admission Intake

Window Opens

Spring Intake

Early August

Summer Intake

Early November

Fall Intake

Early October

Note: While the application window to apply to any graduate program at SJSU remains fixed, the closing of the window strictly depends upon course specialization. Some courses allow a six-month application window while some allow only three months to apply. Therefore, it is recommended to visit the intended course page to check the exact closing date.

What are the steps to the application process?

As SJSU is the founding campus of Cal State University, it accepts all applications from the California State University’s application portal. Applicants need to visit Cal State’s official website to begin the application process and then return to SJSU’s website to complete the application using the same credentials.

International students may follow the program-based step-by-step approach given below:

Undergraduate Applicants

Step 1: Meet the academic requirements of international freshman as discussed earlier.

Step 2: Choose a major carefully.

Step 3: Apply to SJSU at Cal State Apply via

Step 4: Look for an email with SJSU ID.

Step 5: Create a password for the SJSUOne/MySJSU account.

Step 6: Sign in to the MySJSU student account on the Spartan Apps Portal.

Step 7: Check the MySJSU account weekly.

Step 8: Submit standardized exam scores (if any).

Step 9: Submit a high school diploma or equivalent.

Step 10: Complete the academic requirements as required by the international freshman application.

Next, wait for the results.

Graduate Applicants

Step 1: Confirm the international graduate requirements.

Step 2: Meet the deadlines.

Step 3: Apply onlinethrough Cal State Apply on

Step 4: Submit the required international evaluation to SJSU.

Step 5: Submit university transcripts.

Step 6: Demonstrate English proficiency.

Step 7: Submit test scores.

Step 8: Submit the declaration of finance form.

Step 9: Submit the bank letter or bank statement.

Step 10: Submit a copy of the current passport.

Step 11: Submit a copy of the current visa (if applicable).

Next, wait for the results.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

The admission decisions are announced by the university either through email or the online portal, it is recommended to stay active on emails and the university website. International students may expect the decisions within the time frame given below:

Program Type

Admission Communication

Undergraduate courses

4-8 weeks

Graduate courses

5-7 weeks

International students are given ample time to meet the conditions on their offer letters and prepare for finances as well as visa application.

Note: It is advisable to stay updated on the latest information and important updates regarding international admissions to meet the requirements on time.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students?

With an acceptance rate of 63.6%, SJSU accepted 9,452 first-year and transfer students in Fall 2020.

SJSU Students Enrolled in Fall 2020

Given below are the data on students accepted at SJSU in the Fall of 2020:







International students


Source: San Jose State University

These international students were enrolled in different undergraduate and graduate programs at SJSU. Acceptance towards international students at SJSU is purely based on their candidature and not nationalities.

How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?

In Fall 2020, a total of 35,828 students were accepted in various graduate and undergraduate programs, out of which 2,497 were international.

Students by Residence

Refer to the following statistics on the residence of the total SJSU student body:

SJSU Students by Residence

Source: San Jose State University

The graph represents the segregation of all SJSU students accepted from within the USA and overseas.

Students by Ethnicity

Given below is the segregation of ethnicity of the total SJSU student body:

SJSU Students by Ethnicities

Source: San Jose State University

The chart shows the highest share of Asians which is 34.4% and the lowest share of American Indians/Alaskan natives that is 0.01%.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

International students on F1 Visa enrolled in any full-time program at SJSU are allowed to work part-time as student assistants while studying. The jobs allowed to interested students are on-campus employment given that they maintain their status with the university by enrolling into full-time programs every semester. They also need to maintain good academic standing.

Working Hours

Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week while a semester is on in a US university. However, working hours can exceed during the semester break. The university may take strict action against any student exceeding working hours and breaking the rules and regulations of the country.

Please note that eligible students do not require work authorization from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). For more information, visit Employment Opportunities for International Students in the USA.

Note: All international students must abide by the USA working laws and understand the requirements and clause of working abroad on their study visa.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

The university has only one campus sprawling across 154 acres covering roughly 19 blocks of Washington Square in San Jose, California.

New Campus Spaces

  • Science Park
  • Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center
  • Diaz Compean Student Union
  • Student Wellness Center
  • Campus Village
  • Athletics/South Campus

The new spaces have been created on the campus to help its national and international students with the resources and service required for better education and easy living.

Student Communities

  • Fraternities and Sororities
  • African-American/Black Student Success Center
  • Cesar Chavez Community Action Center
  • Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center
  • Center for Community Learning and Leadership (CCLL)
  • Gender Equity Center
  • Military and Veteran Student Resource Center
  • MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center
  • PRIDE Center
  • UndocuSpartan Student Resource Center

Apart from these, over 450 student organizations and Division I athletics allow international students to blend in the multicultural environment. Students may enjoy sports or be a part of other activities and pursue their hobbies.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

The university offers on-campus housing facilities to students with international housing.

Housing Options

  • The Bricks-Classics
  • Joe West-Classics
  • Campus Village Building A-Undergraduate Students
  • Campus Village Building A-Graduate Students
  • Campus Village Building A-Faculty and Staff
  • Campus Village Building B-The Apartments
  • Campus Village Building C-Suites
  • Campus Village Building 2

The co-ed residence is available to 70 US and international students.

SJSU Details of On-Campus Residence



Basic utilities

Gas, electricity, water, garbage, internet access, basic cable television package (included in rent)


Within 5 minutes of walking distance from the main campus building

Nearby facilities

Grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, etc.

Annual starting rent

USD 7,379

SJSU Meal Plan

The university has specified meal plans for students as follows:

Division/No. of Swipe

Cost* (in USD)

Upper Division (CVA, CVB)

90 swipes per semester


145 swipes per semester


Lower Division (CVC, CV2, The Classics)

15 swipes per week


21 swipes per week


Source: San Jose State University

Off-Campus Accommodation

The university also assists students in finding off-campus accommodation online through various portals. Some of these are:

  • City of San Jose Housing Assistance
  • Santa Clara County Housing Assistance
  • 27 North
  • 101 Apartments
  • Area Vibes
  • Avalon Communities
  • Foundry Commons
  • June Homes
  • Room 8, and many more

Students may find the list of these portals on the official website.

Details of Off-Campus Residence

Residence type

  • Studio apartments
  • 3-bedroom apartments
  • 4-bedroom apartments
  • Shared apartments



Basic utilities

Electricity, water, gas, unlimited internet access (included in rent)


Within walking distance from

Nearby facilities

Grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, etc.

Monthly rent*

USD 700-900

*Cost is subject to change with progressive years. We recommend students to check the latest cost on the university website.

Note: Students must run a security check on any off-campus accommodation they choose. Also, they must prepare for the additional charges and facilities offered in off-campus housing. For accommodations offered on a contractual basis, it is recommended to do a thorough check before investing a huge amount in an unknown place.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

International students may reach the office at:

Address: Student Services Center (SSC), One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192, USA


Telephone: +1 (408) 283 7500


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