San Jose State
University, San Jose California
San Jose, CA--San
Jose State University with its state-of-the-art Martin Luther King, Jr.
Library. San Jose State is the oldest institute of higher education on
the West Coast, founded in 1857. Originally it was a normal school for
teachers in the western frontier of the United States. It was also the
first school established in what would later become the California State
University System. The San Jose campus eventually spawned 22 other
campuses to establish the massive System as the largest university
system in the country.
San José State's 154-acre main
campus occupies a rectangle in downtown San Jose, California, bordered
by San Fernando Street to the north, S. Fourth Street to the west, San
Salvador Street to the south and S. Tenth Street to the east. The four
oldest buildings, remnants of the original 19th Century campus, are
Tower Hall, Morris Dailey Auditorium, Washington Square Hall and Dwight
Bentel Hall. The current campus contains more than 50 major buildings
(23 academic buildings, 7 residence halls) on 19 city blocks. The main
entrance is at Fourth and San Carlos streets.
The 62-acre South Campus, approximately 1.5 miles south of the main SJSU
campus, is the site of Spartan Stadium, other athletic fields, Spartan
Village student housing and overflow parking.
San Jose State University boasts a year-round, Olympic-sized swimming
pool that is Northern California's largest. The Event Center has
basketball and racquetball courts, a small weight room and a climbing
wall and hosts rock concerts and other events. The Student Union
features a bowling alley, a cafeteria, bookstore and game room.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
New eight-story city/university library at the corner of Fourth and San
Fernando Streets is first in the nation to be funded, managed and
operated by a city and a major university. The $177.5 million
cooperative project between the city of San José and San Jose State
University opened in August 2003.
San Jose State University is located in San Jose, California and is part
of the 23 campus California State University system. San Jose State
University was founded in 1857, became a state college in 1935, and
received university status in 1972. The University now awards bachelor’s
and master’s degrees. It is accredited by the Western Association of
Schools and Colleges.
San Jose State University defines its mission as “to enrich the lives of
its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the
necessary skills for applying it to the service of our society, and to
expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.”
San Jose State University Academics
SJSU is home to eight colleges that collectively offer 69 bachelor’s
degrees in 81 different concentrations. Some of the more stand-out
majors include Aviation, Transportation Management, Child and Adolescent
Development, Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Hospitality
Management, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Criminal Justice
Administration, Linguistics, Nutritional Science, Occupational Therapy,
The University is composed of a number of different schools and
colleges: the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, the College of
Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the
College of Humanities and the Arts, the College of Science, the College
of Social Sciences, and the College of Social Work. There is also a
School of Library and Information Science and the Office of
International and Extended Services (Continuing Education).
Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines,
including African-American studies, art and design, aviation, the
sciences and humanities, engineering, economics, education,
environmental studies, industrial and systems engineering, meteorology,
nursing, recreation and leisure studies, social sciences, and theatre
arts. Minors are also available in a number of programs.
Master’s degrees are awarded in 65 fields, including nursing, public
health, business administration (MBA), counselor education, elementary
education, engineering, art, English, creative writing, chemistry,
marine sciences, economics, history, social work, and interdisciplinary
studies. A Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) is also
awarded. A certificate is available in gerontology. There are no
San José State University, commonly shortened to San Jose State and SJSU,
is the founding campus of what became the California State University
system. The urban campus has an enrollment of about 30,000 students, and
claims to have more graduates working in Silicon Valley than any other
college or university.
San Jose State was founded as the California State Normal School by the
California Legislature on May 2, 1862, and is the oldest public
university in the State of California. The California State Normal
School was itself derived from the City of San Francisco's Minn's
Evening Normal School, which existed in that city from 1857 until 1862.
Thus, the school now called "San Jose State" is even older than the
University of California, Berkeley (the "Organic Act," which established
the University of California, was signed into law on March 23, 1868).