San José State University (commonly referred to as San Jose State or SJSU) is a comprehensive public university located in San Jose, California, United States. It is the founding school of the 23 campus California State University (CSU) system, and holds the distinction of being the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast of the United States.
Located in downtown San Jose, the SJSU main campus is situated on 154 acres (62 ha), or roughly 19 square blocks. SJSU offers 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations and five credential programs with 19 concentrations. The university also offers three joint doctoral degree programs and one independent doctoral program as of 2014. SJSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
SJSU's total enrollment was 32,697 in fall 2014, including over 6,000 graduate students and other post-baccalaureate students. As of fall 2014, 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. The school has 2,007 faculty, of which 600 (or 30 percent) are on the tenure track.
As of fall 2014, the top five most popular undergraduate majors at SJSU were (in descending order of popularity): psychology, accounting, marketing, business management and biological sciences. As of fall 2014, the top five most popular graduate programs were (in descending order of popularity): software engineering, electrical engineering, library and information sciences, social work and occupational therapy.
More San José State University alumni are hired by Silicon Valley firms than any other college or university, and philanthropic support of SJSU is among the highest in the CSU system. SJSU sports teams are known as the Spartans, and compete in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in NCAA Division I.
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