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College Portrait - Fall 2007

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San José, California • (408) 924-1000

San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest state university in California. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision - a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning, and research. SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning, with a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service, and the arts.

Student Characteristics (Fall 2007)


Total number of students: 31,906
Student level and enrollment status

Graph of Student Level and Enrollment





Women 12,519 51%
Men 11,871 49%


African American / Black 1,352 6%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 117 0%
Asian / Pacific Islander 8,601 35%
Hispanic 4,204 17%
International 954 4%
White 6,374 26%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 2,788 11%

Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)

Average Age