San Jose State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (22)
Congratulations! You have worked hard your entire life and now you have the ability to select a school to further your education, your social abilities, and your overall happiness. As a current graduate student (of a school that shall not be named), may I suggest a school that gave me the opportunities and skills to advance further in my career. This school is located in the 10th largest city in America, located near some of the top companies in the world (Apple, Google, Windows, etc), offers a wide range of programs from the humanities all the way to STEM, is nestled downtown with an endless supply of restaurants and bars, as well as provides you with the chance to meet students from all over the planet. What is this magical place you may be asking yourself. Well, it's San Jose State University, and I couldn't recommend it enough. Brandishing the gold and blue, with your spartan fingers high in the air, you will love every moment at SJSU. I met some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing at this school. Living downtown in a major US city was an experience that you need to experience for yourself. If the city isn't really your thing, a quick drive south will lead you to Santa Cruz. If you love travelling, a 45 min drive in any location will land you in a special part of California; the Bay Area. I hope you consider SJSU when looking at schools. It's the best decision I have ever made.
This school is an amazing place but you have to get involved. The courses aren't especially difficult, however if you just go to class and back to your room you will not get the most of the experience. San Jose State will not reach out to you, so you will have to reach out to it and only that way will you have the network needed to excel in the silicon valley. Join clubs, greek life and work on campus; if you don't you'll end your college career with just a piece of paper.
SJSU is a university where, like most universities, you need to seek out opportunities (although many will be presented to your face). The professors there are highly qualified, but don't like your "student goggles" - aka the impact your stresses have on your perception on your professors - keep you from making the most of your relationships. These professors are great for getting career advice and more. I also recommend taking classes outside of your major whenever you can, it really helps expose you to the diversity of the world, in terms of education and people.
Communication studies was a great major for me and earning it in such a diverse and influential area helped jump start my career. San Jose State University Communication Studies department has great resources for students such as a writing center with peer advisors that I took full advantage of as well as participated in as an advisor. Each of my professors challenged their students to use effective communication in different situations and fields. Perhaps the most valuable lessons came from being exposed to the different career opportunities. There are a multitude of classes available in the department and each of them can help hone student's own interests. There are classes focused on education, marketing, business, journalism and performing arts just to name a few. Advisors will help you select the best communication studies courses to advance you in your career. Another plus is being at the center of Silicon Valley. There are so many job opportunities and it's not just for computer engineers. I enjoyed earning my degree at San Jose State and would recommend it to any communications studies majors looking to move to the Bay Area.
The San Jose State University Kinesiology program, also known as exercise science program, has prepared me for physical therapy school. They picked the correct prerequisite classes that I needed to apply to physical therapy school and helped me succeed. The only problem with this school is that it is hard to get all the classes that you need because there are so many people at this great school. Therefore, I suggest learning how to plan and choose the right classes and know what you need to do to reach your goal.
Excellent, excellent statistics professors. Virtually every instructor in the physics department is terrible. A lot of great workshops and resources available to students - Mosaic Cross-cultural center, Student Wellness Center (free activities, cooking classes, condoms, study space, baked goods), and opportunities to be involved with the community. Class sizes are great, except for the obvious basic classes like Bio 1A, Chem 1A, etc. I've never had a problem if I want to see professors in office hours. However, the school must have too much money for athletics and facilities development because I was a former athlete on their D1 team....was treated like a king and got so much unnecessary stuff/privileges....when I quit and became a "normal" (but just as hardworking and no less "special") student, I realized how those resources could be so much better spent on supporting the WHOLE campus community, not just a select few individuals. And we've had a lot of construction....in the next few years we're expecting a lounge pool...?! Sounds fancy but I'd much prefer lower student fees and tuition. Then again, I know extravagant spending on athletics, facilities, and administration is a problem at pretty much every school.
San Jos State University is a wonderful school that is rich with diversity. I chose SJSU because I knew that it would be a place where I could meet so many new people, all with different stories. Not only are the students diverse, but the professors as well. Each professor that I was lucky enough to learn from has a uniquely individual teaching style that enriches the learning experience for their students. The downside of this school is campus safety. It is located in downtown San Jos, and because it is an open campus with a public library, there is a higher crime rate. If you can get past that, the campus itself is beautiful and the professors are great!
Why I Want to be a Teacher My love for learning is something that fuels my interest for teaching. Growing up, I struggled in school not only with mathematics but also with writing. Coming from a large family of seven, my mother had little time to help my siblings and me with homework, and because of this, I looked to teachers for support. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Carroll, inspired me to want to do well in school. Her teaching style would highlight differentiated learning styles, making difficult concepts attainable. Her passion for teaching and warm spirit showed through not only in her teaching of curriculum but also in her classroom set up. One area of her classroom was devoted to reading and pig themed and called Hog Heaven. It was a sanctuary where reading was encouraged. There were props, such as pig snouts, so students could delve into stories. This helped students, like me, experiment and feel engaged in reading. Every day after school, I would go home and teach my younger sister what I had learned that day, whether it was poems, math or science. From the beginning of the year to the end of the year, my confidence grew, and I found a love for learning. Teachers, like Mrs. Carroll, have the unique platform to help students who are struggling with subjects, whether that is because they do not have support at home, or because they need extra guidance. Therefore, teachers are able to bridge the gap between home-life and school-life, allowing students needs to be met and content to be learned. This support and extra guidance from Mrs. Carroll, is what allowed me to gain confidence in my own learning. It is my mission, as a teacher, to teach each lesson in a way that meets the needs of all learners. Looking back on my education and all of the teachers whom I have had, Mrs. Carroll was definitely a teacher who has been a role model for me, and the reason that I want to pursue teaching as a career. Throughout my educational endeavors as a student at San Jos State University, I have had the pleasure to observe and volunteer in elementary and high school classrooms as well as work at a preschool as a teachers assistant. With this experience, I learned that teachers have to be flexible, patient and passionate towards their craft. Moreover, to be an effective teacher, one must strive to meet the needs of all students. I want to make learning fun for my students, as Mrs. Carroll did for me. As a teacher I will be a role model to my students. My teaching will encourage collaboration and encourage students to become independent thinkers who continue to learn through exploration. Currently in education, funding for art is near to none. With my education as a Creative Arts major, I plan to integrate arts into the curriculum when teaching subjects like math, science, and history. This will engage students of all learning styles in learning and highlight their strengths. My mission as a teacher is to foster students in lifelong learning, so they are, flexible, curious about the world around them, and find a love for learning, like I did at a young age in Mrs. Carrolls classroom. I will motivate my students to do their best work and always set goals and work hard to achieve them. Becoming a teacher is a dream that I have worked towards since I was a child. I have continued to set goals and give each class one hundred percent. This love for learning and drive is what has carried me through my educational voyage, allowing me to obtain honors and be the best that I can be. With my education, drive, and love for learning, I plan to accomplish my dream of becoming an elementary school teacher by entering into the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program.
Worst college. Totally money minded people. Very few knowledgeable professors. Less value for money
San Jose State University offered an amazing staff and a diverse student body. The Masters program focused on real world learning as opposed to others which concentrate on book learning. This meant that there was far more opportunity to learn, gain experience, and gain in-roads with future employers. On the opposite side the program was relativity easy if you wanted it to be, the assignments themselves where fairly simple, and hard to fail. San Jose State's Urban Planning program gave amazing opportunities and you get twice as much as you put in BUT if you need to be pushed to be your best this may not be the best school for you.