San Jose State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (28)
The science department, specifically the chemistry department, at San Jose State is very much underrated. The faculty is exceptional and has a good list of publications. In the biochemistry side of the department, there are many young teachers with fresh approaches to the classroom. The labs are reasonably sized, so each student gets a good amount of hands-on time and practical experience.
To me, SJSU is a friendly campus with its diverse community, amiable staff and eloquent lecturers. Student activities are outstanding in terms of multicultural events and different organizations. The online system for grade is not too effective for checking.
The degree that I am in is fine but I have a problem with the overall school. San Jose State is starting to become a school that is caring less and less about students and more about money. This year SJSU admitted a record number of students at the school. They mask this as an act of generosity towards including all students but this is a lie. They only admitted more students for more tuition money and more out of state students to get more out of state tuition, which is much more expensive. This is evident because they admitted more students but are not accommodating those students. The number of classes and in campus housing is still the same and the money, of course, is going towards construction towards useless buildings and recreational centers. Students have been needing more classes available for their major yet the number of classes is still not enough and every major is now impacted. My girlfriend is currently and has been trying to get into the nursing major. The advising at SJSU told her straight that she will not get into the major. She then decided to major in another field like Health Science. The advising staff told her to basically major in business or don't go to this school. The school does not care anymore about the students' needs but now cares about how to get more money and spend nothing at all on what we need.
I wasted 4 years here studying my undergraduate degree. It's an awful school, especially now that the tuition and other rates have skyrocketed for current/future students. Luckily, I also studied at 3 WONDERFUL universities in other countries. I am currently doing my postgraduate degree in England, and couldn't be more delighted with the university, program, etc. It's not that I'm picky; SJSU simply SUCKS! PROS of SJSU: 1. It sounds nice saying you study/studied in the "Silicon Valley" 2. They have some nice sounding degrees 3. Many people find jobs in the Silicon Valley at places like Google and Apple upon graduating 4. There are a few gems of professors among the rubble CONS of SJSU: 1. Terrible, dated infrastructure. Many buildings lack AC, even the newer buildings feel cheap and like they can crumble to the ground. Very little seating to study or work. Desks and chairs are cheap, often made of plastic or 30 years old and falling apart. Many students sit on the ground of halls with their bags and study supplies on the floor as people pass by. They still use old-time projectors in many classrooms, and even the newer classrooms are incredibly behind-the-times. 2. Dangerous location. You will receive constant alerts of gun violence, rape, attempted murder, burglary etc. Most people I know experienced at least one act of violence/attempted violence against them during their studies here. I am included in that statistic, as are all of my ex-roommates. It's not a safe place to live. 3. Dated teaching. Everything is from 20+ years ago. Don't expect to learn anything of value in the modern world. 4. Shared public library. The school does not have its own library, meaning you share it with crazy people screaming at each other and homeless watching porn on the public computers. There also tend to be children running around. 5. Crummy downtown. The surrounding downtown area (where the school is located) is filled with drug fronts, boarded up buildings, and more crazy homeless people. If you are a young female, it's not a safe place to go alone. Even during the daytime hours, expect to be stalked and harassed. 6. Low ranking. SJSU has ZERO world ranking. Unless you plan to spend the rest of your life in the bay area, look elsewhere. Believe me, this university will NEVER go up in ranking. Yes, it really is just that awful. 7. Poor public transit and lack of parking. Public transit is grimy, not enough parking spots so you need to arrive 1-2 hours early for classes. 8. Commuter school. Most people commute, go to class, then go straight home. Don't expect a grand social experience. 9. Poorly run. I think this is the worst thing about SJSU. Despite all the other cons, having your information lost, incorrectly entered into their system, and having to literally chase down workers to help you SUCKS. Expect to spend weeks or possibly months attempting to get someone to help you fix an issue they made. I've had issues where I would see different department heads everyday for weeks in order to resolve issues (that they made). It took me 6 months of daily contact to even receive my diploma after I graduated (and they even made a mistake on that, and had to send another). I've seen entire departments quit, professors have nervous breakdowns etc., so it makes sense that it takes forever to get anything fixed. 10. Lazy classmates. If you want to learn, prosper, and focus on academia, don't study here. At graduation, there was a guy who was obviously high on drugs, screaming, stripped naked, and none of the security did a thing about it. The graduation speaker was a secretary complaining about her childhood. We also didn't get to walk and pick up our diplomas. We just stood there and then left. Need I say more? 11. It's expensive for what you receive. They don't offer much to students, and really couldn't care to either. Alternative recommendations nearby: Stanford and UCDavis. Alternative recommendation for those interested: Leave the country. The university I am studying at right now is INCREDIBLE. They care about the students, it's safe, everything is new and modern, excellent public transit and parking if you are inclined to drive, wonderful housing, tasty and affordable food, and the price is much more affordable than studying at SJSU or most U.S. institutions. The other two institutions I studied at in other countries were equally as impressive. Most U.S. higher education institutions will charge students (usually poor) more money to live on campus or eat on campus than if they lived off campus and ate at home (illogical and cruel). This isn't normal in most countries, where housing is more affordable on campus, food is more affordable on campus (logical and kind). Not only is it more affordable all-around, housing tends to be better. It's not normal for 3 or 4 people to be crammed in a room the size of a closet. My 1st dormitory abroad had a built in bathroom with toilet/sink/bathtub and a private balcony. My 2nd dormitory abroad was 3 times the size of SJSU rooms, incredibly modern, and 1 year rent cost the same as 1 month at SJSU (in the bricks). My current dormitory is 3 times the size of SJSU rooms as well, with huge built in closets/shelving, a private sink, and gorgeous view. It's 1/2 the price of the bricks. If you are curious, at SJSU I also stayed in 2 of the other dormitory buildings, although I don't recall the names offhand (the "fancy" one and the middle-grade one). TL;DR: SJSU is a terrible, terrible place to study. Avoid at all costs!
Campus is ideal location wise, the staff are very professional, and the campus is large. Diversity is scarce but there are tons of activities and groups prompting a diverse campus. They offer many assistance programs and resources for freshmen, like book loaning programs.
Of Course, San Jose State University needs some work but what educational institute perfect. every school or department needs to grow with the times and create changes that will help students. When it comes to the anthropology department i have nothing but love and admiration for our faculty they were the perfect mixer of helpful and demanding to prepare us for the next chapters of our life, and to create and shape us into the anthropologist we one day will be.
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.