San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in downtown San José – the heart of Silicon Valley, the world’s high tech capital. Established in 1857, SJSU is the oldest state university in the Western US and the founding campus in the California State University system. 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. It has consistently been ranked as one of the West’s top public universities offering 134 undergraduate and graduate degrees with 110 concentrations. 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.
San José State University is located in San José, California. San José is 45 miles south of San Francisco, is the 3rd largest city in California, and the 10th largest city in the United States. It is also the 7th safest. San José has the highest median household income in the country, and is the center of Silicon Valley. The city is home to the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world, with more than 7,000 technology firms. San José also has great weather, with 300+ days of sunshine, and an average year-round temperature of 20º C.