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San Jose State University
SJSU Seal.svg
Motto Powering Silicon Valley
Established 1857
Type Public
Endowment US$40.5 million[1]
President Jon Whitmore
Undergraduates 24,273
Postgraduates 6,512
Location San Jose, California California, United States United States
Campus Urban, 154 acres (623,000 m²) on Main Campus and 62 acres on South Campus
Former names Minn's Evening Normal School (1857-1862)
California State Normal School (1862-87)
State Normal School (1887-1921)
State Teachers College at San Jose (1921-35)
California State Colleges (1935)
San Jose State College (1935-72)
California State University, San Jose (1972-74)
Colors Gold, Blue, and White
              
Nickname Spartans
Affiliations California State University system; Western Athletic Conference (NCAA Division 1)
Website www.sjsu.edu
SJSU Logo.svg

San Jose State University (officially spelled San José State University, often abbreviated San Jose State or SJSU) is a public university located in San Jose, California, United States, at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. It is the founding campus of the 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.[2]

Located in downtown San Jose, the SJSU campus is situated on 154 acres, or roughly 19 square blocks. SJSU enrolls approximately 31,000 students in over 130 different bachelor's and master's degree programs.

SJSU's student population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation, with large Asian and Latino enrollments, as well as the highest foreign student enrollment of all master's institutions in the United States.[3]

Popular undergraduate majors at SJSU include business, engineering, visual and performing arts, nursing, psychology, justice studies, biology, kinesiology, journalism and computer science.[4] Popular fields of study among graduate students include engineering, library and information science, education and social work.[4]

San Jose State University claims to provide Silicon Valley firms with more engineering, computer science and business graduates than any other college or university,[5][6] and philanthropic support of SJSU is among the highest in the CSU system.[7]

SJSU sports teams are known as the Spartans, and compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in NCAA Division I.

In 2009, the city of San Jose was named the nation's top mid-size metro college destination, according to the American Institute for Economic Research College Destinations Index for 2009-2010.[8] The index analyzes the academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunity in more than 360 cities across the U.S.

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History

Establishment

An 1880s lithograph of the original California State Normal School campus in San Jose.

What is now San Jose State University was originally established in 1857 as the Minns' Evening Normal School in San Francisco. The school was founded by George W. Minns.[9]

In 1862, by act of the California legislature, Minns' Evening Normal School became a California State Normal School and graduated 54 women from a three-year program.[9]

The school eventually moved to San Jose in 1871 and was given Washington Square Park at Fourth and San Carlos Streets, where the campus remains to this day.

The original California State University bell rests near San Jose State University's Washington Square.

In 1881, the first branch campus of the California State Normal School was announced, which later became the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[10] To commemorate San Jose's identity as the original California State University, a large bell was forged with the words "California State Normal School, A.D. 1881." This bell is displayed on the SJSU campus to this day and is still associated with various student traditions and rituals.

In 1921, the school's name changed to the State Teachers College at San Jose. In 1935, the State Teachers Colleges became the California State Colleges, and the school's name was changed again, this time to San Jose State College. In 1972, upon meeting criteria established by the Board of Trustees and the Coordinating Council for Higher Education, SJSC was granted university status, and the name was changed to California State University, San Jose.[11]

Finally, In 1974, the California legislature voted to change the school's name to San Jose State University.[11]

Historical Milestones

  • In 1930, the Justice Studies Department was founded as a two-year police science degree program. It holds the distinction of offering the first policing degree in the United States. A stone monument and plaque are displayed close to the site of the original Police School near Tower Hall.[12]
  • In 1942, the old gym (now named Yoshihiro Uchida Hall, after SJSU judo coach Yosh Uchida) was used to register and collect Japanese Americans before sending them to internment camps. Coincidentally, Uchida's parents and siblings were among those processed in the building.[13]
  • In 1963, in an effort to save Tower Hall from demolition, SJSU students and alumni organized testimonials before the State College Board of Trustees, sent telegrams, and provided signed petitions. As a result of those efforts, the Tower, a prime campus landmark and SJSU icon, was refurbished and reopened in 1966. The Tower was again renovated and restored in 2007. Tower Hall is registered with the California Office of Historic Preservation.[14][15]
  • During the 1960s and early 1970s, San Jose State College witnessed a rise in political activism and civic awareness among its student body, including major student protests against the Vietnam War. One of the largest campus protests took place in 1967 when Dow Chemical Company - a major manufacturer of napalm used in the war - came to campus to conduct job recruiting. An estimated 3,000 students and bystanders surrounded the Seventh Street Administration building, and more than 200 students and teachers lay down on the ground in front of the recruiters.[16]
  • In 1972–1973, the economics department experienced political turmoil as the administration conducted a purge of left-leaning professors. For several years thereafter, the economics department was under censor by the American Association of University Professors.[17]
  • In 1999, San Jose State and the City of San Jose agreed to combine their main libraries to form a joint city/university library located on campus, the first known collaboration of this type in the United States. The combined library faced opposition, with critics stating the two libraries have very different objectives and that the project would be too expensive. Despite opposition, the project proceeded, and the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Library opened on-time and on-budget in 2003. The new library has won several national awards since its initial opening in 2003.[19]
  • In 2006, the SJSU College of Business received a US$10 million donation from alumni Donald and Sally Lucas. The Lucas donation was listed among the largest philanthropic gifts in the state of California in 2006 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and amounted to the largest single monetary gift to SJSU in school history.[20][21]
  • During its 2006-2007 fiscal year, SJSU received a record US$50+ million in private gifts and US$84 million in capital campaign contributions.[22]
  • In March 2007, a group of San Jose State students sponsored an official student initiative to restore the words "California State University" to the school's official public identity while preserving the "SJSU" city-state name. Although the measure was defeated, it garnered substantial Bay Area media coverage. Some 600 students voted in favor of the measure, amounting to roughly 25% of the students casting ballots in the election.[23]
  • In 2007, SJSU alumna Connie Lurie donated US$10 million to the College of Education. The donation was the largest individual gift ever given to a college of education in the history of the California State University system.[24] The name of the college was later changed to the Connie L. Lurie College of Education.[25]
  • In 2007, SJSU alumnus Charles W. Davidson donated US$15 million to the College of Engineering. It was the single largest private gift to SJSU in the history of the university, and tied for the largest individual gift ever received by the California State University System.[26] Accordingly, the name of the college was changed to the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering.
  • In 2008, SJSU received a CASE WealthEngine Award in recognition of raising over US$100 million. SJSU was one of approximately 50 institutions nationwide honored by CASE in 2008 for overall performance in educational fundraising.[27]
  • In 2008, then SJSU president Don Kassing enacted a controversial decision to ban blood drives on campus due to the FDA's long-standing policy barring gay men from donating blood. Kassing reasoned the FDA policy stood in violation of SJSU's non-discrimination policy. "I recognize the importance of giving blood and we know that universities are a significant source of blood," he wrote in an E-mail sent to faculty, staff, students, and alumni. "Our hope is that the FDA will revisit its deferral policy in a timely manner, and we may soon be able to hold blood drives on this campus again." Kassing's decision was reportedly born out of a grievance filed by university employee Seth Hodge. The story was widely reported in the national media.[28][29]

Campus

San Jose State University's Tower Hall and lawn. SJSU's Campus Village residence complex appears in background.

The SJSU main campus comprises approximately 55 buildings situated on a rectangular, 154-acre area in downtown San Jose. The campus is bordered by San Fernando Street to the north, San Salvador Street to the south, South 4th Street to the west, and South 10th Street to the east. The South Campus, which is home to many of the school's athletics facilities, is located approximately 2.4 km (1.5 mi) south of the main campus on South 7th Street.

In 2009, the city of San Jose was named the nation's top mid-size metro college destination, according to the American Institute for Economic Research College Destinations Index for 2009-2010.[8] The index analyzes the academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunity in more than 360 cities across the U.S.

California State Normal School did not receive a permanent home until it moved from San Francisco to San Jose in 1871. The original California State Normal School campus in San Jose consisted of several rectangular, wooden buildings with a central grass quadrangle. The wooden buildings were destroyed by fire in 1880 and were replaced by interconnected stone and masonry structures of roughly the same configuration in 1881. These buildings were declared unsafe following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and were being torn down when an aftershock of the magnitude that was predicted to destroy the buildings occurred and no damage was observed. Accordingly, demolition was stopped, and the portions of the buildings still standing were made into four halls: Tower Hall, Morris Dailey Auditorium, Washington Square Hall, and Dwight Bentel Hall. These four buildings are the oldest on campus.

Beginning in the fall of 1994, the on-campus segments of San Carlos Street, Seventh Street and Ninth Street were closed to automobile traffic and converted to pedestrian walkways and green belts within the campus. San Carlos Street was renamed Paseo San Carlos, Seventh Street became El Paseo de César Chávez, and Ninth Street is now called the Ninth Street Plaza. The project was completed in 1996.

Completed in 1999, the Business Classroom Project was a US$16 million renovation of the James F. Boccardo Business Education Center.

Completed in 1999, the US$1.5 million Heritage Gateway project was unveiled. The privately-funded project featured construction of eight oversized gateways around the main campus perimeter.

SJSU Campus Village
Southeast entrance of the King Library

In the Fall of 2000, the SJSU Police Department, which is part of the larger California State University Police Department, opened a new on-campus, multi-level facility on 7th Street.

The new US$177 million Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, which opened its doors on August 1, 2003, won the Library Journal's prestigious 2004 Library of the Year award, the publication’s highest honor.[30] The King Library is the first collaboration of its kind between a university and a major U.S. city. The library is eight stories high and has 475,000 square feet (44,100 m2) of floor space, with a capacity of 2 million volumes. San Jose's first public library occupied the same site from 1901 to 1936, and SJSU's Wahlquist Library occupied the site from 1961 to 2000, at which point it was torn down to begin construction of the King Library.

In 2002, three of SJSU's six red brick residence halls were demolished and replaced with the new Campus Village residence complex. The US$200 million housing facility comprises three buildings ranging from seven to 15 stories tall. The project increased student capacity for on-campus housing to roughly 3,500, and provides housing options for first-year students, upper-class students, graduate students and faculty, staff and guests of the university. Campus Village officially opened in 2005.

In 2006, a US$2 million renovation of Tower Hall was completed. Tower Hall is the oldest and most recognizable building on campus.

Additional on-campus facilities

SJSU International House

In 2007, the School of Library and Information Science opened a virtual campus in Second Life, complete with faculty offices, classrooms, student lounge and library e-resources. The project was supported by grants from a number of sources including the Soros Foundation.

SJSU is home to the 10,000 square-foot, three-story Nuclear Science Facility. It is the only nuclear science facility of its kind in the California State University system.[31]

Located on the main campus, the SJSU Aquatic Center features an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool. The pool is open year-round and is believed to be among the largest outdoor pools in California.[32]

Located on the main campus, The Event Center Arena seats approximately 5,000 people for athletic events and over 6,000 for concerts, and features a full gym including basketball and racquetball courts, a weight room and a climbing wall.

The SJSU Student Union is a four-story, stand alone facility that features a food court, the Spartan Bookstore, a multi-level study area, ballrooms, a bowling alley, music room, and a large game room.

South Campus

Many of SJSU's athletics facilities, including Spartan Stadium and Blethen Field (baseball), along with the athletics department administrative offices and multiple training and practice facilities, are located on the 62-acre South Campus approximately 2.4 km (1.5 mi) south of the main campus near 7th Street. The south campus also is home to student overflow parking. Shuttle buses run between the main campus and south campus every 10–15 minutes Monday - Friday.

Off-campus facilities

  • SJSU Simpkins International House (360 South 11th Street, San Jose) provides housing for domestic as well as international students of the university. International House (also known as I-House) accommodates 70 residents from approximately 35 countries worldwide each semester.
  • Art and Metal Foundry (1036 South 5th Street, San Jose)
  • Associated Students Child Development Center (460 South 8th Street, San Jose)
  • SJSU International and Extended Studies facility (384 South 2nd Street, San Jose). This off-campus classroom building houses SJSU's International Gateway Programs.
  • University Club (408 South 8th Street, San Jose), is a 16-room, multi-level dining, special events, and bed-and-breakfast style residence facility for faculty, staff, visiting scholars and graduate students of the university. This building is currently occupied by Alpha Omicron Pi sorority in agreement with the university.
  • Known simply as North Fourth Street (210 North 4th Street, San Jose), this four-story facility houses the Global Studies Institute, Governmental & External Affairs, International and Extended Studies, the Mineta Transportation Institute, the Processed Foods Institute, and the SJSU Research Foundation.

Organization

As a member institution of the California State University System, San Jose State falls under the jurisdiction of the California State University Board of Trustees and the Chancellor of the California State University.

The chief executive of San Jose State is the President of San Jose State University. The current president is Jon Whitmore, who was appointed to the position on May 14, 2008.[33]

San Jose State offers 69 bachelors degrees with 81 concentrations, and 65 masters degrees with 29 concentrations.

The university has seven colleges and six schools:

  • College of Applied Sciences & Arts
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities & the Arts
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Journalism & Mass Communications
  • School of Library & Information Science
  • School of Music & Dance
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work

SJSU also is home to a burgeoning eCampus community called International and Extended Studies (IES), which coordinates continuing education and professional development programs.

Academics

Programs

San Jose State University's Boccardo Gateway

San Jose State enrolls approximately 31,000 students in over 130 different bachelor's and master's degree programs. There are approximately 24,000 undergraduate students enrolled at SJSU, and 6,500 graduate students. The university generally does not offer doctoral degrees, however, it does offer a joint Ph.D. program in library science through Queensland University of Technology and a joint Ph.D. program in engineering through Mississippi State University. SJSU's College of Education will launch an independent Ed.D. program in educational leadership in 2009-2010. The Ed.D program represents SJSU's first independent doctoral degree offering.

As of fall 2009, the fields of study in highest demand at SJSU were (in descending order of popularity): business, engineering, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, psychology, justice studies, library and information science, biology, kinesiology, journalism, and computer science.[4] Programs somewhat unique to SJSU include aviation science, transportation management, meteorology, software engineering, and sustainable and green manufacturing technology.[34][35]

Business-related programs account for the single most popular field of study at SJSU. As of fall 2009, roughly 23% of all undergraduates at SJSU were business majors.[4] The university's College of Business, with almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, is the second largest college at SJSU[36] and among the largest business schools in the country.[37] It is accredited by the AACSB International at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, a distinction held by less than 5% of business programs worldwide.[38]

Engineering-related programs make up the second most popular field of study at SJSU. As of fall 2009, the university's seven engineering disciplines accounted for roughly 12% of all undergraduate majors.[4] The university's Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, with over 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students and approximately 350 faculty and staff members, is the third largest college on campus behind the College of Applied Sciences and Arts and the College of Business.[39]

As of fall 2009, visual and performing arts programs accounted for roughly 8% of all undergraduate majors at SJSU, and amounted to the third most popular field of study at SJSU behind business and engineering.[4] The university's School of Art and Design enrolls over 1,900 students and employs nearly 100 faculty and staff members.[40] SJSU's School of Music and Dance comprises approximately 300 students and 60 faculty and staff members.

As of fall 2009, pre-nursing and nursing students comprised roughly 6% of undergraduate enrollment, followed by psychology at 5%, justice studies at 4%, biology, kinesiology, and journalism all weighing in at 3%, and computer science rounding out SJSU's top-ten most popular undergraduate fields of study at 2%.[40]

As of fall 2009, engineering-related programs accounted for approximately 30% of graduate student enrollment, followed by library and information science at approximately 15%, education at 12%, social work at 5%, and visual and performing arts at 4%.[4]

Rankings

  • According to U.S. News and World Report's college rankings (2010), San Jose State ranks 38th among all master's-level institutions in the Western region of the United States,[41] 12th among public master's-level institutions in the Western region,[42] and receives a Tier One academic ranking overall among master's-level institutions in the west.[41] The Western region comprises 15 states and is home to approximately 125 master's-level colleges and universities.[43] The 2010 rankings represent a slight improvement over 2009, in which SJSU ranked 45th overall and 13th among public master's-level institutions in the west.[44]
San Jose State University's Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
  • SJSU ties for 19th place for the best overall undergraduate engineering school in the nation,[45] ties for 5th for the best computer engineering program,[46] and places 3rd for the best industrial/manufacturing engineering program out of over 550 master's-level colleges and universities nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report (2010).[47]
  • SJSU's graduate school of Library and Information Science ranks 22nd in the nation, and was named the number one e-learning service provider in its discipline by U.S. News and World Report (Best Graduate Schools 2010).[48]
  • SJSU's graduate program in occupational therapy ranks 24th in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report (Best Graduate Schools 2010).[49]
  • SJSU's graduate program in social work ranks 71st in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report (Best Graduate Schools 2010).[50]
  • SJSU's graduate program in speech language pathology ranks 87th in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report (Best Graduate Schools 2010).[51]
  • SJSU made the Forbes list of "America's Best Colleges" in 2008[52] and 2009.[53]
  • The Princeton Review lists San Jose State's Lucas Graduate School of Business among the best 301 business programs in the nation (2010).[55]
  • As of 2007, SJSU's School of Art and Design appears on BusinessWeek's list of the "60 Best Design Schools in the World."[56]
  • SJSU ranks 13th nationally by salary potential among all state schools in the nation, according to the PayScale, Inc. annual salary survey (2008). According to the survey, the median annual starting salary for SJSU alumni is $53,500. The median annual mid-career salary for SJSU alumni is $95,600.[57]

Admissions

Admission to SJSU is based on a combination of the applicant's high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores. These factors are used to determine the applicant's California State University (CSU) eligibility index. More specifically, the eligibility index is a weighted combination of high school grade point average during the final three years of high school and a score on either the SAT or ACT.

SJSU currently requires a minimum eligibility index of 2900-3200 using the SAT or 694-760 using the ACT depending on the selected major (3502 and 842 respectively for non-residents of California), which is slightly above the CSU minimum of 2900 and 694 respectively.[58][59][60]

The CSU eligibility index is calculated by using either the SAT or ACT as follows:

(SAT scores in mathematics and critical reading) + (800 x GPA) or (10 x ACT composite score without the writing score) + (200 x GPA)

U.S. News and World Report currently classifies SJSU's admission standards as "less selective," with a fall 2008 acceptance rate of 66%.[41]

The university recently formed a cross-enrollment agreement with National Hispanic University. Students enrolled at one institution are able to enroll in up to 6 credits per semester at the other institution. Additionally, students may transfer between institutions with up to 60 credits.

Athletics

The State Normal School at San Jose football team in 1910. Jerseys display a large "N" for "Normal."
A statue dedicated to San Jose State University alumni Tommie Smith and John Carlos appears on the SJSU campus.

San Jose State University has participated in athletics since it first fielded a baseball team in 1890. SJSU sports teams are known as the Spartans, and compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in NCAA Division I.

San Jose State University sports teams have won NCAA titles in track and field, golf, and boxing. As of 2008, SJSU had won 10 NCAA team championships and produced 50 NCAA Division 1 individual champions. SJSU also has achieved an international reputation for its judo program, winning 42 out of 46 national collegiate championships in the sport (as of 2007).[61]

SJSU alumni have won 18 Olympic medals (including seven gold medals) dating back to the first gold medal won by Willie Steel in track and field in the 1948 Olympics. Alumni also have won medals in swimming, judo and boxing.

The legendary track team coached by "Bud" Winter earned San Jose the nickname "Speed City," and produced Olympic medalists and social activists Lee Evans, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Smith and Carlos are perhaps best remembered for giving the raised fist salute from the medalist's podium during the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City.

As of 2008, current head coaches from the men’s soccer, baseball, women’s gymnastics, and women’s golf programs had all been named the conference “Coach of the Year.”

Faculty and research

San Jose State University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San Jose State has about 1,600 faculty members, 87 percent of whom hold doctorate degrees.

According to the National Science Foundation, San Jose State's research expenditures totaled just over US$34 million in 2007, placing it second only to San Diego State University in total R&D expenditures out of all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. Additionally, SJSU placed 196th out of 662 colleges and universities nationwide for total research expenditures according to NSF statistical data for 2007.[62]

Research collections located at SJSU include the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies.

SJSU research partnerships include the SJSU Metropolitan Technology Center at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, the Cisco Networking Laboratory, and the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

SJSU also is home to the Mineta Transportation Institute.

Since 2001, the university has operated the Survey and Policy Research Institute (SPRI), which conducts the quarterly, high-profile California Consumer Confidence Survey and many other research projects.

In spring 2007, an SJSU engineering professor and his students made headlines with their development of the ZEM (Zero EMissions) Car, a Human Hybrid Powered Vehicle (HHPV). The vehicle won the National I2P (Idea-to-Product) Competition for EPICS and Social Entrepreneurship at Princeton University. The ZEM car is the first of its kind to be powered by human, solar, and electric energy.

Students

San Jose State University's Student Union building
San Jose State Spartan Marching Band members

As the oldest and one of the largest universities in the CSU system, SJSU attracts students from throughout California, the United States and 100 countries around the world.[63] According to the Institute of International Education, San Jose State has the highest foreign student enrollment of all master's institutions in the United States (2008-2009).[64]

As of the fall semester 2009, approximately 31,000 students are enrolled at SJSU. There are approximately 24,000 undergraduate students enrolled at SJSU, and 6,500 graduate students. As of 2009, undergraduate enrollment comprised approximately 11,500 men and 12,500 women, and graduate enrollment comprised approximately 2,500 men and 4,000 women. The average age of full-time undergraduates at SJSU is 23. As of fall 2009, approximately 92% of all graduate and undergraduate students are from the state of California, 93% are U.S. residents, and approximately 7% are international (non-resident) students.[40]

Demographics of Student Body (2009)
Undergraduate
Black (non-Hispanic) 5.4%
Asian or Pacific Islander 34.6%
White (non-Hispanic) 27.1%
Hispanic 18.0%
American Indian 0.5%
International (nonresident) 3.9%
Race/ethnicity unreported 10.4%

SJSU's student population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation, with large Asian (including Japanese, Indian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, and Hmong) and Latino enrollments.

Although the university is widely viewed as a commuter school, approximately 3,500 students live in campus housing, and community impact studies show an estimated 5,000 more students live within easy walking or biking distance of the campus.[63]

There are approximately 300 registered student organizations at SJSU, 16 intramural sports, and 14 club sports open to both male and female students.

Greek organizations

The school is home to 39 fraternity and sorority chapters. Approximately 15 of them maintain chapter homes in the residential community east of campus along South 10th and 11th streets in downtown San Jose. Approximately 5% of male students join fraternities, and 5% of female students join sororities. SJSU Greek chapters include:

Fraternities

A view of San Jose State University's Washington Square walkway

IFC (Interfraternity Council)

USFC (United Sorority and Fraternity Council)

NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council)

Sororities

Dwight Bentel Hall is home to San Jose State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Pan-Hellenic Council

United Sorority and Fraternity Council

NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council)

Co-ed fraternities

Spartan Squad

The Spartan Squad fills up the student section during a football game at Spartan Stadium

Founded in 2005, the Spartan Squad is the official student booster club at San Jose State. The Spartan Squad is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at San Jose State. Its stated mission is to increase student attendance at sporting events and cultivate school pride throughout the campus community. The Spartan Squad members are easily recognized wearing the group's signature gold T-shirts designed by San Jose State graphic design student Dang Nguyen. Class of 2006 graduates Matthew Olivieri and Brad Villeggiante are credited with founding the group.

Student press

The school newspaper, The Spartan Daily, was founded in 1934 and is published four days a week when classes are in session. The publication follows a broadsheet format and boasts a daily print circulation of over 6,000, as well as a daily on-line edition. The newspaper is produced by journalism and advertising students enrolled in SJSU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Update News is a weekly, student-produced television newscast that airs every weekend on PBS affiliate KTEH in San Jose. The newscast is produced by San Jose State broadcast journalism students, and has aired in the Bay Area in one form or another since the 1960s. Update News also features a daily live webcast.

KSJS, 90.5 FM, is the university's radio station, and features five different types of music (electronic, urban, jazz, subversive rock, and rock en espanol), as well as a variety of news and information programming.

Noted people

Mike Sinyard: San Jose State University alumnus and founder of Specialized Bicycle Components

About 80 percent of San Jose State’s nearly 200,000 alumni of record live in the San Francisco Bay Area. The other 20 percent are scattered around the globe, with concentrations in Southern California, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York City.[63]

SJSU claims to provide more engineering, computer science and business graduates to the Silicon Valley than any other university in the world.[5]

Nearly 200 SJSU graduates have founded, co-founded, served or serve as senior executives or officers of public and private companies reporting annual sales between US$40 million and US$26 billion.[63]

Notable companies founded by SJSU students and alumni include Dolby Laboratories (1965), Intel Corporation (1968), Specialized Bicycle Components (1974), Oracle Corporation (1977) and Seagate Technology (1979).

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