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  • 06/05/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    34 out of 36 people found this review useful. 1 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Urban, local, social, low to mid GPAs, culturally and ethnically diverse.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a good local school for those living in the Greater San Jose Area. Many of my friends plan on going here. It offers many different majors, although it is known primarily for its Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Art, Music, and Dance programs. It is a solid school. I don't think you could go wrong at this school.

  • 01/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 16 people found this review useful. 2 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    * Commuter * Someone who doesn't NEED clubs, scene in SJ isn't to great - prefers Frat parties or Bars and such. * People who prefer to keep to themselves * The hard workers and the stoner slackers. * honestly, there seems to be a place for everyone at SJSU

    Tips for prospective students

    - If your a local - be sure you check out other schools. Not saying this isn't a good school (especially journalism, in the top 10 in the state), BUT just dont' regret not going away, like myself. - Hang out on campus - Join a club - Get involved - Enjoy the concerts and such in the Spartan Complex - Get ready for a bunch of marijuanna clubs handing out their business cards/deals around campus! =P - 30 in from the beach/Santa Cruz Boardwalk - GO OFTEN! - 45 min from San Francisco - see the Golden Gate Bridge and other historical sights. Great shopping/food there. SEE ALCATRAZ

    Bang for the buck

    I think tuition is ridiculous at any school. I've never opened a book for ANY of my classes (so if you want - go ahead and save a few bucks there). That being said.... teachers/classes are decent. YES there are a few shitty teachers - you will probably have one each semester. BUT a majority are pretty decent - as long as you remember they are human too, they are there to teach you, and you RESPECT them.

    Am enjoying being here

    Awesome place for commuter students who work. I happen to work downtown, so it's got a pretty central location. The campus is decent enough - pretty kick back, especially if you enjoy an occasional conversation with a crazy homeless person or have a close encounter with the ridiculous amount of squirrels. :) - if you go here, you'll know EXACTLY what I mean. Our library is pretty banging. Huge, (also a public library) TONS of quite space to study/entire building made of windows so it's not a boring place to study either. Great school if your from the area... however... i still recommend going away to school if your local - IF it's manageable. I know I regret it.... you only have these years once, do them right!

    Am learning a lot

    - Lower division General Ed classes have always been pretty easy. You get what you put in. You want to learn a lot, study, and get a solid A+ or if you want to put in little work, study right before major tests and get a B-/C+ then you can do that too. Teachers have ALWAYS been really motivational, great advice for life whether or not you are actually learning anything about actual class material. - I'm a journalism major. Once I've gotten into classes IN MY MAJOR my opinion of the school and the environment is totally different. Journalism department has a ton of inspired, awesome teachers - minus a few oldies (Tillinghast) that are horrid. Students are also helpful/nice/talkative. Being in my department has definitely made me love the school ten times more. :)

  • 01/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 3 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -like both sunny and windy weather -intimate class settings -involved student body -large campus -outgoing -appreciate beautiful landscape -love to swim or run -like to go shopping -adventurous

    Tips for prospective students

    On the first day of classes, you are given a green sheet. All the test dates and assignments are written on it. Your teachers will not remind you what will be due or when you have a test- they expect you to know. Also, sign up for the first orientation. I signed up for the last one and all of the classes were taken!

    Bang for the buck

    Since Cal states are experiencing a lot of budget cuts, it is extremely difficult to get the classes you want or need. Other than this, I believe that SJSU is affordable. Also if you have a meal plan, you get unlimited access to the cafeteria (unlike many other schools). We also get VTA passes. With these passes we can ride any bus or light rail in San Jose for free. You can go anywhere from the mall to surrounding cities.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Jose State not only offers great education, but also is dedicated to making sure students have the most fun they can. So far, they have passed out free movie tickets, held ice skating, movie nights, a homecoming carnival, and many other fun things. Also for freshman, SJSU offers Frosh Start in which Freshman move in early and get a chance to meet other Freshman. They offer icebreakers, a tour, a dance, and etc. SJSU is not only fun, but it is also a beautiful school. The buildings are all close to each other. Also the weather is very unique. At SJSU, you experience both the sun and the heavy winds. When it is sunny, we have a large outdoors swimming pool. We are also close to alot of great restaurants and a lot of malls.

    Am learning a lot

    I have taken English 1A, Latino Identity (psycology), Remedial Math, and Intro to Sociology. English 1A is the GE English class required for undergrad students. My teacher, Mr. Mujal, was amazing. It was a small class of 25, and he made sure everyone was involved with each discussion. Since he was also a history major, many of our essay topics were about political leaders. Apart from learning about political leaders, we also learned alot about ourselves. We had to write about a controversial topic. We all had a passion for these topics. In Latino Id, i learned all about Latinos across the world. My teacher taught us about many of the psychological disorders Latinos face and what we can do to help these people overcome them. We also learned about the roots of many these disorders. This class was the most interesting of all. Remedial Math is where I learned basic math skills. In Intro to Soc, my teacher taught me how to examine the simplest of things and question them.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 11 people found this review useful. 4 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    SJSU is known for their ENGINEERING, BUSINESS and NURSING majors. Other majors are also great too! SJSU is also great for students who wants to live near home, around San Jose, Fremont, Cupertino, SF, Union City, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, etc. Dorms are also available to ANYBODY, even though you live near SJ ^_^

    Tips for prospective students

    When signing up for your orientation, if you are conditionally accepted, I suggest you to register for the orientation ASAP. Due to budget cuts, the school has put a unit cap on everyone so student can only enroll in 14 units MAX until the cap is lifted. To get the classes you want, the earlier your orientation date is, the better!

    Bang for the buck

    Even though SJSU is a CSU school, it offers more than just a CSU. Its amazing engineering, business, and nursing program prepares students for their career. Located at the heart of Silicon Valley, engineers are provided with many advantages to job/internship opportunities. And if you are living at home and commuting, you save a LOT of money from dorming and food.

    Am enjoying being here

    SJSU has a lot to offer! There are many sororities and fraternities and student-run organizations. Although I am too busy to join any clubs, they all look appealing to me. There is even a Quidditch Club (yes, Harry Potter, quidditch)! There's also an event center where many concerts and special events take place and you can buy your tickets via ticketmaster in front of the center. During the first couple weeks of school, there were so many events happening around campus and special college major events for freshmen to feel welcomed to SJSU. I am a bit shy of a person and my school spirit is very low, but SJSU did a successful job in making me feel at home. The campus is very beautiful and peaceful. There are many cafes on and off campus, so you can basically eat what you feel like without having to stray far away from campus. The fun doesn't stop there! Apart from on-campus luxury, there are many things to see in downtown. There are places such as the Tech Museum, an art museum, the HP pavilion, San Jose Conventional Center (the place where Fanime is held annually), the Children's Discovery Museum and more! SJSU is located where all the fun and excitement gather. So don't miss this opportunity for easy access adventures!

    Am learning a lot

    Hello there! I am currently a freshman at SJSU and I am enrolled in Economics 1B (Micro Economics), NuFS 9 (Human Nutrition), MUSC 10A (Music Appreciation), MATH 30 (Calculus I), and MATH 30W (Calculus Workshop). This is a total of 14 units. The professors are really nice and dedicate their teaching to students who wants to understand the concept and subject. Take my NuFS 9 class, for example. We learn about how the body absorb the types of food we eat and how the body function through the amount and variation of food we consume. Although there are a lot of information to absorb within an hour and 15 minutes, it feels like you have been enlightened! This class has influenced me to eating smart and healthy. Another class that is a good example is Calculus. Calculus AB AP did not fit in my schedule in high school and I was forced to take it in college. Because my friends who took it previously said calculus was hard, it made my frightened about college level calculus. To my surprise, the professor does a really good job in teaching the theorems and rules of calculus. It is a good school for those who are more comfortable with the Semester system!

  • 12/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those interested in business, engineering, music and dance. I found that this school was one of the few in the CSU program with a decent dance program. Dance is my passion and the reason that I chose SJSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to explore all of your options before committing to a school. As a transfer student, I was able to find off campus housing to cut expenses dramatically. Check out assist.org to look at the different majors offered and what classes will transfer from your current community college to get ahead of the game. Make sure to check all the deadlines and get your transcripts and application in early so you won't have as much of a chance of slipping through the cracks. This way, if you do, you will still have time to contact the University and work things out.

    Bang for the buck

    The CSU system is probably the cheapest in CA making it the only option for me, but the cost is on the rise. Budget cuts have increased fees, but this is an issue at all of the CSU schools. There are many ways to cut back on what the CSU system estimates it will cost you to attend college. For example, I was able to get 5 of my 9 required texts from the library!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am loving the college life as well as the atmosphere at the school. Some have said that SJSU is considered a party school, which worried me a little bit, but it all depends on the crowd you expose yourself to. I chose a different crowd and I am loving it! The campus is gorgeous and the faculty is very friendly as far as I've seen.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel that I am actually learning as San Jose State University and not wasting money just to say I achieved a degree. There are always some classes that feel unnecessary, but for each boring class there seem to be two interesting, worthwhile classes!

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that are interested in startup companies and entrepreneurship will be at an advantage attending San Jose State University because of it is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Due to the location, many opportunities arrise to meet and listen to speeches from top industry leaders. The Engineering and Business departments at San Jose State have a true advantage compared to other school due to the close work opportunities and hands-on courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Highly suggest visiting each college of interest before accepting any offer. Meeting the students and staff on campus is a great way to see how the college experience will be at that campus. Also look for a college that will be able to develop more than just your academic portfolio.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of tuition highly reasonable compared to other public colleges and much more affordable compared to private colleges. For the most part, all of the teachers are highly knowledgable and approachable thus creating a great learning environment. The hands-on teaching styles are great being that it keeps the students active in the lessons being taught. The reason for a 4 of 5 is due to the high cost of living on campus. The cost of living on campus is easily two times the cost of tuition and is causes most of the financial hardship.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Jose State offers many extracurricular activities along with an extensive network of students, staff, and alumni. I have been able to stay consistently active in a fraternity, club, and on-campus job. Through those organizations, I have been able to meet people throughout many industries that have helped my professional development.

    Am learning a lot

    Throughout the time that I have attended San Jose State, I have been able to have knowledgable, helpful teachers who can relate to the topics their teach through their past real-life experiences. The teachers are always available to arrange meetings outside of class for extra help and further discussion of topics.

  • 01/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    When I stepped into San Jose State University I was nervous, my confidence was very low. This factor is common since we're first-year college students we feared the money issue. the budget-cuts get on our way. Money conflicts are closed enough to make us doubt our success, nonetheless, we have our minds set; we are there to earn our education. An education that my parents weren't able to receive and that now I have set for my future.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Jose State University is a campus with a lot of resources to take advantage of, its academic resources, extra-curricular activities, and environment makes it a almost perfect campus. I took advantage of their academic resources such as tutoring and academic advising. Since I'm a Engineering major, the engineering department is great, they have their own academic advising and are very helpful in regard to you academic life. Personally I've joined a cultural fraternity, a student organization that has helped me academically, socially and personally. I encourage prospective students to socialized enough in order to become familiar with their new surroundings, to gain that confidence that will guide them to success.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm a first generation college student. I came to San Jose State with the knowledge that my A.P courses gave me. I migrated to this great country six years ago with one and only task--my American Dream. Despite the big push from intriguing High School classes I found myself in the cave of dealing with remedial courses. Despite this challenging factor that got on my way I strive hard enough to complete these requirements in order to advance with my college life. I experienced ups and downs. I come from a very low-income family, hence, financially I've struggled to go on and complete my goals. I don't want to let down my family as they look forward for a better future for myself. My family has noticed the fact that we need the money; so came to the conclusion to get a first-time job on campus. College life is about getting to know yourself in deeper way, a fresh-start where you become a new person. Independence, responsibility and success become our best friends. We learned the differences between having too much fun and hitting the books. We come across the point where we realize that we're there with only one priority; a college education.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school is relatively safe in the daytime. There are occasional reports of attacks. These attacks are followed by heavy warning and announcements by the school to be careful. At night, there is a bit of a problem with the homeless people that dwell around the outer edges of campus. Just be on your toes.

    Greek Life

    There are also numerous Fraternities and Sororities to join. They all have a non-hazing policy also!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs to join. There is usually a club for practically anything. From majors to random hobbies.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all kinds of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some buildings are in awkwardly far places. Like the Bursar's Office is under the North Parking Garage. And the Boccardo Business building is all the way on the east side of campus past the Student Union.

    Bang for the buck

    The price at the moment for tuition, is about 4k with books and etc. It is a bit much considering it is so difficult to even get some of the classes you want. They should increase the number sections for classes that in high demand.

    What to do for fun

    Go out with your friends and just live it up! There are a few clubs around to go party at.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining common is alright. It's mediocre for the price. The food around campus however, is delicious. There is a cornucopia of different foods. From Vietnamese to Mexican to Thai and even Vegan.

    Dorm Life

    It can be fun, if you know the right people.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the classes can range from rigorous to easy. I am in the Engineering major, and classes can be quite difficult if you don't spend your time wisely for classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do FAFSA.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school, well known for it's Engineering and Business majors. However, the school is currently impacted and classes are difficult to obtain. Be wary and plan ahead.

  • 12/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open-Minded students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work smarter, not harder. The first month of school will go by faster than you can imagine. Keep a schedule of when you're going to study and make sure you go to all your classes! Oh yeah, the food in the Dining Commons isn't all that bad; it's pretty good in fact. But, I suggest you stick to the 5-Day meal plan and wing it on the weekends because you'll end up doing that even with your 7-Day meal plan.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that these prices are ridiculous. They raised tuition and more classes were impacted than ever before. So, not only are you paying more, you're also not always able to get the classes you were hoping for.

    Am enjoying being here

    For the most part, this campus has become my new home. It has it's down times, like when a majority of people are gone on the weekends because they live near or in San Jose.

    Am learning a lot

    There's something new to learn each day; in class and out of class. The students here are quite diverse though most look alike in so many ways.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    while the campus and dorms are not plopped in the safest part of the city, the school has many emergency blue light telephones stationed around campus from which you can call the campus police and even ask for an escort or free night shuttle (the shuttle runs a few blocks off campus in every direction).

    Greek Life

    we have an active greek life, with frat row just a block off campus. they host many events in their fraternity/sorority houses as well as fundraisers and other things in the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is an abundance of clubs on campus, with lots of cultural and religious groups. we have business fraternities and volunteer groups and an adventure club, in addition to many clubs/groups for each major. the event center on campus holds lots of popular concerts for the community, this semester being the stage for kelly clarkson and drake, among many others.

    Great for these types of students

    there are a lot of first-generation college students here, a lot of people who learned english as a second (or other non-primary) language, and a lot of people who receive financial aid. however, generally speaking, students here do not carry on the academic conversations in their spare time that you might hear on a walk in the sun through a more prestigious school, such as uc berkeley.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a bowling alley in the student union (the ugliest building you will ever see, other than the architecture building at cal, but it's being rebuilt now), and the mlk jr. library is a beautiful, impressive 8-story tall building that is a joint college and community library with wonderful architecture, lighting, views of the city and campus, and themed displays throughout each floor. it's my favorite building on campus. also, the outdoor pool, aka the aquatic center, is the largest heated outdoor saltwater pool in [northern] california, and boasts 2 underwater hockey courts (yes, this is a sport - check it out: underwater hockey) and 2 diving boards (1 meter and 3 meter).

    Bang for the buck

    it's a state school, so it's meant to be a good deal, but with the budget cuts, the price goes up every year. we had furlough days for a semester to try to offset the increase, but they didn't continue it, so i guess that wasn't the most effective strategy. most people i've met do not graduate in the standard 4 years, so it's more costly when you can't get a seat in all the classes you're trying to register for each semester, and can slow you down.

    What to do for fun

    the nw corner of the university campus is located right in the middle of downtown, so there's a decent night life as far as bars and club activities go. there's also a movie theater that offers cheap student tickets on wednesday nights located right at the paseo de san antonio light rail station, and plenty of restaurants, from ethnic thai, indian, or greek food, fancy sea food, to 'healthy' to-go options like pita pit. on campus, aside from the bowling alley, there is a fitness center to work out in, and a few open grassy areas that people frequently kick around a ball on, toss frisbees across, and even set up quidditch fields on. the football field is located about a mile south of main campus, so if you don't feel like walking to the games, there are shuttles running frequently for the bigger sports (for less-popular games like soccer, you have to get yourself there, though).

    Food and Dining

    the food in the dining commons (dc) is pretty terrible, although they have brought in companies like jamba juice and pete's coffee in recent years, so it's getting better. try to avoid getting a meal plan if you can. it's expensive and the food is pretty bad for you, plus they don't have specialty areas to accommodate people with dietary issues, such as those with celiac's disease (who cannot eat gluten). some of the dorm rooms come with meal plans in their contracts (the bricks, for example), so you get stuck paying for it even if you don't eat it. the options in the student union are good for lunch time meals: subway, panda express, jamba juice, and a pretty decent food court. food around the edges of campus is pretty good - the popular favorites being flames, peanuts, and la vic's (la victoria).

    Dorm Life

    the bricks, usually the freshman dorms, are disgusting, so if you have the money, try for cvc. that's a much nicer, apartment-style dorm (still mostly freshman). joe west is ok, but doesn't have air conditioning, so when it's hot, you're out of luck. that's generally where sophomores live. cvb is very nice and is geared toward upperclassmen because it is much more apartment-style and has a full kitchen. unlike the above options, many of these dorm rooms have 4 single bedrooms (but there are a few three-bedroom doubles available that are home to 6 people at a time), a common room, and bathrooms in the suite. cva is home to faculty and staff and many graduate students. it offers studios and apartments, and many rooms have small balconies. the campus village (cvc, cvb, and cva) has a much safer general feeling about it.

    Academic Rigor

    the general education courses are a joke, so you can take them anywhere and get the same (if not higher) quality education. once you're in a program - like nursing or engineering - your classmates seem a whole lot smarter and what you're learning should actually apply to what you want to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    take your lower division ges at a community college. it's much cheaper and offers the same education. transfer your units here once you can be considered an upperclassman and take courses for your major. but make sure that your community college classes transfer - use resources like assist.org or meet with an adviser and get a signature so that you don't take classes that won't satisfy the requirements, which can slow you down if you have to repeat a course because you thought you had already satisfied the requirement. also, parking is terrible, so carpool, use the park and ride lot, get dropped off, take the light rail, ride your bike, or walk to campus, and make it worth your while by stacking classes on a couple days a week.

    In three sentences

    san jose state university is one of the prides of the silicon valley and offers a commuter school feel in the middle of a big city. we have a wide range of majors offered here and the population of students is super diverse. there are tons of groups to get involved in, and opportunities to study abroad.

  • 12/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that prefer being in the city around a diverse community.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are little events during the semesters such as time management events or teacher pet peeve events that will help you adjust to college life. Attending these will help and can be found in the calender section of the school website.

    Bang for the buck

    It is extremely expensive especially now that they lowered the amount of class time and classes you can take making it harder for you to get classes you want.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are very friendly. There is alot to do such as clubs and frats. However, sometimes people are busy studying or working.

    Am learning a lot

    The education is great but it is more book based and not much thinking out of the box type learning.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that like being near a city would love this school because it is downtown

    Tips for prospective students

    USE THE SERVICES AROUND CAMPUS. Some classes require that you go to MUSE workshops- classes tat help freshman adjust to the college life- and LARC, the tutoring center. So, look into it and try to get your hours here. Plus the health center has a free nutritionist and a pharmacy. The services on campus are pretty cheap. And there's really cheap bowling alley and arcade in the student union, computer repair and rental... lots of different things.

    Bang for the buck

    When you pay tution, you get a lot of benefits that work around the school. Once you pay tuition, you get an eco pass for the local transportation, free gym access, te ability to use the services around the school- such as the health center. Plus, once you're a student, you have the ability o check out laptops and the nearby library. People that aren't students at the school don't get this benefit because it's specifically for the university students.

    Am enjoying being here

    I grew up in San Jose, so when I decided to go to San Jose State, I didn't expect too much. But, it's a really enjoyable experience.The campus is pretty and there are a lot of activities going on. There are clubs on campus, movie nights in the campus square and different events hat can keep you really busy. Plus, an event center is right on campus so you can see different concerts as well. Around the school, there are different fast food places- Indian food, Asian food, taquerias, pizza , pitas, quiznos, Starbucks (yay!) and of course McDonald's so it's not hard to find food (VERY important for a college student)

    Am learning a lot

    Ido admit, because of the budget cuts, it is a little hard to get the classes you'd need for your major. But, I think that's happening with a lot of state colleges this semester. Besides that, all the teachers I've had teach really well and- unless you fall behind- are easy to follow and keep up with.

  • 12/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    There are websites on the school website that help with choosing classes. If you go to this website, http://www.jsu07.com/ss/index.php you choose your classes, your teachers, the times and it will calculate all the possible schedule outcomes. IF you click on the teacher, it will bring you to rate my professor and it really helps up the class choosing process.

    Bang for the buck

    Because of the recession, people are paying more for less. There is hard time finding classes and the school is trying its best to help the student but there is a lot of competition. I am in an impacted major so its harder to find classes. Also, they are building a new student union for the students so money is going to the new building.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many events always occurring on campus with music and booths everywhere. Fraternities and sororities also help in these events. The location of the school is the downside because it is in the middle of downtown San Jose and their are homeless people walking around. The people are friendly and will help you if you get lost.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on your teacher, you will learn a lot of useful tips to succeed in college and in life. Like any school in the nation, the student is the person that will decide if they learn a lot or a little. The teachers provide adequate amount of information and the the curriculum is filled with information but then again, you won;t learn unless you want to. I feel the information here is crucial and with every teacher, you learn more about the grading styles at the school.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its a pretty safe campus, a lot of cops and transportation to make sure students get to their destinations. I recommend that people don't walk by themselves at night or attract attention especially pass 2am because you will get yourself into trouble.

    Greek Life

    i give it a 10 out of 10 because this is one of the reasons that SJSU is fun, they host a lot of events for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    theres a lot of clubs on campus, that fits peoples interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of students, its a very diverse campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Underwear run, Walk in her shoes program to inform people of Rap, Spartan Stumble, Greek Week.

    Bang for the buck

    SJSU is not to big of a campus but it all depends on how you make it. Your college experience could be great or it can be terrible. Like i said before SJSU is very Greek heavy, this means that almost very one is in a Sorority or in a Fraternity. Thus throwing Philanthropies, Parties, Pick Up games, community service, etc... The Dorms are a good experience to get to know people which is very crucial when you are a freshmen. SJSU is very close to all the restaurants and bar. overall its a nice and peaceful campus, i guarantee you will like it if you come in with a positive mindset

    What to do for fun

    If you are interested in a Fraternity/sorority then you should rush. Its a good experience. Clubbing, Greek Parties, Hookah Bar, Tail Gates, Basketball/Football/Baseball/Soccer/Lacrosse games, and a local Sports Bar for students.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning commons also known as the DC is a shoot or miss. Sometimes they have outstanding food and sometimes they don't. The DC contains a Jamba Juice, a Pizza area, Burger/Sandwich area, Coffee stan and sea food section.

    Dorm Life

    Its awesome, if you want a social experience live in the bricks, if you want a relaxing place but also a social experience live in Joe West. If you want absolute peace then live in the Suits.

    Academic Rigor

    Its not to hard but not to easy. it all depends on what classes you enroll in. if you shoot for higher level classes then it becomes harder. it all falls down on what you do.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can,stay on campus and live in the dorms for your freshmen year. This will allow you to meet and get to know new people. Rush a Fraternity especially Pi Kappa Alpha. or rush a Sorority. SJSU is very Greek Heavy.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a very diverse campus, the people their are outgoing and nice. It's also very easy to find your classes and get around school with ease. Overall i would rate it a 7 out of 10, 10 being the best.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The majority of students are commuters. We're known for our Engineering and Business programs, but I have found the campus to be a diverse and accepting community.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely encourage new students to get involved. Whether it is a club sport or a board position in your dorm, the connections and relationships you make are priceless. Try to get off campus and explore the surrounding areas. You won't be disappointed!

    Bang for the buck

    As a state school, prices are moderate compared to others. We have been hit with recent pay increases, but the education is almost the exact same to private universities.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Jose is in a great location! Not only are we in the Silicon Valley surrounded by prominent and progressive businesses, but we are also right in downtown which offers a wide variety of food and entertainment.

    Am learning a lot

    At any college, the student determines how much he or she takes away from a class. Overall, my experience has been pretty good. Most of my teachers were incredibly passionate about what they taught which made the class much more enjoyable. They always encourage students to visit them during office hours to get a one-on-one treatment.

  • 12/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    This is a good school for those who want to get involved. Especially if you live on campus, SJSU makes sure to always have events going and make sure you are in the know, just make sure you pay attention to the posters surrounding you! It offers many different majors, although it is known primarily for its Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Art, Music, and Dance programs. It is very great school. The one bad thing is if you are big on sports and a great fan, you need to work a little to get the crowd going.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though SJSU is a CSU school, it offers more than just a CSU. Its amazing engineering, business, and nursing program prepares students for their career. It has a really great music program and Occupational Therapy program (which is what I'm involved in! )

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love this school. I am from southern California so it is a while from home. So, if you are the type of person who can not stay away from family and NEED your family, it is possible to go home but for me it was not realistic. This is a great school to learn more about yourself and getting involved. You definitely learn how to manage your time, with friends school work and going out to have fun. There is always an opportunity to do something and it is always up to you to do it.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a freshman at SJSU and This past semester I was enrolled in COMM 20 (Public Speaking), Moral issues, STATS 67, and ENG 1A. I definietly learned a lot in my COMM 20 class. My teacher was serious about what she was teaching and really cared about the students and if they passed or failed. I learned much in my English class too. Much of what I thought was wanted in a typical essay was wrong. In high school they teach you how to write a five paragraph essay if pointless because we do not learn in high school so english 1A definitely weaned me off of the five paragraph essay habit. This is a total of 12 units. The professors are really nice and dedicate their teaching to students who wants to understand the concept and subject. It is a good school for those who are more comfortable with the Semester system!

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    never go around campus alone at night. there has been a lot of shootings, and sexual assaults around here. having pepper spray or a pocket knife wouldn't be a bad idea.

    Greek Life

    a lot of people join fraternities and sororities, and you usually have to know someone to get on the guest lists for their parties.

    What to do for fun

    most people like to go to frat parties, but most of the parties here aren't that great. some just drink in the dorms (which you're not supposed to) or go into the city. there's a lot of good restaurants around, but other than that there's not a lot to do in the city. and a lot of people like to do hookah, a lot of hookah bars around.

    Food and Dining

    usually have the same food everyday/every night. there's pizza, burgers, burritos, and salad on the daily. some of the food is good, some it bad, but it is a college cafeteria so you can't expect five star dining.

    Dorm Life

    depends what building you live in. the bricks is definitely the most social, and it's really not as bad as people make it seem. has the most closet/storage space.

    Academic Rigor

    make sure you look up your professors on ratemyprofessors.com. a lot of professors here have a lot of passion in what they teach.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    All throughout campus you see many different people since SJSU is an open campus, like most colleges, any person can feel free to walk on campus at any time which can raise awareness. There are campus police that patrol around campus to take anyone to and from somewhere if they do not feel completely safe. All over campus are these blue polls where you just press a button and the campus police will be there to pick you up within minutes. Also if you are somewhere else around San Jose you can call a van service that will come pick you up with no questions asked and drive you all the way back to campus. SJSU wants everyone to be safe and through these services I feel safer than ever.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of SJSU with over twenty different sororities and fraternities there is a place for every person to fit in. If you choose to go greek, you meet so many different people and connect on different levels that can lead to life long friendships. Being able to bond with all these people who have the same interests and are willing to stick by your side no matter what is what most people strive for. It is your choice to join or not but either way you will develop a huge social circle.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to even count on campus, literally there is a club for anything a person could possibly think of and if there isn't one there always can be another one added. It can raise your interest in your major or just to fulfill a hobby. You also have the option of becoming an RA where you receive free housing and just watch over underclass men. There are outside dances, movie nights, or even workout sessions all throughout the school year. You will find something that suits you and will enjoy what friendships come about.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are focused on academics or even just being social with others around them. For the type of people who are outgoing and want to live a party life. Also for those who want to be close to home but not too far where you still feel independent and can go home whenever necessary. For those who want to live on a smaller campus and smaller class sizes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SJSU is very old and there is always a tradition where all the students go to a location on campus and they present the homecoming king and queen along with all the football players that are going to lead us to victory. Also there is a chapel on campus where services are held. One of the unique things about SJSU is that we are able to hold concerts on campus throughout the entire year and it is beneficial because students do not have to walk far and they receive discounts.

    Bang for the buck

    In my eyes, paying for college is too much money no matter what school you go to. However SJSU provides plenty of services that can further your education along with that make you realize what your money is being put towards. Being able to access the library, receiving student discounts on concerts held at the event center, and transportation to various locations around the area are only a few things that SJSU provides to make you feel that bang for your buck. Let's just say it is cheaper than going to a university and you basically receive the same things if you would choose to go there.

    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of activities that range from joining a sorority/fraternity where a person can meet others with the same interests, clubs that are made for every person's interest, or being able to go downtown to eat, watch movies, or just hanging with friends where you will find most of the people from campus. Yes, there are parties to go to on weekends and activities put on by other students or RA's on campus such as dances or movie nights. You will never have a dull moment when you are on campus at SJSU.

    Food and Dining

    Food is beyond necessary when it comes to living on campus because it fuels your brain especially when it is finals week. There is a dining hall called the Dining Commons where you can find food from burritos to sushi along with free jamba juice. Although after awhile it does become annoying to eat there because the food is repetitive you always have somewhere else to choose to eat such as the Student Union or other places on campus. Another option is going downtown where there are many restaurants and you will find other students from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is one of the best experiences you can receive when going to college. Being able to meet so many different people with a variety of backgrounds and cultures opens your eyes. Even though sometimes roommates may become annoying and do unnecessary things, the fact that you have to live with them all year makes you put your differences aside and resolve the issues directly. It really makes you become independent and the reality that you are truly on your own settles in.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are no joke when it comes to college, it is a whole different ballgame from high school. The workload becomes stressful and severe procrastination can cause a person to just feel overwhelmed which is the one thing you want to avoid. The academic level is very high and teachers are pushing you to reach your potential by assigning work that is geared toward each person reaching their future goals and beyond.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips are to really be involved on campus, it will make your experience so much more fun and you will meet so many new people. Also do not procrastinate because it will come back to haunt you, school work requires more than just doing it overnight. Studying hard and going above and beyond are what can make you stand out in a room full of 300 students and trust me teachers will notice that.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a beautiful campus where a person could just sit and hang out with their friends or go downtown where all other students are studying or just talking. SJSU provides a variety of activities including sororities/fraternities, clubs, or just being involved in things on campus put on by other students or RAs. This school pushes you to work hard for what you desire along with has many resources on campus to go to such as the Living Learning Center or the Library where teachers and students provide help for all subjects.

  • 03/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 200

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Being at the center of Downtown San Jose, students can go into town to have fun. There are night clubs, comedy clubs, bars, movie theaters, and performing arts theaters for students to spend their nights with friends. Concerts are also held at the San Jose State University Event Center throughout the year. If a student is a major sports fan, San Jose Sharks play the the HP Pavilion near Downtown San Jose, and students can take the BART or CalTrain to Oakland or San Francisco to watch the Raiders, SF 49ers, and Oakland A's, or SF Giants games.

    Food and Dining

    The Student Union on campus at San Jose State University have common food chains such as Panda Express, Jamba Juice, and Subway. When offering snacks, organic and healthy options are available. Restaurants also surround the campus that include Togo's, PizzaMyHeart, Jack-in-the-Box, and cultural restaurants serving Hawaiian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and Italian food. When I'm on my lunch break, I have a difficult time choosing where to eat for lunch.

    Dorm Life

    There are five dormitory buildings on campus at San Jose State University that house first-year students to graduate students. Single rooms can house up to three people or can house one person. Students are able to pay for meal plans with the local Plenty of room layout options to choose from and payment plans are offered to afford living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    As a student at San Jose State University, my education has been challenging at every turn. Each course is valuable, and is worth taking. Science courses are especially rigorous, and are impossible to take again a second time. Impacted departments, majors, and courses has increased the competition for seats in classes, and calls for higher minimum GPAs in popular majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are interested in San Jose State University, please be away to know all your interests including different major types, career plans, urban environment, and extracurricular clubs and associations. This school encourages their students to be involved on-campus and off-campus, and I hope that new students take the opportunity to explore clubs and associations.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University has a diverse student population. Students come from all over the world including out-of-state students and international students. Diversity at San Jose State University brings different cultures and view points together into one community.

  • 03/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I am from Antioch, which is about one hour drive away from San Jose. I would say it is the perfect location if you want to stay away from home, but still be able to go back whenever you feel overwelmed about school in general. Students from So-Cal may or may not like it at this University because they often experienced home sick half way through the semester of their first year. But after awhile, it trains them to become more independent. So there is definitely pros/cons about how Nor-Cal and So-Cal students would rate this University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some of my tips for prospective students would be to talk to their counselor/ advisor during their first year if they are unsure of what they want to be or might be having trouble declaring a major. Also, if students decide to dorm on campus, they can always ask their RA (residential assistant) for anything that is related to their living situation. My last bit of advice is that due to impaction, students might want to declare their major before 60 units!

    Bang for the buck

    The cost for attending any universities can be a bit pricey, but there is always financial aid to assist low-income family. Or if anything, there are scholarships online or grants that are available for students to apply for. I have encounter problems making payments before during my first year, and I went to the Financial Aid office to speak with a counselor there. They gave me several options on how to pay off my payment on-time without being dropped from courses.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Jose State University is a very enjoyable campus because it is small enough to get to where you want quickly, but big enough to allow you to enjoy that college experience. The campus have many clubs, sororities, fraternities, and student involvement programs for students to get to know one another outside of classes.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a second year at San Jose State University and I must say that I have definitely learned a lot. The professors here, for the most part, are all very helpful. They have office hours that students can go to during their own time to either clarify an assignment or discuss with the professor about their progress in the course. Not only that, but students are constantly being challenged to do better. Professors here actually wants student to succeed and become professionals in the future. Personally, I would recommended students to take Chem 1A and Chem 1B with Dr. Singmaster if they are interested in the science field. I am a Biology major and this course taught me the basics of Chemistry that I might not have learned in high school and how science can apply to our every day life. This definitely means a lot to me because most students question how will the things we learn now be affective in our future? Well, I can tell you that all the classes I've took and the knowledge I've gained from these professors are all useful information that I can apply to in my future.

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want to become an Animation/Illustration Major, I strongly suggest attending SJSU. Though this school may not be extremely famous for Animation/Illustration, it is greatly under-represented. It's one of the best schools for this major on the West Coast. I'd have to say I'm happy I came here for this major. The students, the professors, the classes... everything is so amazing! If you come here for Animation/Illustration, you will make friends for life, memories you'll never forget, and be presented with great job opportunities without paying for the private school tuition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you improve your study/work habits. This goes for all college students. If you learn to balance your social life, school, and/or work, you will be set and you will ease through school.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a state school so it's much cheaper than a lot of private schools or Universities of California, though prices are going up because of the infamous budget cuts. I'm from a middle to low income family, but even so we are still able to afford the tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy the campus life here. I live off campus, but because I am in the Animation/Illustration major and I am in the club (SHM), I am on campus a lot because there are a lot of activities year round. This goes for many other clubs. There are so many extra-curricular activities/events all the time. Plus, SJSU is right in the middle of downtown San Jose and there are tons of places to eat and hang out off campus as well. The campus is small and you don't need a bike or a skateboard to get to class on time. Overall, I really enjoy the environment of SJSU.

    Am learning a lot

    So far the classes I've taken here have been interesting and fun. The professors can range from quiet and reserved to loud and interactive, but overall my experience here has been great when it comes to learning. Because this is college, you have to be able to push yourself and be able to work independently and the professors expect this of you. However, SJSU provides great tutoring services if you're struggling. My major is Animation/Illustration, and I'd have to say I've learned the most and had the most fun in the classes required for this major. The professors here know so much about working in the field and they really push you to be your best.

  • 08/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Concert goers, dancers, hockey fans, Spanish speakers, and California lovers!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map if you plan on making a visit! The campus isn't very confusing, but if you are looking for something specific then you will save alot of walking with one. Also, BEWARE of the PARKING, a friendly enough looking street parking space will grant you a $60 parking ticket if you aren't displaying a tag!!!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, but SJ has a great reputation for thier BFA and BA programs in dance. The biggest issue is that living costs in San Jose are the highest in all of California

    Will enjoy being here

    A big city with all of the amenaties plus the campus is very welcoming, not to mention a concert hub!

    Will learn a lot

    They have a great staff that seems very knowledgeable and capable in the realm of all things dance!

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're on top of your paperwork!

    Bang for the buck

    Listed as one of America's top colleges. And #14 of colleges that will make you rich by Forbes.com

    Am enjoying being here

    Great atmosphere, community, and weather!

    Am learning a lot

    Professors are very knowledgeable and encourage hands-on learning.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Commuters. Students who can handle flexibility. Students who can learn through self-study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to manage your time. Speak to your general adviser to ensure you're on top of all your paperwork and that you're following your curriculum properly.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    easy access to school police patrols.

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs funded by both students and school. open to new people.

    What to do for fun

    programs set up by school staff as well as student run clubs. movie theater two blocks away. christmas in the park 3 blocks away for a month.

    Food and Dining

    good food is served during anytime of the day. some foods can be taken to go for those students rushing to their next class.

    Dorm Life

    first year you live with random people without choice of room mate. the following years you can choose.each year more and more programs are set up by housing staff to make living better.

    Academic Rigor

    this is the only school i have gone to but it has well written programs. the teachers care about what they teach and as a result inspire the students.

    In three sentences

    san jose state has a very good animation program.the teachers are all caring and work to help all their students. there are many clubs created by the students for all sorts of interests.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe but be careful not to be alone at night by yourself

    What to do for fun

    Visit the library

    Food and Dining

    convenient and good food

    Dorm Life

    have not been living on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Good.

    Tips for prospective students

    To get familiar with the school take the chance to roam freely around campus, it is a pleasant environment.

    In three sentences

    The school is very diverse. Friendly and comfortable environment. I have been very pleased with my experience here.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 200

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    SHARKS hockey!, Huge night-life

    Food and Dining

    San Jose has great and unique food surrounding the campus as well as some chain restaurants. The food on-campus is also bery good and provides a lot of healthier-type options.

    Dorm Life

    If you like living with a bunch of immature people just getting out of their parents houses for the first time then its great, if not then youre out of luck.

    Academic Rigor

    If you go to class then you should not have a problem but there are many different types of teachers and each one wants things done a certain way. If you learn the way each professor wants things then you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the workshops and extra-curricular academic activities. They are very helpful although now widely used but if students were to use them then they could be even better.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a very diverse school. It enables you to experience things you might not otherwise experienced. Being able to deal with the diversity, although sometimes challenging, helped prepare me for the real world in ways that I never could have expected.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes are early as possible and keep up with your school work if you want to be successful.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is the college to go to if you wanted to have a career in engineering. The are many Greet professors and they are always willing to help you. There is the problem of to many students which leads to getting into the classes you want difficult.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 200

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is bowling in the student union, as well as an arcade and ping pong tables. There are quite a few concerts at the events center each year. There is also a movie theater near the campus.

    Food and Dining

    There's a fairly good variety of food choices in the student union. Most students would rather eat there than in the dining commons.

    Dorm Life

    The newer suites and on-campus apartments are better than the old dorm buildings that do not have air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes are comparable to bigger universities like UC Berkeley.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a major in mind because most of then are impacted. Also, watch out for homeless people.

    In three sentences

    The campus is large and has some great architecture. There are lots of majors offered, but most are impacted. There is a selection of workshops that offer extra help in certain classes.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Unlimited jamba juice with your DC meal plan.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always complete everything on time. Deadlines are deadlines and their usually isn't a second chance!

    In three sentences

    San Jose is awesome! Classes can be hard to get, it's extremely impacted. Anything with administration is extremely hard to get a hold on.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is police on campus and call boxes but you definitely should not be on campus past 10pm

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The very bottom of the SU. Love studying there.

    Bang for the buck

    Its expensive and parking permits are pretty pricey as well. The food on campus isn't the cheapest either. For it to be in such a dangerous location it seems like the tuition is awful high, but the education is not lacking.

    What to do for fun

    Cultural clubs, sports clubs, hobby clubs, clubs in your major- there are so many options. There is a plethora of people in them that would love to add more.

    Food and Dining

    Theres actually a good selection of food at the food court and around school. I don't mind getting lunch there one bit.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms but I hear that the bricks is a really big party building.

    Academic Rigor

    You have all the room you want to challenge yourself, there is no lack of materials that you can use to further your education. If you are struggling there are multiple free tutoring sessions available to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a parking pass, it makes like so much easier! Make sure to register early because once the classes are full you are really out of luck.

    In three sentences

    There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with SJSU student body and stay participating in your studies at the same time. The school offers a helpful and supportive staff and fellow classmates with open minds on how to improve if something is not working out. The major downfall of the place is the parking and amount of crime surrounding the school since it is in the city center.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    seems pretty safe but you do get some random people walking around since the library is public and you are in the downtown area of a large city.

    Bang for the buck

    For a transfer student, I believe its rather affordable. I finished my GE at a community college but the cost difference is my 2 or 3x the tuition. Fin Aid, scholarships and loans make it entirely affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Uhh, whatever you like to do! sports, clubs, anime, study... work!

    Food and Dining

    I dont eat much on campus but there are lots of things, jamba juice (supposedly unlimited to those living on campus), panda express, and other things. your downtown so you can find a bus and jump to somewhere to eat supper easy. Lots of ethnic foods around the area, it is one of the most diverse areas in the state.

    Dorm Life

    *dont live on campus* they get filled QUICK! Sign up at least a semester in advance

    Academic Rigor

    upper division work requires alot of reading but faculty is very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead, make sure you know deadlines, due dates for fees or else you will regret it. Find out what the instructors expect of you and the class, talk to them often, study and all that stuff that students are responsible. Find at least one person in each class to study, converse, trade notes with... if you're that kind of person.

    In three sentences

    Great kinesiology department with plenty of opportunities for sorrorities, clubs, etc. Health services are great and full time student benefits are great: transit passes, pool and gym, discounts on all ticketmasters sales. A truly diverse area and if you love the city, this is where its at in Silicon Valley

  • 11/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    SJSU is great for all types of students! It's a very diverse, spirited, and accepting school.

    Tips for prospective students

    My most important tip would be to make your years in college shine. These few short years will either make or break your future and career. Study as hard as you can, get enough sleep and just have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Paying for college is not too bad right now. However, we are looking at cuts in grants and increases in tuition costs. That is the reason I give this category 4 stars. In the beginning of the school year, I tried my best to find a job on campus to help pay for school but reached no luck. The few career fairs are not as helpful as I would want them to be. Many students are still desperate for some way to earn money.

    Am enjoying being here

    The friendly atmosphere and beautiful campus are my favorite parts about attending this school. Currently, I am living in the dorms and meeting new friends is very easy. Occasionally, there are movie nights and other events organized by residential advisers to bring people closer. Every weekend is when students party it up and live the college experience. Off-campus are tons of restaurants and entertainment in close proximity. The great thing is that public transportation is included in your tuition, so you can basically travel through the whole city!

    Am learning a lot

    For my first semester at SJSU, I took Business 12, Physics 1, Health Statistics 67 and Linguistics 21. In the past, I had physics and statistics classes but at SJSU, I find myself learning a lot more in those two subjects. Aside from the academic aspects, there are people who actually want to help you. Whether it be needing an extra hand on that research paper or planning out next semester's classes, there is always help.

  • 01/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    communications disorders, business, computer design

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus an be sure to talk to your major advisor ASAP in order to make sure you are on track. You are attending a state school so do not expect to have things handed to you.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick a school because of the location, atmosphere, people, culture, diversity, clubs, and of course major.

    Bang for the buck

    Although college is difficult to pay for, San Jose tries their best to make sure your dollars are worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've joined multiple clubs and chartered a sorority onto campus. I've meet so many amazing people and have expanded my network.

    Am learning a lot

    They offer multiple classes with all different types of subjects. The professors have such passion and dedication to their students.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's in the middle of downtown San Jose. There are lot incidents that happen all the time. They may be minor, but they happen.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great, fun and rewarding.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a variety, but it's hard to ever find out about them.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for DIY (Do it yourself) kind of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No school spirit.

    Bang for the buck

    4th Street Pizza is always good during happy hour and Tres Gingos on Tuesday nights.

    What to do for fun

    Participate in whatever interests you, whether it be drama club or intramural sports.

    Food and Dining

    DC are one of the few limited options. If you can, go off campus for food.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of people like to keep to themselves, others like to be outgoing. It all depends where you are. I recommend the bricks or off campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are dedicated and hardworking, but hard to approach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get active with the community and the school, join an organization or a club. They will help you learn and grow.

    In three sentences

    Academics are great, everything else not so much. Social, school spirit, campus life isn't as great as most colleges.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    social athletic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the village market

    What to do for fun

    i have a job so usually when i'm not at school, i'm at my work.

    Tips for prospective students

    use your resources. go to your professors office hours. study every chance that you get.

    In three sentences

    san jose state is an awesome university. it is easy to get classes and the professors are very helpful. there are plenty of resources available to me that i can use to become a successful student.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i will have to say it is not the safest campus. at night, it gets sketchy so stay alert and aware of your surroundings. buddy system!

    Food and Dining

    the dining commons is a buffet but once again it is not a featured restaurant. there is somewhat of a variety but the plans are a bit overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    dorm system needs to be refined since the new requirement for first year freshman to live on campus. the dorms are not a five star hotel but what can you expect out of a college.

    Academic Rigor

    it is on a semester system which most people take advantage of but that doesn't imply for a person to slack off. stay on task, focus, and enjoy. also, it can vary depending on majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    do your research. before i selected to come to this school i took into consideration the majors, programs, social life, surrounding location, and a whole lot more. just because one part is great doesn't mean the whole will be, and vice-versa (and i mean that in a good and bad way).

    In three sentences

    san jose state university is not just a commuter university. it is a university that offers an immense amount of opportunities for people. a school that is often overlooked should a considerable contender when searching for the right education.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    fun, diverse, open-minded, dedicated. don't go to college if you're not willing to actually put in the effort to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    lots and lots of protests! i loved that about sjsu-- there were always walk outs and podium speeches and marches all over campus. even the professors walk out occasionally!

    Bang for the buck

    san jose state remains one of the cheapest universities in the state. it's a great campus and i'm so glad i went there and am only $16,000 in debt after 4 years.

    Food and Dining

    you're right in the middle of downtown san jose so you could eat anything anywhere!

    Dorm Life

    it feels relatively unsafe, to be honest. if you have a lot of money, you'll be comfortable, and if you don't, you'll be miserable. but this is the case at any college so it's not so bad.

    Academic Rigor

    it depends. many courses felt like ap classes from high school and many felt way easier or way harder. the history department, for example, is much harder and stricter than the english department. it all depends on the major.

    Tips for prospective students

    declare a major and a minor as soon as possible so that you're out much quicker! if you find any subject really interesting and fun, ask the professor whether or not they're involved in any research and if you can help. establish a relationship with your adviser-- you might need them later!

    In three sentences

    i always had the feeling that they felt so bad that tuition kept going up every year. they're very helpful so use their resources wisely! it will depend on your major whether or not the classes are hard or easy.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    san josé state university is good at keeping the territory of the university safe. the university police force also alerts the students and other personnel of criminal activity via email and text messages.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs that one can join and activities that keep the university interesting beyond straight academics.

    Great for these types of students

    distance education students interested in library science. great for all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the traditional bell is rung for special moments.

    Bang for the buck

    for a graduate student of the school of library and information science, san josé state university is decently affordable compared to other master of library & information science programs of the u.s. and canada. the professors of the slis are also good at guiding students to achieve their career ambitions.

    What to do for fun

    attend sports matches. for distance education students, watch presentations from the school of library and information science.

    Food and Dining

    i cannot comment on this, because i am a distance-education student in georgia.

    Dorm Life

    i cannot comment on this, because i am a distance-education student in georgia.

    Academic Rigor

    the school of library and information science of san josé state has a strong program. the university grading scale makes students work harder to earn the higher grades. students will learn to maintain a high level of achievement.

    Tips for prospective students

    study aggressively, plan your homework and social activities well and take advantage of everything that san josé state university has to offer you. you will benefit the most from your education by being true to your academic interests. don't sell yourself out for the desire for money. the desire for money will only betray you. always obey your true academic and career interests.

    In three sentences

    san josé state is a university of prominent heritage. its professors are outstanding at guiding their students. san josé state university is a great beacon of higher education of california and the u.s.a.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the san jose area is very unsafe. i feel unsafe walking to my dorm room from the library. non-sjsu students are always on campus.

    Greek Life

    greek life is huge on campus. they are constantly having events for charity or just for personal enjoyment. the greek community is very close knit and provides the opportunity for people to get to know their peers and to feel connected to something larger.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the gym is very nice, but sometimes crowded. i like to go to the gym everyday and have found their facilities to be quite nice.

    What to do for fun

    going to the mall or target is fun as well as going to quickly's near campus. hanging out in the lounge of the dorm floors is fun too because people are always around or you can watch television.

    Food and Dining

    the dc has a variety of options but sometimes the food doesn't look or taste good. they are very compliable to people who are vegan or vegetarian.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is good and convenient. it is also very expensive but more safe than living off campus. the triples that have been added to the dorms are inconvenient because it is such a small place for 3 people.

    Academic Rigor

    the courses that i have taken so far have been interesting and challenging. most of the professors that i have had have such a passion for that they teach which contributes to a good learning environment. professors make themselves available outside of class for those concepts that are particularly challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would suggest living on campus if you are not from the bay area. carry pepper spray or another form of defense around you. don't ever miss your registration date/time!

    In three sentences

    san jose state is a wonderful school with professors who are eager to teach. the campus is small and easy to navigate. it is also in a good location with a lot of restaurants and grocery stores at a convenient distance away from campus.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    as a student at san jose university, you are able to sign up to receive text alerts through the sjsu emergency alert system. downtown san jose is not the safest place in the world, so when something happens, alert-sjsu will send you a text right away so you are informed about what is happening not only on campus, but within the community.

    What to do for fun

    if you are looking for a place to relax whether it's by yourself or with some friends, the music room is a great place to be. located on the second floor of the student union, the music room is exactly what it sounds like: a room that plays music. the djs have a very wide selection of music, ranging from soft hip hop to jazz. it's a very relaxing place that i often go to when i want to do homework or to hang out with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    sjsu is conveniently located at the heart of downtown san jose. luckily, there are plenty of great places with great food that will definitely satisfy your cravings after and in between classes. there is also a wide variety of places so you don't have to eat the same thing everyday (unless you want to). if you don't have time to walk off campus to find some food, you can never go wrong with the food court located inside the student union-- which also includes a wide variety of choices from chinese food, to mexican, or healthy choices like subway. the food court is my favorite place on campus!

    Dorm Life

    because of the rising college expenses, i personally am not able to afford to live on campus. however, if i had the opportunity to, i would definitely take it without hesitation. living on campus would change my college experience completely. i think all college students should dorm for at least one year to get the full college experience. of course, there are no parents there to tell you what to do and when to do it. living in the dorms would teach me how to be independent and how to manage my time wisely. it would also allow me to be informed on current events going on at school and other information that i wouldn't be exposed to if i was not living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    academic instructions will depend on the teacher. most teachers will be fair and will allow you to voice your concern on certain assignments merely because they want you to succeed. however, there are rare instances where your professor is a tyrant who will destroy your paper and will not let you do anything about it.

    Tips for prospective students

    to get the scoop on major events and to be more involved, try to live on campus. students who stay in the dorms are first to know about certain events. joining various clubs, frats, and sororities is definitely a a way to get connected to the school. it is also a wise way of widening a network. being in clubs will introduce you to different kinds of people and may possibly open many doors. plan ahead. when registering for classes, you must plan ahead. flip through the catalog and figure out what classes you need to take weeks before your registration date or else you will not get into the classes that you want and need.

    In three sentences

    san jose state is generally a clean campus with friendly students and teachers. however, i believe the students here lack school spirit merely because the as aren't able to fully reach out to their peers and encourage school spirit. many students are unaware of the countless school events they are able to attend because of the lack of publicity.

  • 03/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    shopping, go to other cities in the bay area, tanning, musicm support other sports

    Food and Dining

    the DC is okay the food is bland

    Dorm Life

    be respectful of people and their belongings

    Academic Rigor

    stay on top of your school work that MUST come first

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you have good time management

    In three sentences

    great school. different opportunities. large but small school

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has security patrol all around the school. There are also cameras in many buildings which help prevent any criminal acts.

    Greek Life

    I have not joined any sororities so i can not review this topic. But from what i have heard the sororities have great parties and are fun to be in.

    Clubs and Activities

    The sports are Division 1 and receive high quality training as well as traveling across the country. There are also clubs for any student interests.

    Great for these types of students

    SJSU is great for all students. The students are of all races and come from all over the country. So any student can have a great experience no matter their race or background.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The King library is not only open to students but also to locals. So there are a variety of people in the library area which not all schools have.

    Bang for the buck

    SJSU is an inexpensive school yet it provides a great all around college experience.

    What to do for fun

    SJSU has a bowling alley, pool tables, and arcade room. There are also other places such as the gym or swimming pool where one can hang out and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different food options to choose from on and off campus. My personal two favorites are Panda Express and Subway. There are also pizza places nearby which are pretty good too.

    Dorm Life

    I do not and have not lived in the dorms on campus so i cannot give a credible review the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but, teach a lot of useful information. There are also fun classes such as a bowling class which can be an elective class if interested. But i feel the challenging course are much more beneficial in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and live on campus or near by so you can become more engaged with everything SJSU has to offer. Make sure to join at least one of the many clubs offered at SJSU.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is very diverse and socially conscious school. The area surrounding SJSU is also nice and has great weather. Lastly, the teachers have been very helpful and encouraging.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus PD contacts those who signed up for alerts to let you know what's going on. You can even call them to escort you to your car if it's late.

    Greek Life

    I don't participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't found my niche where I want to participate but I do help out at the Tech Museum nearby.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuter Students Students who want a good Engineering program

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There was quidditch a year ago or so.

    Bang for the buck

    Costs are rising every semester but compared to UC's its way cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of clubs, greek houses, and since it's located downtown there's plenty of nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    Downtown so there's a huge amount of choice.

    Dorm Life

    I live nearby so I don't need to stay on campus. I can't really judge so here is an average score.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm software engineering so I have many hard courses to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get distracted with other classes that you don't need and look into things like the humanities class that cover many of the GE courses needed.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is located downtown. It is easily accessible via lightrail, bus, or just driving. It's one of the best for my major- Software Engineering.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    People need to use the blue button escort safety more often. Also more check in services to buildings at night. Maybe some cameras in major areas.

    Clubs and Activities

    A great variety!

    Great for these types of students

    If you live on campus there is a lot to do: Holiday games hosted in different dorms, battle of the buildings events, movie nights, scavenger hunts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions: Check mail boxes to see how many people leave theirs unlocked. Capture the flag over the whole campus. Humans vs. zombies with nerf guns.

    What to do for fun

    Swimming pool, working out at the gym, sun bathe on the lawn by the MLK library, see a movie at the event center, organize awareness for a cause, bike ride down town, bowling, table tennis, pool, air hockey.

    Food and Dining

    More variety would be appreciated.

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes it is hard to stay focused and find a quiet place to study. Head for the MLK library!

    Academic Rigor

    Plan ahead for the classes you want so that you can be quick when your registration date comes up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and you will succeed! Make time for yourself and keep your body healthy and happy. Keep your dream and make it a reality.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is a well valued school with strong staff and faculty. SJSU has a high rate of interaction on campus through different events, seminars, sport games, and small group clubs. Overall SJSU has good academic programs as well as school pride.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus as well as off campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is diverse, there's something for everybody.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a zombie day.

    What to do for fun

    SJSU is in the heart of downtown. for fun I take free Salsa lessons downtown, go to improve shows, or participate in the activities the RA's put together in CVB.

    Food and Dining

    There are restaurants everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Whatever you do live in CVB and make sure you live in CVA before you graduate.

    Academic Rigor

    Intrsting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends, life is all about networking. Also, check out thr resources available to you.

    In three sentences

    San Jose is a diverse school that's filled great opportunities. It's also a school that has many resource available to students and community. SJSU is a campus thrives on social action, if you want to get involved and make changes...this school is perfect.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is located downtown and its an open campus. Safety is great but they are a lot of crazy homeless people around that can be scary. Just becareful and never walk alone at night. We do have security that can escort you from your class to your car or dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many fun clubs you can get involved in. Dont hold back.

    Great for these types of students

    anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The MLK library is always a great spot to go to to study during finals and midterms. Librarirans are of great assistance as well when it comes to writing research papers. Use your resources!

    Bang for the buck

    Some classes aren't worth the money you are paying and tuition is getting ridiculous.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things you can do to have fun, you just have to get out there and do it.

    Food and Dining

    SJSU is in downtown San Jose so there are many places you can easily walk to to grab some lunch. The food on Campus isnt bad either.

    Dorm Life

    I personally dont live on campus but those who do always say that its a great experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check your sjsu account. Never forget deadlines for anything. Always check your email for any information.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a very diverse campus. It is nearby to public transportation so getting here is no problem. The only pproblem would be getting into classes that you need because they fill up quite quickly.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's in downtown San Jose. We get a text alert about a robbery/mugging/sexual harassment/murder every other day. Don't park in the 10th street garage, there have been at least 5 deaths around it.

    Great for these types of students

    People that like living at home. This is a commuter school.

    Bang for the buck

    Every year, our fees and tuition are increased, and every year, we get less and less. Teachers who print out handouts do so on their own paper and ink and for their own money. You have to pay to have any administrator print out forms for you - it's $1 at the Student Services Center to get a form printed for you if you didn't print it at home. Every major is impacted, classes are impossible to get into, and because of this a four year degree takes six, on average, and every year the school gets worse and you pay more.

    What to do for fun

    Leave school grounds.

    Food and Dining

    Eating on campus is overpriced. However, it is right in downtown so you have plenty of other options.

    Dorm Life

    This is a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are passionate and genuine. Most are dispirited due to lack of decent pay and resources. Most students are idiots who still live with their parents, further discouraging teachers who would really want to try.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan out your four-year plan. Stick to it. Only get advising from your Major Advisor - general undergraduate advisors are useless. Don't fail a class, because you probably won't be able to take it again because everything is impacted and repeating students get last priority for entry into classes.

    In three sentences

    Terrible school; horrible advising for new students especially those going into Physics or Math. You will not graduate in four years. You will pay more tuition every year for less - fewer classes, fewer sections, fewer supplies, fewer resources.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security will walk you to your car a certain distance if you feel unsafe. There are campus phones if you need to contact security at any time. I felt very safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    San Jose State has a huge variety of clubs which meet the needs of many different students. I myself was a member of the Child and Adolescent Development club. There is a whole life available to students at the university.

    Great for these types of students

    San Jose State has one of the better child development programs. Professors are awesome.

    Bang for the buck

    I really felt that San Jose State was well worth the money I spent. Books are very easy to order on websites such as half.com or amazon. This saved a lot of money on text books as well.

    What to do for fun

    I loved taking a physical education class just for fun or visiting the swimming pool, which by the way is FREE to students!

    Food and Dining

    The food at San Jose State is of a wide variety. My favorite food spot was Just Below which had a variety of healthy choices such as oatmeal, sandwiches, salads, and more.

    Dorm Life

    I was challenged a great deal in my courses but learned so much. The teachers are amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    The program at SJSU was very rigorous. It was very challenging and a lot of hard work, but I learned so much and enjoyed every minute.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seek and adviser right away to make sure you know your path and don't waste any time taking classes you don't need. This will save you valuable time and money. Take the time to know how things work.

    In three sentences

    I love the professors in the Child and Adolescent Development department. It is obvious that they all have a passion for the positive development of children, and teaching their students in a way which will foster that.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    51 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although San Jose is a huge city it is one of the safest metropolitan cities in the US.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 campus organizations, pretty much anything you could want we have, even Quidditch.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as Universities go SJSU is pretty cheap, although living in the area can get really expensive.

    What to do for fun

    If you're 21 then downtown is a great place to go out. There are tons of restaurants around and a huge movie theater. The mall is really close, and San Jose is super flat- easy to ride a bike or skateboard around.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of places to eat around campus. The DC has Jamba Juice, Tully's, Pizza, Burritos, Sanwiches, and tons of other stuff.

    Dorm Life

    Housing can be expensive but it's worth it. You'll meet tons of friends and really get the college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are hard and some aren't. It depends on the teacher. Use ratemyprofessor.com to choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus, get involved.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a great school if you don't commute. The art program is great here. The campus is small and convenient to walk around.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    52 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Crime rates have gone up, but if you associate with the right people you'll be fine.

    Great for these types of students

    1. Education driven. 2. Excitement loving.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this one spot where you can always find people juggling. I've seen clowns on stilts. I love San Jose State for that reason. I never know what to expect. The Spartan Daily is a great source of information. They have sudoku puzzles. (My favorite!) Cru is another good thing to look into. The people are very welcoming. Its great to be part of a group. Even the homeless people in the surrounding community are nice. Good place to find interesting conversation. The light rail is another good place to make friends.

    Bang for the buck

    It was pretty pricey even with financial aid but worth it. BIG tip: Go to Robert's book store. They have the same stuff locally for less money and the people who work there are really nice. The eco passes are a true lifesaver. (Good on buses and trolleys.) Eco passes are really good for commuters. SJSU is after all the commuter school.

    What to do for fun

    There's an on campus bowling alley that is reasonably priced. Other than that I'd say to explore the downtown area. It has a lot to offer (and great food)!

    Food and Dining

    The DC is costly and so are meal plans which are mandatory if you live on campus but the food is really good. If I had the money I'd eat there everyday. All you can eat. Good place to study as well.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed there but heard both good and bad things about it. I think its convenient though.

    Academic Rigor

    The material is pretty balanced. I was never an A student and I did well there. This school is great for the middle man!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't commute by bus everyday. Stay on campus in dorms. Try the food at surrounding venues especially Iguana's, La Victoria, and Psycho Donuts. Find friends and study buddies. Study during breaks. Utilize counseling, tutoring, and the computer labs. DO NOT be late turning in paperwork. Although they don't look at it til months later they won't accept late applications for anything. Use rate my professor.com. It can be pretty accurate. Leave time for parking!!!

    In three sentences

    The downtown area is nice. The teachers are supportive, and want students to succeed. The only thing that I don't like is the crime rate.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is very safe

    Greek Life

    they greek life is great

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a lot of clubs you can join

    Great for these types of students

    the students are great and they can help you if any essays you need to work on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are any

    Bang for the buck

    school is great

    What to do for fun

    For fun you do sports, join clubs, and festivals.

    Food and Dining

    There is a student union where you can eat and the food is great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great because you can have your own room.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic is very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Jusy study hard and do your best.

    In three sentences

    This university is great because there are a lot of activities you can do. The professors are always there to help you. You get free pass to take the bus.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    54 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There has been a lot of shooting, mugging, stealing, and sexual harassment on campus that usually takes place at night or near the students' garages.

    Greek Life

    Not in any, but my friend's opinion of it is not very positive from her experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not in any.

    Great for these types of students

    SJSU is a great place for engineering students and nursing students as there are great programs for them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing unusual that i know of.

    Bang for the buck

    SJSU always has something fun every month as fraternities or sororities plan fun events and activities to help fund money for their greek life.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing much fun around campus, but to eat at nearby restaurants. However, when Christmas rolls around, Christmas in the Park is fun to attend.

    Food and Dining

    Good selection in and around school campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, it gets very challenging once you start upper division classes (especially accounting/nursing majors).

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for increase fees and tuition every semester. Be prepared to see and hear constructions of campus daily. Be prepared to vigorously compete if you are interested in the business (accounting) and health (nursing) departments.

    In three sentences

    SJSU has too much increasing fees and tuition. SJSU has many lovable professors who leave an positive impression. SJSU is a small campus but it soon becomes your second home from home-home.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    55 of 200

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are university officers around campus and blue lights to assist students who do not feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not too many clubs, but there are numerous activities that take place throughout the year.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a great campus, but like all schools it is definitely being affected by the budget cuts. Students are having to pay more for less.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities! There is bowling, the arcade, billiards, ping pong tables, and on top of these, a lot of different events that take place throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of foods and the prices aren't too bad.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of competition at SJSU. Almost every major is impacted and students work really hard to keep their grades up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to adapt to any situation and utilize all the resources available on campus.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a beautiful campus. There are a lot of resources available for students. People are helpful and it is a positive environment to learn in.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    San Jose State itself provide a bowling alley and pool tables for all SJSU students. At night there are musical performances and other activities to view. For students who enjoy viewing art, there Tech Museum and San Jose Art Museum is just around the block.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to go eat at SJSU. Surrounding the campus are various diners, restaurants and fast food places to go eat that are affordable at a college student rate. Even though the places to eat at SJSU lack the quality appearance, they make up for quality in their food.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I have taken only 6 classes at SJSU I can't fully determine how rigorous the courses at SJSU are. However, out of the 6 classes I have taken, studying is require to obtain a decent grade in class. Attendance to lecture is highly important and recommended as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students who does not want to walk far to certain classes, I would recommend buying a scooter or a bike for transportation. SJSU provides free VTA transportation for students living in the San Jose area.The student bookstore provides huge discounts on books and other school materials so take advantage of the bookstore if student decides to go to SJSU.

    In three sentences

    The environment at SJSU is very clean, and comfortable to be in. The people at SJSU are very friendly and helpful. For students who do not care about brand names, SJSU is the place to go to since the advisers at SJSU are great at their job and can handle any questions.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many places to get food around the campus, because the school is in the downtown area of San Jose. There are also places that are not very hard to get to in a car or on the bus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, and a wide variety for every student on campus. There are places for people that like to eat meat and also other places that serve vegetarian style food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and also great for every student. There are great people that live in the dorms of which you will make a great bond with in your time in the dorm. Even with all the people, there is always somewhere a person can go to quietly study or spend some time with themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    To keep up on your studies, and to keep in touch with counselors to make sure you are taking the correct classes for your major.

    In three sentences

    This college is very accepting and competitive in a way that always pushes you to improve your studies. The other students are very informative and are goal oriented. The teachers are always around to be reached for any question that a student may have.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is not in the safest area.

    Greek Life

    I'm considering joining a sorority next semester.

    Clubs and Activities

    There could be a wider variety of clubs I think.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, sororities/frats- make friends!

    Food and Dining

    Variety of food, great food court and restaurants near the campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically it can be challenging but teachers are interested in your success and will help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to have financial aid available before registering for classes! Keep in contact with your advisor.

    In three sentences

    The teachers I interacted with really had an interest in my success as a student. They are aware of who you are, and are always willing to help if you ask for it. The overall campus is nice as well.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own campus police station on site and have many BLUE poles as we call it on campus that are there for student help at any time we need it. If we need to be escorted up to 2 blocks off campus, the campus PD is there too.

    Greek Life

    There are numerous fraternities and sororities to choose from. From those for Chicanos/Latinos, to the ones who step and stroll. They are all about being involved within campus and helping a specific cause.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many fraternities and sororites to choose from and many different clubs that are intended for major purposes or just for fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SJSU has many historic or symbolic spots. The Cesar Chavez Plaza with a mural of Cesar Chavez and his life. We also have a statue for alumni Smith and Carlos who attened the Olympics and empowered blacks in the Olympics. We also have the liberty bell statue in the garden, and we are the only school who shares our library with the public and is 8 stories high.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on. The Fraternities and Sororities host events all year long and many clubs do too. There is a huge Halloween Party thrown by the gentlemen of Gamma Zeta Alpha, and a great end of the school year party hosted by the gentlemen of Nu Alpha Kappa. Also, there is Greek Week which is a week full of recruiting and activities by the frats and sororities, and for Homecoming week, in the campus village quad, Spartan Squad puts on activities as well. There is lots to do at SJSU.

    Food and Dining

    If you have a meal plan, the DC has many great choices to choose from, and if you just want to grab something to eat, there are many great choices from Panda Express, Jamba Juice, Mexican food, Hotdogs, Sandwiches and coffee.

    Dorm Life

    If you live in the suites, they are great and have lots of room; a bathroom, kitchen and living room & some even have their own room. If you live in the dorms (the Bricks as we call it), living is still good, but share the space with 3 other girls.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many courses that are hard, and others that are a bit more easier, but if you choose the correct professor with the help from Rate My Professor website, the courses will be a bit easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to always seek help from your advisers to make sure that you are taking the correct courses towards your intended major. Also, take advantage of you professors' office hours and ask questions because the more your professor knows you, the better chance you have at them wanting to help you. Sit in the front of the class and be engaged with the class discussions, the professors like that. Lastly, never take any class for granted, with the competitiveness that SJSU has for classes, the university will not want students that are not trying, therefore your spot at SJSU can be taken away because of bad grades.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is a very diverse institute with great opportunities for every student. SJSU has many majors to choose from. SJSU has many great professors that are always willing to help out their students.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    COMMUTERS! San Jose State is definitely a commuter-friendly campus. We have three multi-level parking garages, plus two park-and-ride lots, and all students have free VTA and Lightrail passes.

    What to do for fun

    Exploring Downtown San Jose is fun. There's the Tech Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, there are a few clubs (for those old enough), a movie theater nearby, a comedy club, a pub a few blocks down, plus there's almost always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is okay. I have not eatin in the dining commons, but in the student union you always have your choice of food. There is also a plethora of small resturants within a three-block radius of campus. I think my last count was about 20+

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, so I can't actually comment on dorm life, but I have heard that overall the dorms are pretty safe and in pretty good condition- however, it is pretty expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely need to study for your classes. There is no way around it. However, the teachers are overall pretty fair and help you through topics should you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely say, if it is an available option to you, take the Humanities Honors program. It's an amazing opportunity to get to know 30 students very well, you get to learn from some of the most amazing professors, and it takes care of 3/4ths of your general education requirements.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is an overall phenomenal school. At times, it can be difficult trying to get classes but the quality and passion of most professors and instructors for their subjects more than makes up for having to take a class you did not really want.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many food places on and around campus. The student union is great with a game room, store, a food court, etc. The library is also a great place to just read, think, or gather with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do research on the school first to truly find what it is you want to major in. The sooner you make up your mind and come to terms with what your passion is, the sooner you can graduate.

    In three sentences

    SJSU has a diverse, welcoming campus atmosphere. The school is in the heart of downtown San Jose, surrounded by the city's great culture and a wide variety of food options. It is a place where you can be yourself.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    friendly, enthusiastic, multicultural.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Food court has variety of choices available for different tastes. However, there are other choices around the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get help from available resources on campus such as tutoring, educational counselors, and even teacher's office hours as soon as they could and do not wait until is very late.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a local university and it is very convenient to attend there. I met some of my old classmates over there and I enjoy their companion and support throughout the semesters. Some of teachers enjoy helping their students more than the others.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Working out at the gym was a fun extracurricular activity to do during classes. The library at SJSU has a art exhibit, which displays work from local artists. SJSU is located in downtown San Jose, which consist of interesting shops and an independent movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    The food at dining was moderate. The food court consisted of too much fast food. What is needed is more healthy food to nourish not only your body, but your mind.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor in the Social Work Program at SJSU consisted of in-depth papers on theoretical practices. As students you are required to give presentations, and design programs, as if you were actually in the field. The elective courses required elaborate and detailed literature reviews and intense reading assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tips I can offer prospective students is to maintain focus and discipline in your academic studies. Be strategic in planning a schedule to study lecture notes and the material for each class. Do not procrastinate on any projects and assignments for class.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State gave me the opportunity to create a new career in social work. San Jose State provided has very knowledgeable professors, who work in the field of social work. The school of Social Work at SJSU was very supportive and encouraging in my academic pursuits.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hit up the Student Union for bowling, ping pong, or pool. Swim in the pool, or go to the event center to work out, play basketball, or play racquetball.

    Food and Dining

    I love that we have Panda Express and Subway.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home so I can't really rate the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's pretty tough depending on your classes. Only PE classes are really easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out what you enjoy before picking a major.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is very good academically and athletically. We could use more funding and the constantly rising tuition costs are annoying, but I like the school. Some buildings are pretty old, though.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is great. They have everything you need to fell healthy and secure about being strong for school.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is diverse and a fun expirence. Especially when meeting nice people and hope to meet life long friends

    Academic Rigor

    The education is tough and long working hours, but the final output is well worth the hard work because I learned so much during those long hours working on projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    San Jose State is a wonderful school with wide opportunities to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Their BFA Graphic Design program is the best in the state. They are known having great illustrators and designers coming out of SJSU.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I am involved in the greek life under the USFC and being in a sorority for the part 2 years have been the best part of my life. I encourage new coming students to be involved in the greek life you won't regret it.

    What to do for fun

    Inside the student union there is free bowling for students. Outside you can swim in the aquatic center for free as well. Lastly, beautiful downtown san jose is right outside campus.

    Food and Dining

    I have visited the Dinning Commons couple times and I must say they have improved. You can now find jamba juice and tully's coffee and along with a variety of other food. There is other food shops around campus that are very good spots to grab lunch.

    Dorm Life

    I never personally lived in the dorms but from I have heard I heard its pretty fun and nice places especially the suites.

    Academic Rigor

    Working on GE is as rigor-is as any other college. However entering into your program and taking upper devision can become harder, but nothing is too hard as long as you are on top of your stuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have all your college work together before coming. Be prepared for living on your own and making new friends. Lastly, be on top of your classes, and built a relationship with your professors.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a beautiful campus. You can find a variety of majors and clubs of your interest. Lastly, its in the middle of beautiful downtown San Jose.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    San Jose State is great for students who want a laid-back environment with fun people.

    What to do for fun

    Join one of the many organizations on campus, or a fraternity or sorority. You'll be sure to meet so many fun people.

    Food and Dining

    The food given at the dining commons is of average quality, but it's convenient because the wide varieties of food are served buffet-style, and you can come in any time you want, as many times you want. This also means unlimited Jamba Juice and Tully's Coffee.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm buildings are average, but the activities provided by dorm staff make it extremely easy for you to meet new people and get along with your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes I have taken so far have had a simple yet challenging curriculum that allowed me to learn many things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on-campus your first year is crucial, because it allows you to get the full experience San Jose State has to offer.

    In three sentences

    I love attending San Jose State University. It's a great experience for those who are in search of a comfortable, well-grounded, and fun environment. The education given to me at this school is also a plus.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus (or more accurately, the city) is not the safest place in the world. However, in order to combat crime and keep students safe, SJSU has taken great measures to make at least the campus safer. They have the university police department (UPD) patrolling all the time, and even if you live off campus, you can ask the UPD to escort you home.

    Greek Life

    I never joined a fraternity, but many of my friends who have joined fraternities/sororities speak quite highly of them. They also throw some of the best parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Personally, I've only explored the Shrunkenheadman club. Having said that, it is an amazing club. They have a meeting every month with free food, they get the most amazing guest speakers to come speak on campus, they have countless fun events, and all the members are unbelievably friendly, helpful, and welcoming.

    Great for these types of students

    Nurses, Engineers, Animators, and Illustrators.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone is crazy about La Victoria's orange sauce, and for good reason. Be sure to give it a try!

    Bang for the buck

    Again, it varies GREATLY from major to major.

    What to do for fun

    There is almost too much fun to be had in San Jose, and the best part is that nearly everything is walking distance. There are clubs, parties, restaurants, shops, theaters, and much much more. Another benefit of living in San Jose is that it's just a short drive to Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and numerous other exciting locations.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of different places to eat. There are familiar places (like Subway and Jamba Juice) and amazing local restaurants as well (like La Victoria's and Iguana's). The dining hall has almost every kind of food you could think of (like asian food, mexican food, desserts, sandwiches, etc...), but it can get old after a few months of eating all your meals there.

    Dorm Life

    There are always some bad apples, but overall most students in the dorms are easy to get along with. You'll be emerged in a melting pot of students from all kinds of different backgrounds. It was honestly a bit scary moving to the city on my own at first, but after your first month it will feel like home.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty level varies from major to major. Theater art majors will breeze through school, but they won't learn much. Animation/Illustration majors will be worked to the bone, but they are highly skilled and sought after post-graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep track of all deadlines. If you're ever confused or unclear on anything, just visit the advising center. Meet with your major advisors as soon as possible to plot out your academic career.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State offers a wide variety of academic opportunities. While some of the departments may not offer the best education, others are quite prestigious. For example, the Animation/Illustration program is widely considered by industry professionals to be the most successful public school program in the country.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of campus events and the school is right in the middle of downtown, which has it's pros and cons to it.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that bad.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't lived on campus but I've heard good things.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but the professors are there to support you. That's their job.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard and prove yourself. Get involved and reach out for help when you need it.

    In three sentences

    The campus has a lot of resources. It's really great having one of the largest libraries in the country on our campus with plenty of resources, some available just for students. The work ethic amongst the students is strong and everyone seems so serious about their education.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an opportunity to sign-up for a notification that will be sent to your phone if there are any disruptions on or nearby the campus. Also there are several places on campus where if you feel unsafe you can press a blue button and someone on campus will come to your immediate area

    Clubs and Activities

    Multiple and diverse clubs for all types of interests and people

    What to do for fun

    Since the campus is in the middle of downtown there are a lot of things to do nearby that are fun and entertaining and you do not necessarily need a car

    Food and Dining

    The Dining commons are close and convenient and there are places only 1-3 blocks away where you can buy groceries and/ or food

    Dorm Life

    In The Bricks dorm life is very sociable you will know everyone on your floor. In Joe West you get to know the people in your area and the apartments(CVA,CVB,CVC) are all nice places to live and a little more secluded

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on how many units you take a semester will determine how easy or difficult your academic life will be however if you run into problems there are a lot of places available on campus that will help you get back on track and/or stay on track academically

    Tips for prospective students

    Whatever major you decided or will decide be sure to do to that major department and get to know the professors and advisors that work in your area of interest. The library on campus is amazing and is a great place to get everything you need done.

    In three sentences

    San Jose state is a very diverse, helpful, and academically stimulating campus. You will be challenged, however they have programs available if you need help; tutors,advisors, study groups, study areas.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    spartan stumble:)

    What to do for fun

    hangout with friends, play video games or go to the pool.

    Food and Dining

    its ok could be better at times, a lot of asian food at the DC!

    Dorm Life

    I give it a 4 because were all connected everyone knowing each other.

    Academic Rigor

    i give it a 3 star for hardiness.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't bring a lot of stuff! it gets hazardous there with all of the laundry and small room space. Just bring a positive outlook and your dreams and your set!

    In three sentences

    different, its cultured has history as well as a future. Im happy and grateful to be apart of the institution, and know that i have a good career ahead of me because of it.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are homeless people on campus and in the library.

    Bang for the buck

    Very inexpensive

    What to do for fun

    There has been very little school spirit or activity.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad food choices. They have healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with your counselor a lot! Find an internship right away, and make sure you live in a safe area.

    In three sentences

    It is excellent value for the price. The counseling can be more helpful. It is not a very social school.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is a little slow at responding to things. Alert SJSU's came in abundance this past year. But overall they get the job done.

    What to do for fun

    There is always an event going on in CVB and Associated Students make sure to keep students active within the dorm communities so you will never get bored.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons can get repetitive but it's always there when you need it. Open early and closing late it allows students to get a well balanced meal everyday.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are far nicer than most colleges. Campus village is a comfortable place to lay your head.

    Academic Rigor

    SJSU is a rigorous school aimed to challenge students and make them think outside of the box to become well rounded adults.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with a good head on your shoulders and remain focused on school. College life is no walk in the park.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a great school, full of diverse students and teachers. There are various educational opportunities there and it is a great place for students to discover their desired careers.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The weekly 'Art Crawl' in the art building. So fun to see all works of SJSU artists.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad, but it is a little pricey. I prefer going off campus for cheaper food.

    Dorm Life

    I life off campus, so I have no feedback for this area.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging classes but well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Save up and work hard if you're not qualified for financial aid. Do not take loans!

    In three sentences

    SJSU is a very active school, especially in offering school events. The teachers here seem very passionate when they teach. The work staff in the offices are very willing to help the students with our questions.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    don't walk alone

    Greek Life

    i dunno

    Clubs and Activities

    shrunken headman club!

    Great for these types of students

    anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    join a club

    Bang for the buck

    too expensive

    What to do for fun

    Hang out downtown, movie theater, eat, coffee shops.

    Food and Dining

    pretty good

    Dorm Life

    it's alright

    Academic Rigor

    depends on major

    Tips for prospective students

    Really look into the major you want to have and make sure it's a right fit for you.

    In three sentences

    I really like the campus. My major's professors are amazing and among the best. The dorms are alright.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    All over the campus there are police poles for students walking around campus late at night or alone. They become useful for those people. However, there have been many unsolved shootings and robberies that have happened on or near the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various clubs on campus, from sports to academics. The type of club you want to do depends on your interest. For example if you like Recreation, there is a recreation club. Or if you like playing sports such as volleyball, there is a club volleyball team you may try out for.

    What to do for fun

    For fun the school will have the usual: school sports games, outdoor events, or things such as the gym and pool. Since most people commute they seek fun outside of school grounds; this is especially since the school is located in downtown san jose where there is not much to do.

    Food and Dining

    The school dining commons has had the same food for the past two years. Students put input in to change meals and it hasnt been done. The meal plan is also expensive so most people dont have one and prefer to shop in stores.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not to exciting. A lot of people tend to stay in their rooms. When people are in their dorms it is mainly for studying and not too much hanging out. It really depends on where you dorm and who you dorm with.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but you are given fair opportunity to get the grade you need. Teachers are there for help when you need it, however they are not too available outside of class from what I have experienced.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest getting involved in order to really enjoy the complete campus life. It is a commuter school so you're bound to meet people living off and on campus.

    In three sentences

    The school is overpriced and very unorganized. However, faculty and staff for the most part have been approachable for help and most of them are very interested in what they teach. Overall, SJSU is an okay school, but it was not my first choice.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    they have a lot of security if you ever need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    they have a lot of activities from clubs and sororities

    Great for these types of students

    great for any type of students art, science, math, anything you will find something that will help you or something that you enjoy

    Bang for the buck

    i think that its a really good school, people should come and check it out .

    What to do for fun

    work out, hang out with friends, go for walks, join a sorority and many others

    Food and Dining

    they have great and healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    i have only spent the night once but i enjoyed my stay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you check the web page and meet the deadlines.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a really active and interesting school. It's diversity in ethnicity makes it more interesting, with a variety of careers to study and a friendly environment is a great school to go.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are a lot of them.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Loved getting involved.

    Bang for the buck

    Compare to other State schools SJ is one of the best and there is a place for anyone to fit in.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city all the students that are attending SJSU gets a sticker for FREE public transportation.

    Food and Dining

    The good stuff at the dining common is Tully's and Jamba juice!

    Dorm Life

    I really enjoyed living in the dorms. I was placed in CVB as a freshman it is one of the newly built dorms. You will learn a lot!

    Academic Rigor

    If you work hard grade is not a problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your placement tests seriously. I myself didn't and had to take remedial classes my first semester.

    In three sentences

    If you like the urban city vibe this is the school for you. I like how the school is in Downtown San Jose. A lot of ways for everyone to be involved on campus.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have the blue light system but still you should be careful b.c it is not a closed campus and it is in a downtown that hasn't been revived; you might see a few homeless people.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is good. Everyone is friends and you have to maintain the grades to stay in there.

    Great for these types of students

    LOVE HARRY POTTER? play games that they did in the movie, just without the flying and magic of course!

    Bang for the buck

    Depending on how many classes/units you take, your tutition wont be too costly. Always have an eye out for free books/ discounts on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Join various clubs and sports- it will be fun. Also go to the football games! GO SPARTANS!!!

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dinning is WONDERFUL. I stayed over night for my orientation and they catered everything very well. they have good food inside their campus and outside.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has its ups and downs. You might friend great room mates or you might not. Try to make friends with them and spend more of your time outside the dorm to interact with others as well. I had great room mates for my orienatation.

    Academic Rigor

    Every college is hard is that is how you want to put it. It all depends on the classes you take and the teachers you get. However, regardless of that, you should always be ontop of your game.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick your orientation date early as possible because the classes WILL fill up quickly. explore the surrounding downtown, you will find great places to hang out with friends. Dont be afrid to just introduce yourself and make friends; it will help you in the long run.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is VERY diverse. The community there is very friendly. There are a lot of good classes here- stuff you would be surprized to hear about.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    San Jose has consistently been of the safest big cities in the U.S. for years, and the SJSU campus is similar. Infrequent isolated incidents are reported and fliers are posted immediately for awareness purposes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Nothing that stands out as unique enough to drop work hours to attend. Several Business student associations hosted a club Olympics for the first time this year. That looks promising.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters, full time working students, students who can't afford U.C. schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I'm aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition continually rising all the while cuts are universally applied, programs being cut, less hours available in the counseling offices, etc. Not a good bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    Under 21, not much. Downtown has an okay night life, but for under 21 a short drive of 45 (ish) minutes can take you to San Francisco or Santa Cruz.

    Food and Dining

    Standard. Jamba Juice, Subway, Coffee Shops, decent kitchen with tasty breakfast burritos.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are only about memorization and not learning or applying critical analysis. Others are taught by professors with a chip on their shoulders and take pride in failing students. Overall level of academic rigor is mixed bag of strong and weak due to this dynamic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your academic progress and speak with multiple advisers, as some will not know everything you need to meet your degree requirements.

    In three sentences

    Overall disappointing, state funding issues are eroding the level of education and the quality that teachers care about their job and their students. All following responses are relevant only in the business college at SJSU.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is much to do on the campus. One can enjoy sports without being committed by forming their own team with friends to play as a hobby. There is also a gym where students can benefit from as getting in shape.

    Food and Dining

    The food from the cafeteria is great, it has varieties to select from.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the rooms are spacey, there are enough cabinets to use for storage.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to make good use of time, time management is one of the most important keys to success during the years of college.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University has a exellent campus. It has a pack of impressive staffs and diversed student body. Overall it is a great school to study at.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crimes do occur near campus, as campus is located in an urban area. Students just need to be aware of their surrounds and try not to be out at night as much as possible. Alerts are sent out through email when crimes do occur which is nice because I am able to read the description of the offender in-case I run into the offender.

    Clubs and Activities

    A large variety of clubs and activities to join and participate in. SJSU provides IM sports which is a nice fun way to play sports without trying out for a team.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I like to play the guitar, I love to be with people so often times I am eating with friends and family. I like to read my bible most days. I love exercising so sometimes I do yoga, play volleyball, or go to the gym.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of restaurants around campus since it is located in downtown San Jose. Popular restaurants serve Mexican, Vietnamese, and American cuisine. Food tastes awesome here.

    Dorm Life

    I have never stayed at SJSU's dorms but I do visit my friend's dorms. The dorms are extremely safe and clean. There is a watch-person who checks all visitors in.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are rigorous. Students must keep on top of things to pass courses here at SJSU. Professors give students opportunities to pass so as long as a student tries their hardest, they should be able to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should try to declare a major as soon as possible. This will help to graduate on time. A change of major or not declaring one may delay one's stay at San Jose State University.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a great school to attend. Professors genuinely care for their students and students are able to feel comfortable in the learning environment on campus. Campus is conveniently located in downtown San Jose where there is much to explore on student's free time.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, for any student tis school is so welcoming and anybody fits in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like the statues and the different buildings it just BEAUTIFUL.

    Bang for the buck

    Downtown San Jose you can walk everywhere and local transportation is FREE.

    What to do for fun

    Chill with your friends, movies, go to events that the school host or club host, swim, and do things that interest you.

    Food and Dining

    it could be better, but hey its college food and the good thing is that there are a lot of good restaurants by the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a way to get involved in anything at school. It is not hard to get involved and it is great way to find and meet friends that meet with your interest. Don't be shy and make the most out of your college experience, and don't be scared to approach your professors.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful school with an awesome environment, very welcoming. The classes are interesting depending in which major you decide to take. Awesome campus, love it.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to look at the environment surrounding the university or college you plan on going to. Is it safe to walk around? Are the crime rates high? Is the university secluded? SJSU is almost perfect, in that there are a TON of places within walking distance, from restaurants to grocery store; however, it can be a bit noisy with a lot of parties around but what can you expect from a college neighborhood?

    In three sentences

    SJSU is rich with diversity and color. Students are friendly and willing to help. The professors I've met so far are really animated, engaging, and passionate about what they teach.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like diversity and a bigger campus this is for you. It is not really for those interested in medicine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, there is a tradition in which a student will become a legend if they eat a Burritozilla from the restaurant of the same name.

    Bang for the buck

    Since it is a big school, there are many options. These are also professors with a passion, not just any staff.

    What to do for fun

    Oh my, there are many things to do for fun. You can join a Greek group, go bowling, join a club or meet new friends.

    Food and Dining

    I love that there are on campus restaurants and also restaurants across the streets.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm, but I see students walking around campus and having their fraternities and sororities in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is by no means easy, so make sure to study a lot. The professors here are very passionate about their field also.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a tip, make sure that you get advising from an advisor in order to get the right classes. Also, you might want to consider walking around in order to find the right classes.

    In three sentences

    This university has a lot of diversity with students from all over the world. I like this university because my high school was also big and diverse. There are so many majors to choose from, including master's degrees.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I play soccer, go swimming and daily excercise! I also sometimes go to concerts and meet new people

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe. Just be a bit weary at night or very early in the morning..(from like 11pm - 5am) because the campus IS an open campus. So sometimes you get random people walking on it. But generally if they're on the campus, they're there for some educational purpose...unless they're there at the suggested times...then they're either a student or a hobo.

    Greek Life

    I don't know too much about greek life, but i've heard it's insanely awesome. If you get the chance, look into it!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who work hard and play hard should fit right in here.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a csu, so it's going to be cheaper than UCs or Privates. But they are raising the tuition every year or two...so just be on the look out for that.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of things!

    Food and Dining

    Yes yes good food for everyone nomnomnomnom.

    Dorm Life

    There are three types of dorms: Suites, bricks and apartments. Suites are very nice/new and promote a more closed group of friends rather as compared to the bricks. The bricks(classics) are generally very social and many people report being friends with everyone on their floor; however, the bricks building is an older building so don't expect it too look great or anything.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor will be dependent on your major. Engineering majors tend to be much harder than average course work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up and you really shouldn't have any problem. Do well on your SAT to be exempt from assessment test (they're just a pain more than anything). And be on top of all of your due dates; get things done early so you wont have any regrets later.

    In three sentences

    SJSU seems to be a very proactive school in terms of engineering and science (it IS based in the silicon valley). Very friendly campus which contributes to much better studying habits. Truly, I'm very lucky to be attending this amazing school.

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    SJSU is close to everything the possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    Even if you're not eating on campus, the University is surrounded by really great food.

    Tips for prospective students

    Schedule a counseling appointment ahead of time and make sure to take the WST ASAP!

    In three sentences

    San Jose State's environment is every quiet and peaceful even though it is in the middle of downtown San Jose, CA. The campus is currently undergoing renovations but is still very awe-striking. The counselors are extremely helpful and very friendly.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    not only does it have a bowling alley, but it is also located in the city so there is a lot of night life to enjoy on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    It offers a diversity of foods and snacks

    Dorm Life

    students can benefit from meal plans and close to campus living

    Academic Rigor

    a very professional and challenging classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and get to know people. college is more fun when you have people you can study with

    In three sentences

    San Jose State has a great atmosphere full of diversity and art. It is a very safe college that make the students feel very comfortable. Its educational program is great and offers great opportunities for students around the world

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is excellent. All the dorm buildings are secured, and there are special police phones all over campus in case of an emergency. The campus police are very easy to reach and very friendly. They will even escort you at night in a golf cart if you need to get to and from a place in the dark. and feel uncomfortable. There is also an SJSU Alert system in place, so whenever something happens, students are notified immediately via text message and email. The only events that really happen though are petty thefts- usually stolen cell phones. The only reason I would give SJSU a 4 on campus safety is because it is located downtown, and everyone should be self-aware and alert- particularly at nighttime. Downtown San Jose is a very safe place, but it is still a good idea to walk around with other people when you are out at night. There are never problems on campus- the problems usually occur right nearby campus or off of campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life seems pretty hip and happening over here. It's not as big of a deal as it is at other schools, but it is definitely prominent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many clubs here at SJSU. It is actually a bit overwhelming, but it is also wonderful that there are so many options, because it means that there is a place for everyone here.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are interested in anything related to computers or technology. This is definitely the campus for you. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is the prime spot to gain an education in technology and gain a job or internship. SJSU is also great for psychology, biology, nursing, and teaching credentials. However, SJSU is truly an awesome school for any major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most famous locations on campus is Tower Hall. It was one of the first things ever built on campus, and SJSU is actually the oldest CSU...so it's really old, and everyone appreciates it. Although this isn't practiced anymore, a long time ago, some fraternities and sororities used to make their new pledges sit on a chair balanced on a plank hanging over the edge of the top of the tower.

    Bang for the buck

    SJSU is a GREAT deal. It is a CSU, so it is already less expensive than a UC, but don't think for a second that you will be getting a lesser quality education. For the most part, the professors here at SJSU are wonderful, and you will truly learn a lot. Just like all universities, there are a few duds when it comes to instructors, but all in all, you get a great deal here at SJSU.

    What to do for fun

    There are about a million things to do here in San Jose. On campus, you can always strike up a racquetball game in the gym, go swimming at the aquatic center, attend a concert at the event center, or even just chill in the shade and enjoy a nice barbecue at the grills on campus. Off campus, you can really go anywhere, as there are so many things to do. There is a nearby ice rink, where you can skate or play ice hockey, there are a ton of green parks, and there is also no shortage of malls and hiking/biking trails. San Jose is a huge city, so you will definitely not be bored here!

    Food and Dining

    SJSU definitely rates a 5 when it comes to food that is available to students. Food places are everywhere- the DC, the student union, the campus village. The student union offers both fast food and healthier options, such as Subway and Panda Express. There are plenty of off-campus restaurants as well that are really great and very close by, like Peanuts and the Pomegranate Cafe. There are also random little coffee shacks conveniently placed throughout campus in case you ever need a caffeine boost.

    Dorm Life

    SJSU tends to be a commuter campus. Many people still live at home or live in apartments nearby. That being said, the people who do live in the dorms seem to enjoy it. The bricks (the older dorm room buildings) are less comfortable and roomy than the suites, but either way, you'll meet a plethora of friendly neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, this depends on your major. Some departments, like the engineering department, will require lots of elbow grease and time on your part. Other majors, such as those related to the arts and humanities, are a bit more laid back- sometimes those majors don't even have finals! No matter your major, you will be placing effort into your studies, but some departments are stricter and more difficult than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you utilize all the resources that are offered to you! Your SJSU ID gets you free access to all VTA services, the SJSU gym, the SJSU aquatic center, and much, much more. Check out the SJSU website and visit the student service center to find out as much information as you can about deals and services that are available to you as an SJSU student.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is a wonderful campus filled with beautiful scenery, lovely people, and plenty of activities! It is a medium-sized college, both in terms of amount of students and size of campus. It is a great school, and you definitely get more bang for your buck here.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since it's located downtown, there are lots of places to go!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely apply to San Jose State. They have a fun atmosphere and great teachers.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a lovely campus in the heart of downtown San Jose. It has a thriving campus with great faculty. There are always great student events and fun things to go to.

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good I guess. Never had any problem so far.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots, from sports to academic

    Great for these types of students

    Loves Nature, friendly, city dweller

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since I have not been there long, I don't know.

    Bang for the buck

    Well college is expensive anywhere you go. No matter how much you spend its still too much, but your there to learn.

    What to do for fun

    Bowling, Table Tennis, Billiards, Sports Club, Swimming, Exercise, etc

    Food and Dining

    Food court is good, many different options to choose from. Healthy to Not so healthy. Since SJSU is in downtown, many different off campus restraints to go to. (i.e Flames, Mexican food, Sushi, Yogurtland, etc)

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, however when I went to the 2 day Frosh orientation, I had to live in the dorms. If you are going to live there, don't get the Bricks. It is the oldest dorms on campus. AC doesn't work, bathrooms are poorly lit and showers are nasty.

    Academic Rigor

    Well its college, of course its going to be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Books super, super early, like during the summer weeks before the first day.

    In three sentences

    Good College to go to. Nice campus, fairly easy to find classes. Some teachers could be better, but overall a friendly environment.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UPD is always there.

    Greek Life

    Awesome!!!

    Great for these types of students

    People who like different kinds of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgates before football games!

    What to do for fun

    There are events going on everywhere! From BBQs to games and movie nights within your forming complex.

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO CLASS!

    In three sentences

    A very diverse and excepting school. A place that has something for everyone and is very school spirited. This school has a little bit of everything for everyone.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not too big, but there is a significant amount of Greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a great school for people who want to get a serious education but also want to have some fun while doing it.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do since it's downtown SJ, parties, clubs, restaurants, shopping, anything you can imagine.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and the people who serve are super nice.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is so friendly and the dorms are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, the academic rigor has been good because it is not too packed and not so little that I can skate my way through school. I think it is perfect for me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good GPA and do extra curricular activities and you should be fine.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is an extremely friendly and diverse environment. I love the gorgeous campus and I absolutely love the people that go here. Everyone is so accepting and nice.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Obviously, like any college, we do have parties and many events. Also there are many classes on campus that are fun and engaging.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very tasty and I do not each much at school but if I had the money to do so, I would eat at San Jose State University everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms because I cannot afford it. Nonetheless my friends who do live in the dorms seem to enjoy them.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you make time for school work, the classes are manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest advice I give is to manage your time effectively. College students need to have a balance between school, work, and fun.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is everything I look for in an University. It is full of mountainous resources and opportunities. This University has definitely opened my doors and has pushed me to take pride in my work, as well as excel at anything and everything I do.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are all sorts of fun classes available at SJSU. If you're involved in a club, there are many fun opportunities in the group. Just check out the area around campus, too, because there are all kinds fun places around.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of restaurants around and at SJSU, so there is always something good to eat. The options, however, may not be the healthiest around, and the freshman 15 may not be so hard to get.

    Dorm Life

    It's hard for me to say anything specific about dorm life at SJSU, but from what I heard from others it's good. You get to meet a lot of people and can always have a study buddy for all those last late night study sessions.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course each class and teacher is different, but on average, I'd say that the classes are good and you do learn things in every class. There is guaranteed to be a lot of essays, studying, exams, and projects each semester, so you do have to earn your grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    A good tip for students would be to get involved at the school, whether it is by joining a club or even working on campus. If you get involved, you can easily make new friends and start to feel more comfortable in the new surroundings.

    In three sentences

    This school is very accepting of people from all sorts of diverse backgrounds. The campus itself may not be the best there is, but the faculty make up for that and really do want the students to suceed. The school also provides students with VTA passes so it's easy to get to and from school if you commute.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, try and use the facilities and things the school can offer you.

    In three sentences

    The occupational therapy department at SJSU is great, I am not sure about the other departments. The campus is pretty, but as it is situated downtown, students need to be extra aware of their belongings etc.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very good! Around campus, there is police and places you can go for safety if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.

    Greek Life

    There are so many great organizations out there!! You just have to find the one that fits your personality and you will have the best experience you could ever imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to live in a city but at the same time in a small campus, this is the school for you.

    Bang for the buck

    San Jose State isn't as expensive as i thought it would be. I am able to live on campus and still have extra money to spare which is always a good thing. You just have to make sure you get a job on campus because they are very flexible with hours knowing that academics are your first priority being there.

    What to do for fun

    Around campus you will find at least 3 malls so you don't have to worry about not having a place to spend your time. There are also a few bowling allies and tons of movie theaters around.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining commons is better than I expected. All i really eat are sandwiches and salads; luckily for me, they have those in the dining commons and are amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I am having the time of my life living in the dorms. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. You will definitely make new friends quick!!

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have seen so far, professors are passionate about what they do at this school. They all seem to be very interested in how their students are doing and unlike at other places, they are always there to help or talk whenever one needs them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though it is expensive to live on campus, i would definitely recommend it if you are a local because the traffic in the morning on the freeway is ridiculous and what you would be saving on food and gas would be going to your housing expenses. Plus, you will have to make lifelong friends and have an actual college experience.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely fell in love with this school from the moment i walked onto campus! It is small but with great energy and great people. Going here has been the best choice i have made so far.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. There are security alarm poles all over campus and 24/7 campus security. The only downside is the amount of homeless living on campus. It isn't pretty but it is at least not putting students in any danger.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are offered but I do not think a large number of students are involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who lives in San Jose and wants to stay in that environment.

    Bang for the buck

    I love classes in my Film Major. I do not recommend going for General Ed though since you could do the same at community college for a lot less.

    What to do for fun

    There are great clubs around and a lot of school activities offered.

    Food and Dining

    There's good food around campus. Nothing world famous but there is a lot restaurants that offer a student discount which is great.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms my self but I hear it can be very loud and can have a lot of drama. I lived across the street in an apartment for a year and it was a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    I am happy with classes in my Major. They are fun and helpful to my career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to a community college first to save some money and get your General Ed out of the way, then be sure to transfer.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is a great school in existing content. It has been hard with fee increases. I know I am getting my money's worth for my major.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is open, so that can allow for a little risk, but there are cops in the quad all night to provide precaution and there are sites all over campus with emergency call centers. All of the buildings are also strictly locked down and can only be entered by people that live there.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on this campus. All of the people involved in Greek life are very respectful and joining a fraternity or sorority would be a great opportunity for any student. They are all also very welcoming.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every interest and information about the different clubs is always readily available.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is extremely diverse and would be great for any type of student. There are many resources available also.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a organic cafe on campus and a Quidditch team that students can observe practicing often. There is also a 8 floor library that has a giant red wood tree growing through the middle of it.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many loans available through the school, but no state university is cheap. I've had some struggle financially, but there are people here to help you and get you answers.

    What to do for fun

    There and many clubs and involvement opportunities on campus. There are also many fraternities and sororities involved with the school. The information about how to get involved is always available also.

    Food and Dining

    It is not five star quality but it is satisfying and available until one in the morning during the week. It is very convenient and they give you many options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms all have a great sense of community and safety. I love living in the dorms and love meeting all the people while feeling at home.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers make you work for your grade and expect you to learn, not just memorize material. However, as long as you do the reading, you will be OK.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you check your email often from the time you apply and on. Many teachers communicate this way and inform you of assignments before classes start and during weekends and breaks. Keep up on the reading assigned because the teachers use the books a lot. Make friends and keep interested in school.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a beautiful campus located in Silicone Valley and the ideal college for engineer majors. The professors here are incredibly helpful and are truly here with all of their heart to help the students. Since my first day of instruction, I knew that I would enjoy my time here and get a great education.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, attend evening socials at the International House, parties at the fraternities etc. Join a sport, or take a KIN class for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of coffee spots being set up across campus. A nice food court in the Student Union and buffet style dining in the DC (dining commons) near the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms my freshman year and I absolutely loved it!!! The resident advisors were friendly and helpful and made our safety a priority. Living in the dorms, there was never a dull moment. Activities, BBQ's, pizza parties, karaoke nights, bounce houses for a day etc. I would do all over again!!!

    Academic Rigor

    As far as academics, SJSU is legitimate!!!! The rigor is up to par. Academics are challenging yet there are so many on-campus resources to help you with each class. Classes can only be challenging, if you make it challenging for yourself!!!.

    Tips for prospective students

    The classes are only challenging if you make it challenging for yourself. Don't miss class, communicate with the instructors and keep up with the reading!

    In three sentences

    SJSU is awesome. It is lively with clubs, diversity, and a very approachable faculty and staff. Students are ambitious and the professors are exceptional against all odds. ( budget cuts, lower wages etc.) As far as aesthetics, SJSU is looking better and better as the months go by.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UPD (University Police Department) poles are all over the campus and the numbers for them are introduced to everyone. Public Safety carts roam the campus at sunset to ensure safety on campus.

    Greek Life

    The fraternities here are so supportive and nice. Everyone will socialize to you and make you feel welcome. They participate in volunteer opportunities, sporting events, and social events. They're also grade oriented and want you to do as well as you can in school first.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are always standing under tarps and have tables set up to talk to you, it's good to check them out once in a while! They're always friendly and informative, even if you don't want to join, talking can't hurt.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on outside, just step outside once the later classes are over and you can go join a game of soccer, head down for food, go check out a movie, maybe there's a game of dodge ball in front of the apartments, maybe even go swim! There's always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food is repetitive and sometimes not very good but you learn to cope and become creative making new combinations or foods.

    Dorm Life

    Doors always open, everyone hanging out in the floor's lobby watching tv, and planning trips to other places as a group like football games or going to the boardwalk, dorm life here is above expectation!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic level is a bit challenging at first, but if you simply do your work when it is assigned it isn't all that bad, and you will still have time to hang out with friends and other activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy and take this seriously. Making friends isn't hard at all as long as you keep your door open because everyone's in the same situation. And do your work, your paying for this so you should pay attention.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is one of the friendliest, supportive, and active universities around. Everyday professors offer up their time to help you with school work and encourage you to do your best. The school is always doing something but respects quite hours, it's amazing!

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No incidents have happened here as long as ive been here. I think SJSU is actually a very safe campus, even though it's library is public and it's in the middle of downtown.

    Greek Life

    There aren't many chapters here, only 6 for sororities. I personally had a bad experience with going Greek as the 6 chapters are quite divided, there are three top sororities and three lower ranked ones. You're either in a good one or a less popular one, there is no middle, or average sorority. You're either hot or you're not. The houses are not that amazing either.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not too involved in clubs here, but I know there are A LOT so if you are in to clubs, you'll be happy here.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to go to a relatively medium sized school, with a homey feeling.

    Bang for the buck

    Living in the suites is definitely worth what I paid for. We have air conditioning, heating, private bathrooms and showers, living room and kitchen corner! I love it.

    What to do for fun

    You can hang out with dorm mates, or go to a local club or hookah bar. Parties, dining, biking, excersising, is mostly what we do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons is a good place to eat if you have a meal plan, but choices are limited. Off campus dining is much better than anything on campus, except for the jamba juice, panda express, and just below. Also there is a subway.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the suites, and they are very nice. The other dorms are also nice, but older and smaller.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are reasonable with amounts of assignments they give. Not a lot of extremely difficult classes. It's at college level though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus! If you're not feeling it at first, visit other school choices and rate on your best choice. SJSU has very nice weather here, too!

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a great school, it's perfect for people who don't want to feel overwhelmed in a new big city. Sjsu has a good balance between education, dining, Greek life, night life, etc.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe!

    Greek Life

    not involved

    Clubs and Activities

    not involved

    Great for these types of students

    nope

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nope

    Bang for the buck

    the free bus pass.

    What to do for fun

    go to sleep. hanging. painting.

    Food and Dining

    i dont know. dont live there. but i heard its great

    Dorm Life

    i dont know. dont live there. but i heard its nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on which class your taking but all the professors want you to get an A. just word hard. study

    Tips for prospective students

    Making sure you buy a computer or at least have a laptop. You should invest in comcast high speed internet because we depend lots of the web and technology. Always have a usb on you at all times, even if you have to carry on in your purse.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and spacious. The professors are all really helpful and understanding. There are lots of different varitey of classes and majors.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As any campus there are rules: use the buddy system, don't walk around by yourself at night, and remember to lock your doors when you leave or when your by yourself.

    Greek Life

    I did not pledge Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of multiple clubs and organizations. I say this is the best thing to do. They created a second family, friends, connections, and networking for myself that I could not image not having.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Peanuts is best in town for burgers! Flames is amazing during happy hours! Creasians has good asian fusion style food. Oakridge is the best mall.

    Bang for the buck

    As everyone knows tuition and costs are rising. I would like to the costs to go down but for the tuition and learning I receive from my professors and guidance counselors, I'm happy I started and finished at SJSU.

    What to do for fun

    SJSU provides various events and activities on campus. There are also multiple places to hang out at around campus. If you are 21 and older there are bars a couple blocks away from the university. The transportation available make it easy to come and go around San Jose, Los Gatos, Cupertino, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple restaurants on and around campus. Since the area is so diverse they are multiple food choices to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus four years. I will fun and helped me to feel connected to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics depends on how well you understand your learning style. There are professors there who can help you learn more about your learning style and cater to your preferences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out there! There is so much to do and experience at SJSU! Not only will it help further your education but help you to understand who you are and where you want to go.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University (SJSU) is a diverse community with a lot to offer. The departments are filled with professors, lecturers, and staff willing to help and guide you. The facilities are beautiful and open everyday for your usage. Take advantage!

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are blue light phones all over campus in case of emergencies, or you just don't want to walk home in the dark.

    Greek Life

    I have yet to rush a sorority, but I'd love to next semester or my sophomore year. I wanted to get better acquainted with the academics so I knew what to expect.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of groups in campus, but I've yet to join one.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, self directed, fun loving, freedom associated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The event center. The fountain of fire.

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely a school to consider.

    What to do for fun

    There are social gatherings, football games, the event center, which hosts concerts, and many other interesting venues nearby because the campus is located in Downtown San Jose

    Food and Dining

    There is a massive array of food places located on and off campus, such as subway, pizza my heart, Panda Express, McDonald's, just below, Jamba Juice, Ben and Jerry's, Iguana's, and many more,all located in walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    For those who live in dorms, the students are very close, and there are social gatherings every so often. Those of my friends who live in the dorms say it is an amazing experience to be on their own, away from their parents.

    Academic Rigor

    Though the courses are difficult, every professor has extended office hours to accommodate for those willing to go the extra mile to ensure they are on the right track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't miss any deadlines, as the university has a very strict policy eith deadlines. Drive and motivation throughout your senior year is necessary, as the university will dismiss you if your grades are not up to par. Freshman orientation is as fun a you make it, so jeep an open mind and a bottle of water handy.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State, though overly impacted, is a home and a place of security for the students here. There is a sense of a home environment here, especially for those living on campus. This school is a great fit for those who enjoy being close with their peers.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot clubs on campus. You can also create your own club. In addition to these if you are sporty there are many sports teams like soccer, football, volleyball, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Well you can go to one of the coffee shops outside of campus or cafe's in campus and meet up with your friends. There are a lot campus activities going on almost every Thursday or sometimes earlier in the week. You can go to home coming games or pre-home coming celebration, where there are a lot of activities, music, dance or food.

    Food and Dining

    I like the food in the cafeteria but I tend not to eat food from outside. I mostly cook at home and bring my with me to school. All in all since San Jose State University is in downtown San Jose you can eat what ever you are craving for. There are a lot of ethnic fast food places and restaurants as well as cafe's and coffee shops.

    Dorm Life

    Well, the dorm life in San Jose State University is alive. I did not to experience much of it but I have heard from my peers that it was adventures for them. You get to meet students from any part of the world. For instance international students from Japan or out of state students from Seattle or even Canada.

    Academic Rigor

    I have it three out of five because i feel like some professors are hard to understand. You have to be cautious when you select your classes. Consider talking to your department adviser they are there to help you and give an excellent advise.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students that are coming from high school its a lot different. For example you are surrounded by maturer crowd. Students are very nice to you from my experience. For transfer students that are used to quarter system its hard to adjust to semester system. To illustrate semester is slow passed whereas quarter system its quick and you finish a lot quicker.

    In three sentences

    On my first day on campus I was admired by the architecture of the campus buildings. Some of them where old and some pretty new and clean. What i don't like about the older buildings is that in the summer when its hot there is no air conditioning system running. Despite all that its a very nice campus to go to.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Constantly roaming patrol units around the campus, as well as on campus. 24/7 on the clock University Police Department helps a lot. Unfortunately the surrounding area of SJSU is very sketchy and emails are sent regarding robberies/ assaults maybe once or twice a month just to warn everybody to be safe and make right decisions.

    Great for these types of students

    Jocks Jocks Jocks. If you like sports, go to parties, or dress in tank tops and any Nike apparel, this is the school for you. You will fit in immediately. Also, since SJSU is powering Silicon Valley you will find a lot of engineering/ computer science majors. The school is vastly diverse so you'll be able to find what you're comfortable with easily.

    Bang for the buck

    Depending on what kind of scholarships you have, you could be annually overpaying for this school when you could be paying the same amount for a much more prestigious school. I believe I'm currently paying about $26K per year to go here on only like $2K worth of scholarships, when my girlfriend was going to St. Mary's College of California for $35K per year when it produces some of the richest people in the world. However if you're getting boatloads of extra money, it could be a breeze for you financially. I know some people that are paying close to nothing to go here.

    What to do for fun

    San Jose State is pretty much in the middle of everything. There are 4 nearby malls, they have D1 NCAA athletics, Santa Cruz is an hour away, San Francisco is an hour away, downtown is fun to explore, and the free VTA transportation allows you to get pretty much anywhere for a relatively inexpensive price.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria- The cafeteria is not up to par with what I've heard from other schools and from being an employee there, I know it's not that wonderful. However, with your meal plan, you get free Jamba Juice (smoothies) whenever you want. The hours are very convenient however opening at 6 AM and closing at 1 AM. Student Union- The student union offers many different restaurants and is conveniently located in the middle of campus. The Union is expanding to 3 times its current size and will be massive after it's completed. The hours however are very inconvenient and close at 5 PM. This is not benficial for on campus students. Off campus Dining- Amazing to say the least. Plenty of sponsored restaurants where presenting your ID card gets you discounts and they stay open really late. Just about every ethnicity of food you can imagine surrounding the entire campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is perfect at SJSU. Any of your stereotypical dorm expectations are met here. If you want a social environment, the Classsics or Bricks, and Joe West Hall are perfect opportunities for you to meet friends due to it's open-door atmosphere in such closed quarters. If that's not your scene, there are luxurious apartment buildings which are essentially hotels. They are a bit pricey but are well worth it equipped with your own living room, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. These can range from rooms to yourself to suites with 8 people.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a TON of classes offered at SJSU, but the problem however is getting into them. That's the only reason it's not a 5/5. Registration is all based on luck unless you qualify for priority registration. I've had a diversity of classes ranging from elementary easy to head-throbbing challenging which is a good thing.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is highly impacted so good luck getting all the classes you require/ want. If you want rain/ cold weather, this is NOT the school for you. The majority of the population here is filled with bros and have a dearth of hipsters/ indie students.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a great school with numerous pathways of different majors and minors. The school has a vast diversity and takes pride in that. The weather is fantastic and will constantly leave you in a good mood.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    At the food court on campus, there is a Subway, Panda Express, and Jamba Juice along with surrounding SJSU burger, burrito, and coffee joints. Though what they have at the food court may not be the best bang for the buck if you're starving (besides Subway's five dollar foot longs), since San Jose State is located at the heart of Downtown San Jose, there are a variety of places to eat at! From Vietnamese cuisine, Japanese sushi, and Indian food, or traditional American burgers and fries to French crepes and sweets, San Jose State students have a lot of options when it comes down to the question of what to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

    Tips for prospective students

    San Jose State University may not as be as inexpensive as a community college but I feel that it is still affordable because of its available tuition installment plans along with really cooperative teachers, staff, and upperclassmen that are willing to help newbies.

    In three sentences

    From week one up until the end of my first semester in San Jose State University, I have only been happier, inspired, and more motivated to learn something new each day. As and Industrial Design major, I have received a lot of helpful advice from my teachers in the design department. And besides being grateful for the classes that I'm taking, teachers and staff, I've liked the friendly vibe I felt from the SJSU community by just being on campus from day one.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    San Jose State University is in a city that can be unsafe in certain areas at night. The university has its own campus police and offers a collection of strategically placed emergency posts that will allow a student feeling uncomfortable to press a button and send a signal for help. While there is no way to prevent every and any crime, students can feel safe on campus, but should travel in groups late at night when along the borders of the campus.

    Greek Life

    I have not personally joined a fraternity, but I have visited a few around campus, and so far the Greek life seems to be quite lively. You will find fraternities that are chill, dedicated to community service and school work, and great for experiencing more in life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I previously mentioned, there are countless clubs and activities available on campus. If you can name it, it most likely exists!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student looking for a quality education and a great social life will find San Jose State University an excellent choice.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Currently, there is a new addition to the Student Union being constructed, and the sight is quite interesting to view as workers use cranes to put new walls up. There is a fountain near the event center that seems to be a common meeting ground for students, and every once in a while you will see a man near the fountain yelling comments about Jesus and his over reaching importance in our lives. Crowds often build up as these outsiders preach their ideas out in the open.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is relatively cheap for the education received. San Jose State will setup students with both deep knowledge and the practical skills companies are looking for in graduates, and in my opinion, I feel great that I will be able to find a good job and won't be hopelessly in debt after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there are countless clubs to get involved in, open grass fields for recreation, the huge, 8 story tall Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library, and a Student Union designed as a harbor for student activities. I am personally apart of the SJSU Table Tennis club, and am loving the weekly meetings held at the Student Union. Outside of campus, there is a close by movie theater, the Tech Museum, shops, clubs, and streets great for strolling and viewing the city life.

    Food and Dining

    Students have the choice to either buy food on their own or buy a meal plan. The basic meal plan will allow a student to visit the Dining Commons (DC), an on campus all you can eat cafeteria, at any time, and as often as necessary. The food at the DC is excellent, and after months eating there, the food still hasn't gotten old. Additionally, there are other great food shops that can be found in the Student Union, such as Subway and Panda Express. On top of the great food selection on campus, there is a plethora of unique and familiar restaurants and fast food shops around the outside of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Simply put, the dorm life could not be better. Students in my buildings are always hanging out, playing ping pong, watching movies, etc, and there is never a time where one would feel like there is nothing to do. Because San Jose State is one of the most ethically diverse colleges in the country, it is especially fun to meet new people, and as a result of that unique environment, students here seem extra positive and outgoing.

    Academic Rigor

    San Jose State may not be the toughest or most rigorous school, but the university does offer above average GE courses and extremely rich major-targeted courses that will give graduates an edge even over UC graduates looking to start their career. Based on my current semester, the work load seems perfect, and I have been consistently surprised by the knowledge I am gaining from Public Speaking and English and the skills, such as programming and soldering, that I have been acquiring through the Engineering 10 introductory course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Out of the many universities I visited around California, ranging from Stanford to UCLA, I found the positive vibe most welcoming at San Jose State University. SJSU would be a good choice for any prospective student looking to live the city life while going through a deep and invaluable academic course.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a progressive, culturally diverse college set right in the thick of downtown San Jose. The student and staff make up a very friendly on-campus community. The university is known for its great engineering program, and is tightly connected with the Silicon Valley industry, giving students many opportunities to find internships and jobs during and after college.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Be careful, it is an open campus

    Great for these types of students

    Asians

    What to do for fun

    SJSU is in the heart of downtown San Jose. Plenty of food and attractions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are on top of your classes, schedules, and constantly check your school account.

    In three sentences

    Very difficult jumping through their hoops.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    SJSU is located right in the heart of downtown. There is a lot of great places to eat, movie theaters nearby and a bowling alley on campus. There are also many events on campus to get students involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest using ratemyprofessor.com when possible choosing professors. Stay in contact with you adviser, they are very helpful. Also, take advantage of all of the many resources SJSU offers.

    In three sentences

    As a JC transfer student, I have really been enjoying SJSU's larger and well kept campus. I had a fairly easy time getting classes my first semester here. I wasn't a fan of one of my professors but that does happen from time to time.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SJSU Police are always there for help! And blue poles, as well as the campus shuttle

    Clubs and Activities

    SWIM CLUB :)

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, Academic, Athletic, Rich, Outgoing, and Involved

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if you go to the top floor of any building, the view is spectacular. especially the King Library.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit expensive, and crowded classrooms, but its a great experience.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of places downtown; Restaurants, movies, bowling on campus, swimming, gym, clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    Housing is expensive, I love it though. Great experience.

    In three sentences

    Its amazing! I love all my professors and the campus life. I have matured and have found so many cool new things about myself.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Having Downtown San Jose right around the block there is a lot to do off and on campus. On campus there is a bowling alley, a gym and a library. Off campus there are a lot of small stores and restaurants around and other places like the mall are just one train or bus ride away. With a free VTA (bus and train pass) provided by the school, you can easily just go on an adventure anytime.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the Dining Commons varies from Asian, Mexican, Italian, cafe-style food and sandwiches. There are delicious cookies baked daily, there are two soft serve ice cream bars, fruit and salad bar, a coffee shop stand and even a Jamba Juice.

    Dorm Life

    Don't worry about not liking your roommate, somehow the faculty here at San Jose State University does a really good job at pairing the right people together without the What kind of person are you? survey. Dorm is really fun and everyone quickly adjusts to living away from home and eventually become a family because most don't have their family near so we lean on each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are not that difficult but they are a lot of work. The teachers are really easy going and are always there to help if you need it. As long as you do all your work, you will pass all your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I definitely suggest visiting the college campuses, I didn't visit San Jose State University when applying but I really like the campus. Keep checking all your statuses whether its admissions or financial matters. It is crucial to turn in all your forms on time. But other than that enjoy the college life and the people while also maintaining your grades up.

    In three sentences

    First year at this school and I love it already! There is so much diversity and everyone is friendly and respectful. There are many places to go for fun or even just for help with anything and everything.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Because campus is located in downtown San Jose, there are some precautions that people must take while walking at night. But if you are safe and stay away from dangerous areas, there will be no problem at all.

    Greek Life

    There are a significant amount of people on campus associated with a Greek organization. I myself am one and am entirely supportive of others pursuing this interest.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Greek life on campus is excellent, and makes up a large part of the social activities on campus. In addition there are numerous other organizations that are active on campus that provide for a good social and professional experience.

    Great for these types of students

    San Jose is so diversified that it is great for any student. You just have to find your niche of people that you get along best with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I am aware of, mostly the Kegs and Eggs before graduation in which the bars open around 6AM for the graduating seniors.

    Bang for the buck

    Due to it being a CSU, the pricing is significantly better than that of any UC.

    What to do for fun

    There is some local mountain biking. Going to the beaches and boardwalk at Santa Cruz in the summer is always a must. The bars downtown for the 21 and up are better

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons have gone through excessive improvements over the past couple years, there is a large selection of food and some good options to eat healthy. In addition, you're in downtown San Jose so there are lots of places to eat out.

    Dorm Life

    Good community experience in a friendly environment. Rooms are average sized, as long as you're not stuck in a triple. The Campus Village housing provides for a close relationship between a select group of people you live with, but socializing with people in your hall is more difficult.

    Academic Rigor

    With the correct motivation, a student can excel easily. But it is very easy to let yourself slip and there aren't many people to pick up after you. People take school very seriously and there is no shortage of fellow students who are as serious about school as you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid certain areas downtown, as in any major city. Iguanas and La Vic's make for a great late night snack.

    In three sentences

    Very good social aspect with some extremely motivated and talented teachers. If you're looking for an involved campus, there are a myriad of resources to provide you with an excellent college experience.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although there is a police station right next to the school, it somehow does not feel safe. It is comforting but not when you know there is a police station close by. You wonder why is there one so close, but also you are relieved knowing that there is one near by in case of emergencies.

    Greek Life

    I'm not too sure about the sororities and fraternities but there aren't too many.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to do well in school, but also wants to have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is very reasonable, it is about eight thousand dollars. In comparison to other universities that are tens of thousands of dollars just for the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    San Jose is next to downtown San Jose, you can visit the museums, go to the football games, the gym, the zoo, and can even take the bus or light rail to malls.

    Food and Dining

    Unlimited entries into the dining commons is amazing. There are many options of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other than the dining commons, there are other places that are open late until 1 AM on most school nights.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on where you live on campus. Sometimes it can get extremely loud and it is difficult to concentrate.

    Academic Rigor

    It's pretty simple, not very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very open minded. Try to join clubs that you think you'll like. College is fun but you also have to remember that this is a huge part of your education so you still need to set aside some time to study.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is very diverse --you are exposed to a myriad of cultures. The campus is beautiful, and can get from anywhere on campus within 15 minutes walking. The food is delicious, yet expensive.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is located in an urban area and it is an open campus which means that there are risks involved when going out at night so make sure that you don't venture late in the evenings by yourself and the security personnel are also available to assist you when needed and there are a number of Emergency Stations to call security located all around the campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a number of Sororities and Fraternities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a number of clubs and activities on campus and SJSU has a Student Involvement Headquarters inside the Clark Hall Building where all the clubs on campus are listed. We also have a Student Union Building aside from the Student Involvement Headquarters.

    Great for these types of students

    Political Activist Students who want to engage in Social Awareness Students with Special Needs Students who loves technology Students who want to go into Business

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SJSU is steps away from Iguanas, the home of Burritozillas! Burritos that are as big as a newborn baby! Some students think that eating the whole burrito is a rite of passage once they've stepped into the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    SJSU is a CSU system and therefore it is cheaper than some other public universities in California and in terms of being involved in school and meeting other students it can be pretty easy as long as you get past your shyness because everyone is a little shy to some degree when they're in a new unfamiliar place like COLLEGE!

    What to do for fun

    There are number of great museums just steps away from the campus like the Tech Museum and San Jose Art Museum. The Tech Museums at times would hold an After Hour event for individuals 21 and over. The Martin Luther King Library located on campus is a great place to find a number of different resources to do around the city instead of just staying there to study or rest in between classes. San Jose is the Capital of Silicon Valley and there are a number of tech companies scattered all around for students to learn more about. San Jose is also part of the Bay Area which means that it is close to some pretty cool cities like San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    The city of San Jose is incredibly diverse and in terms of food there are plenty of options to choose from! We also have a huge number of Latino and Asian population which means that San Jose State is nearby to some really great Mexican (burritos etc.) and Asian (Vietnamese soups: pho) restaurants, and of course cafes like Crema and Hannah down on Alameda Street are a few steps away from the HP Pavilion!

    Dorm Life

    Though I did not stay in a dormitory, some of the rooms in the dorms are aesthetically pleasing and there are plenty of nearby places to eat if your room is not equipped with a kitchen.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors will challenge you and sometimes you're own your own to figure things out but most of the professors I've had so far really do try to help their students out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to print your materials somewhere else instead of doing it on campus. Also, get on top of your Financial Aid because the office lags on response time.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is great overall but there are number of things to hate and love about it. Though, most staff can be really supportive some are not. The university shares their library with the public and therefore it is difficult to print or access computers for school work.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UPD is the best they even give you rides to and from various locations. There services are offered 24 hours so even if your walking around campus late night and want a ride you can call them and they will come get you.

    What to do for fun

    I guess exercising would be a win-win situation in all aspects because you keep off weight, relieve stress, and you also have fun (sports). Also, there are parties you just have to keep your eyes and ears peeled for locations and time. just make the est of everything with what you can.

    Food and Dining

    At SJSU our Dinning Commons are open 7-days a week and depending on your meal plan you can have anywhere between 25 swipes a semester and unlimited swipes 7-days a week. The food is really good, however, eating it everyday even if you exercise you are almost guaranteed to gain at least 10 of the Freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure to live in the Bricks your first year on campus because it is very family-like. during my stay in the Bricks i have met friends whom I know i will remain tight with until old age. This is where your LIFE BEGINS and how you survive the lonely nights when you don't have meal swipes. :)

    Academic Rigor

    This is a school that expects nothing but the best from their students and they do everything in their power to make sure that is what is achieved. Try to maintain a 3.5 if you can just to have an advantage in the major of your choice. Forming study groups is the best thing you can do to succeed academically and the dorms are the best places outside of classes to find study partners.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on attending a 4-year university in the CSU system I advise you to come well prepared to work hard and excel in every involvement you have on campus. Also, I recommend that you take advantage of every resource you have so that you stay on top of the game and ahead of the game.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is the best school anyone can ever attend. It is like a parent it prepares you for the world and then has to let you go off on your own and explore. As each year goes by that you are here you will become more and more appreciative of the curriculum and nature of the school.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UPD is always there to help!

    Greek Life

    Go Greek.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown!

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is a lot of fun. It's a great way to meet new people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join orgs or clubs on campus. Get involved in school and utilize the different resources SJSU has to offer.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is such an amazing school. There are many different resources for students to utilize.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun one can go bowling, swimming, arcade, ping pong bat mitten,basketball court, dance studio, soccer and everything else you can think of.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. there is a high diversity in food and it is different everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I LOVE dorm life. My floor is a family. We all connected the very first day. We are comfortable enough to walk into each others room if we need help with something or if we just want to chill. I recommend it for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    This is my first year and I enjoy the class sizes and the teachers. I was able to get all the classes I needed and the councilors were very helpful with answering my questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your wondering if this is he school for you, i can guarantee it is. this school has clubs and classes for everyone.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is a school for students who like diversity, school spirit, and teachers willing to go out of their way to help you. I am currently dorming at the school and I love it! My floor mates and I are a family and it's an experience everyone should have during their college carrier.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    MAKE FRIENDS.

    In three sentences

    It is definitely a commuter school.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You don't see much happening, but if there was something odd going on the campus police will check on it as soon as possible in order to keep the staff, teachers, and students of the campus safe!

    Greek Life

    There are so many Frats and Sororities to join that you can find to suit you! They will become your long-time brothers/sisters who can help you out in the long run! There are definitely Greek houses around the area, and the partying also if you are into that!

    What to do for fun

    There are events (A welcome back to school event, Fire in the Fountain, orchestra concerts, plays) that happen at the campus, and many clubs to join (archery, badminton, rockclimbing, international clubs, community service clubs etc)! At the Student Union, there is a bowling alley, pool tables, table tennis tables, and an arcade for you to spend some leisure time at!

    Food and Dining

    There are many kinds of food to eat not just on campus but off campus also. Right next to the campus are many food places to go to that isn't too far of a walk!

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, but from what I heard from friends that do, it's not that bad and you should befriend those on your dorm floor! The food is great, but don't forget to exercise because you don't want to get the Freshmen 15!

    Academic Rigor

    It's no joke that if you think it's okay to slack off. There are people who are serious about what they want to pursue even though they also know how to find the time to have fun. If you don't want to waste your money and time, I suggest you go to a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's good to know what you want to do here rather than to be undeclared because that's pretty much impacted. So think ahead, and do a lot of research for what you want to pursue and the classes you'll need to take. Do not just make a set path, but make sure you have other options in case what you plan doesn't go accordingly.

    In three sentences

    It's a relaxing and friendly environment. It's not hard to get around. There are many things you can do around here!

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have an on campus PD system. We ahve what you call blue lights all over campus, and if you ever feel unsafe, you can press it and they will help you. You can also ask them for rides and stuff.

    Greek Life

    They are always holding events all over campus and hosting party's.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are supposed to be over 300 types of clubs on campus, but they need to advertise more. The school is always holding events for students, and a lot of the time they feature a few clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    *Engineering students* Enginieering is what's hot here now, and a lot of my friends are some type of engineering major. They get a lot of opportunities here and a lot is accessible.

    Bang for the buck

    I think pretty much all college tuition is expensive, but it's ridiculously expensive.

    What to do for fun

    SJSU is smack dab in the middle of downtown San Jose, so you're never bored. You're also in the bay area and San Francisco is only 30 to 45 minutes away. There's always sport games to go to like volleyball, soccer, football, and hockey that are really fun.

    Food and Dining

    Unfortunately the Dining Commons could be a little better. It doesn't seem as fresh as it should be. I like the Student Union better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and you get to meet a lot of people. There are always events going on where you get to meet new people and socilaize.

    Academic Rigor

    They challenege you to think and grow. The work isn't too hard if you really try and stay on task.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everything is made accessible, you just have to try hard! Networking is KEY! Don't get distracted, stay on task! (But have fun) Manage yourself!

    In three sentences

    There are many opportunities avaliable! Staff and students are nice and willing to help! They make job opportunities avaliable and easily accessible for you.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    San Jose's Associated Students provide free movie tickets at the theatre within walking distance with the newest and upcoming movies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay ahead on deadlines on your mysjsu web page.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State has a very clean and easily navigated campus. It is one of the most diverse schools in the country. Signing up for classes is an easy process.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices on campus and many more choices next to campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but everyone seems to have fun. Most people prefer to not live in the dorms though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to fight for a spot in class. Check ratemyprofessor.com. It is very unlikely that you will graduate in 4 years. It is very impacted.

    In three sentences

    You are in the middle of downtown, it's not for everyone. I love feeling like we are in the fast past world that we live in. It's a huge campus, with few trees and grass.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are some great clubs, gym (if you go with people, you can play team sports like basketball/ table tennis), Student Union is a good alternative (3 floors provide some fabulous hangout spots - including bowling!!!)

    Food and Dining

    There are variety of food choices around and/ or in-campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have never had one as i commuted all my 4 years.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the major you choose and the number of units you decide to take each semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is: beautiful, great people (not so nerdy yet ambitious), cool professional (barely any professors dress or talk formally), lots of resources available (i mean tutoring/ advisers/ mentors..etc)

    In three sentences

    It is a very gorgeous campus. Lots of positive energy and collaborating students (not so much competition). Great places to hangout, study in groups, or even work.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In general, everyone should be aware of their surroundings and especially at night, should walk back with a buddy or two. SJSU provides campus security and escorts, but still, it is best to avoid being out late at night by yourself. Please be safe and use common sense!

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved in any fraternities or sororities, but I have a few friends who are. From what I have observed, many of them are very unified and involved in volunteering.

    Clubs and Activities

    SJSU has huge events that future ALL of the clubs and organizations on campus! There are clubs for almost every single major, and plenty of other clubs with different specific interests. For example, there are ethnic and culture clubs, as well as religious clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    SJSU is has an outstanding 5-year Animation/Illustration program! It is absolutely perfect for students pursuing a career in animation or illustration.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Library has some hidden gems on each floor. There are some unique exhibits held in the library as well as some interesting art sculptures built into the building itself.

    Bang for the buck

    In general, most of the food courts on campus don't necessarily have the best deals, but many campus-wide events give away free food or items. Sometimes they give away free drinks, BBQ, shirts, test scantrons and booklets, or other free practical trinkets.

    What to do for fun

    There are a plethora of clubs and organizations on campus that students can join, which always host activities that are loads of fun. Different SJSU leadership clubs also host school-wide events that unify the campus, such as homecoming rallies, free BBQs, and shows. Students can also show their school spirit by cheering on their school at a sporting event (football, basketball, soccer, etc.). The campus also has plenty of areas for recreational sports, such as longboarding, jogging, soccer, baseball, football, ultimate frisbee, and even quidditch.

    Food and Dining

    I absolutely loved having unlimited swipes! Whenever I was hungry or thirsty, I could easily run into the Dining Commons any time between 6 am and 1 am to grab a snack, dessert, or Jamba Juice smoothie. The DC provided a great variety of food (from pizza, burritos, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and diverse cultural foods) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I enjoyed having easy access to the DC, which was about a minute away from my dorm. We could also swipe in guests a few times each semester!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun--a memorable and exciting way to make new friends and meet students! I lived in the suites during my freshman year, and had a blast with my roommate and suitemates. We got along very well and we are currently still friends! The RAs are very friendly and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are very knowledgable about the subject and class they teach. Some may be tougher (in terms of grading and assignments) than others, but the difficulty of each class depends on what subject it is or what major it is intended for. I suggest asking upper class students and doing a little research before officially registering for a specific class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends in your classes and your major, and get involved in extra curricular activities to balance out studying and your social life! Study, work hard, and spend time with family and friends. Don't be afraid to ask questions about college, your classes, or your major.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is a fantastic school with diverse and diligent students and a wide range of majors. SJSU is also well-known for its outstanding Animation/Illustration program with knowledgable, accomplished, and proficient professors and instructors as well as a unified and amiable student population. SJSU offers top-notch education and plenty of opportunities to get involved with students, friends, and fun activities.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is a place where a lot of homeless people like to come and sleep and what not. There are incidents that happen but there are always campus police on duty and call boxes all over the place. It is easy to feel safe knowing that if anything were to happen we could get immediate help.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for anyone and everyone, and if there is not a club for you, you can go ahead and start one!

    What to do for fun

    SJSU is in the heart of down town so there is a million places to go to eat, and the sites are great. There are also three malls by the school so people tend to spend a lot of time there. Going to games and concerts are a big thing as well since HP is up the street and we have an event center on campus.

    Food and Dining

    After a while eating the same food will be tiring to any one, but the Dinning Commons try to mix things up a little bit. The food isn't gourmet but at the same time it isn't out of the garbage. Since the university is in the middle of down town there are plenty of restaurants all around that are in walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Though some dorms are nicer than others the experience is one that you will hold with you forever. All of the resident advisers are fun and easy to talk to if any problems arise. You will end up meeting a whole lot of people just by living in the dorms. It is a great experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before deciding to come to this university make sure you come to the campus and see what it looks like and what area it is in. If you are admitted and decide to attend make the best of it; get involved and stay on top of your class work.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a very diverse school full of people who want to help you succeed. Most importantly the professors are well informed about what they teach and are there to help anyone who is willing to go to them for help. Aside from the class room learning the university puts on plenty of events so students can get involved.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We may have a lot of cops, but campus security is still flawed, so definitely be careful.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is the only way you'll be able to get into parties

    Clubs and Activities

    The school offers various clubs for almost everyone. So definitely take a look around and get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want a great Business school, come here

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Definitely do the Spartan Walk before football games

    Bang for the buck

    The VTA is the transportation system used at SJ to help people get around town, and the cool thing is, is that students get to use it for free, so definitely take advantage of it.

    What to do for fun

    Not much to do around the city, but if you love shopping the malls around San Jose are top of its class.

    Food and Dining

    DC is a good place to fuel up...

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to meet new people, but nothing ever beats the comfort of your own home.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on who you choose and what subject you're taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the school, and try to get priority enrollment, it'll definitely help.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The education is great. The surrounding area though is pretty bad.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is a very safe place and the fact that there is a police station on campus makes it even better.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of restaurants nearby, since the school is located in the downtown area of San Jose

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but manageable work load for the most part.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore the campus and also the downtown area so you don't get lost or bored when you come here.

    In three sentences

    Friendly people who are willing to help. There are a lot of food options so you will always find something you like to eat. Staff is ready to help with whatever may be needed.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs and sports!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would speak to counselors and make a plan for what courses to follow throughout the year.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is a great school. There are a lot of extra curricular activities, wonderful teachers, and the campus is beautiful! The professors are very helpful and make the learning experience helpful.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Keep clear from the parking garages at night....some shady stuff has happened before. Sign up for safety alerts to be notified when something happens on-campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't participate in any of it, but I know people who love greek life!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you like being part of a club or greek life, there are a ton of options.

    Great for these types of students

    students that like to commute have a ton of options (lightrail, buses, shuttles, parking). students that want to live on campus have quite a few options for dorms too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    go to Peanut's, Philz coffee, and the Martin Luther King Library!

    Bang for the buck

    I'd say it is a good place and there are a lot of things you can do. It's a nice campus, faculty is friendly, and it is in the heart of downtown.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to football games, join a club, get involved in a sorority/fraternity, and hang out with friends downtown.

    Food and Dining

    There are great places downtown very close to campus that you can eat in. There's also decent food in the on-campus restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot rate this because I commute, but I can say my friends have had a hit or miss reaction to it. It depends on how well you get along with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    As a nursing student, there is a lot of demand from the professors and classes are quite rigorous, but they are not incomprehensible. Dedicate enough time to classes and you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Communicate with professors and go to their office hours! Register for classes as soon as you can. Make an academic plan to keep track of what classes you need so you don't take classes that you don't need.

    In three sentences

    It is a nice, open campus with a lot of resources available to student. Most professors are helpful when you need further clarification and know how to teach their subjects pretty well. Overall, it is a good school and I recommend attending it.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    San Jose State University has great instructors who are knowledgeable on their subjects with tons of life experiences to share with students. It has a big campus, Martin Luther King Library and tons of great organization from art to soccer, from book club to business. On top of that, the cafeteria provides tons of choices from subway to panda express; I love SJSU!!

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are stationed on campus, and are an actual police force. There are programs set up to help you be safe all the time. At night the area can seem scary, but UPD will pick you up if you call them for an escort back home.

    Greek Life

    Houses surround the campus. if you are interested, join, there is no pressure from peers.

    Clubs and Activities

    Starcraft, major specific clubs, greek life, sports, so much it's not funny.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students willing to learn. there are clubs and orginizations for everyone. with a student body of around 30,000 , SJSU is it's own small town.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many great events on campus, concerts are hosted in our event center for may popular bands. The SJSU Spartan football team has it's games just down the road, accompanied by sponsored events celebrating sports programs around campus. As far as unusual locations, there are engineering jokes around campus. One planter box set/bench seats are positioned so that if you stand in the center of them, you will hear your voice rapidly echo in your ears.

    Bang for the buck

    For what it costs to attend SJSU v.s. the quality of not only education, but personal atmosphere in the surrounding area, SJSU is an excellent option for students. the biggest thing is to decide what it is you truly want to do before attending, you will spend less money and have a better time at school.

    What to do for fun

    The SJSU Student Union has a nice bowling ally, as well as a small arcade and billiards room. In San Jose in general there are multiple clubs downtown as well as many different restaurants. Santana Row isn't too far from SJSU either, it makes for a nice day trip.

    Food and Dining

    The Housing Department's meal plan can be a little pricey for students with stretched finances. There are however, many great restaurants within walking distance downtown in San Jose. These places are great for in between classes, as well as for get togethers with friends.

    Dorm Life

    If you are entering SJSU as a freshman this year, try to room with someone you trust, although you may meet many cool and interesting people in your dorms, not everyone is there to be nice to you. If you can get along with your roomate(s) than you should have a healthy dorm life. Remember, your dorm is your room, if you like to study in your room at home, then look to switching rooms if you have a roommate that insists on being distracting during your studies.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your chosen major, class difficulty varies predictably. DO NOT CHEAT, The university takes any offence very seriously and does not tolerate cheating or plagiarism. As long as you attend class, and do your homework, passing classes shouldn't be too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always attend class, even if the class isn't very involving. Be sure to develop bonds with classmates, it can help when you need someone to go over material with. Be sure to balance your personal and educational life, don't over indulge or over involve yourself.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University offers a diverse spread of students from a variety of different backgrounds. SJSU also offers the chance for students to branch out and grow in their personal life as well as in their education. The placement of SJSU in the heart of silicon valley makes it an easy choice for any student pursuing a major in any engineering .

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    SJSU is in Downtown San Jose, so there is access to a lot of places! With tuition you also get an eco pass which is free bus rides!

    Food and Dining

    The DC is delicious and there is a variety of food, unlike many other schools.

    Dorm Life

    CVC is where I stayed and it was beautiful. The bricks are typical dorm, but seem really fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are rigorous, but there are many resources to help with homework and projects. Most teachers are available through email to answer any questions after hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest seeing an advisor every two to three months to make sure you are on track. I would also advise you to get to know your professor!

    In three sentences

    San Jose State has a beautiful campus. The teachers here are of excellent quality. There are many resources to succeed!

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Please join clubs and activities, as it will be very fun and you get to meet a lot of people and you might end up being very close to those people who can possible support you throughout college life.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great to seek help when needed at all times because you will get so much out of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I would say that there aren't really any unusual traditions or locations on campus. Every thing seems to be normal.

    Bang for the buck

    You pay for a reason, you pay to achieve higher education. So you should take advantage with your professors office hours if you do not understand anything or what not. Always take advantage of the resources that San Jose State provides students because it will help you in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun things you can do on campus for fun. You can go to the arcade where there is bowling, table tennis, and billiards. Also you can go to the gym and either workout or play sports like basketball, racquetball, or handball.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many resources, so you should take advantage of them since you will or might have to be paying for tuition and what not. Do not procrastinate and do everything last minute because it will be hard to focus on homework and etc. Stay on top of your game and work, once work is assigned, work on it the same day!

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a fun and friendly university. You can easily get along with students who are upper division or lower division. Nice faculty and staff members.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    lots of clubs to join and friendly people

    Academic Rigor

    needs more classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to study and try not to have to change majors

    In three sentences

    the social activities at San Jose state university varies and has a lot of options. However, San Jose States needs to add a lot more classes in order for students to receive the classes they need to graduate on time.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being Safe on Campus is important. Do not go places by yourself super early in the morning or really late at night. Remember that any creep can walk around campus. If your a girl then you should try going with at least one or two more friends when you need to go out around campus either very early or late.

    Greek Life

    Joining a Sorority or a Fraternity seems like a fun thing to do. Do not just say no and not even give it a chance, try it out, go to some events, meet new people, and if you decide its not for you well at least you gave it a try.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a Club for everyone, you name it and there is a club for that. Well almost for everything but if the club that you would like does not exist, you can make it yourself. :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Campus is always filled with people biking, skateboarding, long boarding, even scooters, and let's not forget the squirrels everywhere. Outside of the MLK library almost like every day there are a couple of guys that do break dance moves and play their music.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a Ross Store nearby if you like to be more affordable with your things .You can also try buying your books on Amazon. Do Not buy them in the Campus Book Store they are CRAZY expensive, unless you really have to and there is no other choice.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go to the Cinema 12 movie theatre, Ice Skating at the Sharks arena, the Museum of Art, The Winchester Mystery House, bowling at 4th street Bowl, go to the mall at Valley Fair, Oak ridge or Eastridge, roller skating in Milpitas, go to Chuck E. Cheese because were never too old for that, Hp Pavilion for Concerts, Events at the San Jose Convention Center, or have a road trip with friends.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food around campus and even on campus. In the student union they have a variety of food for everyone. There is Panda Express, a burrito station, salad and soup place, quesadilla place, burger station, subway, cafe and so on. Off campus there is McDonald's, Baja Fresh, Togo's, Pizza My Heart, Pita Pit, Carl's Jr, Lee's Sandwiches, Hawaiian Inn, Iguana's, La Victoria Taqueria, Jack in the Box and other places.

    Dorm Life

    I personally do not live in the dorms but I do have friends that live in the CVC, Joe West, and in the Bricks. They tell me that it is a fun experience and that it is the easiest way to meet new people. Of Course the Rn's are always checking up on the students so don't do anything that you might regret.

    Academic Rigor

    Having good grades is a must, especially if you receive financial aid. You do not want to be put on probation and stop receiving financial assistance.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would reccomend to always get to know your professors and ask questions. If you are still unsure it is always a great idea to go to the professor's office hours and have a one on one conversation on the material you did not understand. It is also a good idea to get at least the phone numbers of 2-3 people in your classes in case you ever need help or have questions.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a great place to go to college. It is very diverse, the students are very friendly and there are many activities, clubs and organizations that you can join. This is definitely a place to remember, where you will make great new friends and have the time of your life.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It is nothing like home cooked meals, but it is actually pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I have met some amazing people while living in the dorms. It is a great experience and everyone, I believe, should try it.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University has offered me many opportunities. All the professors are very helpful and truly want to help you learn. The atmosphere is great for a person who has a hard time being away from home.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs, sororities, fraternities, dance classes, sport get togethers, and great people to meet that will make you feel as if though you are home and belong there.

    Food and Dining

    The amount of food a student can get is actually a lot but the quality is not as good as I had anticipated. The food is well prepared but it doesnt have the best taste.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really clean and safe due to the hall monitors. Everyone is friendly on any floor and it is easy to make friends within the first encounter. The rooms are nice and neat.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say this school provides their students with an equal amount of work that is manageable to complete. Some classes are really difficult and others are just slightly difficult enough to make it possible for a student to not go crazy trying to handle all at once.

    Tips for prospective students

    This college is great in the areas of business and would do even better to set someone out in an engineering career.

    In three sentences

    San Jose state is a great college of business where everywhere is eco-friendly. No matter what color, ethnicity, or gender, at this university every is not only welcomed but also treated with equal respect. The teachers are really enthusiastic about their job and show slightly more interest in their students than the usual professor.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends, walk downtown, go bowling,

    Academic Rigor

    the clases are doable but you have to put in the time and effort, things aren't just handed to you

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to study and always be on the look out for your enrollment date. get the classes you need! and get involved.

    In three sentences

    I like this campus, if you get involved in clubs, which there are a lot to choose from, you will feel at home. however classes are hard to get into because of impact majors.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It is important to join organizations or clubs and make new friends and build connections. It will keep you motivated, and wanting to come to school where you know people rather than just show up to class and going home.

    Food and Dining

    !. They have a variety of options in their dining area. They have mexican food, chinese food, they have hot dogs, and jamba juice. Around the campus area there are also a variety of restaurants that you can check out!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, I'm not sure about the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are important, it is important to keep organized when teachers are not. Always be on the lookout for due dates and assignments. Show up to class and try to find the subject interesting or you won't find a reason to show up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make good use of your resources, look up organizations you might be interested in and meet new people! Go see counselors simply to see how you're doing, and what activities you should join that will help with your major.

    In three sentences

    The campus is big, surrounded by trees and it is beautiful. The weather around the San Jose area is usually pretty warm especially in the summer time, which makes it fun to study outdoors. The teachers I have had have all been helpful and want their students to be knowledgeable and to succeed.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang around with studios classmates that knows how to enjoy life and be successful.

    Food and Dining

    I heard that they have good food and student's price.

    Dorm Life

    Not really sure.

    Academic Rigor

    Rank as no. 16 in California and founded in 1857 is something to be impress.

    In three sentences

    Established in 1857. Rank no. 16 in California. Rank no. 243 nationwide.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is very safe. Only residents can access the dorms with access cards and guests have to be checked in at night. All around campus are blue light poles to call the campus University Police for help or transportation at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many variety of clubs on campus that put on different events throughout the year. There are clubs for every interest and personality. If there isn't a club that fits your interest, you can suggest and begin one of your own.

    Bang for the buck

    The two biggest concerns for students are books and tuition/expenses. Tips about buying school books: look around to find the best deal! Amazon and Chegg.com are great site to find books for class as well as used bookstores. As for tuition and other expenses, applying for grants and any amount of scholarships is a great way to rack up money without having to come out of pocket to pay for your education.

    What to do for fun

    There is a movie theater a few blocks from campus. The resident hall association puts on activities like free movie nights and pre-screenings of movies. I try to go to as many events as I can because I usually meet new people and form a friendship. The campus is right in the heart of downtown, so there is a lot of activity and entertainment to attend such as museums, plays, and food.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of choices from grab-n-go to health options. In the dinning commons everyday there is a different meal for lunch and dinner. Popular franchises like Jamba Juice and Panda Express are choices as well.

    Dorm Life

    There are three options o living on campus. From what my friends who live in the Classics and Joe West, students are closer to virtually the whole building because the lounge room is the hang out place. In the Campus Village C, which are suites, the residents are also close knit, but mostly with their roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes taken an the professors chosen the work load varies. But mostly the work is more about studying for midterms and finals than homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    With any new opportunity it is best to go in with an open mind. Defiantly use the on campus resources especially when they are needed most. The college experience is made even better with the friends made

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is diverse, city life without the big city vibe, and a good said campus. Everything a college student needs is within convenient walking or driving distance. Also the campus offers a variety of entertainment and dinning.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I like painting, but I do not have much time to do it.

    Food and Dining

    The most found food is fast food. Places are for the most part to stay for a while, they are not designed to share more time than the needed for having meals.

    Academic Rigor

    As a full time student, the academic rigor is extremely demanding. I usually rest five hours per day in order to cover all my readings and assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should read every day in order to do not be behind; they should organize the time for each assignment in advance, and they do not wait until the last minute. Students should be resilient even if they feel that school is exhausting.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are attentive to the students and prepared in their subjects. Students are encouraged to think critically by teachers. This is due to class discussions about current interesting topics.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not the safest campus considering it is in a metropolitan area. The blue poles for campus pd take about 30 minutes to come by..

    Greek Life

    Very tight knit greek community. Lots of charity events to attend.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spam masubi is a popular fundraiser compared to bake sales.

    Bang for the buck

    It's hard to get the classes you want, but the classes I have had were amazing and definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Greek parties, open mic nights, $5 movies downtown area, Mosaic center always has various events, the event center hold concert for popular artists, art shows in the art building

    Food and Dining

    The student union food is awesome! There is plenty of variety and many healthy items. The salad bar is my favorite. Eating at the dining commons only a few times, there are many options and they are mediocre.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot rate on dorm life since I am a commuter, but all of my friends that live on campus enjoy it!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes you are taking, the rigor is not the same. Science courses at SJSU are very rigorous and course heavy, but social science classes are more laid back.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in contact with a counselor and stay on top of your classes so you are able to graduate on time. Get involved with clubs, sports, or greek life. Don't take classes based on Rate My Professor, some of my best professors had low ratings.

    In three sentences

    This school has a dedicated staff that really strives you to do your best. As one of the most diverse college campuses, you get to learn how to work with others that are different from you. Classes are hard to get into due to budget cuts, but everything is worth while.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many fun activities to do. We have a bowling alley in the student union and we have a huge event center that holds concerts there. Plus we have a gym on campus as well as many other daily activities that are easily found.

    Food and Dining

    Our food court is packed with many different options including subway, jamba juice, panda express, mexican fast food, as well as multiple coffee shops. Also, there are many different restaraunts in close walking distance to campus due to the downtown location.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are right on campus and are very clean compared to other dorms I have seen.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic learning is very challenging and is difficult at times but the goal is to learn, which is exactly what San Jose State provides.

    Tips for prospective students

    Reading the assigned material and studying powerpoints assigned will pretty much guarantee an A. The classes are very challenging compared to community colleges but coming from a straight A student, if you follow the assigned work it is possible to do very well.

    In three sentences

    I Believe San Jose State is a great school. They have a wonderful campus, beautiful scenery, great professors, great academics, and overall a great learning environment. San Jose State promotes learning by doing many hands on activities as well as provides online opportunities.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many students skateboard around. Since SJSU is in the middle of the downtown area, everyone goes out. We also have malls near the campus, and a bowling rink on campus. My friends and I go to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk since its close and the ride to get there is cheap!

    Food and Dining

    The food is like others. On some days it looks good while on others you question what they are serving. However, the dining hours are very convenient, so if you're doing some late night cramming, the Dining Commons is there for you!

    Dorm Life

    The people are nice, and you get to meet others from around the world. I met a few people who came form Germany!

    Academic Rigor

    You will treasure the meaning of sleep.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to manage your time, and study for your classes!

    In three sentences

    It's very diverse. The professors are tough, but it's the tougher ones that you learn from. San Jose State University is the place to become a Spartan!

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University Police Department is right on campus and have many services available to you like escorting you somewhere late at night so you feel safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who live around often commute so it is easy for people who may want to or have to stay home. It is for anyone who wants to live in the city and is also a great way to start networking your way to the top.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgating before a football game is the place to be.

    Bang for the buck

    As long as you take advantage of every opportunity SJSU has to offer, you will gain so much richness in knowledge and learn a few tricks about making extra money here and there.

    What to do for fun

    It is a big city, so there are plenty of resources like hookah lounges, eating out, movies, rock climbing, clubbing, and so on.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons has one of the best meal plans out there for colleges. There are also the food court, and other little shops around campus which are yummy, healthy, and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    The best yet. There is minimal space to live on campus, which is why it is recommended that every student should at least live on campus for one year. It can be pricy, but it is the best way at meeting new people and figuring out what kind of people make good roommates for future references.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are challenging yet interesting. Do not give into the recommendations on ratemyprofessor.com because everyone has different learning styles.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the school, learn about the opportunities such as going Greek, clubs, events. Also, meet with your advisors regularly and make your name known. College is a great place for this.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University has been more rewarding that I thought it would be. It is right in the heart of the Silicon Valley which makes it easy to meet some of the top employers in California. It's accessibility to the city and to all the diversity in occupations makes it easy for someone who is not sure of what to major in see what the world has to offer.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    police on campus but there is crime

    Greek Life

    many sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    black student union

    Great for these types of students

    good for all

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    campus is downtown

    Bang for the buck

    all schools are expensive

    What to do for fun

    bowling

    Food and Dining

    dining area is wack! eat at the popular restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    challenging if not use to sharing a small space.

    Academic Rigor

    not a lot after the 1st weeks there.

    Tips for prospective students

    college is very expensive. can not go to college without money. books are very expensive

    In three sentences

    college is very expensive. can not go to college without money. books are very expensive.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As long as you avoid being by yourself in public places on campus during the late hours of the night / early morning, you should be fine. We have occasional robberies, with victims being those who roam campus at 12pm, 3am, etc. Times that you typically shouldn't be in a downtown area anyway.

    Greek Life

    Not affiliated with Greek life, cannot comment, but people seem to enjoy their clubs, many people represent their clubs with their t-shirts / sweatshirts.

    Clubs and Activities

    Bay Area Retail Leadership Center is a great example of clubs and activities that make SJSU a great place to go to school. I have met many businesspeople who connect business students with their companies and offer them internships and jobs.

    Great for these types of students

    Introverts. Many of the Asian population are introverted, and SJSU thrives on this type of individual, the intellectually gifted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Very high diversity. The Asian community has about 35% of the student population, followed by only about 25% of whites. Therefore, the different ethnic cultures make it a very interesting place to meet people.

    Bang for the buck

    Fantastic. Private schools are a rip-off, and SJSU does public schools justice. Their business school is a great place for those of us who cannot afford private schools. Probably the best business school in the area.

    What to do for fun

    San Jose State has a bowling alley, gym, pool, and many other things you can expect from a college. Hang out with friends, go see a movie, go to a restaurant, etc. etc.

    Food and Dining

    The downtown San Jose area is a great place for food and dining. Many options of various cultures, and plenty of high quality places to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    From what I have heard from people who live in dorms, the social life is not as great as what people expected, and the dorms are quite small and old.

    Academic Rigor

    The Business Major is typically easier than many others. There are some hard classes, but most are pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you check dates ahead of time. Be sure to meet with councilors often, have reliable transportation methods, and speak up to teachers when you have any questions.

    In three sentences

    The business school is a great deal for what they offer. Certainly a fantastic choice of public school for the price of tuition (compared to private schools). Lots of transportation available to the school, and decent teachers make this school a great one.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never really felt unsafe on campus but there were a few incidents on campus throughout the year. Fortunately, if an incident occurred and the perpetrator was not caught, the student body was sent an email ASAP in order to caught the person (people) responsible.

    What to do for fun

    The downtown city is booming on the west, north, and northwest sides of campus. It was fun to walk along Pasaeo de San Antonio with my girlfriend and other friends.

    Food and Dining

    The DC is very convenient for students living on-campus or very close to campus. The food got a little repetitive but I still enjoyed it.

    Dorm Life

    Joe West was fun to live in. The elevators are not very good; the east elevator broke down constantly last year.

    Academic Rigor

    Not many classes are an easy A. You'll have to work for your grade if you're an Engineer. Animation majors have the toughest work load I've seen of anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are receiving financial aid through the FAFSA, you'll most likely be eligible for Work Study so make sure to check that box on job applications on campus. Also, scholarship money sent directly to the school will be reflected on the appropriate IRS tax return and will also increase your EFC on the FAFSA.

    In three sentences

    Big but small. Lively but lonely. Fun but dull.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of places to go eat around SJSU. SJSU has a Student Union, where you can play bowling, games, and pool.

    Food and Dining

    SJSU has a food court and a Dining Commons. The Dining Commons is expensive but it is like a buffet. It opens mostly everyday from morning to night. Students can eat as much as they want. There are a variety of food so you do not have to worry about having to eat the same food every day. You can also purchase food at the Food Court. Food Court also contains variety of food including Chinese, Mexican, and American food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life also depends on which one you choose. There are four different dorms for students including Campus Village B, Campus Village C, Joe West, and the Bricks. I recommended the Bricks earlier because the building is small, so students don't often have their doors close. Most students consider this building to be more friendly. Campus Village B and C are big apartments, and students often have their doors close, allowing them to have more privacy, but less communication with their neighbors. Joe West is right in between; it gives you enough space while allowing you to make some friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the professors are easy going, and some are tough graders. It' all depends on what class you are taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Live on campus the first year, so that you can make new friends. (I recommend the Bricks even though I didn't live there my first year. I wish I did.) - Always try your best in all your classes. Know when to party and when to study! - Don't be scared to visit professors' office hours once in a while if you are stuck on something. They are all want their students to succeed and will try their best to help you.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State Unversity (SJSU) is a great school to attend because there are many professors who are passionate about teaching and willing to help you. SJSU also has an abundance of resources that can help you finding a job, writing a resume, choosing a major, etc. The campus is not too big and not too small, and the weather is warm most of the time except for winter.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always police around campus and if there is not in the vicinity there are a bunch of blue poles stationed throughout campus that can be used to contact the campus police.

    Bang for the buck

    Since it is a state university tuition is a lot cheaper and San Jose state university offers a lot of majors

    What to do for fun

    I like to lift weights and hangout with friends sometimes i like to go on drives to take my mind off stuff.

    Food and Dining

    The food was decent it did the job of supplying me with energy so i did not complain.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a nice experience. I loved living in a community where we all shared the same experiences and helped each other along the way learning from each others mistakes.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on what classes you are taking will determine how diifcult the class is.

    Tips for prospective students

    I can't stress this enough for future students scheduling out your time is a must to succeed. Showing up for class and participating and know yourself don;t take so many classes where you overwhelm yourself because it could affect your grades signifcantly.

    In three sentences

    The campus is culturally diverse. The students on campus are very helpful and polite. The campus is the perfect size so there is no need to walk far from class to class.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security was visible and there was a police substation on campus which made me feel safe.

    Greek Life

    During my first visit there was rush activities going on everywhere that made me understand that there is something for every personality.

    Clubs and Activities

    There were so many booths set up at open house that showcased clubs and activities that ranged from fun clubs to student government causes to join into.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing or wanting to take advantage of a true college experience with as much as you want to take advantage of.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The swimming pool was the largest pool I've ever seen. I can't wait to enjoy all of the free classes offered in the gym. There was a BBQ going on everywhere I went.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone was especially friendly and welcoming. Eager staff and students wanting to make me feel at home.

    What to do for fun

    Too many choices from on campus gym, huge pool, sports, social events to off campus excursions like camping, rafting and hiking at very reasonable rates.

    Food and Dining

    The student dinning was amazing with so many choices. The food tasted great.

    Dorm Life

    When I toured my dorm it looked fun with lots of activities to enjoy but also quiet study areas as needed.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigorous but lots of help and resources available to help students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit as many times as possible. Don't miss open house, it was fun and helpful.

    In three sentences

    Big & beautiful. Friendly and helpful staff and students. Modern and old architecture mixed in harmony

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    STEM, Tech, science, mechanical, business, engineering

    Bang for the buck

    It is a very affordable school. About $6000-7000 per year for instate and about$15000-17000 for out of state.

    Dorm Life

    The cheapest dormare ok but the median to expensive are extremely nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a very affordable school and you do have to research about a lot of stuff here. Getting classes are very competitive just like any other school.

    In three sentences

    It is a relaxing school with an awesome library. There are many wonderful professors and a lot of events that happens on campus everyday.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I am hoping to see what I would do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't experienced that yet here on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am an outgoing person, social. But I enjoy my privacy. The dorm life, I feel it's not for me.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel I will be successful finishing my degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and secure.

    In three sentences

    It is a very cool and nice campus. Love the staff, helpful and resourceful. Amazing things to do in school.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends and go to the gym, mall, and eat at a restaurant near by.

    Food and Dining

    They were okay, just need better food near the middle of the school year.

    Dorm Life

    AWESOME. Bricks was the best place to get to know people and make new friends

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors take the time to teach students the education they need for their major.

    Tips for prospective students

    There isn't much tips, but SJSU is a great place for students who are major in science and business.

    In three sentences

    It is a fun school. A lot of activities on campus through out the school year. Great resources are provided.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to the outskirts of the city and find trails to run and bike. I'm not sure what major activities are offered because I still need to begin school there.

    Food and Dining

    They have plenty of cool spots on campus to dine.

    Dorm Life

    I saw the dormitories and they have plenty of space and comfort for the students.

    Academic Rigor

    I have yet to take classes here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and ask for a lot of help.

    In three sentences

    San Jose is very helpful, they realy helped me figure out important steps to take for a smooth stransition to their school. They are very punctual, I never get an extremely late reply from questions I ask. The campus looks beautiful.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's in a downtown city area so there are lots of clubs, some sporting and concert venues, and places to eat close by.

    Food and Dining

    Decent options on campus and around campus.

    Dorm Life

    New dorms are nice apartment style and have some good theme areas if you want them.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on the program of study. I got through the undergrad psychology program in four years going full time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to study before you get there and stick to it. It can be hard to change majors especially into engineering and nursing.

    In three sentences

    Is a great school for first generation students. Is always a hassel with anyone in admissions and records, too much red tape. Has plenty of great programs of study that are top rated.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    lots of construction being done around campus

    What to do for fun

    Downtown San Jose has many places to explore many restaurants, clubs, and events to check out.

    Food and Dining

    try out different places and see what you like

    Tips for prospective students

    some majors are worth pursuing don't give up on your dreams

    In three sentences

    The diversity of students is great, the ambience is relaxed and it is a pretty safe place overall. Tuition keeps rising some classes are impacted due to large number of students needing the same class. From a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this school a 6

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining commons at SJSU is like none other. The food is prepared by fellow students, so in a sense they know exactly what you like and how you like it. Because SJSU is located in downtown San Jose, there aren't many restaurants in walking distance, and at times money is an issue. The dining commons are conveniently located close to the dorms and available at all times of the day during the week and even on weekends!

    Dorm Life

    Staying in the dorms allows you to get the best of both worlds, as far as social and academic life. The convenience of being on campus helps when you've had a long weekend and that extra 10-15 minutes of sleep feels like it'll get you through the day without being late for class. As far as social life in college, if you attend a university without any of your friends from high school it may seem almost impossible to find a new group of individuals that fit your exact life style without being on campus. Whether you chose to share a room or move in to a single, the dorm life is a very interactive one.

    Academic Rigor

    Your academic success in college is all up to you, and that starts with picking your schedule, adjusting to a heavy class load, and dedicating the time to do what you really came to college for. It is easy to get distracted with all of the other exciting things going on in a four year university, but only you can make those choices for yourself. To remain academically successful means that you must challenge yourself and make sacrifices that will help you in the future.

    In three sentences

    Overall, San Jose State University is a school that welcomes diversity,academic achievement, social involvement, and people from all different types of backgrounds. The transition from high school to college isn't an easy one, but with the wide range of activities, clubs, classes, and majors, it shouldn't be hard to find your place in the spartan community. There's only so much I can say from my personal experiences, but I can assure that my choice to attend SJSU was one of my wiser decisions in life.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    If you live on-campus, you're required to eat at the dining commons. You will have to exercise self-control and be choosy to stay healthy. The other food options on campus are decent. I see an effort to bring more organic and healthy options to the school cafes.

    Dorm Life

    Prices are sky-high, but it's good to meet more people in your first few years this way.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload will depend on the course program you choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the school/majors you want to go into. There's a lot of technicalities that come along with going into certain programs so make sure you want to deal with that before jumping in. Get involved on campus!

    In three sentences

    Great location in the Silicon Valley and well-known around the tech giants in the area. Awesome because of the abundance in concentrations in majors across the different SJSU colleges. More of a commuter school, so you'll need to put in some extra effort to feel like part of the college community.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Recently there has been reason for concern regarding the safety of students at night. Never travel alone at night. Always use a bike lock.

    Greek Life

    Greek culture is a big thing on this campus and everyone who wears letters appears to be very friendly, easy going and nice to talk to!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or group for almost every type of person on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who can appreciate diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a series of underground tunnels that were once used to transport Japanese internment prisoners during.

    Bang for the buck

    If you live in San Jose, SJSU is the greatest place to attend if you're middle class. You'll save boatloads of money and get a great education.

    What to do for fun

    TONS of places to eat. Awesome nightlife (as long as you're 21). Lots of friendly students and campus activities are available. There is also a plethora of clubs to join and if there aren't any that suit you, you could go ahead and start your own!

    Food and Dining

    There is no shortage of eateries around SJSU.

    Dorm Life

    Typical dormitory with no outstanding features.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use Ratemyprofessor.com. There are great professors here from whom you can get a lot from and there are some really bad ones.

    In three sentences

    Bustling city life. Intimate and urban. Vivacious and exciting, like a California Brooklyn.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Members are very friendly and informative, they make you feel as a part of their greek family.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous and the sunshine keeps you smiling. The students and staff are also very friendly and are always willing to lend you a helping hand when you need it. San Jose State University will definitely give you the tools you need to success.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Filled with enthusiasm. On point, academically and socially. Very resourceful.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is in the Silicon Valley, so it is a high tech institution with a lot of opportunities for people who want to be in any type of technology field.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    San Jose State offers their students with the student union which has a bowling alley, an arcade room with different games to spend time, and room for billiards and table tennis.

    Food and Dining

    San Jose State has many food choices for their students. Students can go to restaurants near the school or they can go inside the school for restaurants to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I am not living the dorms so I can't make a review for dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the class are hard but can be easy if you do you r homework on time and study before test or the class becomes harder.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police station is responsive. There are campus emergency phones and a service where you can be escorted safely if it is late and you do not feel comfortable walking alone from campus to an area near campus. However, sometimes it can be a little sketchy to walk at night alone in the downtown area.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for independent students, commuters, and all students interested in interacting with other students from many different backgrounds (different income levels, ethnic backgrounds, etc.)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every so often, you will see a plank appear jutting out of the clock tower, with a chair hanging off the end. The art building has a staircase that is completely covered in paintings and murals, and has several student art galleries on each floor that feature new art every week. The Industrial Studies building also has an art gallery on the second floor, and has a community cat that lives in front of it.

    Bang for the buck

    San Jose State is one of the more affordable schools in CA but college tuition has increased each and every semester.

    What to do for fun

    Studying abroad is a must. There is a bike party that happens every month, with the routes often passing through downtown. There is latin/salsa dancing at places like Azucar. SubZERO happens downtown every year and is not an event to miss.

    Food and Dining

    The new Just Below' food area is amazing--- this was my favorite place to go eat on campus! There are so many healthy and delicious choices, at a good price. The food in the Student Union is good as well, but more generic-- Jamba Juice, Panda Express, Subway, Quesadilla Corner, Burgers, and Salad Bar. Since SJSU is in downtown, there are hundreds of downtown restaurants and cafes that include vegan options (Good Karma, Tofoo Com Chay), and multi-cultural options (Thai, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Ethiopian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian food, etc.)

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of the courses is dependent on the major and the type of course. Most courses are challenging, but most general education courses are not as stimulating as major courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your professors, become involved, and exchange information with other students in order to succeed! Some classes are larger, and if you connect with students and faculty, you will have a higher chance to exceed academically and socially.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a culturally diverse gem of a school. They have a wonderful psychology program filled with intelligent and competent professors. They also have a wonderful art program, with a top-notch ceramic facility.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out at dorms, join clubs, or greek life!

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan there, but I have heard people say the food is good, but they get tired of it easily. But that's normal,everyone gets tired of eating the same kind of foods all the time.

    Dorm Life

    I am actually not dorming because I live really close to campus but I visit friends that dorm and I must say the C buildings are the best. The suites are spacious and so relaxing, but honestly any dorm building is fine as long as you are open for all kinds of people!

    Academic Rigor

    It's only been a couple weeks for me, so I can't really give an exact rating, but so far my classes have been a little challenging but nothing impossible. As long as you stay on top of things and ask teachers for a little guidance then you'll be fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to all kinds of people, and don't be afraid to try new things and meet all kinds of people.

    In three sentences

    I've lived in San Jose pretty much my whole life, so I was not that excited about staying in San Jose for my college years as well. It's only been a few weeks of school and honestly I couldn't be happier of my decision. There's great diversity at this school and everyone that I've met so far are really nice, and the teachers I have are helpful and not as scary as high school teachers make it sound like. I think SJSU is one of the best schools you can go to.

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food isn't that bad. There are things they make that are actually quite tasty. You can never go wrong with the pizza and the sandwiches. Overall it is okay, it isn't the best in the world but it definitely passes for all those hungry college students. Oh and also you get unlimited Jamba Juice.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is really fun depending on where you live. The so called bricks' is where you belong if you're looking for real fun and excitement with fellow school mates. I live in the bricks and it's really interesting. I never get bored with my life at the dorm

    Academic Rigor

    The work is generally hard, also consider it tougher depending upon the major you choose. One just had to learn how to control themselves as well as their stress. College is generally tough so be sure you know what you want to do.

  • 10/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I really enjoy the clubs here on campus. There are over 300 different clubs here and at least one will interest most people.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for Engineers and basically any science major. I can not stress that fact enough. I have relatives that attended UC Davis for engineering and say they did not like it at all while I ask engineering students in classes above me and they love all the aid they get hear and how this school teaches

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This University is rich in history since it is one of the oldest institutions for higher learning on the West Coast. We have history with the Civil Rights movement such as Caesar Chavez as well as Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion this school is one of the best for what you pay for. The environment on campus is great. This school is well connected to the industry of the Silicon valley and many companies go to the universities when they want to hire or give internships. This university also has great aid services for students.

    What to do for fun

    On Campus there are always club activities that you can join in on sometimes even if you are not even in the club. There is also a gym on campus that is open for a large portion of the day and is part of tuition so is open for any student to use. just outside of campus there are many restaurants to go to and also there is a rock climbing gym three blocks away from campus. There is also the library that is both the public and university library. We also have an event center on campus where we have concerts and shows on.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons in SJSU serve good quality food but sometimes it can get very dirty there even when it isn't rush time. The variety of food is really good and for the most part the service is quick.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life in San Jose State is very tight nit more so than in other schools in my opinion. I have been to Davis and stayed over with a sister and felt that people where just living there and not much connection between floor mates or dorm mates. Here in San Jose usually everyone is very friendly and because of the small campus it is very easy to connect with people even between dorms. Regularly you will find students from different dorms in your lobby and it is very easy to socialize and make connections.

    Academic Rigor

    This school at the moment is not to difficult for me since I am only taking general education courses but from conversations with professors and older students I know I will be in for highly intensive courses later on.

    Tips for prospective students

    The one major thing that you need to be careful about is the balance between having fun and your course work. Also another thing is to get connected with clubs and groups on campus. Personally the clubs and groups I joined helped me balance everything and made everything much easier and less stressful. I would also recommend if trying new things, When I first came here I took a dance class never knowing much about and later on joined the dance sport since I enjoyed it so much.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for technical majors such as engineering or graphic design. It is well connected with industry giants like Cisco, IBM, or Lockheed Martin. The professors are welcoming and overall a great school to attend.

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus uses cellphones, emails, and the social media to alert any safety issues.

    Greek Life

    There are lots of fraternities/sororities on campus. I recommend to join the ones that helps your major.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities, you name there probably is a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Who love to socialize and value their education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The MLK is the best place to study at

    What to do for fun

    The university host lots of outdoor events ranging from scuba diving to running marathons (contact the kinesiology department).

    Food and Dining

    The campus is located in the downtown area. So many options for food, restaurants, shops, and bars.

    Dorm Life

    I live in San Jose, never experienced the dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    Every campus has the good and bad professors. Luckily for me, my professors have been very inspirational and have helped me get through college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan a campus tour. The tour guides are really funny and you get to learn a lot about the campus.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley with endless internships and job opportunities. The campus is very beautiful, diverse, and host several events. Located in California, the weather is perfect.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am not Greek currently, but from my perspective, they seem to be pretty involved on campus. I constantly hear about different events that various houses hold. There are a good amount of people who are involved with Greek life, but not everybody has to be in on to have fun on campus. It does get a little difficult to get into parties if you're not Greek, but making connections and being friendly is all a person really has to do to get in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    MLK Library opens late for students on weekdays, and on finals they are open 24/7.

    Food and Dining

    At first, the Dining Commons seems like heaven, especially with the free Jamba Juice and bomb pizza, but you will get tired of it after a month. Mix it up at the DC so you won't get bored. There is also the Village Market, but you have to spend money there.

    Dorm Life

    I dorm in Washburn, and though the buildings may be old, dorms in the hallways are always open. You can literally pop into anybody's room. Washburn is super social and is generally very loud, especially starting on Thursday nights since majority of the students don't have class on Fridays. The bathrooms aren't that nice, but they get the job done. The rooms are cozy, simply put. After all, you'll mostly be in there to sleep and relax on your bed. There are many places to go on campus, and unless you're a homebody, you won't be spending much time in your room anyway so it's smallness doesn't get to you.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind; San Jose State is a very diverse school where the majority is not white. The campus isn't outstanding since it is a public school, but there are areas on campus that one learns to appreciate. Also, I would highly reccomend dorming in the Bricks, as it is the most social housing on campus.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a commuter school, but living on campus is a completely different experience. If one is outgoing, meeting new people won't be hard to find. Everything a student needs is either on campus, or relatively close.

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am part of the Greek Life and I think it is an great part of my life. Not only do you get sisters (or brothers) for life but you also gain many conncetions through sisters or even alums. Also, I am very passionate about my philanthropy which is not only fun to host but knowing that the money in which we raised is going to a good cause.

    What to do for fun

    Some things to do for fun is the student union bowling alley with an arcade. Also, you can roam around down town with friends and enjoy the scenery. And my favorite part, the library. It is a good place to do homework and also discovery the hidden mysteries of the library.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning common areas are good and affortable. I like that there is a store on each corner of campus avaiable so if you are hugry you can get ourself a snack or dinner to go. Plus, it is in downtown San Jose and they are many resturants near by as well.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms my freshmen year and it was a wonderful experience! I would deffinately reccommend dorm living to new students. Everyone is friendly and it is a good way to make connections with others as well.

    Academic Rigor

    This is one of the most difficult concepts because even registering for classes can be extremely difficult. If you are having a though time with a class don't be afraid to attend professor's office hours or take tutoring for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always have a plan ahead especially when it comes to classes. Be friendly with others and atted teachers office hours. NEVER be affraid to ask questions because no question is a dumb question.

    In three sentences

    Overall the school is great but the school system needs a little work. It is difficult to register for classes and recieve help from councelours when they are needed. But from that the campus and the people are good as well.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs!! Or go to the gym, go out and party, or go explore san jose. There isn't much to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons get pretty bad after a while. We always have Tullys, Jamba Juice, pizza, pasta, burgers, fries, salad bar, yogurt, and sandwich place. The only two places that change their dishes is our mexican and chinese dishes. Everything is pretty unhealthy at the dining commons. After a while, you get pretty sick of the food.

    Dorm Life

    It's okay, you really have to meet the right kind of people you get along with. Everybody is usually pretty nice. Bricks are the ugliest, but they are the friendliest, then is Joe West. Joe West is kind of more split because of the layout of the building, and CVC (the suites) are the least social.

    Academic Rigor

    It isn't too easy and it isn't too hard, but i'm only a freshman so i'm not sure how the upper divisions are going to be. They are probably going to be a lot harder though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really try to get involved in school because that's how you're going to make most of your friends or if you live in the dorms, go out and meet the people on your floor.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is a very diverse school. It is a commuter school. It is like any other state school.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They have concerts on campus, a free gym to students, free bus services to all around San Jose, and more

    Food and Dining

    Though the dining commons do not offer the best food, they do offer foods that are made to your personal liking. They have a lot of vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus offer a community that welcomes you with open arms. It is easy to get along with people and make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    SJSU works hard to help students to achieve, there are a lot of places you can go if you are needing help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research and figure out what you want from your university. See what classes they offer and especially visit the school before you decide to go. Because there are a lot of things not explained to you it is your job to look for the answers on your own.

    In three sentences

    San Jose offers a great, relaxing environment. Though it is most popular for its Business and Engineering degrees, all students are welcoming and offer a great community feel. It is easy to make friends and find where you fit in best.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be aware of where you are at all times. Never walk alone at time, but that applies to anywhere you attend not just at SJSU. We are downtown remember. Lock your bike at all times. The SJSU police is constantly driving around they will even give you a ride to your car but be nice to them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for EVERYTHING here just a matter of finding them.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student would love SJSU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During women appreciate week there is an underwear run.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, it always has been. Students should definitely use very cent they can when attending San Jose State because classes are expenses and retaking classes is extremely difficult to do, because getting the class itself is hard once it has already been failed before. I strongly believe we should not have to pay $300 per book, so I find other resources that will lead me to cheaper books. Parking is also another expensive feature at San Jose State 1,000's of students attending this school therefore 1,000's of cars need spots, I personally prefer park & ride which is cheaper, it gets me to class on time and I never have to struggle to find parking. $395 parking at SJSU < Park & Ride Parking $96. Spend your money wisely.

    What to do for fun

    For fun students like to hangout together and enjoy each other company, they engage in outdoor activities together, there is always plenty students riding bikes and skateboards, so Watch Your Feet! San Jose State also has a bowling alley which is always fun to do, especially on a week after finals.

    Food and Dining

    There is plenty to eat either at San Jose State or around the campus. Since we are located right in the middle of downtown San Jose, getting to any local food joint is just walking distance away. The Student Union offers great snacks and lunches such as catching some shrimp at Panda Express or cooling off with some Jamba Juice on those random hot days. Different number of clubs constantly have bake sells or food sells throughout the school year.

    Dorm Life

    I have always lived at home with my parents, since I live just blocks away from school I thought I would save some well needed money and stay home.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers offer office hours to help students when they need it and teachers are also very good at communicating with students via email. Students in the classroom also help each other out, this is not like high school where you feel alone, everyone is friendly and always willing to give a helping hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus, because many students see just pictures and do not realize we are smack in the middle of downtown. Which leads to more traffic and more safety precautions to think about.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a place where we all desire the same motive: SUCCESS & GRADUATION! Teachers and students all work together to help one another achieve this goal. Any student that desires to learn can, and has the opportunity to do so at our university.

  • 12/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The area seems like it is getting worse, however police forces are stronger than ever! Ask for police escort at night. Don't walk alone.

    Greek Life

    Not too familiar with this.

    Clubs and Activities

    SJSU offers clubs and activities for all. I had a great experience in the radio class and met a lot of great people. There are clubs for just about everything. Check them out!

    Great for these types of students

    Going-back-to-schoolers. It seems like there are a lot of students who are going back to finish second degrees or just getting a start in school for the second time for a new career. Professors will love your maturity and experience to share with the newbies!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Peet's Coffee, Peanuts, La Victoria.

    Bang for the buck

    Free food at campus events. Tuition goes up every year:(

    What to do for fun

    Hang out by the fountain by Tower Hall. Stroll around downtown with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Downtown San Jose offers a plethora of restaurants with a variety of cuisines: Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican- San Jose has got it all!

    Dorm Life

    Not familiar with this one.

    Academic Rigor

    SJSU touts it's Business and Engineering departments. Nursing is pretty big.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all of the opportunities offered. Go to your advisors and be proactive about asking for help even if you think you don't know it. Take advantage of everything San Jose State offers. Don't be shy to ask for help. They are there to help you!

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is diverse and offers opportunities for all back grounds to prosper. San Jose State prospers in research, engineering and business. There is a variety of clubs that can suit any personality.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    School Clubs, Greek life, parties, dorm activities, campus activities, down town activities.

    Food and Dining

    School funded food, ehh what can you expect. Student Union and Village Market are over priced.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen dorms are so worth it. the other campus housing options are not, way too expensive for less than half the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigorousness depends on the subject and professor. Regardless if the class is an easy A or not, you will learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect: High cost of living, High tuition, impacted classes, A struggle for parking. Lost to get involved with, great school spirit, endless memories.

    In three sentences

    Social school with a lively student body. Great professors and resources available. Located in down town, which is a great experience of the city life.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    San Jose's a cool place to live. not terribly exciting though.

    In three sentences

    Close to home, safe, reliable.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe but, as with most places, you have to be careful at night. SJSU does have an alert system that sends students emails and texts to alert them of any suspicious activities on campus immediately after they occur or when they're happening. There is also campus transportations available if students don't feel comfortable walking on campus at certain times of the night and campus police are pretty easy to find.

    Great for these types of students

    SJSU is really great for students interested in business because it's located in silicon valley which is the home to a lot of huge businesses like PWC, Facebook, Oracle and many others.

    What to do for fun

    SJSU is in the heart of downtown San Jose so there are a lot of great options such as movie theaters, playhouses, and events that take place like Christmas in the Park. SJSU is also close to a number of light rail stations, which are free for SJSU students to use, to go to nearby attractions like museums, malls or theme parks. There are also lots of SJSU hosted events and student parties to attend. Basically, if you can't find anything to do it's because you don't want to leave your room or you haven't tried to look.

    Food and Dining

    The food at SJSU can be a hit or a miss but there's always something for everyone. I really like the variety of food they serve and I like that the menu changes everyday while keeping some constants like hamburgers and burritos. They also have good options or vegetarians or vegans besides the typical salad option.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is really fun. I lived in CVB on floor nine. Each floor has activities, like study nights or contests, that they do together to promote unity. There are also building wide activities such as free movie night and cultural potlucks. I participated in the free movie nights a few times and it was a fun way for me to meet other residents or to bond with my roommates. The locations of the dorms is also nice because there are nearby restaurants, stores and free public transportation to help students explore SJSU.

    Academic Rigor

    During my last semester at SJSU I thought the work was pretty challenging. The teachers really expect you to stay on top of the material. For one of my classes, if I didn't complete the homework before each class that lecture would be useless for me because the teacher used homework as the core of his lectures. You are also expected to dedicate at least a week to studying for each exam and often they count for 25 to 30 percent of your final grade. Overall the classes aren't impossible but they do require a fair amount of work to get an A. I think this is beneficial to students when they graduate and start their careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that students do four things. First, get involved. In order to get the best experience, join a club or group that interests you. This will also help you to make friends and to learn more about your interests. Second, if you have the opportunity, try living on campus for at least a semester. I currently live on campus and I feel a lot more connected to everything that happens at SJSU. I've also talked to my friends who live off campus and they didn't know about some of the events that SJSU offers. Third, students should apply for as many scholarships as possible. College is expensive and the more money students have for college, the more opportunities, like study abroad or living on campus, they can have. Finally, always remember to stay on top of your studies. Finals will sneak up on you and if you haven't put in the work, it will be reflected in your grades.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State has a lot of opportunities for advancement in the student's chosen field through job fairs, internships and company presentations. They also offer a large range of classes and a range of different majors. San Jose State encourages students to unite as Spartans by hosting many student events to promote different clubs at SJSU or students in general.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Because San Jose State is near downtown, there a lot of fun things to do near the school. The campus has a lot of clubs that are offered and easy to join which are really nice to make friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    This campus is very beautiful and in the middle of everything. San Jose has opportunities for everyone and offers a wide variety of majors.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is a very diverse campus. All of the classes that I took had amazing professors that were very knowledgable. The campus was very open and near downtown which is amazing.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are clubs, bars, and restaurants to frequent.

    Food and Dining

    There's a vast amount of places to eat all around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Any science major is an uphill battle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend any of the free workshops, if possible.

    In three sentences

    I love San Jose State University. The culture, diversity, and setting was a deciding factor. There are numerous activities to keep yourself engaged.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is pretty good at the school. There are always University Police around campus and if you have a night class, there are these blue emergency polls throughout campus where you can call security to take you back to your dorm or parking garage. As far as filing for missing things, the university police kind of suck at it because I had a personal experience with it. Campus also sends out alerts when something has happened so they keep you aware of what is going on.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of sorority/fraternity but I can tell you that the friends that have joined one have no regrets and they love the sister/brotherhood they are in. But everyone has a different feel for it, like its for them or not. Some people change their minds overtime and end up joining one but I know that the Greek Life is an interesting life to lead if you choose it!

    Clubs and Activities

    I am actually a part of the Pilipino-American Organization, Akbayan of SJSU as Secretary for the 2013-2014 school year and I love it. There are other clubs and activities at school and they all provide great opportunities and you will meet people that are so open and welcoming. I love the organization I am in because it is like a giant support system. I was in internship and I have a big like in Greek Life, but its not Greek Life and the only thing you pay for is a one time general membership fee every school year.

    Great for these types of students

    SJSU is a very diverse school so no matter where you come from, what kind of person you are, you will always find the group of people you will love to hang out with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the MLK Library on campus, there is a secret wall you can push and the little patio in front of Clark Hall, you can stand in the middle of the area, start talking and hear yourself through speakers. It kind of creeped my friends out when I told them to do it haha.

    Bang for the buck

    They offer many opportunities for work study so its really cool and really simple work. I personally work outside of the school and at the mall. Also because there are so many places around SJSU, there are many job opportunities, its a great way to get started if its your first or second year at SJSU.

    What to do for fun

    What I did for fun was just hanging out with my floormates. I live 15 minutes away from school and I have a car now so I get to do more. With a car: Go to Valleryfair Mall (7 minute drive). You can also go to the Great Mall in Milpitas. What I do is go to The Plant and eat at like Boiling Crab! There are many great places to go at The Plant. You can also go to the Communication Hills! Its an amazing view over San Jose. Also going to Santana Row which is right across from Valleryfair. Its nice too since many things are close to campus so sometimes you dont really need a car. Without a car: You can take VTA (VTA is free for SJSU students) to great mall/valleyfair mall. At night, I would walk with my floormates to La Vic's which is a great little Mexican Restaurant, so good. During Christmas/after Thanksgiving, they put up Christmas in the Park in Downtown SJ which is beautiful and they also have an ice rink. With or without a car, there is so much to do around San Jose State as long as you have the right people with you! Nothing is too far from the school which is why I love it so much.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons at SJSU has their days. Majority of the time I would go to the american and pizza place. There is a good variety and if you like Jamba Juice, you get it for free! Also for those who do not dorm, inside the Student Union there is a food court. It is also amazing since they just rebuilt the Student Union and added new food places! The food in either place is satisfying and you can get unlimited food refills as long as you stay inside the DC.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the dorm life at SJSU. I dormed at Joe West my first year and it was absolutely amazing. If I could dorm again I would, but I need to save money. Dorming is always great for the experience. I would suggest not dorming at CVC because it is very quiet and isolating since you would only be stuck with suitemates whereas with the Bricks or Joe West, you have your floormates all around you. Joe West is great too because the Dining Commons is literally a 1-2 minute walk because its literally right next to JW. If you're looking for a social experience and new friends, Joe West and any of the Bricks buildings is the place to go.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic challenges at SJSU are complicated, but like I said earlier, you can make it hard or challenging. The difference between the two is that if you make it hard, you're just choosing to know for the test, not really taking in the information. By making it challenging, you're studying hard, taking in and absorbing the information and sticking it to your brain. Academically, SJSU can range from how hard you make it. If you choose not to study and let it fly out of your ear, you're making it hard. It is better to challenge yourself at SJSU so you know what you're capable of.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students applying to SJSU or anywhere, just remember that a college is a college and it all depends on how difficult, fun, easy, or challenging you want to make it. It is easy to fail it just matters whether you're up for the challenge college awaits you. Also, patience and determination are extremely key in college. If you cannot get the classes you want, you have to make due with what you already have and just keep going.

    In three sentences

    As a 2nd year attending San Jose State University, I would rate it 5/5. I am not saying this because I attend the school but because I love every aspect the school has to offer to the student body. The professors, organizations, greek life, and campus are all very welcoming to everybody.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus UPD is always fast to act especially in the area that we are located in. We receive alerts to our phone or emails as soon as something occurs on campus whether we are in school or not. They are also available 24/7 if you need them to take you somewhere on campus if you don't feel safe going alone.

    Greek Life

    There are several fraternities and sororities on campus. They are always outside and around campus promoting their club and sharing awareness of different events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several types of promotions on upcoming events everyday around campus. we also have a concert hall where 30 second to mars performed last semester and more! We are also getting a bowling alley thats currently being finished adding on to our gym containing dance rooms, exercise classes, and a basketball court. You can swim year round with our heated olympic sized swimming pool or go to the movies which are 5 minutes away from campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone mainly because the campus is so diverse and so versatile when it comes to interacting with others.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have fire on the fountain every year for homecoming where a series of events are held on campus all night. This year we had flame eaters and other circus acts perform for us. We had several booths giving out cotton candy, popcorn, face paintings, snacks, and more. We also have a series of jumpers to go on as well which has different obstacles to go through.

    Bang for the buck

    You are paying for what you get and in this case it's all worth it. You will never get bored because their are several things for you to do on and off campus. The professors are smarter than ever and education is key at this school.

    What to do for fun

    I like going to the malls in San Jose as well as the movies. The theater is located five minutes away from campus walking and you can get to the malls for free with your VTA pass. There are plenty of parties to go to or you can simply hang out in the REC rooms located in your dorms and play games or watch movies with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    There's a great variety of food on campus ranging from the dining commons, student union, the village market and more! The student union has a lot of name brand restaurants such as panda express, subway, and taco bell. You will find a variety of every craving you can think of. Theres asian inspired foods, hispanic dishes, basic pizza and barbecue places as all as vegetarian/ vegan foods.

    Dorm Life

    Pick a dorm that suits your personality in my opinion. The bricks and joe west are very friendly and closely niched so you can easily meet friends. This is better if you are very outgoing or if you are trying to come out of your shell. The other dorms such as CVC and CVB are more quiet and harder to meet people within the dorms. This is a great place to be if you like being alone or you want to study more.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging in a sense that you need to stay on top of things because homework is given just about every week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips would be buy some walking shoes and comfortable clothes because its a big campus. Meet new people and make a lot of friends your first year as well.

    In three sentences

    San jose is ranked 9/10 in my opinion as a school. The campus is really nice and big with several things to do. although it is located in downtown san jose, the vibe of the campus makes you feel safe all the time.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would definitely invest in pepper spray and a few martial arts lessons if I were you. Especially if you live several blocks off campus or tend to be roaming campus and its outskirts at night. Also, the buddy system.

    What to do for fun

    Go off-campus. No, seriously. SJSU is located right next to downtown, so if you're into clubbing, hookah bars, or even just taking a stroll around the park or being contemplative at Starbucks, take the time to walk a couple of blocks off campus and explore. SJSU definitely looks like the opposite of Disneyland with all the old buildings and construction going on, but adventure is out there. Just head towards Fourth Street and let your inner Columbus loose.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons is absolutely hit or miss and a terrifying shortcut to the Freshman 15. I had a meal plan for my first two years and am still working off the weight I gained mainly from eating there. I mean, it's not buffet style, but if you can eat pizza, Chinese, and a burrito all in the same night... why not? Sometimes the food tasted disgusting and sometimes it tasted like Red Lobster. The Asian food is probably the worst thing there. But the Arnold Palmer drinks and oil-bathed pizza are divine. They've recently downsized their coffee cups, which is a bummer. And it feels like they're a little short-staffed sometimes, especially when there's one guy making coffee and a line going all the way down to Jamba Juice.

    Dorm Life

    Overpriced. But the best social magnet for freshmen. The Bricks look like something out of a horror movie, but in my opinion provide the best first-year college experience out of all the other available options. My first year consisted of a lot of loud music, open doors all down my hallway, and numerous ping pong sessions with the Tongan guy from upstairs. The CV buildings are incredibly nice and provide a more private living experience and endless hot water, but cost an arm and a leg to live in. But with views of downtown if you're high enough and weekly RA-hosted events (which are hit or miss), it feels almost too luxurious to be college living.

    Academic Rigor

    Through my own college selecting process and with how low on my priority list SJSU was initially, actually being a student here has allowed me to realize how severely underrated this university is. Being located in the Silicon Valley alone provides many employment and internship opportunities to students here. Professors are challenging but passionate, but that combination is hit or miss. As a biology major, a lot of the curriculum is tough. Many professors in my major have shown me a true passion for science and teaching, while a couple that I've had have been the worst teachers I've ever had. But many resources are provided to students like peer mentors and tutors, as well as student-run academic excellence workshops. Professor quality is more 3/5, but the breadth of tutoring resources available bumps that up to four stars.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just go to class and study. While academics are important, they aren't everything. SJSU is a hub for diversity with a load of clubs and organizations to back that. So definitely go out and join a club, a choir, a fraternity--related to your major or not. For some, college is a home-away-from-home, and for many, it's just school. Clubs, fraternities, and other groups are for dormers and commuters alike to make friends and grow through student involvement. Sure, you'll probably meet some of the most despised people in your lifetime, but you learn to put up with them--you realize that these people are in college, too, ambling their way through tough classes and student loans just like you may be. College years are formative years, and for some the most invaluable life lessons are learned far more so outside of the classroom and more through becoming more involved.

    In three sentences

    It's definitely a school that requires an open mind. At first glance, it's a commuter school with outdated buildings and a serious hobo problem. But if you open your mind to meeting new people and daring to expand your experience resume, you'll find that SJSU is severely underrated, and you'll surely find your niche to help propel you through these next four or five years--and possibly befriend a kindly old homeless woman and her adorable pet kitten somewhere along the way.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus during the day and mid-day are completely safe. SJSU has it's own police department and there are poles around campus that call the police at the push of a button. But late at night there have been some robberies mostly on the outskirts of campus. Try not to travel alone and be aware of your surroundings.

    Clubs and Activities

    SJSU has plenty of clubs for everyone. There are smaller, less well-known clubs such as the ones for gardening, or break-dancing. Some clubs are popular within the community there are in such as the Tsunami Anime club and the clubs for Starcraft and League of Legends. There are also some clubs that are extremely well-known such as the Shrunken Head Man club for animation/illustration students. SJSU has active clubs for sports such as swimming, water polo, and football.

    Great for these types of students

    -Commuters -Students without cars (take the VTA or lightrail) -Students who want to find a career in business, marine biology, animation/illustration, engineering, health science -Skaters -Quiet people -Loud people -Athletes, gamers, and people who enjoy books

    Bang for the buck

    Take advantage of tutoring services, free bus cards, and advising services. They are all paid for by your tuition yet people rarely use them.

    Food and Dining

    On campus we have a student union that has Panda Express, Jamba Juice, Subway, etc. There are vegetarian meals too. The cafeteria for students on the food plan have average college cafeteria food. Since SJSU is in the city, there are plenty of places that are literally next to campus. There's ice cream, boba tea, milk tea, sandwiches, burgers, coffee, crepes, wings, you name it. Plenty of coffee places littered around campus if you need a little pick me up.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies based on which dorms you live in. The waffle pattern dorms tend to have a more social life because the students there are less likely to move out randomly during the semester. The fancy dorm with the clock is the opposite. It is bigger and looks nicer but people tend to keep to themselves. In general, dorm life here is what you would expect for a pretty normal college (minus the large parties, those are for the people who live in housing next to campus)

    Academic Rigor

    The amount of work a professor gives you varies for each professor. Work can range from no homework and a test every month to weekly assignments and tests to daily assignments with weekly quizzes and tests. If you manage your time then the workload isn't that bad. Most professors tend to prefer weekly assignments with quizzes every now and then. There are end-of-semester projects but students are given the guidelines and prompt on their green sheets on the first week of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your school work so that you don't have too much stress during finals. If you need help with school work or your personal life, go get help. There's plenty of resources that are there to help you for free. Be friendly and talk to people. Classes will be more enjoyable and tolerable if you have people by your side. Stay healthy. Try some home-cooking and get a good night's sleep. Most important thing is to meet deadlines for anything. There's no harm in being early or on-time but if you're late, prepare for the consequences.

    In three sentences

    There's a lot of diversity here in terms of interests, hobbies, opinions, and culture. Nearby cafes and eateries are great for students who commute to school and have time between or after classes. Most of the professors and advisors are more than willing to help out students who need need advice or ways to improve their studies.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I DJ, so I like to throw parties and watch my friends have a good time. There are a numerous amount of things to do. The football games are always something that a person should encounter at least once, the tailgates are always a good social events to go to. In the downtown area, there are events for all ages-- clubs, concerts, and the movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    So far there are about there places on campus to eat that are worth it, however, you are in the heart of downtown San Jose. That has numerous places to eat. Also, the school is done completing the student union that is rumored to have taco bell, jack in the box, and amazing food retailers

    Academic Rigor

    It is a university; it has work that needs to be done, however, it is not like a Harvard or Yale. Show up to your classes and take care of what needs to be done. Pace yourself it is going to get bumpy. Nothing, no one can not handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    San Jose State is like life; it is what you make it. I am a freshman, who lived in Southern California and I decided to take a big step in my life. I just accomplished my first semester, and I controlled it as I controlled my life. I did my work and still managed to have fun. What I like to do, I did it. San Jose State is a perfect step in finding what you want your life to be.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is an up and coming university that is improving on many levels. I am a first year and I am seeing that the school is developing more school sprit. San Jose State is blossoming into something beautiful.

  • 02/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Most incidents happen at night. Do not walk alone at night, it is not safe. Always walk in a group. You can always call UPD to give you a ride to the parking garage, dorm, or library at night!

    Greek Life

    The weekend starts on Thursday here. There is always parties and kickbacks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much school spirit here! There are a lot of clubs and sports!

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student will fit in here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is public, so there are always political protestors and people asking for money for organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    living in San Jose is expensive

    What to do for fun

    Downtown San Jose. It is downtown, there is SO much to do! Movies, food, clubbing, shopping!

    Food and Dining

    Ahh the food. The dining commons here are what they are. It is buffet style. It has Jamba juice and Tully's. The food isn't horrible, it's decent. There is also the student union which is much better than the dining commons.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life. It has it's ups and downs of course. You have to learn how to share. Dorming is a MUST.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some really easy classes, but there are also some really hard classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, take a tour, take a look at the dorm life! Also, look into scholarships, and ALWAYS check your email.

    In three sentences

    SJSU is an amazing school. The campus is amazing! Classes are sometimes hard to get, but there really are professors and instructors that care.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I constantly receive alerts of someone being harassed or robberies taking place down the street. Stick with a buddy at night!

    What to do for fun

    Football games are popular but the stadium is not on campus. Students have to either walk or drive there. Popular artists perform at the event center on campus and tickets are cheaper for students.

    Food and Dining

    Food at the Dining Commons is not the best, but not too bad. It becomes repetitive after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are fairly old and ugly. Very small rooms are designed to fit about three people.

    Academic Rigor

    English teachers are tough. Registration dates are stressful because class availability is poor. The library and writing center are helpful resources for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Commuters should arrive before 9am to prevent parking struggles.

    In three sentences

    Class availability is tough to work with. The campus is well maintained. Safety is not all that great in downtown San Jose.

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    alright

    In three sentences

    blank,

  • 03/09/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Many places to eat nearby. San Pedro Square very near, great social scene and different types of food to please everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms seem to be just like average dorms. Kept well and are not dirty. They are livable and great way to meet other students.

    Academic Rigor

    Great variety for students, sure to find their right fit. Endless amounts of possible majors and classes that can be taken.

  • 04/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SJSU needs to step up their game in the safety department, but given the city, I think it is to be expected from the area are in. And they have been attempting to create a safer community on campus in the mean time as well.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge part of SJSU, seeing as how there are so many houses around campus and off campus as well. There is always some sort philanthropy event or party going on, and all of the houses get along well. The greek life makes it's own name for itself here, and I would be surprised by anyone who does not find some place they enjoy within it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for literally everything here, from knitting and crocheting, to harry potter, to star wars, to hall government and everything in between. I doubt you will not find a club to get involved, especially since it is so easy to create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are ready to find who they are, are great for this campus. There are so many opportunities to find just who and where you are meant to be, as well as meeting so many amazing people along the way.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hall government likes to create a haunted house in one of the dorm halls during halloween, but what really brings the scare during this season is the ghost stories that come from some of the older buildings that still exist, and some from those that have already been torn down.

    Bang for the buck

    While it is a little scary to be on such a dangerous campus, I think it is good in price in comparison to other universities in california that are so close in between everything, including malls, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and many other distractions.

    What to do for fun

    The pool is open throughout the week, and when the student union is done being built the bowling alley will be opened again. There are intramural sports on campus, as well as different events set up by clubs on campus such as fairs, movie nights, campus step teams, and many other events as well.

    Food and Dining

    Of course it is a cafeteria, but the school DC does produce some talented foods. It is buffet style with quite a few areas of foods, although it can be exhausting to constantly get the same things from these different stations.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a little old-school, but being so diverse both ethnicity-wise and gender-wise, it makes the school year a lot more interesting. There is always something going on in one of the dorm halls, and being friends with people in those dorm halls gives you access to all kinds of activities.

    Academic Rigor

    I can only speak for the science major, but it is very difficult, especially without the necessary studying needed to succeed. Along with courses in honors programs. It is a good idea to take advantage of any office hours, study sessions, and meeting up with peer mentors that are offered on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the worst, whether it be a campus lockdown, a surprise midterm, an insane power outage, or any other natural disaster. Do not wait to cram, or to figure out your educational path for your following years, and if the opportunity comes in which you can set yourself before others in choosing classes, take it.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State University is a diverse school full of people of many different ethnicities, backgrounds, ambitions, and outlooks on life. It is not very well known for its protection on campus, or it's beneficial services, however it is easy to find people that you fit in with. It will open your mind to perspectives on life and society other than your own personal views.

  • 04/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many places to go out in San jose.

    Food and Dining

    The student center is nice place to hang out.

    Dorm Life

    Small rooms, but really close to your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    good school.

    Tips for prospective students

    seek for help. Do not be scared to ask.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school! A lot of friendly people and diversity. Really good professors.

  • 04/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a lot of construction.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your advisors because they can help you through out your college career. Also it will help you get out of school sooner when you have someone guiding you to the right classes you need to take.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is very diverse. San Jose State does not have enough classes. San Jose State has a lot of students.

  • 05/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would rate campus safety 2.5-3 only because it could definitely be improved. I don't feel unsafe on campus, however I am aware that there are not so safe areas nearby campus. There is often dangerous activity going on around campus. SJSU definitely strives to keep it safe and send out alerts. Again, I think this is one area that could be improved upon- only to benefit an already great school!

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities is one of the main things that impressed me most about first coming to SJSU. As stated above, there is a great variety of clubs. So much that you're crazy to not join one! During the first few weeks of the semester, students are out there tabeling and telling folks about their club. There are also always fun events going on. Fliers pile up in the Student Union building and on bulletin boards throughout campus.

    Great for these types of students

    SJSU is for students who are self-motivated. It definitely lends itself to the creative and technological side; located and supporting Silicon Valley.

    Food and Dining

    SJSU has great places to grab food interspersed throughout campus, offering a variety of dining options. The vendors offer The new Student Union building is being constructed and will contain a new cafeteria area.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter and haven't experienced the dorms. They are pretty decent from what I have heard.

    Academic Rigor

    I am still new to the campus, but from the classes I have had so far have been perfectly challenging. The standards are high but not unattainable by any means.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your place, but don't get stuck there. What I mean by that is this- there is a place for everyone at SJSU and current students, clubs, and staff do a great job of making you feel welcome. There is an array of student clubs to get involved in, meeting every interest from badminton to ceramics to economics. However, once you find your niche, don't be afraid to step out and meet new people. Don't underestimate what you can learn from others who have different interests and gain from experiencing things that are unfamiliar to you.

    In three sentences

    San Jose is a lively, diverse university that encourages striving for education in a well-rounded manner. Dedicated students and staff create an academic body that flourishes in many arenas from clubs to the classroom. I have been continually impressed by San Jose State.

  • 05/23/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    well when i visited.. it was earth day and there were many booths, it looked like a lot of fun!

    Food and Dining

    The food there was great!! i mean it seems like all colleges have the same variety.

    Dorm Life

    I did't get to see them when i went there...

    Academic Rigor

    Again.... AEROSPACE ENGINEERING!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    when I went there, There was not a book store, so check that first!

    In three sentences

    It is under construction...However the aerospace engineering is a plus. I like the campus and may apply.

  • 06/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    San Jose State is perfect for all types of students. It's impossible NOT to fit in, with its friendly atmosphere and so many things to do. No matter what kind of student you are, there is definitely a spot for you at San Jose.

    What to do for fun

    One great thing about the school is there's always something you can do for fun. San Jose State pretty much has activities for everyone. Personally when I have extra time on my hands I'm at the gym either working out or playing basketball. However there's a hundred other activities for people with different tastes. There are also clubs around campus you can join. But the one thing you can always do for fun is simply hang with your friends. Go out and have a good time. The weekends mean endless parties and there's even a few clubs you can go to with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    Not going to lie, the food at the dining commons DC is okay. After a certain amount of time students usually get bored with it. A couple company's inside the DC like Jamba Juice spice things up a bit but sooner or later you'll grow sick of it. Despite that, it's good to have a meal plan at the DC because of how convenient it is. The DC is open pretty much all the time so if you don't have the money to eat out one day, the DC is always there. However, the food around campus is MUCH better. No matter what kind of food you like to eat, you'll be able to find it around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at San Jose is enjoyable and is an experience all on it's own. I'm from Southern California and lived in a dorm and I ended up having A LOT of fun. The best advice I can give is to simply don't be shy. Get to know people in your dorm and make friends. If you do this you'll have so much more fun.

    Academic Rigor

    As far as academic rigor goes, it really just depends on what type of major you have and how dedicated you are. Yes, some majors have classes that can be very difficult and stressful, however some classes can be fairly easy. I just happen to be majoring in engineering, and it's definitely not the easiest thing in the world. However I've found that with enough hard work and dedication, any class can be passed.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best advice I can give is to familiarize yourself with the school...and this goes for whatever school you decide to go to. If you already have a major in mind, make sure that the school(s) your interested in have that specific major. Also take time to visit the campuses you are interested in and see if you can picture yourself not only getting an education there but starting your future. Another thing I can say is when you do decide which school you want to go to, make sure to stay up to date with the things you need to do in order to go there. PLAN AHEAD. Keeping track of dates are very important when it comes to college, and doing so will help you stay ahead of things.

    In three sentences

    San Jose State is an excellent school, and is especially known for it's Engineering, Nursing, and Business majors. After completing a semester at San Jose State, one will find difficulty in saying its not the school for them. San Jose offers a great college experience for all with its excellent environment, courses and teachers.

  • 07/07/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    N?A not on campus all online

    Food and Dining

    Not on campus all online

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are going to be hard and require lots of attention to complete.

    Tips for prospective students

    Call them and be honest with your ideas of what you want from them.

    In three sentences

    The MILS program has been very helpful to get me steered in the correct direction.