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The engineering department in SJSU is top notch.Quite BrightEngineering Department
The engineering department in SJSU is top notch. I've been to several companies around the bay area and they always prefer to hire SJSU alumni because they know the engineering programs are practical and not theoritical like UC Berkeley or Standford. I've worked with engineers that have graduated from Berkeley and Standford and they were never taught surveying, concrete-asphalt mixing, indeterminate steel analysis, etc. SJSU is a commuter school since everyone throughout the bay area travels there, so don't expect your class mates or friends to socialize much.
2nd Year Male -- Class 1997
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Individual Value: D
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I received an excellent education at San JoseQuite BrightEconomics
I received an excellent education at San Jose State University. The undergraduate program in Economics was both interesting and rigorous. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and immediately found a very lucrative job. I was so impressed with the quality of education at San Jose State that I enrolled in the Lucas Graduate School of Business/Transportation Management where I received a Master of Science degree. Once again, the level of educational instruction was superb. The degree resulted in a promotion and a nice salary increase.

I am absolutely amazed at the negative reviews about SJSU. I think the average immature entry-level college student is looking for something other than an education. If so, I have some strong advice for you. Stop wasting your/your parents' hard-earned dollars and withdraw from SJSU. If you are looking for fun and games, enroll into a junior college or trade school. This will create more space for the students who want to learn and grow. San Jose State is an excellent institution and it can only continue to be successful at providing quality education when it is free of those so-called students who aren't attending the school for what it has to offer...AN EDUCATION. You can waste your money at the UC's and the private schools if you'd like, but if you want a good education without breaking the bank, San Jose State University and the entire California State University system is the way to go.

4th Year Male -- Class 2003
Education Quality: A+, Social Life: B
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SJSU is a bit of a mess thanQuite BrightCommunications
SJSU is a bit of a mess than it is usually due to losing about $40 million of its funding because of a poorly handled state budget. With this in mind, any state school is going to be a little shorthanded nowadays, and it's more important than ever to keep on top of your work.

When transferring here, I had quite a time with transcripts from my community colleges being accepted and processed in a reasonable amount of time; nonetheless, I managed to get into 17 units' worth of classes both this semester and the next! The only headache I'll have this semester is trying to change my major since they processed it wrong. is accurate in terms of who to take and who to avoid! I had all sweetheart professors my first semester; my lowest grade was an A-. Word of mouth also tends to be accurate, so if you're new to the campus, look up last names at Rate My Professors: it could save you from unnecessary headaches!

One of my biggest qualms with this school is its lack of safety. I took light rail my first semester and didn't get out of class until 5:45; it would already be dark! Walking back to the station in the dark gave me the heebie-jeebies, even with pepper spray. Luckily, I scheduled myself a bit better this semester. If you're going to be in the area after night falls, bring a buddy or two; traveling in groups can help.But despite the bureaucracy and the safety, I feel like I'm getting something out of this school while everyone else I know is running themselves into the ground with student loans. SJSU may not be anyone's first choice, but it's not necessarily "settling" as long as you try to take everything out of the experience that you can :)

1st Year Female -- Class 2011
Education Quality: A+, Campus Maintenance: F
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