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| I'm a transfer student from De Anza and went to SJSU since I could live home. I'm a get in and get out transfer student. I'm graduating in 4 semesters. IT IS POSSIBLE! Take some initiative and register at 5AM if that's what it takes. When I first arrived at SJSU, people laughed at my determination to graduate after four semesters. But I'm proof it can happen even with budget cuts going about. |
I don't like the tuition increases especially since I don't qualify for financial aid and I don't get help from family toward tuition. 3000+ to come up with each semester is difficult. To be honest, if money was no object, I would have gone to a different college (U of Hawai'i - Manoa for Korean and TESOL).
Campus safety...yes there were murders, yes some girls get assaulted and molested late at night or early morning, yes the campus and library are full of hobos (who generally stay on the lower floors). I don't feel all that safe on campus at night and such.
The library is good. And there's interlibrary loans, LINK+, online databases for even your database, and it's very easy to request material. That was one positive toward SJSU. VERY EASY to access information.
The department is nice. Take any classes by Kumaravadivelu and Phillabaum! Their classes are either SJSU studies classes or the TESEOL related classes but both are great teachers. Koo is highly intelligent, but out side the classroom seems cold to student questions or visiting him in office hours. AVOID OHALA! I generally get along well with teachers/professors, but her is a different story. She's homophobic and racist (and I'm gay and she's said some things toward me; also expressed that since I was white that I couldn't speak Korean as well as a native speaker). Only take her phonetics class (LING 111) since she was trained by the most knowledgeable person in phonetics and her phonetics class is easier than Silverman's.
|Dec 06 2011|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| This has to be among the worst of the worst universities in America. I was never impressed by any of my professors, they just seemed happy to be earning a paycheck and didn't care about educating young minds. Many of the faculty and staff don't belong at a job with such responsibilities, it's only because it's San Jose State that they are able to keep their jobs.|
Social life is nonexistent, as is school spirit. The campus is tiny and falling apart, the neighborhood is a dump yet very expensive to live. Of all the universities I've visited this one also has some of the ugliest coeds.
|Oct 06 2008|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| 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. |
|Oct 16 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 1997 |