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Rank: 61

San Jose State University

San Jose, CAwww.sjsu.edu
The potential for grads to make good money without racking up student debt earns this school a solid spot on MONEY's list. Students receive an average of $8,000 a year in aid of one sort or another, and alumni earn an average of $59,000 a year within a few years of graduation. That's 26% more than peers from comparable institutions. Its graduation rate of 62%, meanwhile, is 24% higher than those at universities with similar demographics. The school is remarkably diverse. Less than a fifth of the student body is white, Hispanic students make up a quarter of the student population, and Asians comprise 36%. California's oldest public institution of higher education, SJSU is located in downtown San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley -- an advantage for students interested in exploring professional opportunities or internships at one of the many tech companies and startups in the area. Apple, Intuit, Salesforce.com, PayPal, and IBM are among the companies that have hired SJSU students, and alumni in the tech sector include Intel's Gordon Moore, Dolby Labs' Ray Dolby, and Oracle's Ed Oates. SJSU students have likewise excelled in other areas. For proof look no further than gorilla researcher and advocate Dian Fossey, singer Stevie Nicks, and writer Amy Tan.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$28,800
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,800
Average price for low-income students
$10,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
53%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1040/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
27,394
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
93%
% of need met
86%
% of students who get merit* grants
0%
Average merit grant
$1,519
student success
Graduation rate
62%
Average time to a degree
5.1 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$58,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
47%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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