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San José State University
Motto Powering Silicon Valley
Type Public
Established 1857
Academic affiliations
California State University system
Endowment $150.1 million (2018)
Budget $372 million (2018)
President Mary Papazian
Provost Joan Ficke (Interim)
Academic staff
2,037 (Fall 2018)
Administrative staff
1,305 (Fall 2018)
Students 32,828 (Fall 2018)
Undergraduates 27,271 (Fall 2018)
Postgraduates 5,557 (Fall 2018)
Location , ,
United States

37°20′07″N 121°52′53″W / 37.3353°N 121.8813°W / 37.3353; -121.8813
Campus Urban, 154 acres (62 ha) on main campus and 62 acres (25 ha) on south campus
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname Spartans
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBS
Mascot Sammy Spartan
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San José State University is a public university in San Jose, California. The university, part of the California State University system, has about 31,280 students. It was founded in 1857. The current president of the university is Don W. Kassing. The university was originally called the Minns' Evening Normal School before the California legislature voted to change the school's name to San Jose State University in 1974.


The athletics teams of the university are called the Spartans. They have 12 varsity teams and they compete in the Mountain West Conference.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Universidad Estatal de San José para niños

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