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San José State University
"San Jose State"
Motto Powering Silicon Valley
Established c. 1857; 157 years ago
Type Public
Space-grant university
Endowment $99.9 million (2013)
Budget $260.1 million
President Mohammad Qayoumi
Provost Andy Feinstein (Provost and V.P. of Academic Affairs)
Academic staff 1,978 (Fall 2012)
Admin. staff 1,102 (Fall 2012)
Students 31,278 (Fall 2013)
Undergraduates 25,862 (Fall 2013)
Postgraduates 5,416 (Fall 2013)
Location San Jose, California, U.S.
Campus Urban, 154 acres (62 ha) on main campus and 62 acres (25 ha) on south campus
Former names Minn's Evening Normal School (1857–1862)
California State Normal School (1862–87)
State Normal School (1887–1921)
State Teachers College at San Jose (1921–35)
California State Colleges (1935)
San Jose State College (1935–72)
California State University, San Jose (1972–74)
Colors Gold, Blue and White             
Athletics 18 Varsity Sports
NCAA Division I
Mountain West Conference
Nickname Spartans
Mascot Sammy the Spartan
Affiliations California State University system
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

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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