Choose Your Major Carefully
You cannot change your major during the admission process. Once you are admitted, your mandatory orientation, advising, and registration will all be based on your choice of major or assigned undeclared. After you are admitted, change of major is never guaranteed and is by petition only. You must also enter an alternative major on your application to SJSU. For applicants who do not meet the impaction standard for their first-choice major, we will consider them for admission to their alternate major only if there is additional enrollment capacity in that major. Transfer students may not apply as undeclared.
Meeting Minimum Requirements
Admission to San José State University is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Due to this, meeting the minimum CSU requirements does not guarantee admission to SJSU. San José State gives preference in the impaction process to "local" applicants. For freshmen, you are a "local" applicant if you will graduate from a high school in Santa Clara County. For transfers, you are a "local" applicant if you will earn the majority of your transferable units at a college located in Santa Clara or Santa Cruz counties. Learn more about impaction here.