Admission - Application Filing Periods

Note: Not all terms/programs are open for admission.

TermsApplications first acceptedInitial Filing Period
Spring SemesterAugust 1August 1 - 31
Fall SemesterOctober 1October 1 - November 30

Admission to San José State is competitive in all majors because SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. This situation is called "impaction" and it means that meeting the minimum California State University (CSU) requirements does not guarantee admission to SJSU. We will no longer have the enrollment capacity to accept all CSU eligible applicants, including some from local high schools and community colleges.

San José State gives preference in the competitive admission process to "local" applicants. For freshmen, you are considered a "local" applicant if you will graduate from a high school in Santa Clara County. For transfer applicants, you are considered a "local" applicant if you will earn the majority of your transferable units at a college located in Santa Clara or Santa Cruz county.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to an alternative campus that offers your preferred major. If applying after the initial filing period, consult for current information. Similar information is conveniently available at