Introducing one of Capture Higher Ed’s newest partners, San José State University.
Located on a 154-acre campus in downtown San José, Calif. — midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area — San José State University is a comprehensive, public, metropolitan university offering more than 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations. One of the 200 top research universities in the country, SJSU offers diverse coursework and world-class research opportunities to more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students in eight colleges.
Founded in San Francisco in 1857 as Minn’s Evening Normal School, San José State is the oldest public school of higher education in California. In the 19th century, “Normal Schools” educated teachers. Minn’s was renamed California State Normal School in 1862. The school’s best-known early graduate was Charles Edwin Markham, author of the internationally famous poem “The Man with the Hoe.” Published in 1899, the poem was written in response to a painting by French artist Jean-Francois Millet and spoke of a world moving into a new century and a time of rapid change.
Throughout its history, the school evolved with its rapidly changing world. By 1934, the college — now known as San José State College — was expanding its curricula well beyond teacher preparation. It even embraced intercollegiate athletic competition, earning a national reputation at the time for its powerful football program.
During the 1960s, the college was a hotbed of student upheaval and protest during a time of national campus unrest. In October of 1968, two San José State students, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, staged a protest by raising their fists in the Black Power salute during medal ceremonies at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. In 1970, San Jose grad Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day; it was an instant success drawing 20 million participants. As part of that first Earth Day, San José State students purchased and subsequently buried a new car to build environmental awareness.
During that era, San José State College briefly became California State University, San José in 1972, and then San José State University in 1974. That same year, the John Steinbeck Research Center officially opened. Now the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, the center houses more than 40,000 items, including letters, manuscripts, first editions, films, memorabilia, original art and secondary works by the iconic author.
Today, San José State’s location in Silicon Valley makes it a rewarding learning environment for students. Technology firms and agencies seek SJSU students for internships, summer work programs and for assistance with research and development projects. Silicon Valley firms employ more graduates from SJSU than from any other university in the nation.
The university has 18 NCAA-Division I men’s and women’s sports. The Spartans compete in the Mountain West.
San José State University’s mission “is to enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.”
We are proud to welcome San José State University into the Capture’s family of partners.