Info For New Graduate Students
Congratulations on being admitted to San José State University’s Electrical Engineering program! We’re here to guide you through a few essential steps you should take when starting your journey with us. Below is a list of things to do, things to avoid, and some resources to help get you started.
What You Need to Know and Do After Being Accepted
- Carefully follow the instructions in your acceptance letter. Remember, the requirements in your letter may be different from the requirements of other students. Your acceptance letter will be the most reliable resource of information on how to continue into the program.
General Steps to Enrollment
- Please check SJSU’s Steps to Enrollment for information on what you should do as a new student in the university.
- The link above contains general information about steps that all students need to complete after being admitted to San José State.
- Make sure that your email address and telephone number are up-to-date on your MySJSU
- Check your email regularly to obtain information and to address requests on time.
During the first semester at SJSU:
- Complete the admission conditions outlined in your acceptance letter.
- Submit your Plan of Study form to the EE Department office. (Remember to keep a copy
for yourself.) The form can be submitted online through this link.
- If we admit you as a “Conditionally Accepted” student, you must apply to change your status to “Classified” as soon as you complete the conditions specified in the acceptance letter. The Change of Classification in Graduate Program form is available here.
- Explore the rest of the EE Department website to understand the Graduate Program better.
- Find more information about what’s required to earn your degree by visiting the Electrical Engineering catalog page.
- Explore the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) website.
- Explore the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (GS&R) website to obtain important university information.
- After attending orientation, you can change your schedule by dropping and adding classes.
- If you want to enroll in a class that is already full, attend the first lecture and
ask the professor for a permission code. If there is still space available, you may
add the class.
- Note that the waiting list is only for the instructor to know the status of their
class, and it does not guarantee that you will be automatically enrolled when space is available.
- Make sure to enroll in your classes on time and pay all fees by their deadline. Timely
payments will help you avoid possible admission problems.
- If you cannot enroll in the classes you want, enroll in other courses that are still
open and pay your tuition on time to avoid possible admission problems.
- The EE Department guarantees that new students will be able to enroll in two core
courses during their first semester at SJSU. Note that these courses may not be your
- You can obtain catalog descriptions of all EE courses by searching in the SJSU Catalog.
- If you are admitted as “Conditionally Accepted” and are required to complete four
Undergraduate courses, we recommend you enroll in four undergraduate courses for your
first semester at SJSU.
- Suppose you are admitted as “Conditionally Accepted” and are required to complete two core courses before becoming a classified student. In that case, we recommend you enroll in two of the following courses during your first semester at SJSU: EE 210, EE 221, or EE 250. We also recommend that you register in EE 295 to complete the GWAR requirement.
For International Students:
- You can find information for International Applicants by visiting the Division of Student Affairs website.You will find information about medical insurance, an estimate of costs, important dates, and much more.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Don’t contact the EE Department for add-codes/permission-codes. Professors will give these
codes at the beginning of the semester after their class starts.
- Don’t contact the EE Department requesting an advisor. You will select your area advisor
after attending the orientation session.
- Don’t contact the EE Department regarding payments or financial questions. You can find financial information at the Bursar’s Office.
Do attend all orientation sessions mentioned in your acceptance letter. Students that skip the orientation session tend to face difficulties during their time in the program.