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What Does It Mean to Be the Most Transformative University in the Nation?

It means discovering what you’re capable of. It means finding out who you are. It means understanding how you can change the world. We believe that everyone at SJSU has the power to transform not only themselves but the world around them. Every Spartan has a story of transformation. Live yours.

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President Mary A. Papazian speaking with students.

“Though rankings come and go, our values-driven culture leaves us poised to continue, now and into the future, educating the next generation of creative, dynamic and resilient leaders here at SJSU.”

—Dr. Mary A. Papazian, SJSU President

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Testimonials of Transformation

Kyle Galimba.

Kyle Galimba

‘19 BA Marketing

“I grew up Filipino American, 1st generation American born, and there was a lot of pressure to follow the money—but I always knew that it wasn't for me.  I've always felt like I've had to keep my professional and creative lives separate but I’ve never felt these two things so intertwined. My creativity is celebrated in my professional career and my own creative brand. I am grateful for the opportunities I had at SJSU.”

Natali Montoya.

Natali Montoya

‘20 B.S. Public Health

“I had the best experience at SJSU. I moved to downtown San Jose from a small city in the central valley. Being away from home was hard at times, but this entire experience transformed me into an independent hard working young lady. I recommend SJSU to almost every person I know. I had the best experience there and a great education.”

Micaela Whalen.

Micaela Whalen

‘16 B.S. Business Administration, Concentration in Corporate Accounting & Finance

“I transferred into SJSU having no idea of what I wanted my concentration in the College of Business to be. I'm not sure whether it was pure excitement but I felt so much power as an SJSU student. The type of power you feel when there are endless opportunities for you to succeed. It's not enough to say SJSU transformed my life. Without you all, my story would be entirely different.”

Cornelio (CJ) Balmaceda.

Cornelio (CJ) Balmaceda

‘20 B.S. Justice Studies

“I was never even supposed to be in college, let alone get accepted to SJSU. But the moment I stepped onto campus, everything changed for the better. One of the best ways SJSU transformed my life was by being  introduced to lifelong friends and developing many connections. I will forever cherish my days at SJSU, and because I attended there, I am a better individual. Thank you SJSU!”

Laurel Eby

Laurel Eby

‘10 MA Library and Information Science

“I was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years when I decided to go back to school to get a master's degree in library and information science. A year after I graduated I started working at the King Library in February 2012, and just finished my 9th year there. I love working in the MLK Library, and on the SJSU campus. San Jose State truly transformed my life!”

Emily Dunn.

Emily Dunn

‘20 B.A. RTVF

“I grew so much confidence from attending SJSU. The people I met truly impacted my life and made it so much better. I have only positive things to say about my time at this school and cannot imagine what my life would be like if I had attended elsewhere.”

Alec Giurlani.

Alec Giurlani

Academic Advisor, H&A Student Success Center

“As a student at SJSU, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. The entire college of H&A was so understanding and worked with me through my whole cancer journey. I never expected SJSU to be such a kind and loving family. Thankfully, I am now 5+ years cancer-free and working full time at SJSU as an Academic Advisor. I’m grateful for SJSU and the opportunity to give back.”

Larissa Vega Noriega.

Larissa Vega Noriega

‘22 Business Administration

“Attending SJSU has allowed me to expand my opportunities, it allowed me to become my own person, be more responsible and independent. My experience at SJSU has definitely made my life more fast-paced, but I am grateful for the challenges it is bringing me and I believe it will help me in my future.”

Norman K. Tuitavuki.

Norman K. Tuitavuki

‘17 MA Transportation Management

“I completed a graduate degree from San Jose State University several years ago. Without this formal training - I don’t know where I’d be at this moment in my life. The education I received from San Jose State has given me the tools I need to advance my career upward.”