Campus Profile: San José State University

SJSU is a public university in San Jose, California. Around 27,702 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Campus Reform Campus Profiles evaluate individual American college campuses based on liberal bias, speech codes, and other relevant policies and factors.

San José State University (SJSU) is a public university in San Jose, California. Around 27,702 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.


Official Political Student Organizations: 

Conservative Organizations: 

College Republicans at SJSU

Students Supporting Israel

Young Americans for Liberty


Liberal Organizations:

        Democrats at SJSU

        Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective


        Her Campus at SJSU


        Queer & Asian SJSU

        Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice

        Students for a Democratic Society

        Students for Justice in Palestine


        Women Against Period Poverty (WAPP)

        Xicanx Graduate Council (XGC)

        Young Democratic Socialists of America at SJSU


University Leadership:

        Dr. Stephen Perez, President

        Board of Directors

        Stephen Perez

        Eric Kelly

        Phillip R. Boyce

        Jeff Ricci

        Lisa Millora


OpenSecrets Data on San José State University Employee Political Donations:

In the 2020 election cycle, 94.38% of San José State University employee donations went to Democratic candidates in federal elections, while 5.62% of donations went to Republican candidates, according to data from OpenSecrets.


Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression Rating:

SJSU has been given a yellow light speech code. According to FIRE, this is due to “at least one university ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application.” FIRE also notes that a yellow light policy at a public institution is unconstitutional. 



SJSU is requiring a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students and employees.


Campus Reform stories about San José State University:

Pro-abortion students protest end of Roe

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, college students mobilized pro-abortion protests across the country. Additional protests took place at San Jose State University SDS, Texas A&M SDS, and the University of California, Berkeley.