Founded in 1857, San José State University (SJSU) is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast and the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system. From its beginnings as a normal school to train teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university that offers 250 areas of study. One of SJSU’s most prized traditions is their commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding an extremely diverse student population of which the institution is deeply committed to their success and academic excellence. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley on a thriving 154-acre campus in downtown San José, SJSU is one of the 200 top research universities in the nation, offering rigorous course work and research opportunities to more than 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students in eight colleges.
Associated Students (A.S.) represents the students of SJSU and provides leadership at SJSU on behalf of students. Established for more than 100 years, Associated Students is an incorporated 501(c)(3) student government association at San José State University and an auxiliary organization of the California State University (CSU) system. With a $9 million budget, A.S. advocates and maintains the student voice through the A.S. Board of Directors and operates nine departments that provide essential and distinct services to the campus community.
Current programs and services under A.S. include A.S. Events, Cesar Chavez Community Action Center, Child Development Center, General Services Center, Student Government, Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, Print and Technology Center, and Transportation Solutions.