Best Colleges in San Jose

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San Jose is located at the heart of Silicon Valley. The premier computer technology capital of the U.S. proudly houses big-name businesses like Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and more. San Jose thrives off a healthy economy established by tech geniuses from all over the nation. Not from around here? You're in good company. As the 10th largest city in the country, many flock to the San Jose region for unbeatable job opportunities in computers and engineering.

Community colleges are easy to find in the San Jose area, with local access to at least 4 campuses. This great city offers plenty of fun ways to spend evenings and weekends. The city is home to the Sharks hockey team, so be sure to take in a game at the "Shark Tank." Downtown plays host to a variety of gourmet restaurants for evenings out as well as the HP Pavilion, the go-to arena for concerts, sports and special events. Great America amusement park is just down the road, and for those who are still a kid at heart, Raging Waters can't be beat. This waterslide complex feeds into a lake, providing a combination of natural and artificial water experiences. These are just a few of the great amusements found in the South Bay, where San Jose serves as the center hub of food, fun and friendship.

*www.sanjoseca.gov *Wikipedia, "San Jose"

Best Four Year Universities in San Jose

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Stanford University Stanford, CA

Stanford University offers 310 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 5,246 students graduated with students earning 2,428 Master's degrees, 1,802 Bachelor's degrees, 1,008 Doctoral degrees, and 8 Certificates degrees.

Based on 64 Reviews
2 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University offers 152 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,059 students graduated with students earning 1,648 Bachelor's degrees, 1,046 Master's degrees, 226 Doctoral degrees, and 139 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
3 San Jose State University San Jose, CA

San Jose State University offers 218 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 8,231 students graduated with students earning 5,540 Bachelor's degrees, 2,673 Master's degrees, and 18 Certificates degrees.

Based on 64 Reviews
4 Cogswell College San Jose, CA

Cogswell College offers 6 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 57 students graduated with students earning 57 Bachelor's degrees.

5 Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto University offers 6 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 283 students graduated with students earning 132 Master's degrees, 80 Doctoral degrees, and 71 Bachelor's degrees.

6 Sofia University Palo Alto, CA

Sofia University offers 5 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a small city. In 2015, 109 students graduated with students earning 71 Master's degrees, 26 Doctoral degrees, 12 Bachelor's degrees.

7 University of Phoenix-Bay Area Campus San Jose, CA

University of Phoenix-Bay Area Campus offers 0 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city.

Best Community Colleges in San Jose

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 De Anza College Cupertino, CA

De Anza College offers 124 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,374 students graduated with students earning 1,703 Associate's degrees, and 671 Certificates degrees.

2 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA

Foothill College offers 104 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,461 students graduated with students earning 916 Associate's degrees, and 545 Certificates degrees.

3 Evergreen Valley College San Jose, CA

Evergreen Valley College offers 36 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 593 students graduated with students earning 533 Associate's degrees, and 60 Certificates degrees.

4 San Jose City College San Jose, CA

San Jose City College offers 79 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,050 students graduated with students earning 609 Associate's degrees, and 441 Certificates degrees.

5 Gavilan College Gilroy, CA

Gavilan College offers 73 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small suburb. In 2015, 902 students graduated with students earning 459 Associate's degrees, and 443 Certificates degrees.

6 Mission College Santa Clara, CA

Mission College offers 86 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 859 students graduated with students earning 650 Associate's degrees, and 209 Certificates degrees.

7 West Valley College Saratoga, CA

West Valley College offers 91 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 965 students graduated with students earning 738 Associate's degrees, and 227 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Stanford University Stanford University Stanford, CA
5/5
6 : 1 16,980
Santa Clara University Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,680
San Jose State University San Jose State University San Jose, CA
2/5
31 : 1 32,773
De Anza College De Anza College Cupertino, CA
1/5
51 : 1 22,512
Foothill College Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
1/5
47 : 1 15,448
University Logo Evergreen Valley College San Jose, CA
1/5
43 : 1 8,691
San Jose City College San Jose City College San Jose, CA
1/5
45 : 1 8,445
Gavilan College Gavilan College Gilroy, CA
1/5
43 : 1 6,119
Mission College Mission College Santa Clara, CA
1/5
43 : 1 8,576
West Valley College West Valley College Saratoga, CA
1/5
40 : 1 8,799
Cogswell College Cogswell College San Jose, CA
4/5
15 : 1 633
CET-Sobrato CET-Sobrato San Jose, CA 29 : 1 431
WestMed College WestMed College San Jose, CA 36 : 1 358
University Logo Academy for Salon Professionals Santa Clara, CA 13 : 1 102
Palo Alto University Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA 18 : 1 1,131
Institute for Business and Technology Institute for Business and Technology Santa Clara, CA 30 : 1 408
International Technological University International Technological University San Jose, CA 28 : 1 1,176
University Logo The Salon Professional Academy-San Jose San Jose, CA 12 : 1 90
Sofia University Sofia University Palo Alto, CA 13 : 1 296
University of East-West Medicine University of East-West Medicine Sunnyvale, CA 15 : 1 258
Foothill-De Anza Community College District Foothill-De Anza Community College District Los Altos Hills, CA
University Logo San Jose-Evergreen Community College District San Jose, CA
University Logo West Valley Mission Community College District Office Saratoga, CA
University of Phoenix-Bay Area Campus University of Phoenix-Bay Area Campus San Jose, CA

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Questions About Going to College in San Jose

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in San Jose?

In San Jose companies keep growing and new businesses continue to start up like wildfire. The local region alone added 121,600 jobs in 2015*, and the city has managed to keep unemployment low at a rate of only 3.8%**. The work population is a mix of young newcomers and the highly experienced. With jobs catered toward employees seeking compensation averaging around $80,000, you could still hold onto the hope of being initiated into the “three commas club.” Some companies go above and beyond to offer more than the typical benefits package: free food, generous weeks of paid time off, in-office fitness centers, and flexibility. It looks like employees can still bring home the bacon and eat it at home too!

*MercuryNews.com (http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_29419205/bay-ardfea-south-bay-job-growth-cooled-2015) **Bls.gov

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in San Jose? Growing industries?

In the case of San Jose, The West is truly the land of opportunity— especially if you just graduated or are graduating with a degree in software or computer engineering. Because San Jose has more than 6,500 tech companies and counting. Its people create more patents in the United States than any other city. There’s the established big shots, like Adobe, Cisco Systems, eBay, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and then there are startups on the rise, like DIY creative studio TechShop and software protection service provider Malwarebytes. Apple is even building on San Jose land, providing even more opportunities in the near future for recent graduates excited about working for a brand they carry in their pocket. If you’re not a computer engineer, don’t think you automatically have to turn into an Internet troll to get the gig. Tech companies need people of all skillsets (marketers, businesspeople, project managers). And beyond technology, medical research and treatment as well as education are growing industries. Look up San Jose State University or the Good Samaritan Hospital.

Is San Jose more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

If you can afford to live in San Jose — recent graduate, family of four, or even that 70-year-old guy who only owns robes and rooms with his four ferrets — come on in; the temperature is almost always fine. But unless you’re making the big bucks, you won’t be able to afford your mortgage or rent and wear that Apple Watch, too. The average rent comes in at about $1,800/month and the average home sells for $750,000*.

If rent isn’t a huge factor, young adults can shack up in a number of neighborhoods. South University neighborhood is close to downtown and San Jose State University, which means easy access to museums like the Tech Museum of Innovation and nightlife. SoFA, the downtown art and entertainment scene, offers galleries like the Institute of Contemporary Art, do-it-yourself-art at places like the Art Glass Institute, and countless cafes to take your laptop to and chill. The Historic District is full of refurbished apartments, walkable restaurants and entertainment, and convenient public transportation.

Families also have a home in San Jose, and they can rest assured that San Jose is one of the safest large cities in the U.S. But again, living here comes at a price. For around $600K to $1 million, families can join the Willow Glen district south of Downtown and enjoy small-town charm like coffee shops, boutiques, and unique homes that are far from cookie-cutter. And many families in the area actually venture to the city west of San Jose: Cupertino. Along with being known as the birthplace of Apple, Cupertino is renowned for excellent schools, so your kids can one day join the creators and problem-solvers in Silicon Valley.

*Sanjoseca.gov

What do the locals in San Jose like to do for fun?

You mean besides trying to recreate the plot of Spike Jonze’s Her? This city full of tech geeks actually has a lot of non-virtual experiences to offer. In Downtown, the Plaza de Cesar Chaves provides two acres for live music, festivals, fairs, food, and water fountains. Nearby, you’ll find the Dr. Martin Luther King Library, which is the largest library west of the Mississippi. You can join the green movement with many others by hopping on your bike and riding on one of the 50 miles of bike trails. And you can stop and smell the roses at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden on a lunch break or when you’re just too tired of looking at a screen.

Though the city has a lot to do, the next time you get an invite to BYOD, just pack up your favorite gaming console and accept your friend’s basement as a city hotspot all on its own.

What’s the dating scene like in San Jose? Will I meet my perfect mate?

Never say never. But if you decide to ask Siri if you’re going to find your “geek god” or “geek goddess,” she very well might say “For you? Outlook not good.” According to a research study by online dating service Zoosk, San Jose ranked as the second least open-minded cities in America. Though there’s about three men to every woman, many singles believe there’s only one pixel for them in the screen that is San Jose. And that pixel better have just as good an education, job, and body as their date, or they might just get swiped left and stood up. Dates that do happen are informal, taking place at froyo shops or at the park. But many don’t happen. Some people are too socially awkward, having never dated before. Others are too busy spending 80 hours a week trying to become the next MOP (millionaire on paper) to spend time wooing a mate. They’d rather spend any free moments they have with buddies — to talk shop — or networking.

*citytowninfo.com
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