Life Skills Academy: Getting into SJSU
Getting into SJSU
Test scores aren't all colleges look at! Watch this informative session about the college admissions process and hear firsthand from currently-enrolled San José State students and counselors. SJSU is one of the nation's best-kept secrets—join us and find out why. It's never too early to start preparing.
- Get into any College: Secrets of Harvard Students by Gen and Kelly Tanabe
A comprehensive guide to getting into college. It has sections for both students and for parents.
- How to be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out) by Cal Newport
An alternate take on the admission process with an emphasis on authenticity and an interesting life rather than one just full of extracurricular activities and perfect grades.
- SJSU Admissions
The best place to start to learn about SJSU's requirements.
- Shmoop's College 101
While some of the information is behind the paywall. This site has one of the most accessible guides to finding and applying for college.
Tips and Tricks
- There are many different extracurricular activities and competitions available that you can participate in to improve your application.
- Talk to your college counselor to help develop a plan before you apply.
- Talk to the admissions department at SJSU to get more information and advice about the best ways to apply.
- Research financial aid, even if you don't think you qualify. You probably qualify for something.
- Take the SAT and ACT multiple times if you aren't satisfied with your score. SJSU will look at the highest result.