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San Jose, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only 12 schools in San Jose, there are 43 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including lowest cost and highest graduation rate, to find the school for you.

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Students searching for traditional non-profit colleges that offer a range of programs will find several options in the area of San Jose, California. We have used statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to examine these colleges and determine how they compare in the following categories:

Closest Schools to San Jose California

San Jose is one of the largest cities in the country, so it's no surprise that it contains numerous types of postsecondary educational institutions. If you currently live in San Jose and would like to apply to schools with shorter commutes, these schools have the closest campuses to your area:

  • San Jose State University (3 miles)
  • Cogswell College (3.2 miles)
  • International Technological University (3.2 miles)
  • Santa Clara University (3.5 miles)
  • Golden Gate University--Silicone Valley (4.1 miles)

Largest Schools near San Jose

Many of the schools near San Jose are larger universities with student populations exceeding 15,000. If you are interested in larger schools, the following five universities have the largest student bodies near San Jose:

  • San Jose State University (32,773 students)
  • De Anza College (22,512 students)
  • Stanford University (16,980 students)
  • California State University-East Bay (15,528 students)
  • Foothill College (15,448 students)

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Schools with Lowest Net Price

You can understand a school's NCES net price by taking the average cost of attendance and subtracting the average amount of financial aid given to fill-time undergrads. The schools near San Jose with the lowest net prices for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

  • Las Positas College ($5,712)
  • Foothill College ($5,929)
  • Canada College ($6,165)
  • De Anza College ($6,506)
  • Chabot College ($6,811)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate refers to the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate population who graduate within no longer than 150% of the normal length of time for that program. These five schools had the highest graduation rate near San Jose in 2015:

  • Stanford University (94% graduation rate)
  • Santa Clara University (84% graduation rate)
  • De Anza College (62% graduation rate)
  • Foothill College (62% graduation rate)
  • San Jose State University (57% graduation rate)

When you live in an area as large as San Jose, California, it's always a good idea to look into these kinds of factors when deciding which schools to apply to, so that you can be confident that you make the right choices for you and your educational future.

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