San Jose State is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny southern end of the San Francisco Bay, and is easily accessible from area freeways.San Jose State is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San Jose and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest public university in the West. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision—a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning and research. With a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service and the arts, SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning. In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, SJSU faculty and staff members are dedicated to achieving the university's mission as a responsive institution of the state of California: To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.