California State University--Sacramento

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6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819

Phone: (916) 278-6011
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#66 Overall Score: 31 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California State University--Sacramento is a public institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,541, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University--Sacramento's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 66. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,602 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,762 (2012-13).

Students at California State University—Sacramento can choose from about 60 undergraduate degrees and about 40 master’s programs, including business and health. The university, better known as Sacramento State or Sac State, offers many opportunities for students to have fun outside of the classroom. They can check out the school’s many events, such as concerts, comedy acts, and movie nights, which are usually free. Students can also join the roughly 20 green and gold Sacramento State Hornets varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference. Sac State students can support the university and the athletic teams off the field by joining the Green Army spirit group that cheers on the Hornets.

Sacramento State also offers more than 300 student clubs and organizations to join, including more than 20 fraternities and sororities. For a break from studies and extracurricular activities, students play pool, browse the art gallery, and grab a bite to eat at the Riverfront Center and University Union building. Notable Sacramento State alumni include actor Tom Hanks, who won Academy Awards for his roles in the movies Forrest Gump and Philadelphia.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

At Sacramento State, "Leadership begins here" is more than a slogan. We offer students life-changing opportunities to become leaders in their communities. Opportunities to learn from great teachers. Opportunities for one-of-a-kind internships and research experiences. And, through our location in the heart of California's Capital City, opportunities to make a difference through public service.

Sacramento State is a vibrant metropolitan university that is among the largest campuses in the California State University system. We enroll a multicultural student body of 28,000, and graduate about 6,000 students each year. Despite our size, quality teaching in small classes remains a top priority. Students enjoy personalized attention from their professors, as well as extensive research and internship opportunities in Sacramento, the heart of California government.

We're particularly proud of our beautiful 300-acre campus, with its lush landscaping and 3,000 trees. Miles of trails stretch along the nearby American River Parkway, linking our campus and student housing with recreational areas such as Folsom Lake and Old Sacramento.

Sacramento State remains one of the nation's best higher education values, with student fees among the lowest in the nation. About half of our students receive some form of financial assistance.

Sacramento State is looking to the future with a major campus initiative - Destination 2010 - designed to make this a premier metropolitan university and a destination campus for the West. Current students, as well as future students, will benefit from the changes and improvements to our academic program, student services and facilities. Included in the planning is a new Science and Space Center with a state-of-the-art planetarium. Also in the works are a large student recreation center, an arena and stadium upgrades within our Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex.

The city of Sacramento is one of the state's most affordable big cities, and the area has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The region's mild climate, rivers and nearby recreation areas make it popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Popular attractions include the State Capitol building, the State Railroad Museum and the Crocker Art Museum. Within easy driving distance are San Francisco, the Napa and Sonoma valleys, the historic gold country and the Lake Tahoe region's ski slopes.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1947
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $27,927,979


When applying to California State University--Sacramento, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at California State University--Sacramento is $55. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.7%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Sacramento is 28:1, and the school has 17.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Sacramento include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 28:1
4-year graduation rate 10%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Social Sciences 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 8%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

California State University--Sacramento has a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,541, with a gender distribution of 43.2 percent male students and 56.8 percent female students. At this school, 5.9 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 94.1 percent of students live off campus. California State University--Sacramento is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 28,539
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

California State University--Sacramento offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. California State University--Sacramento also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at California State University--Sacramento.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California State University--Sacramento, 68.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,608.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,602 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,762 (2012-13)
Room and board $10,370 (2012-13)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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