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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Sacramento State is an above-average public university located in Sacramento, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 23,676 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Sacramento State acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Business, Communications, and Psychology. Graduating 51% of students, Sacramento State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,600.
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference

California State University - Sacramento Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Sac State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
64%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
940-1130
ACT Range
16-22
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$9,885/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,672/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
87%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.209 responses
28%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.236 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.236 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    42%
  • On Campus
    57%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
23,676Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
5,137
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
58%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 174 responses
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  • Subjective, some are hardworking others aren't
    48%
  • Smart and hard working
    21%
  • Earger to learn and ready to listen
    13%
  • Multi-cultural
    8%
  • Diversity of students, no one word can describe
    3%
  • You reap what you sow
    3%
  • Get what you need to succeed.
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.292 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.338 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 184 responses
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  • Educational
    21%
  • Commuter school
    20%
  • Beautiful Campus
    20%
  • Convenient
    15%
  • Diverse
    8%
  • No parking
    5%
  • Awesome
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.161 responses
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I overall love my experience at California State University, Sacramento! I appreciate the diversity of the campus. It makes me feel like I belong on campus. During club days, I can physically see how diverse the campus is. There are many clubs students are able to join. I specifically found my place in the organization, Kappa Psi Epsilon Sorority Incorporated. I do not regret joining the org. I especially appreciate President Nelsen during this hard time. He does his best to address issues such as crimes on campus, racial discrimination, etc and gives the student body reassurance during this pandemic. I can feel how genuine he is and how much he cares.
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They can be quite hard to reach when you call them, but they are very student friendly when it comes to on campus access. Sure you will have to pay a heavy fee for parking, but what college doesn’t have a parking permit? There’s a shuttle you take throughout the Sacramento area, as well as a huge gym! Tuition is cheaper than most colleges in California, which is great for students paying out of pocket. Overall, CSUS is a flower among weeds. The college isn’t perfect, but it’s cheap and the education has quality. I hope to see you this Fall. Go hornets!
I've had an incredible experience so far at Sac State! It has exceeded my expectations by far. There is always something to do and it's easy to find out about events that your interested in. With Sac State being a commuter school, the student life is still fairly vibrant and impressive despite those challenges. Additionally, there are many career and employment opportunities for post grad years. The campus is beautiful and everything is within walking distance. Overall, I would without a doubt recommend Sac State for anyone who is interested, however you rank your academic capabilities.