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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  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 23,234 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Sacramento State acceptance rate is 72%. Popular majors include Business, Communications, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 49% of students, Sacramento State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,900.
About California State University - Sacramento...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
830-1050
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$9,127/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,705/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,638/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,807/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,826/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,801/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
27:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.209 responses
26%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.214 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.214 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
23,234Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
54%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 154 responses
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  • Subjective, some are hardworking others aren't
    51%
  • Smart and hard working
    21%
  • Earger to learn and ready to listen
    14%
  • Multi-cultural
    6%
  • You reap what you sow
    3%
  • The people who take out loans work harder.
    2%
  • Get what you need to succeed.
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.270 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.316 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 162 responses
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  • Commuter school
    23%
  • Educational
    22%
  • Beautiful Campus
    17%
  • Convenient
    15%
  • Diverse
    7%
  • No parking
    5%
  • Awesome
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.161 responses
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The biology department is great at CSUS! Almost all my professors were excellent teachers and did an amazing job at breaking down tough material and providing lots of resources such as powerpoint slides, study guides, and office hours. However, I would highly recommend a review and investigation into the physics department. Both the courses and the faculty can use some big improvements.
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CSUS is a good school if you know what you're doing already. If you transfer, be prepared to get terrible courses your first semester. After that it's pretty chill. Teachers can be great or terrible, but that's pretty average for a university. Overall, CSUS is neither great nor terrible - it's pretty average from my perspective. Beautiful campus!
I've been at Sacramento State since Fall 2016 and I really like it here. The campus is real beautiful; coming from LA, I've never seen so many trees in one spot. The professors I've had have been great and I've taken away valuable information from their classes and applied that information to my everyday life. One thing I do wish was different would be the amount of students that are accepted. With so many students here, it's very difficult to get into the classes necessary to graduate. There are a lot of impacted majors, but that is because the programs Sac State offers have to be some of the best in the country; so, it's understandable. Other than that, Sac State is a very great school. Everyone here, including the staff, is very friendly and willing to help others out when they're lost or have any questions about anything. I'm glad to be a hornet!