California State University – Sacramento

Also known as Sacramento State

6000 J St, Sacramento, CA

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California State University - Sacramento is a public university situated five miles from the California State Capitol on a lovely 300-acre campus, lush with trees and landscaping.  There are many trails along the nearby American River Parkway, that link to the Sacramento State campus and student housing.

Sacramento State is comprised of seven colleges and a College of Continuing Education, offering over 60 undergraduate, 40 graduate and two doctoral degree programs.  It has more than 30 community service centers and research centers.  These include the Center for California Studies, the Center for Collaborative Policy, the Center for Small Businesses, and the Institute for Social Research, among others.


California State University - Sacramento was founded in 1947 as Sacramento State College, during a higher education "boom" after World War II.  In 1953, the university moved to its permanent location near the American River. The university became part of the California State University system in 1960, and changed its name to California State University - Sacramento in 1972.  Although the official name remains the same, since 2004 the school has been commonly known as "Sacramento State."


The academic calendar of California State University - Sacramento follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Continuing Education (CCE)
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Student Life

California State University - Sacramento offers more than 250 student clubs and organizations, including an active intramural sports program and many programs in arts, speech and debate, and more.  Student groups perform comedy shows and musical concerts throughout the year.  Many student resources are available, including a multi-cultural center, dining services, and student housing on and off campus.


The school colors are green and gold, and the school mascot is "Herky" the hornet.


The Sacramento "Hornets" athletic teams compete in 20 intercollegiate sports through the NCAA Division and Big Sky Conference.  The Sacramento State sports include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Sacramento is an affordable city, offering countless restaurants, art galleries, shopping boutiques and other entertainment near the campus. There are many parks, rivers and outdoor recreational areas in the region, such as Folsom Lake, among others.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the students Sacramento State accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at California State University – Sacramento is around 30,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 92% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $55 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$19,960

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid83%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships80%$8,768
Receiving Student Loans35%$5,156

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, California State University – Sacramento may offer services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of California State University – Sacramento is around 43%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years8%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years13%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

California State University – Sacramento is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Western Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Big Sky Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big Sky Conference)
  • Football (Big Sky Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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