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California State University - Sacramento Overview

California State University - Sacramento is a public institution situated in Sacramento, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is California State University - Sacramento Known For?

7,479 Undergraduate Awards
$28,870 Avg Cost After Aid
68% Acceptance Rate
  • The 5% student loan default rate at Sac State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Sac State.
  • In 2017-2018, 48% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Sac State makes roughly $48,900 a year. This is 20% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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California State University - Sacramento Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Sac State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#42 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#293 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Sac State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Gerontology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best General Family & Consumer Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#90 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Sac State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#12 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#32 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#89 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#102 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#128 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is California State University - Sacramento?

Location of California State University - Sacramento

Contact details for Sac State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819-2694
Phone: 916-278-6566
Website: www.csus.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sacstate
Twitter: http://twitter.com/sacstate

How Do I Get Into Sac State?

You can apply to Sac State online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Sac State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Sac State?

68% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
91% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Sac State is 68%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 66%, and the acceptance rate for women is 69%.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to Sac State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 570. Math scores were between 470 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 470 to 570 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 470 to 570 )
200
800
Sac State received ACT scores from 28% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 17 and 23.

ACT English Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 16 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 17 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - Sacramento?

$28,870 Net Price
33% Take Out Loans
4.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Sac State is $28,870. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Sac State, approximately 33% of students took out student loans averaging $5,150 a year. That adds up to $20,600 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sac State is 4.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California State University - Sacramento Undergraduate Student Diversity

24,105 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 28,819 undergraduate students at Sac State, with 24,105 being full-time and 4,714 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Sac State

There are also 3,173 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 24,105 full-time undergraduates at Sac State, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Sac State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - Sacramento students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Sac State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,666
Black or African American 1,460
Hispanic or Latino 8,634
White 5,800
International Students 903
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,642

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - Sacramento. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 78 countries are represented at Sac State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and South Korea.

Online Learning at California State University - Sacramento

578 Took All Classes Online
13,233 Took At Least One Class Online
55.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at Sac State. In 2017-2018, 13,233 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Sac State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 34th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Sac State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - Sacramento was 55.9%. This is the #468 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Sac State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Sac State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 4%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 13%
Education 13%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 13%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Sac State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Sac State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Business Administration & Management #114
Business, Management & Marketing #148

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - Sacramento Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 1,019 0 163 0 1,182
Criminal Justice & Corrections 518 0 6 0 524
Communication & Media Studies 510 0 8 0 518
Teacher Education Grade Specific 498 0 9 0 507
General Psychology 478 0 12 0 490
Social Work 230 0 101 0 331
Health & Physical Education 305 0 9 0 314
Nursing 239 0 59 0 298
Computer Science 236 0 40 0 276
Sociology 252 0 17 0 269
General Biology 232 0 15 0 247
Communication Sciences 203 0 30 0 233
General Family & Consumer Sciences 229 0 0 0 229
Political Science & Government 160 44 6 0 210
Mechanical Engineering 180 0 11 0 191
Economics 187 0 2 0 189
Liberal Arts General Studies 176 6 1 0 183
Health Sciences & Services 174 0 0 0 174
General English Literature 150 0 23 0 173
Civil Engineering 136 0 25 0 161
History 115 0 15 0 130
Electrical Engineering 85 0 37 0 122
Ethnic Studies 114 0 0 0 114
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 102 0 4 0 106
General Education 0 0 76 0 76
Natural Resources Conservation 76 0 0 0 76
Gerontology 73 0 0 0 73
Design & Applied Arts 71 0 0 0 71
Fine & Studio Arts 68 0 2 0 70
Student Counseling 0 0 69 0 69
Mathematics 55 0 9 0 64
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 62 0 0 0 62
Romance Languages 43 0 7 0 50
Construction Engineering Technology 48 0 0 0 48
Geography & Cartography 48 0 0 0 48
Chemistry 40 0 5 0 45
Music 37 0 6 0 43
Computer Engineering 37 0 4 0 41
Anthropology 39 0 2 0 41
General Social Sciences 37 0 0 0 37
Geological & Earth Sciences 31 0 3 0 34
Philosophy 33 0 0 0 33
Drama & Theater Arts 33 0 0 0 33
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 31 31
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 27 0 0 0 27
Journalism 25 0 0 0 25
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 19 0 2 0 21
Teacher Education Subject Specific 19 0 0 0 19
Educational Administration 0 1 0 17 18
Physics 18 0 0 0 18
Area Studies 12 0 0 0 12
Public Administration 0 0 10 0 10
Accounting 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7,479 51 788 48 8,366

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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