California State University-Sacramento (a.k.a. Sac State, Sacramento State, CSU Sacramento, and Sacramento State College) was founded in 1947. It is located in the state’s capital, which has one of the lowest cost of living in California. The region still offers a metropolitan atmosphere with culture, shopping, parks, and rivers. It is also within close proximity to San Francisco. The University contributes nearly $1 billion each year to the Sacramento community and is consistently among the top three schools in the state for transfers from the California Community College system.
The mission of California State University-Sacramento is to be “committed to teaching and learning as its primary responsibility. In both the academic and student support programs, success is measured in terms of student learning. In addition, the University recognizes the vital connections between pedagogy and learning, research activities and classroom instruction, and co-curricular involvement and civic responsibility.”
California State University-Sacramento is located on 300 lush acres that contain 3,000 trees. It also has miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails along the American River Parkway which link the campus and recreational areas. The University is a leader in green living. WELL (the recreation and wellness center) and American River Courtyard Residence Hall both meet environmental standards to be certified LEED Gold.
The seven colleges at California State University-Sacramento award a total of 6,500 degrees. Students can choose from 58 undergraduate majors, 41 master’s programs and two doctoral degrees. The school also offers six post-baccalaureate certificates. Of the full-time professors at Sacremento State, 98% hold the highest degrees attainable in their fields.
Five hundred student-athletes at California State University-Sacramento compete at the (NCAA) Division I level. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, and soccer. Women’s sports include golf, gymnastics, rowing, softball, and volleyball. In addition, the intramural sports program includes 5,000 participants.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Annual tuition at California State University-Sacramento is $6,620 for California residents and $18,278 or non-residents. Additional costs include books, housing, and transportation (if living off campus). Financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans is available for qualified students.
California State University-Sacramento is accredited regionally by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (SASC). The Bachelor’s of Science CpE degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Admissions to California State University-Sacramento are competitive with less than 70% of the applicants admitted. Applications are received between October and November for the following year.
All applicants should meet the following minimum requirements: Qualifying CSU Eligibility Index score for your major, “C” grade or better in each of the required college prep courses for your major, and a minimum 2.0 overall GPA. In addition applicants must submit a completed online application, the $55.00 application fee, an SAT or ACT score (most applicants).
For more information about admissions to California State University-Sacramento, contact the school directly at:
Lassen Hall 1102
California State University-Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819