California State University Sacramento

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School Overview

California State University Sacramento (Sacramento State) is a public university located in California’s State capitol of Sacramento. With a student-population near 30,000, this large university sends 7,000 graduates out each year with diplomas from more than 140 baccalaureate programs, and over 60 graduate programs.

Sacramento State is made up of eight different colleges: Arts and Letters, Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Health and Human Services, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Continuing Education. The School of Engineering and Computer Science offers California’s only master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and is known as a national center of cyber-security. Students interested in learning about international business can be part of a unique opportunity by enrolling in the university’s international MBA program, giving students the opportunity to study business in Singapore.

The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is known as a Space-grant University, sponsoring a program that reaches out to girls and minorities to foster the learning of Engineering and Computer Science.


The Sacramento State sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I. They play wearing the colors green and gold and their mascot is the Hornet. There are 21 different sports offered at the university, with the most recently-added being women’s sand volleyball. Most of these athletic teams compete in the Big Sky Conference, making Sacramento State the only school in California to play in that conference.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The University honors many different types of financial help, including grants, loans, federal work study, and scholarships. The scholarships offered are broken up into institutional, departmental, and community scholarships, with the disbursement of scholarship funds typically occurring at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.


Sacramento State was named the 15th in the nation by US News and World Report for ethnic diversity, and over half of the students are able to supplement tuition payments with pell grants. The report also placed the school’s nursing program within the top graduate programs in 2011. The Army ROTC program at Sacramento State has been consistently ranked number one in the nation, and has been the recipient of the gold McArthur ROTC Leadership award.

Student Housing

The University’s campus offers incoming students their choice of 6 different residence halls, which are currently home to more than 1,600 students from all backgrounds and walks of life. Sacramento State hopes that living in student housing will help students to excel academically, get connected to the life of the school, as well as receive support from the on-campus staff. Upper division students are welcome to choose from various on-campus and off-campus housing options.

General Information

Admission Office

6000 J Street

Lassen Hall, Lobby

Sacramento, CA 95819-6048

(916) 278-7766

Fax: (916) 278-5603

Contact: Emiliano Diaz

Director of Outreach, Admissions & Records
Main Address

6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819-2964

(916) 278-6011

Total undergrads: 24,034

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,281

Degree-seeking undergrads: 21,505

Graduate enrollment: 4,977


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 67%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 78%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,558 $3,854 $4,900 $5,195 +6.02%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,656 $1,734 $1,734 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,102 $11,210 $11,332 $11,332 0.00%
Other $3,104 $3,414 $3,512 $3,512 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $10,458 $11,472 $11,970 $11,970 0.00%
Other $3,588 $3,838 $3,944 $3,944 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $18,150 $20,134 $21,478 $21,773 +1.37%
In-state Off Campus $18,990 $20,820 $22,548 $22,843 +1.31%
In-state with Family $4,944 $5,510 $6,634 $6,929 +4.45%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,653 65%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,390 55% $10,592,926 $7,621
• Federal grants 1,025 40% $4,599,620 $4,487
• Pell grants 1,025 40% $4,032,167 $3,934
• Other federal grants 756 30% $567,453 $751
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,091 43% $2,339,677 $2,145
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,005 40% $3,653,629 $3,635
Student loan financial aid 717 28% $3,454,096 $4,817
• Federal student loans 705 28% $3,275,482 $4,646
• Other student loans 18 1% $178,614 $9,923

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 5152 975
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 25
Asian Studies/Civilization 8
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 17
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 158 5
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 158 5
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1312 170
Business Administration and Management 1312 170
Communication and Journalism Programs 373 6
Journalism 37
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 336 6
Computing and Information Sciences 39 20
Computer Science 39 20
Education 214 334
Business Teacher Education 1
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 100
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 185
Education 233
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 29
Engineering 199 66
Civil Engineering 95 8
Computer Engineering 13 5
Computer Software Engineering 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 33 43
Mechanical Engineering 58 8
Engineering Technology 32
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 32
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 138 52
English Language and Literature 138 52
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 48 30
French Language and Literature 11
Spanish Language and Literature 37 30
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 290 86
Communication Sciences and Disorders 55 30
Physical Therapy/Therapist 29
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 235 27
History 126 24
History 126 24
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 409 10
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 409 10
Human Services 139 86
Public Administration 15
Social Work 139 71
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 219 8
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 19
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 200 8
Mathematics and Statistics 36 2
Mathematics 36 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 68 3
Gerontology 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 64 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 29
Environmental Science 29
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 159 13
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 118 8
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 41 5
Physical Sciences 53 7
Chemistry 33 4
Geology and Earth Science 13 3
Physics 7
Psychology 282 16
Psychology 282 16
Social Sciences 430 19
Anthropology 22 6
Economics 94 3
Geography 30
International Relations and Affairs 2
Political Science and Government 114 5
Social Sciences 43
Sociology 127 3
Visual and Performing Arts 284 18
Art/Art Studies 79 4
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 11
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 33 2
Graphic Design 30
Interior Design 38
Music Performance 34 12
Music 2
Photography 57
Work and Family Studies 90
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 90

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Interior Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Music Theory/Composition B
Photography B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bacteriology B
Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Education – General B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

American Sign Language (ASL) B
French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Prenursing B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Gerontology B
Multi-Interdisciplinary studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Corrections B
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

California State University-Sacramento Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(916) 278-6566
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819-2694
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:30,510
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):43%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:27 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:20,424 (67% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$6,900
Out-of-state Tuition:$18,060
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:82%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,086

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

California State University-Sacramento Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California State University-Sacramento.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields2
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics21
Health Professions and Related Programs33
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities22
Mathematics and Statistics11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies21
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies22
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences32
Public Administration and Social Service Professions12
Social Sciences65
Visual and Performing Arts83
Grand total54391

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at California State University-Sacramento.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California State University-Sacramento and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,792

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,00682%
Grant or scholarship aid2,84178%$9,086
Student loan aid1,29235%$5,120

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid19,62871%$8,134
Federal student loans10,12337%$6,330

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California State University-Sacramento. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California State University-Sacramento students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants23,94210,14813,794
Percent admitted100%69%74%
Percent admitted who enrolled16%16%16%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California State University-Sacramento Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment30,510
Undergraduate enrollment27,951
Graduate enrollment2,559

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California State University-Sacramento Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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