#21 Best Public Universities in California

California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, California

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California State University Sacramento overview
Location Sacramento, California
Online csus.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
California State University Sacramento overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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California State University-Sacramento, commonly known as Sacramento State, is a public university located in California's capital city, Sacramento. Founded in 1947, the campus spans more than 300 acres, nestled less than 5 miles from the downtown area, providing a suburban ambiance within proximity to urban amenities. The university is part of the larger California State University system and offers a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs, including noteworthy offerings in Business Administration, Health Professions, and Social Sciences. Sacramento State features a semi-selective admissions process. The campus architecture boasts a blend of modern and traditional styles, with a range of facilities that support diverse academic pursuits. On-campus housing is available, with multiple residence halls and apartment complexes catering to the student body. While athletics are part of campus life, the institution is not predominantly recognized for its sports programs.

In the most recent statistical year 25,276 prospective students applied, and 23,559 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,916 enrolled in the school.  24,253 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 7,565 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,742 plus fees of $1,742. Sacramento State is ranked 850 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Sacramento State is rated within the lower 37% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
California State University Sacramento overview
SAT 930/1130
ACT 17/23
GPA 3.42

Applications Accepted

California State University Sacramento overview
Applications Due Nov 30, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition

In State Costs for California State University Sacramento
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,136
Other Fees$1,742
Room and Board $16,278
Budget for Other Expenses$3,828
Total One Year Cost$28,726

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for California State University Sacramento
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,136
Other Fees$1,742
Room and Board $16,278
Budget for Other Expenses$3,828
Total One Year Cost$40,606

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

42% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by California State University Sacramento students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 24%
Social Sciences 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 8%
Communication 7%
Health Professions 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110617 IPEDS survey data for California State University Sacramento.

Current students may use the California State University Sacramento GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.