California State University-Sacramento

6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819-2694

School Details

The first graduation--in 1948--at California State University, Sacramento awarded a single degree. Since that date, more than 200,000 students have earned degrees at Sacramento State. Founded in 1947, the University first shared facilities with a junior college, then moved to its own campus in 1949, and finally relocated to a permanent home along the American River in 1959. 

Today, the public, 4-year institution retains the official California State University, Sacramento title, but promotes the use of Sacramento State, or Sac State. More than 28,000 students are enrolled and Sacramento State maintains a diverse campus, with student demographics reporting 40% white, 21% Asian / Pacific, 19% Latino, and the remaining 20% made up of African-American, American Indian, foreign students, and others. The campus offers students an array of activities and events, like intramural sports, The Well fitness center, art exhibitions, along with comedy shows and concerts. In addition, the 300-acre campus, landscaped with 3,000 trees, features walking paths and bike trails that connect the campus to nearby recreational facilities, including Folsom Lake.

Students at Sacramento State can pursue Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees. To date, the University offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and just over forty Master’s programs, along with post-baccalaureate certificates and two Doctorate degrees. Academic programs are housed in the Colleges of Arts & Letters, Business Administration, Continuing Education, Education, Engineering & Computer Science, Health & Human Services, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, and Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies. California State University, Sacramento is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. individual programs also retain programmatic accreditation from various accrediting agencies.

Non-traditional programs, including distance education degrees and coursework, at Sacramento State are housed in the College of Continuing Education. Students can participate in online, on-campus, evening/weekend, and hybrid learning environments. The following online programs are offered:

  • American Sign Language
  • Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies (pending University approval)
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Dropout Prevention Specialist Certificate Program
  • Fire Service Management - Special Major
  • Contract Management Certificate

The American Sign Language program extends to community members and high school students and requires the completion of two courses. Students interested in the Criminal Justice degree must first communicate with an advisor to establish guidelines and requirements for completion. In addition, a number of individual credit and noncredit online coursework is also available to students requiring flexibility.

Tuition is based on state residency. Tuition for full-time undergraduate residents is $3,301 per semester and non-resident students pay an added tuition of $372 per unit. Tuition for post-graduate programs may be degree-specific and are also based on residency. Full-time resident graduates pay tuition beginning at $3,934 per semester and non-resident graduate students pay added tuition of $372 per unit.

Sacramento State supports financial aid programs for qualifying students, including grants, scholarships, and loans, along with Federal Work-Study. Scholarships may come from the institution, including departmental awards, or students may access external resources, including community-sponsored scholarships. Furthermore, grants include both state and federal programs, and students may apply for federal student loans or seek alternate private resources.

Federal loan and grant programs include:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan and Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

State aid includes:

  • Cal Grant A and B
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP Grant)
  • State University Grant Program

In addition, the Veterans Success Center at Sacramento State supports the educational goals of veterans, service members, and their dependents. Eligible students can access benefits, including Tuition Assistance and aid, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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