Our beautiful campus is an urban oasis, nestled alongside the American River in the heart of California's dynamic capital city. You'll find plenty to do after classes and homework are done. Student life at Sac State is fun! You'll make new friends, and your experiences will be unforgettable.
You might play rugby. Go bass fishing. Scale The WELL's challenging rock wall. Learn Scottish country dancing. Meditate. Take up wakeboarding through the Sac State Aquatic Center. Join a club. Volunteer to help others. Live on campus and get involved, cheer on Hornet athletes competing at the NCAA Division I level. Attend Sac State's top-notch theater and dance productions. Take in an art show. Play billiards. Get fit. Go skiing, backpacking, or snowboarding with Peak Adventures. Read a book beneath one of our 3,500 shade trees. Jump on the 32-mile American River Bike Trail (aka the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) at the Guy West Bridge and take a long ride or a run through a unique riparian habitat.
Sac State is just minutes from the city's best restaurants, fast-food eateries, and shopping areas. Arden Fair Mall, home to Nordstrom, Macy's and the Apple Store, is four miles away. The campus is less than eight miles from the State Capitol. (Visit our page on "The Capital's University.) The city of Sacramento offers a myriad of museums to explore and plenty of festivals to entertain you throughout the year. San Francisco, Northern California's wine country, the Sierra Nevada, and historic Gold Rush towns are popular weekend destinations.
At Sacramento State, you can Redefine the Possible every single day.
Cultural and sporting events will keep you engaged and learning in your free time. Cheer on our outstanding student-athletes. Take in a play or a dance concert. Don't miss out on the free events offered by UNIQUE Programs at the University Union. And while you're studying at the University Library, don't miss the fabulous public art on display.
Try something new. Have a different kind of experience. Get out and explore. Sac State offers opportunities for adventure indoors and out. We are proud of our state-of-the-art recreation and wellness center that you'll know as The WELL. Our Aquatic Center on nearby Lake Natoma is the place for water sports, and Associated Students Inc.'s Peak Adventures offers endless opportunities to challenge yourself.
Sac State's students are generous, volunteering their many skills and talents, and thousands of hours a year of their time to help others. It's a great way to make new friends and do a lot of good for your campus, the community and the world. And you'll have fun.
Annual campus events are beloved traditions for the Sac State and greater Sacramento community. We hope you will love these events and put the Festival of the Arts, Swarm Day, Phlagleblast (the University Union's welcome-back party in the fall), and the rest on your must-do list every year.
Now that you know something about Sacramento State, we would love for you to visit and learn more about attending this outstanding university. Sac State has so much to offer beyond a beautiful, tree-filled campus in the heart of California's capital: a national-class education that prepares students for careers and success. Come see us . . . and be us!