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Placer Center

Sacramento State Placer Center

The Sacramento State Placer Center is the future site of a 300-acre academic center located in western Placer County approximately thirty miles northeast of Sacramento State.

About the Placer Center

Ensuring Prosperity for Generations

Upon the completion of the first phase of development, the center will accommodate more than 1,500 students. When finished, the site is expected to serve the academic needs of more than 12,000 students from both Sacramento State and Sierra College.

Students sit in a modern workspace

Delivering a New Higher Education Model

The Placer Center allows Sacramento State to address higher education needs in Placer County while collaborating with Sierra College on a new model of higher education.

Rendering of the Placer Ranch site

Meeting the Needs of a Growing Community

Since the mid-20th century, Placer County has experienced tremendous growth, its population increasing an average of 40% every decade. The population explosion dramatically increased the county’s education needs, with 84,000 school-aged (K-12) children living there. Currently, 5,000 students travel out of the county to pursue higher education and face the burden of increasingly longer commutes.

Photo of two students.

Collaborating for a Vibrant Academic Center

As an extension of Sacramento State, the center will provide hands-on learning opportunities and community-engaged learning. Students will work within the Placer community to obtain knowledge and pursue research. This hands-on method deepens the learning experience and benefits the surrounding community.

Proud grads

Join Sac State and the Placer Center as We Make This Dream a Reality

Invest in the Sacramento State Placer Center to positively impact students and the region for generations to come. Public and private partnerships, philanthropy, grants, and naming opportunities will create a welcoming campus for the community to enjoy.

Groundbreaking ceremony held at the future home of the Placer Center.

Placer Center Facts and Figures

There is not one person or department that will have all the answers. This is truly about thinking collaboratively about the future of higher education. Dr. Vajra Watson
5,000 Estimated residents commuting for higher education
84,000 K-12 students in Placer County
No. 2 Fastest-growing county in California
300-Acre Footprint of Placer Center on the Placer One development
$27.4 million Value of land donated by Eli Broad of Placer Ranch (now Placer One)
$17.8 million Infrastructure investment by Placer County

Contact Us

Phone: (916) 278-6331