Rankings & Distinctions

Sacramento State provides a world-class education in the heart of California’s capital. The University is home to some of the top programs, centers, scholars, and students in the country, collectively comprising an environment of growth and learning where students, faculty, and staff come to redefine the possible.

An urban oasis: Sacramento State’s campus is home to more than 3,500 trees, and the University has been designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Sacramento State is the seventh most diverse university in the western United States. (U.S. News and World Report, 2015)
  • Sacramento State is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian-American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and the University ranks 36th in the nation in the number of Hispanics who graduate from the University with bachelor’s degrees. (The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, 2014)
  • Sacramento State ranks 63rd overall out of all universities in the western United States. (U.S. News and World Report, 2015)
  • Sacramento State's General Education ranked 14th-best in the state in the 2012-13 academic school year. (American Council of Trustees and Alumni)
  • There is one faculty member for every 27 students at Sacramento State, and undergraduate classes averaged just 34 seats in 2014. (The University Fact Book, Fall 2014)
  • Home to more than 3,500 trees, Sac State is a Tree Campus USA, having held the distinction since 2013. (The Arbor Day Foundation)
  • As a testament to the University’s deep commitment to service, Sac State was honored with the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in both 2010 and 2015.
  • While nearly 70 percent of Sacramento State students receive some financial aid assistance, only 42 percent of Sacramento State undergraduates reported graduating with debt in 2013, compared with over 69 percent of students nationally. (The Institute for College Access and Success, 2013)

Outstanding Colleges & Programs

Four Hornet teams took home Big Sky Conference titles in the 2014-15 season: men’s outdoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, and women’s tennis.

Plus: Sac State was the site of the USA Track & Field 2014 National Outdoor Championships. Read More
  • The Capital Fellows Programs are consistently recognized among the nation's best internships and were voted into the the top 10 in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. (Vault.com)
  • One of the very best in the country, Sacramento State's Master of Public Policy and Administration ranks 21st out of all public policy graduate programs in the nation, according to 2015 rankings by graduateprograms.com.
  • Sac State features the second-largest veterans program in the California State University system, with more than 1,200 veterans and their dependents, and ranked 79th out of the top 100 in 2015 for four-year institutions that are best for veterans. (MilitaryTimes)
  • Sac State’s Air Force ROTC detachment, the Mighty Blue Dragons, is the second-largest in California.
  • Since 2006, Sac State has won more Big Sky Conference Championships (34) than any other school across 21 intercollegiate sports, and in the 2014-15 academic year, Sac State student-athletes posted a collective grade-point average over 3.0, one of the top marks in the state.
  • The College of Business Administration has been AACSB-accredited since 1963, one of just 5 percent of the world’s 13,000 higher education institutions to have earned this designation. (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • Sac State boasted the second-ranked MBA program among all California State Universities in 2013. (U.S. News & World Report)
  • The University is home to the first and most comprehensive paramedic program in the CSU system, offering unique training available nowhere else in the state.

Take the Next Step

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!