Real-World Education

Sacramento State prepares its graduates for the world of work, thanks to educational programs that emphasize practical applications in their fields. Here are some highlights that illustrate how our students gain knowledge both inside and outside the classroom with hands-on experience that makes them career-ready. Stay tuned – there will be more accomplishments to come!

Real-World Winners

For more than 20 years, Sacramento State engineering students on the Hornet Racing team have spent their free time – often more than 50 hours a week – creating Formula SAE race cars to compete in collegiate events.

Our students compete successfully on local, regional, state, national, and even international levels. From research and biotechnology competitions to worldwide events like the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015, in which Sac State was one of just 20 universities selected to compete, our dynamic students apply their education to excel at every level and meet every challenge.

Making a Difference

Michael Cimino is one of many STEPS success stories. He participated in the Department of Physical Therapy’s free community program that puts children with neuro-motor impairment on miniature treadmills – and helps them learn how to walk sooner – under the guidance of Sacramento State students.

Our students are making the world a better place even before they graduate. Imagine what they’ll do next. Their research on behalf of children, medical patients, wildlife, the environment, and communities both on and off campus is inspiring.

From Campus to Career

Sacramento State's Construction Management Department has a national reputation for winning tough competitions and for the consistent 100 percent job placement of its graduates. They go from the classroom to managing job sites throughout the region and beyond. Learn more

Sacramento State students get a wealth of hands-on experience in classrooms and campus laboratories that prepare them for successful careers. Those experiences range from solving simulated crimes and conducting groundbreaking research to nurturing a sickeningly smelly flower.

Real-World Success Stories

The “Made at Sac State” campaign celebrates Sacramento State graduates who have gone on to make a name for themselves and, in their own way, change the world. Meet a few of them here.

Community leaders


Leaders in their fields

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!