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About Sacramento State

The Region’s University, Today and Always

Founded as Sacramento State College in 1947 with 235 students and five full-time faculty members, Sacramento State has been serving the region for more than 75 years. Now nearly 31,000 students strong, it is the sixth largest of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. It is an accessible and inclusive place of learning and achievement, a hub of diverse thought and intellectual challenge, and is intertwined with the community it serves. From research that results in impactful legislation to entrepreneurial ideas that blossom into robust businesses, Sacramento State continues to provide immersive learning experiences that benefit students, the region, and beyond. It is Sacramento’s University.

Nearly 1.3 Billion Annual Regional Economic Impact

graph: regional information

Where Students Come First

Whether they are knee-deep in the American River studying the impacts of drought, or learning the latest in cybersecurity, students receive top-notch instruction from experts in their fields. The focus on students goes beyond just the classroom. There are dozens of programs, services, and centers available to aid students in their individual academic journeys.

#8 Top Public Universities in the Western U.S.
U.S. News & World Report, 2023

  • 30:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 31 average class size
  • 1,867 full - and part -time faculty
  • 208% increase in 4-year grad rate (since 2016)
  • 30,193 total students

Degrees earned:

  • 8,712 Total Degrees
  • 7,721 Bachelor's
  • 939 Master's
  • 52 Doctorates
photo: outdoor classroom

Change Makers, Difference Embracers

Rich with a diversity of people and cultures, the Sacramento region is home to the hardworking, innovative, and passionate. Sacramento State is no different. It is a place where faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds come together to teach, learn, work, and make an impact on the world.

4th Most Diverse Campus in the Western U.S.
U.S. News & World Report, 2023

  • Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPIS) since 2011
  • Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Since 2015
  • 30% First in Family to attend college
  • Seal of Excelencia since 2020
Graph: student demographics

A Great Place to Live and Learn

Surrounded by nature and with easy access to downtown, many students live in the residence halls or in nearby neighborhoods, creating a dynamic student community. The affordability of Sacramento State paired with its focus on helping students successfully complete a four-year university degree makes it an unbeatable experience for students.

#8 Best Bang for the Buck for Western Colleges
Washington Monthly, 2023

  • $16,278 average annual room & board
  • 3,200 students live on campus
  • 8 residence halls
  • 51% of students receive financial aid
  • $7,602 annual tuition & fees (in-state)
  • 42% of students are Pell Grant eligible
Photo: student at event at the Capitol