California State University, Sacramento

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About Sacramento State: Quick Facts

Sacramento State is at the forefront of issues paramount to the region, such as environmental research, politics, business, arts, healthcare, entrepreneurship and more. The University is preparing tomorrow’s leaders to embrace California’s opportunities, solve its challenges, and redefine what’s possible.

At a Glance

  • Founded: 1947 (as Sacramento State College)
  • President: Robert S. Nelsen
  • Campus: 300 acres, six miles from the State Capitol; a designated “Tree Campus USA”
  • Six-County Service Region: Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Yuba
  • Athletics: NCAA Division I

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Key Rankings and Distinctions 

  • Fourth most diverse University in the western United States (US News and World Report, 2019)
  • 17th best undergraduate teaching in the Western Region, United States (U.S. News and World Report, 2019)
  • 1 in 20 adults in the region is a Sac State grad
  • Top 20 Best Bang for the Buck for Western Colleges (Washington Monthly, 2019)
  • Capital Fellows Program, which offers public policy fellowships in California State government, is ranked as one of the best internships in the nation for career development. Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of state government.
  • Bachelor's in gerontology degree is ranked fifth-best in the U.S. (College Choice)
  • The School of Nursing averages the CSU’s highest first-attempt pass rate, with scores higher than UC Irvine and UCLA
  • Master of Science in Accountancy program ranked third nationally for Best Online Program and sixth most affordable (SR Education Group)


More than 240,000 alumni around the world; 1-in-20 residents of the Sacramento region is an alumnus or alumna.


  • Fall 2019 total enrollment: 31,156 (full-time: 24,888; part-time: 6,268)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 24:1
  • Average class size: 27

Enrollment by Ethnicity (Fall 2019)

Sacramento State is the fourth most diverse university in the western United States, according to U.S. News and World Report (2019 rankings).

  • Hispanic: 34%
  • White: 26%
  • Asian American: 19%
  • Other/multiracial: 6%
  • African American: 6%
  • Unknown: 4%
  • Non-resident alien: 4%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%

Enrollment by Gender (Fall 2019)

  • Female: 56%
  • Male: 44%


The University offers:

  • 64 bachelor’s degree programs with 70 concentrations;
  • 51 master’s degree programs with 26 concentrations;
  • five doctoral degrees, in Audiology, Physical Therapy, School Psychology, Public History and Educational Leadership, with two concentrations in Ed.D.

It also offers 28 post-baccalaureate certificates and 10 credential programs, and houses numerous research and community service centers.


Fall 2019: 1,848

  • Full-time: 765
  • Part-time: 1,083


  • Arts & Letters
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Education
  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • Business Administration
  • Health & Human Services
  • Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Continuing Education

Popular majors

Business Administration, Communications, Psychology, Biology, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Nursing