Sacramento, CA
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$16,632 ($5,472)
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Reviews 2112 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you are the type of person who is in the alcohol/drug scene, then it will be available to you, but if you do not take part in any activities such as that, you are not judged for it and don't have to be around that crowd. The dorms have a policy on alcohol/drugs are will enforce it if the situation were to come up.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Sacramento State is incredibly diverse. You can be friends with anybody it does not matter, everyone is accepting of who you are and doesn't judge. It is a campus where you can be who you want to be, and meet people who are the same way, a quality that is amazing.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: Sacramento has generally good weather around the school year. If you don't like the heat then the campus should be taken into consideration because it can be very hot in the beginning and at the end of the school year, but in between, it is very different forms of weather. Some days can be nice and some can be cloudy, you just get a mix of all; very windy though when it comes to that time of weather. Overall beautiful campus because of the nature variety and changes during the seasons.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: In the beginning, it seemed good to be on the Pre-Bio program because I want to become an OB/GYN (Obstetrician/Gynecologist) after Med School. I do have concerns about finding a job because I do not know what situations or obstacle I might face trying to get the career of my choice, but I fell there are many people needed everywhere in the medical field.

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2 College Freshman

Majors: The Biological Sciences program is very impacted. It is very difficult to get into the major classes that you need because of the many other students trying to get into them and the upperclassmen get priority enrollment in classes. It is challenging to get into a class and many classes cannot afford to have a waitlist because they cannot provide enough spots for students, thus delaying the earning your degree on an acceptable time. I recommend to anybody to not really apply for the program because of how difficult it is to get into classes, but if they do, they really need to hope for the best and keep going to the specific classes the first two weeks of class to see if they can be enrolled; it is better to have a back-up plan.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The police officers on campus will not bother you unless you are doing something that would definitely not be acceptable to anyone. No policies on campus affect anybody, but maybe parking because it is very difficult to find parking and we have various parking spots but rules for each area and it creates a problem when trying to find a spot and not be late to classes or wherever you need to get to.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The school is very big and offers many majors. I would say that the advisors are very helpful to inform you about classes you need to take in your specific field of study, but because there are many students, the classes are much harder to get into. I feel the classes may lack education because of big class sizes, it makes it difficult to have one-on-one help from the professors so we build the relationship if we go to their office hours. The workload is based on the individual and their situation, but it is always better to study with a group of people.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was easy to access once I was accepted into the school. All I had to do was apply to FAFSA beforehand, then when set up with my school portal I just had to accept/decline my awards and was notified when aid would be distributed and given information if there were any other fees I needed to pay.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health services on campus are very helpful and assist with a great variety of health options such as injuries, vaccines, women's personal health as well as men's, a pharmacy, and offer classes for various topics. I feel generally safe on campus because we have our own separate police department that notifies students of any dangers that have occurred or may occur on or around campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All the main off-campus housing options are close to the campus but very difficult to live there because of the many other applicants trying to live there.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is great where the university campus has been placed. Right when out of the campus hits the main street that is mainly made up of various food places to eat.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Everyone is free to do as they please, it is a great environment where you have the balance of people who are out having a good time while respecting those that just like to stay inside and study or relax.

4 College Senior

Majors: generally same professors, can speak one on one

5 College Senior

Weather: It's tolerable enough to still do activities.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Car died & I was checked on to see if i was ok

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's nice to be able to explore if one is bored.

4 College Senior

Athletics: School spirit is pretty big

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: it doesn't seem to be a problem on campus.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Only used it once but was a fine experience

College Senior

Greek Life: I'm not a greek, and haven't tried going greek.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: They have the academic probation if GPA is low

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports can be played by anyone who wishes to play. There are many different inter-mural teams on campus and are fairly low priced to join. Varsity sports are not a huge aspect of campus life, but the games are attended.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different ethnic groups on campus. Seems to be little to no discrimination. Everyone is fairly laid back and treats each other equally

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing process is easy as long as you get your application turned in early. I live in Jenkins which is one of the older buildings. Many of my friends that have come to visit me didn't seem to like the building or the rooms, but personally I feel that it's enough space and a nice community.

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Most students appreciate Sac State because it's pleasant, but they often wish it had more school spirit. The ones who are satisfied with it usually haven't been to other four-year universities, so they don't have anything major to compare it to from first-hand experience. Those who wish for more excitement usually mention wilder Bay Area campuses. A majority of people that attend Sac State just want a degree so they can get out. They know not to expect the typical college experience that makes for legendary times and awesome memories. Too many of them commute. If Sac State were more of an on-campus school, there would be more student satisfaction socially. If you decide to study here and want campus community, seek clubs or other social organizations as soon as possible. If you're laid-back and don't mind coming to a school where everyone just comes to get a grade and a job, make yourself at home.

Many students would be blown away if they knew how hard their education could be, but a lot of them are fine with Sac State's current academic level. Most assignments are easy, and it's surprising what students worry about. There's a writing test, the Writing Proficiency Exam, that all students must take before advancing to higher-level classes, and it has a fearsome reputation because many of them make a big deal about it. But in reality, it's nothing more than an in-class essay where you offer your opinion on a certain topic—that's all. Although most Sac State students don't think their education is lacking, when they voice concerns, it's obvious that something's missing. If they were used to consistently working harder, that test would be a breeze.

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