Sacramento, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$16,632 ($5,472)
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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.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It's stressful not know if I will get into the nursing program, but from what I've heard it is one of the best and I should strive to be accepted. Once you are in the program it is rigorous and time consuming, but worth it in the end.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I feel as if our professors are great thus far. I also like majority of my classes and what I have been learning. The registration for classes is horrible there are just so many students and if is difficult to get the classes you really want or need especially as a freshmen. The work load for me includes a lot of reading and focus and a feel as we have nice facilities to relax and study.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Professors are friendly and the workload is dependent on professor and the major. There are many choices when deciding where to study. The library is huge, while the Union and Riverfront both have study areas to choose from. Registration is simple.

4 College Junior

Academics: The essential core classes can be very difficult for those who have trouble paying attention but the material and how it is presented by some professors can be very interesting.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 393rd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1013rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1047th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 1116th
    Smartest Professors
  • 1228th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hilton Collins
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Most Sac State students have high opinions of their professors but still feel like something's missing in their classes. It's a weird dynamic to have passionate, intelligent instructors but many lackluster classes. This is more common in lower-division general-education classes where students aren't always worked too hard. Frequently, professors go easy on them when they could be making them read more and turn in harder assignments. A good strategy to succeed is to just show up to class and do a passable job. Some classes might be hard, but honestly, if you're smart, there's nothing Sac State can throw at you that you can't handle if you just give it a shot. But beware—not all classes are easy, so if you're used to slacking off, you could be in for a rude awakening when the right professor comes along. In upper-division classes, the papers you write get longer and the reading more voluminous.

At Sac State, near the end of the semester, many professors hand out teacher-evaluation surveys, which are multiple-choice and essay-question forms in which students can express their opinions on the class. They're not mandatory and are totally separate from the class curriculum. The good thing about them is that students can write about what they liked, disliked, and what can be improved. The bad thing about them is that students can disparage professors for petty things like not making the class easy and giving low grades (even if the low grades are deserved).

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 17%
  • 20 to 49 students: 65%
  • 50 or more students: 18%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Letters
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Continuing Education (CCE)
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate – Research/scholarship
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 11%
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • CSUS Library
  • The Main Quad's grassy area by Riverfront Center
  • University Union
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't put so much stock in teacher-rating websites—just pay attention to the syllabus and turn in work on time, no matter whom your professor is.
  • Don't register for too many units if you also have a job.
  • Get hard classes out of the way first.
  • If you slack off too often, you'll be unprepared when you actually have to do something hard.
  • Keep up with the reading.
  • Make some private time for yourself to relax—periodic laziness can be a good thing.
  • Meet with your adviser often.
  • Take the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) sooner rather than later.
  • Use your student ID on the bus to save yourself gas money and parking-space headaches.
  • When you plan your schedule, make room for social time.
Did You Know?
  • Most Sac State buildings are named after geographical and historical landmarks, like Solano Hall, named after Solano County. Kadema Hall gets its name from a Native American village that used to be close to the school.
  • Sac State has more trees on campus than any other California State University.
  • Want to be a television star? Some Sac State classes are filmed and broadcast on local television so other students can watch them at home. It's possible to take some classes without ever stepping foot on campus.
  • In the old days, the school was referred to as Sacramento State College, and it was free to go to school there. The school gained university status in 1972.
  • California State University - Sacramento, has a few nicknames. The University's Identity Style Guide claims that "Sacramento State" and "Sac State" are the only two officially recognized nicknames. The school frowns upon other variations, such as "CSUS," "CS Sacramento," "Cal State Sacramento," and "Sacramento State University," but that doesn't stop people from using them from time to time.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 84 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 29% John Weborg - co-founder of Java City Coffee
  • 29% Tom Hanks-actor
  • 21% Janice Rogers Brown - federal appeals court justice
  • 7% Dale Carlsen - founder, Sleep Train Mattress Co.
  • 7% Giselle Fernandez - former KTLA news anchor
  • 7% Wayne Thiebaud - award-winning artist
  • 0% Rene Syler - anchor on the "CBS Early Show"
  • 0% Raymond Carver - writer

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 88 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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