Academics

Location
Sacramento, CA
Undergrads
20,625
Tuition (in-state)
$16,632 ($5,472)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Academics: Depends on the teacher just like any other school.

3 College Freshman

Academics: again depends on the teacher and if he or she cares to help

3 College Junior

Academics: Not too much variety but it's not bad. It's easier getting classes compared to other majors.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I really like my program here. It's easy getting classes.

4 College Senior

Academics: It seems to be pretty good. I don't know if I'm a very qualified person to judge...

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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
Major
English
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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
29:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
701
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
595
Total FT Faculty
701
Faculty with Terminal Degree
87%
Average Faculty Salary
$75,808
Full-Time Retention Rate
83%
Part-Time Retention Rate
66%
Transfer-Out Rate
5%
Graduation Rate
41%
Programs/Majors Offered
59
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 84 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 32% Tom Hanks-actor
  • 21% John Weborg - co-founder of Java City Coffee
  • 18% Janice Rogers Brown - federal appeals court justice
  • 11% Dale Carlsen - founder, Sleep Train Mattress Co.
  • 7% Giselle Fernandez - former KTLA news anchor
  • 4% Wayne Thiebaud - award-winning artist
  • 4% Raymond Carver - writer
  • 4% David So- Youtuber Comedian
  • 0% Rene Syler - anchor on the "CBS Early Show"

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 88 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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