California State University - Sacramento Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Sacramento, CA
Website
www.csus.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
20,625
Part-Time Undergrads
4,916
Setting
Large city
In-State Tuition
$5,472
Out-of-State Tuition
$16,632
Room & Board
$9,628
Acceptance Rate
70 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
830–1060
Average ACT Scores
17–23

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Tuition
  • Diversity
  • State holidays—no school!
  • Closeness to a lot of food and shopping venues

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Parking
  • Student government
  • Dorms
  • Communal bathrooms in dorms

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Sacramento State Student Reviews

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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