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3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are passionate about what they teach and have approachable attitudes.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors at my school are very knowledgeable of what they are teaching. The registration process is effective, but sometimes is difficult to get certain classes because of the high demand among students. The workload is what is to be expected, especially if you are a full time student such as myself. There are many popular study areas, which is also a factor in the impacted and full classes. The academics that are offered at my school are pretty good.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of classes and choices, but filled up pretty quickly.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: There are a lot of clubs you can join to get involved on campus. The first 2 weeks of school there are a lot of clubs asking for people to join theirs and they explain what they do. Also, the ARC is opened 24 hours a day and in there you can study alone or in study groups and it is very peaceful and you can concentrate. Also, there are rooms in which you can stay to sleep and can rent lap tops if you need one.

4 College Senior

Academics: The work load can be a bit much, depending on your professor. I believe a good student will succeed at Sac State if they take it seriously.

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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
  • Other
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 10%
  • 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 189 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 137 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 137 responses

  • 8% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 36% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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