The few students who are sports enthusiasts are so vocal about their passion that they'll almost convince you that the whole school is just like them. But just the opposite is true—Sac State students aren't really into campus sports. Most games have lots of empty seats, and a lot of students don't pay attention to the teams. It's entirely possible to go to Sac State for four years and not go to a single game or let the sports element impact your life in any way. If you live in the dorms, you'll probably be more aware of the sports scene, but considering only five percent of students here live in the dorms, the chances of that are not very high.
First-year students who come in the fall semester usually think the school is very sports-minded because of Homecoming season when the Causeway Classic football game against UC Davis occurs—a prominent sporting event featuring a longstanding rivalry between the two schools. But school spirit peaks when fall semester begins, and it dies down quickly thereafter. However, school spirit would increase dramatically if Sac State's high-profile teams had more winning games. Women's teams have some really great seasons, but they don't usually get the fanfare that men's teams get. If more students lived on campus, sports would probably be bigger, as well. But the fact remains that Sac State is all about the commute, not on-campus unity.