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Sacramento Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Sacramento Colleges and Schools

As the capital of the state of California, Sacramento is brimming with both economic activity and culture. With a location on the Sacramento and American rivers, the city serves and the cultural and recreational cornerstone of the area and is poised to offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and entertainment. Sacramento is also known for its diversity, having been named America's "most diverse city" by Time Magazine in the past.

Colleges in Sacramento, California

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 16 colleges, universities, and trade schools reside within Sacramento limits. Included on that list are four-year, public and private schools, plus a wide range of vocational and technical colleges. Total reported enrollment was at least 66,646 for Sacramento colleges and schools in 2014.

Sacramento Colleges and Schools


Sacramento State

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $6,648
  • Graduation rate (fall 2008): 44%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 58 undergraduate majors, plus a wide range of graduate and doctoral programs

Located in Sacramento, Sacramento State is part of the California State University system. The school offers a wide range of degree options, including the nation's second-largest criminal justice program. Other popular programs include nursing, construction management, and physical therapy.


Kaplan College - Sacramento

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $14,236
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 50%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 36 degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs

Kaplan College is a two-year, private school offering degrees, diplomas, and certificates in fields such as allied health, business, design, information technology, and nursing. Total enrollment at the Sacramento campus included 429 students in 2014.


Sacramento City College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $1,104
  • Graduation rate (2011): 24%, with a 9% transfer out rate
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 102 Associate programs, and numerous certificates

Sacramento City College is a two-year community college with a focus on preparing students for quick entry into the workforce. Enrollment included 23,317 students in 2014, and top degree programs were in nursing, computer science, dental hygiene, and occupational therapy assisting.


Universal Technical Institute of Northern California

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $42,050
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 65%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 6

The Universal Technical Institute of Sacramento offers degrees that lead to a wide range of careers in the automotive world. Options include marine, motorcycle, NASCAR, collision, detail, and auto programs. Enrollment included 1,804 students in 2014.


Facts for Sacramento College Students

Economics

As the state's capital, Sacramento serves as an economic driver for the state. Key industries include advanced manufacturing, agriculture and food technologies, biotechnology, information technology, education, clean energy technology, and international commerce. Median household income in Sacramento was $49,753 through 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Demographics

With 485,199 residents in 2014, Sacramento was just an average size city for the state of California. In 2013, 29.3 percent of Sacramento residents held at least a Bachelor's degree while 82.4 percent had a high school diploma. Through 2013, 21.9 percent of Sacramento's population was foreign born, and 36.5 percent spoke a language other than English at home.

Fun Facts

As the state's capital, Sacramento is home to plenty of opportunities for entertainment and cultural experiences. As home to theSacramento Convention Center Complex, the Community Center Theatre, the Memorial Auditorium, the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the Sacramento Ballet, and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, the city offers something for everyone.

Sources:

  1. About SAC State, http://www.csus.edu/about/
  2. City of Sacramento, http://www.cityofsacramento.org/
  3. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  4. Key Industries, Greater Sacramento, http://greater-sacramento.com/doing-business-in-sacramento/key-industries/
  5. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Sacramento, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0664000.html

Featured Colleges in the Sacramento Area (QuickSchools™)

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The Art Institutes system of schools


Sacramento, CA

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  • Program Categories: Art and Design, Computers and Technology
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Associate

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America


Modesto, CA; San Bernardino, CA

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) is committed to be a leading educational institution offering effective training while maintaining a high standard of quality and integrity.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

Unitek College


Sacramento, CA

Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career. 

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate, Associate

Blake Austin College


Vacaville, CA

Get the hands-on training you need to succeed at Blake Austin College.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate

Blake Austin College Beauty Academy


Vacaville, CA

Start your career with training from Blake Austin College - Beauty Academy.

  • Program Categories: Cosmetology, Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate
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Sacramento Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

American River College
4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA 95841-4286

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, biological and physical sciences, drywall installation, registered nursing, child development, social services, physical sciences, automobile mechanics
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 33,821 students, 18,308 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

CET-Sacramento
6853 65th St
Sacramento, CA 95828

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: HVAC, medical assistant, truck and bus driver, office data entry, computer support, accounting, accounting and related services, automobile mechanics
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 143 students, 252 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center
5451 Lemon Hill Ave
Sacramento, CA 95824-1529

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: data entry, truck and bus driver, health and medical administrative, call center operation, allied health and medical assisting, pharmacy courses, construction, court reporting
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 1,813 students, 968 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95823-5799

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, automobile mechanics, building inspector, child development, social services, veterinary assistant, medical assistant, commercial photography
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 12,967 students, 7,901 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology
5522 Garfield Ave
Sacramento, CA 95841

  • Programs: cosmetology, cosmetoloty instructor
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 495 students, 605 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

My Le's Beauty College
5972 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95824-3039

  • Programs: manicurist, cosmetology, aesthetician and skin care, cosmetoloty instructor
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 97 students, 219 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822-1386

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: social services, liberal arts and sciences, registered nursing, cosmetology, accounting, biological and physical sciences, business, graphic communications
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 24,596 students, 13,702 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Colleges in Sacramento with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

California State University-Sacramento
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819-2694

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, criminal justice and safety, communication studies, psychology, education, liberal arts and sciences, registered nursing, social work
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 28,829 students, 23,293 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,048 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 410-530. Math: 430-550.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

MTI College
5221 Madison Ave
Sacramento, CA 95841-9817

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: legal assistant, cosmetology, business management, medical assistant, computer and info science, systems analyst, legal secretary, accounting
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 619 students, 763 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Trinity Life Bible College
5225 Hillsdale at Madison
Sacramento, CA 95842

  • Programs: theological and ministerial studies, pre-ministerial studies, general studies, pastoral counseling, theology and religious vocations, religious music, religious education
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 242 students, 121 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
(2000)
Students Dorms
Davis Colleges 1 60,308 29,796 6,026
Folsom Colleges 1 51,884 8,193  
Rancho Cordova Colleges 5 55,060 619  
Rocklin Colleges 2 36,330 19,374 327

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