California State University Sacramento

California State University Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento, popularly called Sac State, is a public university with an enrollment of over 25,000 students. It was established in 1947, and offers over 60 undergraduate and 40 graduate degrees. These courses are taught in 8 colleges:

  • Arts and Letters
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • Health & Human Services
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Continuing Education

Sac State's official colors are gold and green, and the mascot is the Hornet. Soccer, tennis, basketball, football, volleyball and golf are prominent among the university's athletic teams. Sac State alumni include top notch film personalities like Tom Hanks and Creed Bratton, Grammy award-winning musician Bobby McFerrin, and several other eminent authors, business tycoons, academicians and sports stars.

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California State University-Sacramento
6000 J St
Sacramento , CA 95819-2694
General Phone: (916) 278-6011

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Sacramento State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,147business management
Liberal Arts1,126Asian studies, minority and gender studies, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, social services, ...
Education and Teaching536education, school counseling, early childhood education, business teaching, trade and industrial teaching
Therapy and Counseling384psychology, communication disorders, physical therapy
Media381communication studies, journalism
Security and Law Enforcement380criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work332family and consumer science, public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine235registered nursing
Engineering197civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Science188biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy147parks and recreation studies, health and physical education
Computer Science and Engineering93computer science, computer engineering, software engineering
Design80interior design, graphic design
Medical Support and Technology77health service and sciences
Art Studies54art studies
Photography and Commercial Art44photography
Engineering Technician36engineering technology, construction engineering tech
Music24music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy24philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management23environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts20drama

Number of programs and degrees for Sacramento State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,59351
Master's degree97638

Sacramento State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Sacramento State had a total enrollment of 28,829 students (23,293 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 17%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 41%
Black 7%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 17%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 20%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 15%
20-21 18%
22-24 29%
25-29 18%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Sacramento State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %
Part-Time 49 %

Sacramento State Room and Board (2007)

Sacramento State offers campus housing for 1,048 of its 23,293 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Sacramento, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 15 meals per week.

Sacramento State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal410530
SAT Math430550
ACT Verbal1624
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT72%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT8%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Sacramento State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,854
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,024
Room and board $ 11,210
Room charge $ 6,356
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,388
Books and supplies $ 1,656
Other expenses $ 3,414

Financial Aid:
Sacramento State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 115000)

Sacramento State Faculty

Sacramento State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track10599
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3162

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year21$108,03810$111,797
Associate professorcalendar year2*5$87,749
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
Lecturercalendar year4$84,8078$83,082
No academic rankcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year29$104,01624$98,137

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year159$93,89196$91,815
Associate professoracademic year95$71,70599$70,896
Assistant professoracademic year101$65,33297$63,148
Lectureracademic year26$57,76751$59,877
No academic rankacademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year383$78,494343$72,922

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Sacramento State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Sky Conference
Basketball Big Sky Conference
Baseball Big Sky Conference
Track Big Sky Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports30106136

Sacramento State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Asian Studies/Civilization
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General


Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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