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


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.


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.


  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

Education Institutes in Sacramento
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Sacramento
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Sacramento
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
American River College30,519At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A176
California State University-Sacramento30,510Four or more years5,47297
Cosumnes River College14,010At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A121
Los Rios Community College District OfficeN/AAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/AN/A
MTI College798At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A19
Sacramento City College22,042At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A146
Charles A Jones Career and Education Center335At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A12
Epic Bible College192Four or more years8,96412
CET-Sacramento101Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A6
My Le's Beauty College105Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Paul Mitchell the School-Sacramento485Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Cosmo Beauty Academy106Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
International Academy of Design and Technology-SacramentoN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Carrington College-Administrative OfficeN/AAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/AN/A
Federico Beauty Institute270Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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