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California State University - Sacramento Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about California State University - Sacramento, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is California State University - Sacramento Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

California State University - Sacramento was awarded 105 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

Sac State landed the #802 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Sac State is also ranked #66 out of 116 schools in California.

See all of the rankings for California State University - Sacramento.

Is It Hard to Get Into Sac State?

Acceptance Rate

California State University - Sacramento has an acceptance rate of 68%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Sac State.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to Sac State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 570. Math scores were between 470 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 470 to 570 )
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SAT Math Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 470 to 570 )
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Sac State received ACT scores from 28% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 17 to 23 )
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California State University - Sacramento Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At California State University - Sacramento, this rate is 26 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Sacramento is 48%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  48 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Sacramento

Freshmen Retention Rate

California State University - Sacramento has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Sac State is 7%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

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Good Overall Diversity at Sac State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 28,813 undergraduates at Sac State with 23,676 being full-time and 5,137 being part-time.

Sac State Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Sac State is 82.89 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  82.89 out of 100
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How Much Does California State University - Sacramento Cost?

The overall average net price of Sac State is $9,722. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Sac State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,680 $7,615 $11,432 $15,241 $18,629

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Sac State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Sac State, approximately 33% of students took out student loans averaging $5,150 a year. That adds up to $20,600 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sac State is 4.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Sac State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Sac State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $48,900 in their early years. This is good news for future Sac State graduates since it is 23% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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See which majors at California State University - Sacramento make the most money.

Location of California State University - Sacramento

California State University - Sacramento is a public institution situated in Sacramento, California. Sacramento is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of California State University - Sacramento

Contact details for Sac State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819-2694
Phone: 916-278-6566
Website: www.csus.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sacstate
Twitter: http://twitter.com/sacstate

California State University - Sacramento Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 55 majors graduated from California State University - Sacramento. Of these students, 7,479 received undergraduate degrees and 836 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 1,019 $42,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 518 $33,800
Communication & Media Studies 510 $34,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 498 NA
General Psychology 478 $30,400
Health & Physical Education 305 $27,200
Sociology 252 $31,800
Nursing 239 $106,600
Computer Science 236 $63,700
General Biology 232 $30,400

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - Sacramento along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Sac State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 13,233 students took at least one online class at California State University - Sacramento. This is an increase from the 11,659 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 13,233 578
2016-2017 11,659 286
2015-2016 10,086 118
2014-2015 7,511 93
2013-2014 5,303 178

Learn more about online learning at California State University - Sacramento.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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