California State University - Sacramento

California State University - Sacramento Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how California State University - Sacramento ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is California State University - Sacramento Ranked?

2022 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 1,114 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is gerontology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Sac State is ranked #474 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Sac State held the #802 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Sac State also holds the #78 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Sac State?

Acceptance Rate

California State University - Sacramento has an acceptance rate of 83%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 95% 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 460 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 470 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 460 to 560 )
Sac State received ACT scores from 19% 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 )

Learn more about California State University - Sacramento admissions.

California State University - Sacramento Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at California State University - Sacramento is 26 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

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

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Sacramento

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 84% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California State University - Sacramento enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

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 9%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  9 out of 100

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California State University - Sacramento Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 29,296 undergraduates at Sac State with 24,068 being full-time and 5,228 being part-time.

How Much Does California State University - Sacramento Cost?

The overall average net price of Sac State is $9,979. 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 +
$6,819 $7,823 $11,413 $15,812 $18,922

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Sac State, approximately 30% of students took out student loans averaging $5,191 a year. That adds up to $20,764 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sac State is 4.6%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Sac State make around $48,900 per year during the early years of their employment. 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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Location of California State University - Sacramento

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

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Contact details for Sac State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819-2694
Phone: 916-278-6011

California State University - Sacramento Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 57 majors graduated from California State University - Sacramento. Of these students, 7,719 received undergraduate degrees and 763 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 1,007 $44,980
Communication & Media Studies 531 $38,369
Criminal Justice & Corrections 494 $37,723
General Psychology 489 $32,432
Teacher Education Grade Specific 479 NA
Health & Physical Education 317 $30,010
General Biology 269 $34,621
Nursing 253 $105,142
Social Work 244 $33,687
Geography & Cartography 239 $39,729

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 31,745 students took at least one online class at California State University - Sacramento. This is an increase from the 12,301 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 31,745 25,082
2018-2019 12,301 590
2017-2018 13,233 578
2016-2017 11,659 286
2015-2016 10,086 118

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Notes and References


*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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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