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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.

$29,661 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
83% Acceptance Rate

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California State University - Sacramento Rankings

Sac State is ranked #198 out of 1,358 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Sac State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#149 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Sac State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Sac State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#42 Best Early Childhood Education Schools College Factual
#57 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual
#92 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#152 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#161 Best Education Schools College Factual
#195 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is California State University - Sacramento?


Contact details for Sac State are given below.

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

How Do I Get Into Sac State?

You can apply to Sac State online at:

Admission Requirements for Sac State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Sac State?

83% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
95% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 83%, Sac State may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 80%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

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 English scores ranged between 15 and 23. Math scores were between 16 and 23. Composite scores were between 17 and 23.

ACT English Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 15 to 23 )
ACT Math Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 16 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Sacramento  ( 17 to 23 )

Can I Afford California State University - Sacramento?

$29,661 Net Price
30% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Sac State is $29,661. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

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 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.

California State University - Sacramento Undergraduate Student Diversity

24,068 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 29,296 undergraduate students at Sac State, with 24,068 being full-time and 5,228 being part-time.


There are also 2,997 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 24,068 full-time undergraduates at Sac State, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - Sacramento students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,740
Black or African American 1,508
Hispanic or Latino 8,837
White 5,635
International Students 881
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,467

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - Sacramento. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 78 countries are represented at Sac State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and South Korea.

Online Learning at California State University - Sacramento

25,082 Took All Classes Online
31,745 Took At Least One Class Online
1,099.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 31,745 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Sac State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 16th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Sac State

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at California State University - Sacramento was $7,368 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $19,248. The following table shows how Sac State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education #10 #12
Teacher Education Subject Specific #28 #48
General Education #30 #75
General Education #30 #75

Online Growth Rankings of Sac State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - Sacramento was 1,099.4%. This is the #74 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Sac State regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - Sacramento Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Community College Education 0
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0
General Education 0
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0
Business and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Teacher Education 0
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 0
Early Childhood Education 0


*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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