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Colleges / California State University, Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate83%
Acceptance Rate83%

About CSU Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento Overview

California State University, Sacramento is a public, state school in the urban setting of Sacramento, California. CSU Sacramento was founded in 1947 and now enrolls around 31,549 students a year, which includes 28,881 undergraduate students. CSU Sacramento offers on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! November 30, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by March 1.

Student Activities at CSU Sacramento

Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? CSU Sacramento students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? CSU Sacramento has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? CSU Sacramento has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at CSU Sacramento on the Student Life page.

2022 CSU Sacramento Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 94%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 11.1%
In-State Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State $14,976
Percent of Need Met 55%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,725

Is CSU Sacramento a Good School?


There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better look at what CSU Sacramento offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

CSU Sacramento Acceptance Rate 2022

CSU Sacramento is moderately difficult to get into. CSU Sacramento admitted 94% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 22,653 students applied to CSU Sacramento and 21,238 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CSU Sacramento

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 80% of students who start at CSU Sacramento return the next year. 56% of CSU Sacramento undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook CSU Sacramento Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with CSU Sacramento directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Sacramento

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

CSU Sacramento meets 55% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend CSU Sacramento full-time are awarded $11,725 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $18,714 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Sacramento.

Based on this information, how does CSU Sacramento sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is CSU Sacramento a good school for you?

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Where is CSU Sacramento?

CSU Sacramento is located in the urban setting of Sacramento, California.

If you would like to see CSU Sacramento for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 50 to Sacramento, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Sacramento Metropolitan.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what CSU Sacramento and Sacramento are like without leaving home.

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College Info

6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819

Campus Setting: Urban

CSU Sacramento Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Sacramento is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Sacramento is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

CSU Sacramento ACT Scores

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ACT Range

16 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above

Good

16 to 22

Avg

16 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to CSU Sacramento is 19. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into CSU Sacramento. Students with an ACT score that falls between 16 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 16 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

CSU Sacramento SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

920 - 1110

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Math SAT Range

450 - 560

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Reading SAT Range

450 - 560

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1110 and Above

Good

920 to 1110

Avg

920 and Less

Low

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for CSU Sacramento students is 1035. Applicants with SAT scores of 1110 and above have a good chance of being admitted to CSU Sacramento, while applicants with SAT scores between 920 to 1110 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 920 have a low chance of being offered a spot at CSU Sacramento.

CSU Sacramento Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$26,298

In State

$34,218

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$7,392
$15,312
Fees
$1,676
$1,676
Housing
$16,134
$16,134
Books
$1,096
$1,096

Student Life

Wondering what life at CSU Sacramento is like? There are approximately 31,439 students enrolled at CSU Sacramento, including 28,689 undergraduate students and 2,750 graduate students. 83% percent of students attend school full-time, 99% percent are from CA and 1% percent of students are from other states.

83%

Full Time

17%

Part Time

99%

In State

1%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

31,439

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

83%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,068

Out-of-State

$16,988

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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