Sacramento State University

Sacramento State University


Sacramento State has a diverse student body of 30,510 and a highly knowledgeable faculty, with 98 percent of our full-time professors holding the highest degree in their fields. Each year, our seven colleges award 6,500 degrees to students who pick from 58 undergraduate majors and 41 master’s degrees, six post-baccalaureate certificates and two doctoral degrees. Miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails stretch along the nearby American River Parkway, linking our campus and student housing with recreational areas such as Folsom Lake. What makes Sacramento State unique is our focus on tailoring our services to first generation students. Overseen by Student Academic Success and Educational Equity Programs (SASEEP) we have a myriad of resources that address first generation students’ needs to foster enrollment and success throughout the college years.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation EOP First Year Orientation/ EOP Summer Bridge Academy

EOP First Year Orientation is designed to help new EOP students get off to the right start by learning about academic requirements, learning more about EOP and learning about campus programs and services. Students cannot register for classes unless they attend Orientation. In addition, all incoming EOP admitted first year students are required to participate in the EOP Summer Bridge Academy. The Summer Bridge Academy is a unique six-week program that takes place in the summer for students in the EOP Program. Learn more about EOP First Year Orientation/ EOP Summer Bridge Academy

Summer Bridge & Orientation DEGREES Project

The DEGREES Project (Dedicated to Educating, Graduating and Retaining Each and Every Student) is designed for first generation students and students who need support along their college journey. Learn more about DEGREES Project

First-Year Experience & Transition CAMP

CAMP is a unique educational program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds succeed at Sacramento State. CAMP facilitates transition from high school to college and offers first-year support services to help students develop the skills necessary to graduate from college. CAMP strives to be “a home away from home” for its program scholars. Learn more about CAMP

Academic Advising & Support SASEEP – Student Academic Success & Educational Equity Programs

SASEEP is the overarching program consisting of many of our equity programs: Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and much more. Learn more about SASEEP – Student Academic Success & Educational Equity Programs

Academic Advising & Support First-Year Advising

First Year Advising is a mandatory advising program for first year students that covers General Education and Graduation Requirements. Learn more about First-Year Advising

Mentoring PARC- Peer Academic Resource Center

PARC delivers a long-awaited goal of fostering student success. This faculty-guided, student-led Center not only strives to increase student retention and graduation rates, but also prepares students for their future professional success through the provision of academic support. Learn more about PARC- Peer Academic Resource Center

Mentoring First-Year Experience (FYE)

FYE is a consortium of campus-wide programs that are administered by representatives from both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. The Director of FYE (faculty) and the FYE Coordinator (student affairs professional) oversee first year seminars and university learning communities. FYE consists of the University Learning Community Program (LCOM), First Year Seminar Courses (FSEM), and Peer Mentors. FYE consists of special programs to help aid the transition from high school to college. A parallel FYE program is also offered in EOP through Learning Communities offered in the first and second year. Learn more about First-Year Experience (FYE)

Student Diversity

  • 27,876
  • 44/56
  • 53%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 21%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 30%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 27%
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 3%

Student Success

  • 82%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 48%
    Six-year graduation
  • 45%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 31%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 6%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 686
    Full-time faculty
  • 206
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 25:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Criminal Justice, Nursing, Biology, Psychology, and Communication Studies


Cost of Attendance

  • $16,632
  • $5,472
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,428
    Required Fees
  • $13,916
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $3,701,937
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $10,722
    Average aid package
  • $4,551
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 87%
    Students with financial need
  • 93%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 85%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 4%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 23,944
    # of applicants
  • 71.9%
  • 3.25
    Average HS GPA
  • 20
    ACT Composite
  • 460—520
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 470—530
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 11/30
    Regular application closing date
  • $55
    Application Fee
  • $55
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date