California State University-Sacramento Admissions

Sacramento State SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Placer Hall at Sacramento State University
Placer Hall at Sacramento State University ( more photos). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

California State University-Sacramento has an acceptance rate of around 70 percent, making it an accessible school. Only one-third of applicants to "Sac State" are not admitted each year. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application, official high school transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT. If you have any questions about applying, be sure to visit the school's website or contact someone from the admissions office. Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

Sacramento State Description

Sacramento State is one of the larger universities in the California State University system, and the school takes pride in its multicultural student body. Sac State's 300-acre campus provides students with easy access to trails along the American River Parkway as well as Folsom Lake and Old Sacramento recreation areas. Explore the Campus with the Sac State photo tour.

The university has a 21 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and students can choose from 60 undergraduate degree programs. High achieving students should look into the Sac State Honors Program. In athletics, the Sacramento State Hornets compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 30,510 (27,951 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44 percent male / 56 percent female
  • 83 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,900 (in-state); $18,060 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,792 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,916
  • Other Expenses: $2,254
  • Total Cost: $24,862 (in-state); $36,022 (out-of-state)

Sacramento State Financial Aid (2015 -16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 82 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 78 percent
    • Loans: 35 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,086
    • Loans: $5,120

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, Early Childhood Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 4 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 9 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 49 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball, Gymnastics

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics